WordCamp ED in DC!
WordCamp Ed is a WordCamp focused entirely on educational uses of WordPress — in schools and universities. The inaugural WordCamp Ed will be held at George Mason University on Saturday, November 22nd featuring a morning of pre-planned speakers, and a barcamp-style afternoon breaking into smaller discussions and sessions.
I’ll be there and I’m hoping to see some of you.
We had some trouble with the selected display name not showing up correctly in comments. It worked fine in themes which displayed post and page authors but comments was often incorrect. That wasn’t good from a user experience perspective and also concerned me a bit in terms of what students might expect to be showing vs what actually was showing. A bit of Google-ing prior to trying to write it from scratch led me to this post which I was able to add to a network activated plugin and be done with the issue. I tend to link in the source of stuff I used to solve the problemHarvard may not agree. in the plugin. That gives me an embedded reference/footnote in case I ever need to revisit it and it provides a kind of credit as well. Good for me. Possibly even good for the author of the fix. Having a plugin network activated for fixes of this type is also handy. It keeps the plugin numbers down and ends up being a single place for adding/removing/troubleshooting random custom functions like this.
Are you custom-made, custom-paid, or you just custom-fitted? –Ludacris I finally got a look at all the plugins in use across our install. I ended up having to incrementally push the data to a CSV file. It’s not a beautiful and I guess I could just as easily create a table and update that . . . but it works. The top 25 most installed plugins are in the chart below. Even prior to seeing the data I realized that the vast majority don’t turn on any plugins. I just didn’t quite realize how vast that majority was. That certainly makes dropping plugins easier to simplify management but it also points out some areas where we can really improve. As Tim Owens pointed out, it may be that students/faculty simply aren’t used to plugins existing. It makes sense. You don’t have anything like plugins in most of today’s social media tools. You get what you get with almost all of the major players. Even wp.com lacks a plugin structure on the free accounts. Instagram won’t even let you use a browser at all. People may have become accustomed to acceptance with their online tools. This kind of passivity<footnote>That’s not meant as a judgement. Fatalism doesn’t work either but it’s something like that.</footnote> is certainly something to consider when thinking through the student role in […]
In WordPress it’s easy to delay publishing until a certain date or to show posts published on a certain date but I didn’t know of an easy way to show posts associated with a certain date. What I wanted to do was allow an instructor to write a bunch of posts about art related events in the local area. They’ll be browsable in a variety of ways but we wanted the ones that were relevant to today to show up on the home page automatically so they’d get attention etc. This was one of those scenarios where I say something like “I am confident it can be done but I’ve never done it or seen it done.” In my head it made sense. I tried a few different ways but I’ll start with the one that worked and was pretty easy. It does require that you make a child theme but I plan to make a plugin that’ll do it if you give me a few days. Anyway, here’s the chunk that does the work. It is, as usual, a result of looking through the WordPress Codex. This is the source for the current time and the light finally went on that I didn’t even need to search a particular custom field as I read this piece on wp_query for […]