Connections Reloaded v3.1 – Now supports WordPress 2.9

While Connections Reloaded 3.0.2 perfectly supports WordPress 2.9, the new version of WordPress introduced the feature of Posts Thumbnails.

For some strange reason, your theme needs to have the necessary code to “enable” this feature.

So, I decided to put together a version of Connections Reloaded that adds supports for the new post thumbnail features of WordPress.

If you’re using this theme, you’ll notice a new section in your New Post screen that allows you to designate an image as a post thumbnail.

By default, the posts do not display the post thumbnails, since each display requires two database queries. You can turn this on by visiting the Connections Reloaded settings page.

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Connections Reloaded v3

Header Options

If you’re following me on twitter, I recently tweeted that I was working on an updated version of Connections Reloaded. After a few revisions to fulfill all the requirements of the repository, I give you the new and improved Connections Reloaded v3.

The biggest feature addition to this version of the theme is the inbuilt options page that allows for easy customisation from within WP-Admin itself.

Header Options Content and Footer options

The screenshots above give you an idea of what options are available. I plan on adding more options. Comment and let me know what you would like to control from the options page.

Besides this, I’ve also worked on increasing the security of the theme. If you notice an vulnerability, please bring it to my notice before making it public.

There has been slight cleaning up of the code and I’ve also added the .sticky class to the stylesheet for sticky posts. While the theme always supported this, it wasn’t obvious.

So, go ahead give the theme a try. Current users, remember to upgrade. And, if you’re using the theme, do consider a donation.

Download Links should be working

I reported that the links to my plugins and theme were throwing up ID not exists error. The reason is that I have been using a simple download tracking script called PHP click counter for this purpose. It uses a flat-file database instead of mysql for tracking the counts. Sadly, it does have a problem of corrupting the mysql. I used to face this problem a lot at the start, until I modified code to include file locking. It’s worked fine for a few years until two days back.

Anyway, since I moved most of my plugins to the repository, I decided to do away with the script and link to the download file directly. This required editing of a huge number of posts and pages to point to the new link.

I have updated the links on almost all of these. You will continue to notice this error on a few plugins that don’t have their repository page, but I intend to get these fixed by the end of this week.

If you do notice download links not working, please drop in a comment or email, so that I can get it fixed ASAP.

Download Links not Working

If you try to download anything off this blog right now, it will throw you an ID doesn’t exist error. The problem is because the script that I have been using to power the downloads behind this blog decided to conk off :( As a result all the links have gone dead.

However, since I host all the plugins and my theme on the WordPress repository everything is safe and sound. So, for those interested right now, you can access all the plugin pages from my plugin profile and the theme from my theme profile.

I have several posts and pages right now to go through before everything will work correctly. I’ll update this post or make a new one once things are back in order.

Connections Reloaded featured on Mashable

Awoke this morning to find a lot of traffic being referred from Mashable.

On further analysis was pleased to find out that my WordPress theme Connections Reloaded has been featured in Mashable’s 20 Great Free WordPress 2.7 Themes. Mashable is one of the top blogs on the internet with over 168K subscribers and 35K Twitter followers.

Many of you may be aware that I updated Connections Reloaded recently for WordPress 2.7. It includes complete support for WordPress 2.7 including paged and threaded comments, gravatars, tags etc. As well as complete backward compatibility with versions of WordPress as early as v1.5.

So, if you’re running and earlier version of WordPress, you don’t need to worry about upgrading.

If you’re not running Connections Reloaded, why aren’t you?

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