Saturday, February 12, 2005

Blog ReMix...

I have added extensive changes to both this blog and my personal blog, Q's Wire...

First let me discuss the enhancements to this blog. For those of you who use Blogger as your blogging platform, I have come up with a solution that allows me a great deal of latitude in changing links on my sidebar. Basically, I have made different areas of the sidebar separate modules defined with JavaScript files. This modular approach has the following benefits:
  • I can now change most things on the sidebar without having to rebuild my entire blog.
  • Alleviates some of the strain on Blogger.com, which makes it a lot easy to publisher.

If you are going to attempt something like this for your Blogger blog, remember to save the original template until you are satisfied with your new approach. The big drawback to this approach -- you must have a place to store your separate modularized JavaScript files. I maintain this blog on my qisoftware.com domain space, so that is where I store my separate files.

Q's Wire..., my personal blog is a PHP driven WordPress blog with a MySQL database at its core. I recently developed a new hack, that highlights the Site Finds... category submissions. A WordPress hack is defined as:
(n) 1. Code that is written to provide extra functionality to an existing program. Webopedia
This hack can be adapted for use with any Wordpress category. I use it on a separate page, however it can also be used on your main blog page -- anywhere outside of the main posting area.

If you would like to learn more about the software and techniques outlined here, send me an email or leave a comment on this blog.

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