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According to Anieto2k, the next version of Wordpress, Wordpress 2.6 will come packaged with Google Gears which will allow Wordpress users to create and edit their Wordpress posts when they are not connected to the internet. Those people who make use of Google Reader or Google Docs, other web applications that make use of Google Gears, will already be familiar with this concept.

Basically, after you update to 2.6, the Wordpress admin panel will notify you that you are able to activate Google Gears. If you choose to activate this feature, Wordpress will then install it and you will be prompted to grant permission to Google Gears to access your Wordpress installation. Google Gears will then automatically start to store necessary Wordpress files and all of your posts on your local computer so that you can work offline.

Thats it, once transfer is complete you can open up your computer anywhere in the world and whether or not you have internet access you will always be able to access and edit your wordpress posts from your web browser.

Screenshots are available on Anieto2k’s post (Spanish)

Tidy Sidebar

April 10th, 2008

I had a quick go at tidying up my sidebar today - as part of an ongoing effort to keep my site clear, clean and succinct. Basically, the ‘categories’, ‘feeds’, and ‘links’ sections are now all hidden initially when you load a page - to save some sidebar space. However, if you wish to view any of them you simply need to click on the ‘Show’ link beneath the header and the content will magically appear on your screen.

For any interested parties, the hide/show function works using the “Scriptaculous” javascript library. I have to admit that I got this idea from Duane Storey’s personal blog - so I’m sending him some link love :-)

If you would like the code, just look at the source code for this page. If you still don’t understand then just leave a comment.

The WL-HDD Wiki which was formerly hosted under the sprayfly.com domain name now has its own address at wlhdd.co.uk. Likewise, I have set up a blog so you can keep up with any updates to the Wiki or any other related news at wlhdd.co.uk/blog/. For more info head over to the full post on the wiki’s blog.

New Host - Media Temple

April 6th, 2008

Recently, I decided I was paying far too much for my web hosting package with Heart Internet UK, especially considering that they lacked support for some really important features such as Trackbacks and Pingbacks in Wordpress and did not support Subversion (useful for testing the latest development version of Wordpress). Despite having excellent customer support, the servers were often slow and the setup was a bit clunky - it was time to make a move!

Luckily, my friend Jacob over at jdpictures.co.uk was also a former Heart Internet customer itching to move to a better host. He had done some research and recommended Media Temple’s Grid Service hosting to me. Whilst I’m not going to go deep into the details of this new state of the art hosting technology, basically it means that if your site gets a spike in traffic, the server setup will immediately adapt to deal with it - meaning that your site should never slow down or be suspended. Media Temple also allows you to map multiple domain names to one hosting account for free (so sprayfly.com, inchina.co.uk, jdpictures.co.uk etc. can all be hosted on one server). This basically means that me and Jacob are able to share a hosting package with Media Temple (and share the costs) without having to make any compromises whatsoever.

Jacob decided to sign up for the service and give it a test - since then we have both been progressively migrating our files and databases over to the new server and making changes to the DNS records. Finally sprayfly.com, inchina.co.uk and radotages.co.uk (i.e. all my sites) are now hosted on Media Temple and I will shortly be cancelling my Heart Internet account for good.

So far, I have encountered very few problems during the migration and am impressed with the speed of the new servers. The Media Temple control panel is very smooth and easy to use and some of the new features that weren’t provided by Heart Internet have already come in handy. I have been using an SSH shell to transfer my files between servers (using rsync) and also used the shell for database dumps and imports which has made the transfer a breeze. It is of course possible that there are a few hiccups that I’ve not spotted - so if you notice anything unusual then please let me know (leave a comment).

To think that I have been forking out so much cash to Heart Internet each month when all along I could have got more for less is quite frustrating - but at least I’ve made the move now…