• Personal,  Site Activity

    A year older… and a lot wiser…

    It’s my birthday today! With that, I edge just one year away from three-tenths of a century. And, as a gift to met, I’ve spent a good portion of the night working on a new theme for this blog, one which was long pending. After a lot of searching I came across Paperpunch Theme by The Theme Foundry which I fell in love with almost instantly. Paperpunch is a clean and easy to use theme, yet comes packed with some decent free features. You can upgrade to the Pro version which makes life a lot easier! My plugin Add to Footer definitely made life a bit easier, since I didn’t…

  • Personal

    Happy New Year 2010 & 2009 in Review

    Wishing all my dedicated readers a Very Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2010! How did you bring in the new year? I spent it quietly at home. Looking back at 2009, I must say that it has been a rather successful year for me on all fronts. While I may not have achieved most of the goals I set for Techtites, it was definitely a lot better than 2008. I have refrained from setting any goals for this blog, primarily because it serves as a personal blog. At this time of the year, I normally make a very detailed post about my activities during the year. This year, I’ll…

  • Connections Reloaded,  Themes,  WordPress

    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…

  • Connections Reloaded,  Themes,  WordPress

    Connections Reloaded v3

    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. 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…

  • Site Activity

    ajaydsouza.com has a new look. Still need your suggestions

    If you’re reading this in your feed reader, then hit this link now. I mentioned earlier that I moved this blog to Media Temple yesterday. However, on monitoring the same, I have realized that I am still not at optimum levels. I’m not really sure what the reason for the super high resource usage is, but it is usually the themes and the plugins. So, as a test, I have decided to change the theme in an attempt to find a really light one. One of my most read blogs is Weblog Tools Collection, and in a recent post, I stumbled upon Swift. This is a three column theme from…

  • Plugins,  Themes,  WordPress

    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…

  • Plugins,  Themes,  WordPress

    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…

  • Plugins,  WordPress

    New WordPress Plugin: Add to Footer

    Here’s one more plugin to my ever growing arsenal. Add to Footer is a simple plugin that allows you to automatically add text or HTML to you theme’s footer. The plugin provides you with a simple text box into which you can copy your the HTML into. As an additional feature, Add to Footer also comes inbuilt with support for Google Analytics, StatCounter, Reinvigorate and Apture. If you use any of these services, you can fill in the relevant details in the plugins options page and the plugin will add the necessary code for the same on your blog. These are currently, the services I use which is why I…

  • Connections Reloaded,  Themes,  WordPress

    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…

  • Connections Reloaded,  Themes,  WordPress

    Connections Reloaded 2.1 is now live

    I had posted earlier that I had submitted the updated version of my theme Connections Reloaded to the repository. It’s finally been approved today. So, grab it while it is hot 🙂 The changes in this version are: Complete support for WordPress 2.7 Threaded comments and paged comments are now supported Custom Header. Now you can change the image header from within WP-Admin itself Support for all versions up to WordPress 2.7. So, even if you haven’t upgraded to 2.7, you can use the theme without modifications. Download Connections Reloaded or view the Demo.

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