The New England Press Consortium website is live and powered by WordPress. The site content is mostly temporary until real stories start being posted tomorrow during the Democratic National Convention. Lots of MPEG-4 video is coming this week.
Most of the development work centered around the front page and back end. Custom queries were used to call the appropriate entries. The back end had to be friendly enough for even an XHTML-ignorant broadcast journalist to use. Excerpt text boxes were enlarged, quick edit buttons were changed to more understandable terms and to allow easy video segment linking, file upload displays the code for video and flash content (not just img), and the upload automatically resizes the images.
This development made me more aware of areas WP could improve. Primarily, I would like to be able to set a separate front page template from story/search/archive design. My solution checks for GET variables s, p, m, cat. If they are there, The Loop gets called. If those variables are not there, my front page queries get called. My only complaint with this technique is that I am not able to use pretty custom permalinks. I am stuck with the dynamic URIs that are not search engine friendly.
The Loop needs help. There is no way to easily tell The Loop to grab the most recent entry from one category or the second to fourth most recent entries from all but one category… unless of course there is and no one responded to my previous post.
the_date() refuses to function more than once, even when placed in a position within The Loop to repeat. The date is preferred in the byline under each post title, but only works for the first post. (example)
Overall, WordPress is good and I look forward to soon enabling comments and ratings on stories.
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