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  • Jay Versluis 6:34 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Announcements ( 7 )   

    WordPress 3.0 is here – but should you upgrade today? 

    Fellow WordPressers,

    Looks like the big news just broke – WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious” is here (that’s named after Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk by the way). You may have seen an upgrade notice in your dashboard already that urges you to upgrade.

    Which is why I thought I’d drop you a message:


    This is especially important to users of the WP Ecommerce Plugin, which IS NOT compatible with WordPress 3.0 (I’m thinking of Davey Lee from Western Straia here). Trust me, I’ve tried it on my Beta Site. It’s all tears and no joy from there.

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  • Jay Versluis 7:38 am on June 7, 2010 Permalink  
    Categories: How To ( 36 ), Plugins ( 19 )   

    How to change “View with Piclens” message in NextGen Gallery 

    Alex Rabe’s NextGen Gallery plugin is certainly the best there is, even though I find it a tad too complex at times. I love it though, and I use it on all my sites whenever I want to upload a batch of pictures and insert them into my posts with little hassle and great convenience.

    One thing that bugs me though is the message that reads

    [View with Piclens] above my thumbnails, which gives the viewer a chance to see my gallery as a slideshow. It’s a great feature.

    Trouble is, nobody actually knows what PicLens is or what it does – including myself, let alone my readers.

    Lucky for us, it’s fairly easy to fix – let me show you how:

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    • Anil 3:51 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink

      Thanks buddy u saved me 🙂
      Is it possible to put any image or icon in that place?
      If so can u please tell me; I am not a great devloper

      • Jay Versluis 8:59 am on September 2, 2010 Permalink

        Glad to hear it Anil!

        That’s an interesting idea with the logo in place of the link. Try this: Replace line 3 (the one that starts with <?php_e…) with something like this:

        <img src="http://yourdomain.com/yourlogo.jpg">

  • Jay Versluis 2:15 pm on June 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: How To ( 36 ), Plugins ( 19 )   

    How to create Rotating Ads on your site 

    I was looking for a solution that displays more than just one advert or banner in one spot. Say I have some space in my sidebar and I wanted to display some adverts there – but I don’t want them to be the same one all the time.

    I’d like a solution that upon a page refresh gives me a random banner out of a selection that I can define.

    Enter Datafeeder’s Random Ads V2 Plugin!

    As if these people had read my mind, this amazing plugin does exactly what I had imagined in my dreams:

    You can define several groups of banner codes (say one for vertical sidebar banners, one for pre-post horizontal banners, etc). You can add as many groups as you like, and add as many “code-snippets” as you like to each group. (More …)

  • Jay Versluis 11:46 am on June 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Categories: Themes ( 28 )   

    How to modify MANSION by GraphPaper Press 

    I wanted to use Mansion for my Miami Beach Huts website. It was ideally suited, however all my images are portrait instead of landscape. Some tweaks were necessary which I thought I’d share with you for endless hours of fun.

    I wrote this for Version 0.2 of this theme. A few things have changed since then, especially the documentation. Keep that in mind while I’ll talk you through some tips and tricks of MANSION.

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    • Robert 10:29 pm on July 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know how to change the header/logo box width without completely screwing up the thumbnail grid as well? Having a really tough time finding the variables to adjust the grid in relation to a modified header width (ideally I’d like the header twice as wide as the standard thumbs).

    • Christopher 9:54 pm on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What if I just want to make the pictures on the home page larger in the Mansion theme? For instance, to display only 3 across and 2 down (6 total). Right now the client feels that it’s too busy considering that it’s currently showing 24 photos. I know to remove the “featured images” to cut down on the amount of photos, but then how do I then increase the photo size so that those 6 photos take up more room. I’m thinking that it may even be a lot easier just to strip the code for that page and just use a standard table. I’d lose the mouseover effect, but it’s be easier to accomplish possibly.

    • Davide Morante 4:46 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to install a rating post plugin on my Mansion theme based blog. I already tried to install some but none of them work, so I deactivated them. Can anyone suggest a rating post plugin that works on Mansion, please?

    • Joshua Guerci 12:44 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I want to put all my thumbnails onto one scrollable page. How do I do that?

      • Jay Versluis 9:33 am on August 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Head over to Settings – Reading and set the amount of displayed posts to 30 or more. This will display more thumbnails on your front page. Note that there is a natural limit in the amount of posts WordPress is willing to display – so if you set this value to 100 you’ll see a maximum of something like 30.

        • Joshua Guerci 8:31 pm on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply


          I’m also trying to use the ‘featured’ tag. I’ve managed to adjust the size of thumbnails on some pages but not the main page. What do I have to do to get the ‘featured’ tag to work on the main page?

          • Jay Versluis 9:41 pm on April 13, 2013 Permalink

            Hi Joshua,

            the featured tag works out of the box, as long as a post is tagged with “featured”. This does however mean that only your latest “featured” post will show up with a large image. If you wrote another post which is not featured, then the featured post will be moved one slot down and display with a standard thumbnail on the home page.

            If you’d like to avoid this, then you can also make your featured post “sticky”, which means it will always be shown in the first position.

            Hope it helps – and I hope this makes sense 😉

          • Joshua Guerci 11:22 am on April 22, 2013 Permalink


    • diego 3:16 am on January 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      how do i change the number of images that are displayed in the grid at the home page? somehow it only shows 10. thanks, d

      • Jay Versluis 3:59 am on January 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Diego,

        You can set that in WordPress under Settings – Reading (blog pages show at most xx posts).

        • diego 5:30 am on February 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply

          great!!! thank so much jay!!! spent looong hours looking for it! many many thanks & all the best, d

    • etti 8:30 pm on January 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Jay,
      I wanted to ask if there is a way in whicha post that i wrote will not appear on the home page? I want to associate it to other page…

      • Jay Versluis 8:23 pm on February 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Etti,

        There are a couple of plugins which can exclude posts from the front page. One is called “Simply Exclude” and another is called “Advanced Category Excluder”. You can get them on the WordPress Plugins Repository.

    • Simon Walsh 8:14 pm on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there,

      I have just started using the mansion theme and for some unknown reason I can’t get the grid to show the featured image for that post – it just shows the default template image?

      Hope you can help, thanks

      • Colton G 12:48 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I am having the same problem! I can’t get it to show my thumbnails, it only shows a template over and over. Any help from anyone??

    • Colton G 2:02 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Basically, I started my site today and I am totally lost. First, every time I upload a pic, it just shows up on the main page as their default image (with the building and the fog). How do I get my thumbnails to show up there? Second, how can I edit the box with my site title so the box is bigger and the words aren’t put onto the next line? And finally, how do I edit it so there isn’t a huge gap between pics? I want little to no gap. I’ve read all the other responses to this question, but none have worked for me. Thanks!

      • Jay Versluis 6:16 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Colton, Mansion isn’t the easiest theme to get going I must admit. Did you read the instructions, and did you set up the image sizes in the Media settings correctly? It’s explained here: http://graphpaperpress.com/support/instructions/?theme=mansion

        To make images show up on the front page instead of the default image you have to set a “featured image” per post. Without it, only the default image shows up. If you set the images sizes for thumbnail correctly (under Settings – Media) then all your front page images will be the same size, and hence there won’t be any gaps between images. This works for new posts, but if you already have uploaded pictures you’d like to use without having to upload them again then you need to use the AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild plugin I mentioned. This will re-create all thumbnail images and resize them correctly. Sadly there is no way to change the text box and make it larger without destroying the rest of the layout.

        And finally, the developers have a support section on their site here: http://graphpaperpress.com/support/

  • Jay Versluis 9:24 am on June 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Themes ( 28 )   

    How to style THESIS by DIYThemes 

    Thesis is one of THE most amazing premium themes there is. Nearly every element of your website can be amended and styled thanks to the use of hooks.

    It’s got a vast array or user options in the back end and I’m not lying when I say they’re the most sophisticated I have ever seen in a premium theme.

    When you decide to buy the theme, you’ll get access to a huge moderated members only forum so all your install/how-to/troubleshooting/styling questions will be answered promptly.

    At the time of writing, Thesis is at version 1.8. Consider getting it before version 2.0 hits the market – Chris Pearson has hinted at a hefty (and well deserved) price increase from then on – which won’t be applicable for version 1.x subscribers! You can get Thesis here.

    Whenever I built a new site, I often start with Thesis – which is why I often have to tweak some defaults to my liking. Here are the small bits of code I always forget where to find:

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  • Jay Versluis 5:40 pm on June 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  
    Categories: Themes ( 28 )   

    Themes and where to get the Good Ones 

    There are literally thousands of WordPress Themes out there on the net. Here’s a list of repositories you can have a look at and see which one’s right for you.

    I sometimes review Themes and give you an in-depth description of the pros and cons – check out all I’ve written on this topic here.

    • WordPress.org – this is what you can access from within the WordPress Backend under APPEARANCE – THEMES – ADD NEW and SEARCH
    • DIYthemes – the makers of the amazing Thesis Framework. This website runs on Thesis. It gives you every bit of control over your layout without having to tweak much code. I use it more and more and reccomend it to my clients. It’s not free but worth every penny. You can also purchase this through my site right here and benefit from an added installation service 😉
    • Woothemes
    • Graph Paper Press
    • Design Disease
    • The Buckmaker – I use Joe Fischler’s Aerodrome theme on Premier League News
    • Bavotasan – I use one of his themes for VIP Scoop
    • Template Monster

    If you’ve found your perfect Theme but don’t quite know how to add it to your website, check out this article for detailed instructions.

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