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MassForm.com - a photoblog (15 posts)

  1. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yeah, I'll have to insert a graphic into that area for the catagory descriptions. Reason it's doubling the text and has the top one bumped tight to the edge is because it's showing the excerpt. I'm putting the photos into the excerpt field so I can pad the storycontent copy. I'm not sure how I'm going to do the thumbnails yet though; I was thinking maybe with the custom key...

  2. murmur
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    nice. would you be creating it as plugin like LL's pictorialis? ;)

  3. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    The site is using 1.2-mingus with only some changes to the index and the CSS. Used a couple of hacks like the page navigation, breadcrumbs and alex's last_visit plugin. Other than that, its pretty much stock WordPress. I really liked Pictorialis, but I wanted to stay within the WP main package for upgrades and such. Hopefully when I'm done with the site, it'll have a lot more options.

  4. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    When I'm done, I'll post the items used and changed in detail if anyone is interested?

  5. murmur
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    yeah, please. something like a tutorial. or is there a tutorial out there already on changing the index and css.
    can i do it by studying http://blog.nuclearmoose.ca/wp-docs/wp-layout-explained.htm?
    i like your photos :)

  6. murmur
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    oooh. i think the tutorials r in wordpress wiki's customizing.
    lane, did u create yours based on all those reference?
    i don't really know programming. wondering if it would be difficult if i were to customize mine based on all those reference?

  7. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    with a fixed width design+right margin like yours, I would personally like it better centered in <body>
    The comments have no padding in Safari (on purpose?) and black on dark background might not be the easiest to read
    Other than that, very nice, cool pix too! :)

  8. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I meant left margin... I always get confused between the two ;)

  9. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    misterx:
    Yes. I do like centering it as well, I'll have to change that. Thanks. I'm still working on the design somewhat (placing the menu better, using small random thumbs, etc). I really wanted to understate the overall colors and keep the design to a minimum to allow one's eye on the photos. It's not going to be a terribly copy heavy. The comments should only show in the pop up window (there are a couple of posts that are acting weird and I have to sort through that..), and those are easier to read; just trying to figure out how to get the comment count to show even when viewing the actual post.

  10. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    murmur:
    I'll post as much detail as you want. I went through Tamba's WordPress CSS Guide to understand the elements of the template. Then adjusted the design according to my Photoshop mockup. The one thing that I read the most on was about the Post Meta because I figured that would be what I would want to use. I post all the photos into custom key called "postphoto". This is because I wanted to separate the large photo from the copy that might appear for each photo if I decide to put some there. Then I used Idahocline's meta hack to output that photo. I stripped some of his tags in it so it outputted only the actual "$value" of the key. Then formatted how I wanted in the CSS:
    <div id="postphoto"><?php the_meta_key("postphoto"); ?></div>.
    I also have all the thumbs generated dynamically (then cached once generated) using Singapore's thumbnailing feature. So, I can have Singapore generate any size thumb (even square) by just linking the thumb like:
    thumb.php?gallery=.&image=20030802-278.jpg&width=100&height=100&force=1
    So I can scale the thumbs however I want. Using Singapore isn't necessary, I just wanted more control over the thumbs to make the square and the thumbs created by the upload function for WordPress was putting an ugly black line to the right of all the thumbs...
    Posts are set to "1 - Paged Posts"; then using vbNavi gives me my navigation for each page. Also to give some input to location, I added breadcrumbs.The archive does use the Pictorialis archive listing.
    Then I just created catagories that defined the photos I will be posting. So I have things like (Style: Black and White, Color, Cross Processed), (Subject: Object, People, Scenery, Abstract), (Mood: Funny, Sad), which allows me to cross catagorize the photos so people can search through whatever style that pleases them.
    Next thing I'm going to do is put random thumbs on the pages using a modified version of random posts plugin since all the thumbs are in the excerpt field. Trying to figure out a way to get exif data into another custom field as well. If anything, I'll just put it in manually since some of my photos are taken with a film camera.
    So with a few tweaks, I think the base WordPress works out pretty good for a photoblog.

  11. murmur
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    thank you thank you! :)

  12. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    No problem. :) I've been having fun with it. I'm listed as 78th on photoblogs.org's hotlist which is cool. There's one person ahead of me that I noticed is using Pictorialis. He's got some great photos; looks to be all film based too. Thats the nice thing about WordPress, you have a lot of options to work with.

  13. ayteale
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Maybe one day we will out number the MT folks over there at photoblogs.org!

  14. rekkid
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Maybe one day we will out number the MT folks over there at photoblogs.org!

    Yeah maybe people will start switching over to WP... i think its a much better system.
    btw... i enjoy your work also.

  15. lane
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Validation issues with XHTML and CSS taken care of on that site. :)

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