Unwakeable Status: Version Bump

Just a quick heads up on what’s been going on with Unwakeable lately. On the top of my priority list is livesearch. Livesearch doesn’t work in Internet Explorer when certain plugins are in use, such as Share This from Alex King. This is caused by multiple prototype.js files being loaded.

The next version of Unwakeable will be 2.0. I’ve been saying 1.3 would be the next version but have since decided to make the bump up to 2.x. I chose to do this because I’m dropping support for WordPress 2.0.x and focusing on supporting WordPress 2.1 fully.

Since Unwakeable 2.0 is a couple weeks out still, this will hopefully give everyone enough time to upgrade to WordPress 2.1. There shouldn’t be anything holding you back from upgrading at this point. As of right now, I’m taking out all the old WordPress 2.0.x functions and replacing them with the new functions found in WordPress 2.1. I really don’t want to try to support both versions of WordPress. Doing so could cause pages to load slowly due to all the checking I’d have to do for existing functions. So, as of right now, Unwakeable 2.0 will be WordPress 2.1 only!!

Also slated for Unwakeable 2.0 is additional support for more plugins. Unwakeable 2.0 will have support for the following plugins, in addition to those already supported:

  1. WPVideo
  2. Yet Another Photo Blog (YAPB)
  3. LMB^Box Comment Quicktags

I’ve retooled the various post styles that were introduced in Unwakeable 1.1. I’ve slimmed them down quite a bit and have included icons from Dropline Neu by Silvestre Herrera.

Also, I should have some additional options for Unwakeable. One additional option will be the number of related posts to show on the sidebar, as well as the number of recent posts to show on the sidebar. Also, I’d like to include an option to specify weather or not to use a fixed width , which is pixel based, or variable width, which is percentage based. This will give greater flexibility to bloggers who post large images frequently. I haven’t looked into how feasable this will be to do yet. Provided it’s not too difficult, this feature should be included in Unwakeable 2.0.

I’m still planning support for user defined color schemes in the options panel, although not in time for Unwakeable 2.0. I’m not quite sure how to go about displaying all these options in an efficient manner. It may be easier for me to just allow users to create custom style sheets that apply only to colors. Not really sure as of right now how I should exactly go about this. This how-to from Thomas looks pretty good, although little of it probably relates to WordPress 2.1.

So, there you have it. I’m really looking forward to releasing Unwakeable 2.0, it’s gonna be the best release yet. Again, I’d like to thank everyone who uses Unwakeable. Your kind words and feedback make every bit of time I put into Unwakeable very much worth it. Thank you all for your support. And as always, let me know if there’s any features you’d like to see or if you’d like support for a certain plugin.

WordPress Theme: Unwakeable 1.2

Unwakeable 1.2 is out! You can download it or you can visit the Unwakeable page for some more details. You may also be interested in the ChangeLog, although I’ll go over a number of the changes in this post.

Probably the most notable change is the separate options for Unwakeable in the wp_options table. Let me explain a little bit. Basically, I’ve renamed the options to be unwakeable specific. Previously, Unwakeable would pick up options already set in K2 or it would just set the default values, still with the K2 names. So, if you’re upgrading to Unwakeable 1.2 from an earlier version, you’ll want to click the “Copy Options” button from the Unwakeable Options page. Clicking that button will take the options you had set in previous versions and will update them to work with Unwakeable 1.2. You can also copy your options from K2 to Unwakeable 1.2 with this button. If you’re installing Unwakeable for the first time, this probably doesn’t apply to you.

Now, if you’d rather not copy your old options over, that’s OK. You can just go into the Unwakeable Options page and set the options as you normally would. If this scares you, don’t worry, you can’t really break anything by not copying options over. Really, you can’t break anything even if you do want to copy your previous options over. If you have any questions, just get in touch with me.

I’ve also added support for two more plugins, Landing Sites and Gregarious. Gregarious is a replacement for the Digg This Reloaded plugin, which is now dead. Unwakeable 1.2 still has support for the Digg Integrator plugin also. I suggeset you use Gregarious if you want Digg buttons on your pages. It makes use of the new Digg API where Digg Integrator loads Digg buttons in an iframe, not the ideal way to display Digg buttons these days.

Now, you may be wondering why I built in support for Gregarious. Gregarious has a feature called auto-append that will automatically place a Digg button on your page. However, that feature isn’t enabled by default. And, there’s no option to place the Digg button in the sidebar with the auto-append feature. So, I added some code that will detect if auto-append is enabled. If auto-append is enabled, the Digg button isn’t displayed on the sidebar. However, if auto-append isn’t enabled, the Digg button will be displayed in the sidebar. That way you still have the option of displaying the Digg button in your sidebar, even if you use Gregarious.

Also, I’ve made a small fix to the CSS that should get rid of the few pixels of whitespace that were showing in the header, between the black and gray sections. The black in the header is now flush with the right side of the page. You can see what it looked like previously in this image. And you can see it fixed in this image (or right here on this blog). I’d like to thank Jason for pointing out that whitespace.

Is there anything you guys would like to see in the next version of Unwakeable? Could be anything from support for a plugin to design changes. Anything? Anybody?

Enjoy this new version and let me know if you have any problems getting Unwakeable functioning properly. I will provide almost unlimited support for people having issues with Unwakeable. Although, I won’t always be able to support Unwakeable if you’ve made numerous changes to the CSS or PHP for your site.

And lastly, a big “thank you” to everyone who is using Unwakeable. I never anticipated that this theme would become so popular. At my last rough count, there’s about 300 blogs using Unwakeable, I expected maybe 20. 🙂 Thanks again everyone for your support! It’s now far past my bed time…

Unwakeable 1.2 Status

Unwakeable 1.2 will be released shortly after January 1, 2007. I haven’t had much time the last two weeks to do much work on it. I could release it now, but I haven’t written the php to convert the old K2 options over to the new Unwakeable-specific options.

Some changes in 1.2 will include displaying post ratings, post views, and Digg Integrator on pages instead of only on posts. I’ve also added some css for displaying a changelog like the one I have on the Unwakeable page. Also, I need to test out Gregarious and get support for that plugin built in, if there’s any need to build support for it at all. Gregarious replaces Digg This Reloaded, it also makes use of the new Digg API.

I’ve been incredibly busy at work the last two weeks, we’ve migrated from Access to Microsoft SQL Server. It’s so much nicer to work with. Also, Ashley and I are going to Wisconsin on Friday to visit my dad and step-mom. I’m really hoping nothing goes wrong at work while I’m away. I can work remotely no problem, but I don’t know if I’ll have internet access for the entire week I’m gone. Luckily we’ve got some pretty good contacts that are willing to help out in my absence. They’re all people who’ve proven very trustworthy over the past year.

WordPress T-Shirts: First Edition

The WordPress folks have a limited amount of WordPress and WordCamp t-shirts available for sale. These t-shirts are the first edition. They’re planning on coming up with different styles in the future to represent specific times in WordPress history. The t-shirts they have available are the first style available.

Part of the idea is once we print a style, we never do it again, so each shirt will be representative of a certain time in WordPress history. Since these are the very first, they make a great gift for yourself or that special blogging geek in you life.

You can go to the store to get your WordPress or WordCamp t-shirts, providing there’s still some available. Mine should be here by Tuesday.

WordPress Theme: Unwakeable 1.1

I’ve updated my Unwakeable WordPress theme to version 1.1. I got in touch with Kirk to see if I could use some CSS from his Sawchuk scheme for K2. Much to my pleasure, he was happy to let me borrow from Sawchuk, so that’s what I did.

I took the following CSS classes from Sawchuk and implemented them in Unwakeable: download, code, alert, construction, and other. You can see Kirks test style post here for a taste of what each of these classes does, or you can just take a look below. I had modify some of the classes a little bit. I sometimes post small one-liner pieces of code that didn’t display very well without some changes to Kirk’s CSS. I basically just changed some margins around to make the code icon appear correctly, whether it’s in a one-line or multi-line piece of code.

Just for kicks, you can see all the different classes I’ve included in Unwakeable 1.1 below.
p class=”download”

Download Unwakeable 1.1

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