Me, my life, my interests

Is ugly good?

Really interesting article over at SiteReference about how good and profitable ugly websites can be. Have a read of The Surprising Truth About Ugly Websites and see what you think... I found it particularly interesting as Mark Doust touched on a number of interesting issues - conveying trust; people dealing with people, not websites; and usefulness and usability. For me, attractive sites can be good too, just so long as they are meaningful, useful, let me do the things that I want to do, or get the information that I want, and if the visit involves buying something that the site conveys the sense that there are actually people at the other end that are really interesting in dealing with me, not just taking my money.

Getting an Image in the K2 header

Matthew Stinson wrote some time ago about including images in the K2 header. Although the notes are for an older version of both WordPress and K2, this will help me get a better understanding of how this all works.

To add a banner graphic you first need a banner of appropriate size (760 x 200 is the default, but you can go bigger/smaller according to your needs so long as you adjust the rest of K2 appropriately). When customizing K2’s CSS you should use the K2 styles CSS rather than editing the K2 CSS directly, as any custom styles you create will automatically overwrite K2’s styles without altering core files. The banner you want should probably be placed in


that is, an images folder inside the styles folder.

The CSS code to include a banner in your custom style looks like this (edit the all-caps sections to match your materials):

#header { /* Contains the H1 and menu */ background: url(images/YOURBANNERGRAPHIC.FORMAT) no-repeat; background-color: #CHOOSE A COLOR THAT MATCHES YOUR BANNER GRAPHIC; }

Edit your custom CSS file (make a copy of sample.css and edit that copy) and upload it to the styles folder. Then, upload the banner graphic to the images subfolder mentioned above. Finally, access K2 options in WordPress and select your custom style. Load your blog site and the banner should appear.

lets see how I go...

Other things to work out

Things that I keep seeing around the place but not really sure how to use yet:

  • RSS Feeds - feeding directly into wordpress, and testing to make sure that my feeds work
  • pingback
  • trackback
  • linkback

any ideas?

Basis of the site is done!

This time last week, I'd never heard of WordPress. Six months ago I started mucking around with blogger, but found the lack of categories a bit of a drag, really. And I guess because I wasn't really happy that things weren't just the way that I wanted them, I kinda lost a bit of interest. So from setting up a hosted site, creating a new blog and loving WordPress in the process, I could see that the tools that I wanted were finally at my fingertips. All I now needed was my own domain some place to host it and then I could get cracking with my own fully customisable installation of WordPress.

I timed it well too. WordPress 2.0 was just officially released so I spared myself of having to upgrade.

I would like to thank a few people too. From people who have taken the trouble to write up their experiences with getting everything working, to others who are publishing themes and styles and plug-ins and all sorts of wonderful stuff.

There have been a bunch of other inspirational sites as well, (and we can't forget the WordPress wiki).

Anyway - off to add some more photos now!

WordPress 2.0 vulnerability

aha.. it seems that WordPress has a known vulnerability which may allow an attacker to carry out an SQL injection attack, so we'll have to watch out for a patch... UPDATE 29-Jan: It has been reported that there is now a fix for this problem and that it involves an upgrade to WP-Stats 2.01.  The problem was also localised to the Wp-Stats plug-in and has been patched. You can read more about the problem, and go directly to the source for the fix.

new domain and WordPress installed

OK, so the new domain is set up, WordPress is installed and running, other blog data imported (not that there was much), all in a couple of hours. Very hapy with WordPress so far. Next will be the theme and template. Will also need to set up a new default page for

what fun! :-)