Review my site, please! (11 posts)

  1. RadoVleugel
    Posted 10 years ago #

    The last few months I spent many hours rebuilding Watchtower Information Service into a dynamic website powered by WordPress. This website receives 1,500 visitors a day.

    I'm running WordPress 1.5.2 and heavily modified the Kubrick-theme . Check it out and let me know what you think and what has to improve (Note the different header for every category!).

    I would like to thank everyone on this support board for helping me to solve some php-problems.

    Rado Vleugel
    http://www.watchtowerinformationservice.org(A website set up to educate and warn others about the Jehovah's Witness Cult in a respectful and objective way)
    The Netherlands

  2. jwurster
    Posted 10 years ago #

    The color scheme and layout of your blog makes reading it very easy. Great job!

  3. johanvanderwijk
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Wow! What a wonderful looking blog! The fact that your blog doesn't look like a one-in-a-dozen-blog, but more like a CMS based site is what I like the most. I would love to see a publicly available theme of this layout ;)

    Just one thing: you better remove the text on the bottom of the page that has the same colour as the background. If you get caught by a search engine your site could be immediately removed. I don't think it would be a bad idea to make an extra box and insert those links there in a way that they are visible, after all they help your visitors to navigate through your blog.

  4. jwurster
    Posted 10 years ago #

    johan: You made an interesting comment about this blog theme being different, and it is. Then you asked to have him make the theme available for download. Kind of paradoxical isn't it. We applaud someone for being unique and then we immediately want to copy it. But then imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

  5. softstor
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Very good blog. I really liked the 'read the rest' link in each article. May I ask what you did to insert this link?

  6. RadoVleugel
    Posted 10 years ago #

    @softstor: The 'read the rest'-link option comes standard with WordPress. Just insert the <!--more--> quicktag!

    @johanvanderwijk: Thanks for your comments. To play safe I moved All the Keywords to the search-page.

    @jwurster: ;-) for your comments!

    The only problem I still have is posted on http://wordpress.org/support/topic/45512

  7. RadoVleugel
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Although I don’t plan to publish a theme of my site’s design, I am willing to answer questions about how I achieved certain ‘tricks’ on my site.

  8. genosypheus
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I really admire your site. For a start, the header is awesome, something i really desire to learn and implement on my own WordPress site. Could you kindly point me to any relevant tutorials that focus on making flash powered headers for WordPress site? You might wanna write some tutorials and post on your site. i've bookmarked your site and will be scrutinizing it for things to learn, thank you very much.

  9. Rob Poitras
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I like how each thumbnail is overlayed onto a template background image so it gives it that nice border/glowing look. great job!

  10. dmajik
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Love the animated header. Very cool!

  11. RadoVleugel
    Posted 10 years ago #

    By mail and in this forum I received several questions regarding my WordPress powerd site. Sorry for the late answer, currently I am very busy…

    I’ll give a short answer to all the questions:

    1) How did you implement a Flash-header?
    Answer: In header.php I wrote the following code just beneath <?php wp_head(); ?></head><body>:

    <div id="page">
    <div id="header">
    <div id="headerimg">
    <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="760" height="83">
    <param name="movie" value="/wp-images/header.swf">
    <param name="quality" value="high">
    <embed src="/wp-images/header.swf" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="760" height="83"></embed>

    2) How did you accomplish the static section, "about this site" and "news from the net" on the homepage (while it is not visible on the other pages)?
    Answer: In index.php I wrote the following code just beneath <?php get_header(); ?><div id="content" class="narrowcolumn">:

    global $paged;
    if( is_home() && $paged <= 1 )
    } ?>

    3) Your Guest Book is simple, but effective. How did you make it?
    Answer: Step One: Making a Page Template
    • Open the page.php (or similar name) in your template.
    • Open index.php in your template.
    • Copy all your comment php code and comment template information from index.php
    • Paste this information into page.php under the storycontent.
    • Add
    Template Name: Guest Book
    to the top of the page before <?php get_header(); ?>
    • Save page as guestbook.php
    Step Two: Making the guestbook in WordPress
    • In your dashboard, go to Write/Page
    • Under page options, select guestbook under page template
    • Add a disclaimer or what not to the page.
    • Volla! Your guestbook is set up and users can start leaving uncategorized messages for you!
    • Their messages will be posted as comments and will be styled just as the comments on your posts.
    (taken from geeksmakemehot.com)

    4) Notice that every image you quoted on each posting has a standard picture frame with drop shadow and of the same size. I wonder if you manually edited each image in PS before you uploaded them, or your using certain plugins to automate that action?
    Answer: On this simple solution I am the most proud, because I found this solution all by myself by just playing with CSS. I used the follwing code in my stylesheet:

    img.alignleft {
    padding: 15px;
    margin: 0px 14px 7px 0;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;

    5) How did you accomplish that every link on your site has a defined and neat web directory, ie, the link "Guest Book" has this url http://www.watchtowerinformationservice.org/index.php/guestbook/
    Answer: This is very simple: in wp-admin go to Options -> Permalinks and change the structure. I used /index.php/%category%/%postname%/

    6) Could you list all the plugins and scripts that you're running on the site?
    This is my list: Bad Behavior, Brian's Threaded Comments, CG-Feedread, Exec PHP, Hide/Cut Post Text, Jerome's Keywords, Popularity Contest, Paged Comments, Google Sitemaps, WP-ContactForm and WP Paginate. Although I am a newbie regarding PHP I adapted a lot of these plugins to answer my needs.

    Feel free to answer more questions…

    Rado Vleugel

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