Overcoming Template-Browser Headaches With WordPress

Speaking as a guy who is anything but a Web designer, trying to get themes to play ball in every version of every browser can prove interesting. That said, generally speaking, WordPress themes tend to do okay here. Recently I was updating a blog for someone and discovered that it did strange things with the title of each post in Google Chrome. Not IE 6-8, Firefox, Opera, or Safari — just Chrome. Awesome.

Hours and hours into trying to adjust the stylesheet with browser specific versions, I finally had enough. The old theme worked great in Chrome; why not simply direct people to it? Being as I am not skilled enough to overcome this otherwise, bundled with the fact that most of the site’s visitors were not using Chrome, this made sense to me.

First stop was a plugin for WordPress designed for those who are dealing with issues when IE6 visitors stop by. Now obviously, this did me little good. So I did some tweaking so it would meet my needs. In the plugin itself, I located the lines:

if(strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], ‘browser’) !== false)
$theme = ‘theme’;

I changed a few things around to appear as follows:

if(strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], ‘Chrome’) !== false)
$theme = ‘My Theme’s Title’;

Here is where it is a kicker- the theme title MUST be what it shows up as in the folder, not what you have it labeled as yourself. Also, because my issue affected all Chrome releases, not just some, I played a wildcard of sorts and just made the user agent Chrome.

I uploaded the adjusted plugin, but I was not ready to activate it. I needed to make some adjustments to my Hyper-cache plugin. Unlike other caching plugins for WordPress, Hyper-cache does not get all creative with your htaccess file. It’s just as good and it is a heck of a lot easier to work with.

So anyway, in the Hyper-cache plugin, I went into the settings and located “add Agents to reject” at the bottom. The user agent I told it to reject was Chrome. Keeping in mind that the old theme is still installed, but otherwise inactive, I made all of these changes with the new theme activated the entire time.

Now here is where the magic happened. I now activated the modified IE6 plugin, went back to the Hyper-cache settings, and cleared the cache.  Then just to make sure I was working with a clean slate on my end, I cleared the cache of all my own browsers as well… including Chrome. Now for the test. I opened up the site in Firefox, IE, and Opera. The new template came up. Awesome, now for the moment of truth. I opened up the site in Chrome, and boom, it opened up in the OLD template. It worked… I could hardly believe it. I tested this on multiple networks and with both Chrome Linux/Windows, in addition to Chromium on Linux as well. Apparently this works with any variation of Chrome.

Are there better ways of doing this? Sure, I am sure this can be done with JavaScript/stylesheet combos. But based on my “Googling around,” this was a lot easier and it left nothing to chance.

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Free 2010 Fillable Calender PDF Pro Printable Template

There should be an image here!Is it too early in the year for next year’s calendar? Worldlabel.com had a few requests from its viewers for a fillable 2010 calendar, so here it is. Start organizing for next year now.

Check out its free, fillable and printable PDF document template 2010 calendar with notepad! It has the features you need to keep your life on track on calender pages that are a fully printable 8.5″ x 11″. Please also check out PDFplannerPRO, a fillable printable planner, organizer, diary and more! If you need a 2009 calender, go for that as well!

Features at a glance:

  • Customize with your own logo or image
  • Input your data and save or print
  • Print the complete calendar or specific pages
  • Notepad for each month
  • PDF format allows for easy sharing and opening

PhotoSnack

Digital camera functionality seems to be present in almost every gadget these days, so it only makes sense that a lot of pictures are being taken. Of course, once these pictures are taken, what do you do with them? Printing them out is still popular, but doing that just feels so old-fashioned now. These days, it’s all about sharing them online. The cost (when there is any) is low and the potential audience is limitless. Simply looking at pictures online can be fairly boring, but when they’re presented in a nice way through slideshows, the experience is a lot more interesting. PhotoSnack helps you create a variety of attractive slideshows.

A lot of the slideshow templates that are out there in general are rather bland, but no matter which template you choose on PhotoSnack, you’re guaranteed to have a good result. Creating a slideshow is as simple as uploading the photos that you want to use, customizing the template, and sharing the results. The slideshows work well pretty much anywhere online, and if you want more space and possibilities, consider getting a premium account.

Word Template Problem

For those of you who are using Microsoft Word, here is a quick tip on how to fix the dreaded template problem when someone using your machine accidentally saves a document as a template. You will recognize if this has happened to you, since every time you open Word you will be presented with a old document that was created and saved, that won’t go away. The fix is fairly simple if you just follow these instructions:

So how do you delete the Normal.dot file. Here are some simple steps to deleting it.

1. Double click on My Computer.

2. Click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar.

3. Click on Folder Options…

4. Click on the View Tab

5. Click on the little button next to “Show hidden files and folders” (in the Advanced Settings box)

6. Click OK.

7. Double click on Local Disk (C:)

8. Double click on the Documents and Settings folder

9. Double click on the folder with your user name

10. Double click on Application Data. (That folder will be dimmed)

11. Double click on the Microsoft folder.

12. Double click on the Templates folder.

13. Right click on the Normal.dot file and delete it

14. Now you need to hide your hidden folders again

15. Click on the Tools menu in the top menu bar.

16. Click on Folder Options…

17. Click on the View tab.

18. Click on the little button next to “Do not show hidden files and folders” (in the Advanced Settings box)

19. Click on OK.

20. Close all the open windows and you are done!

That’s it when you start Word again, you will have a new blank document – a new Normal.dot.

That’s it. All should now be well. For other useful Word tips try this site located here.

Comments welcome.

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Zookoda

As a blogger, you want people to stay in tune with any new content that you post, and they usually do this by either visiting the actual blog or subscribing to its associated RSS feed. Although these two methods may be at the top of the pile, you shouldn’t forget about e-mail because there’s a good chance that many of your readers don’t use RSS and may sometimes forget to check your site for updates. Therefore, e-mail is one of the best ways to reach these people because they don’t have to do anything special to keep up with you. Zookoda provides a free e-mail marketing service that will deliver your messages to the Inboxes that matter.

Once your readers subscribe to your content by using the Zookoda subscription form on your blog, they’re then added to a list of recipients that will receive your mailings. Zookoda simply takes your RSS feed, wraps it up in a nice template (which can be customized), and then broadcasts it out to your subscribers on a schedule that you specify (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). Not only does the service distribute your feed in an e-mail format, but it also enables you to study real-time reports to see how this process is succeeding. RSS may be taking over, but e-mail still isn’t dead just yet, and Zookoda proves this point.

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OpenOffice: Making The Switch

I have always been interested in trying new software, specifically free software. One of the most well known pieces out there is OpenOffice. I normally use Microsoft Office, but have tried OpenOffice limitedly. Well, in order to give it a fair shake, I have made the decision to try it full time for a month.

I know what it is capable of and have tried using it before the current release of version 2.0 but found it took forever to load compared to Office. Well, this week I have downloaded the latest release candidate of OpenOffice and will force myself to use it for a month. What did it take for me to do this? I had to rethink my entire process of doing things.
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