Don’t break the web

JavaScript only web­site are abom­i­na­tions.
The key to the web is:
HTML for con­tent
Css for pre­sen­ta­tion
JS for func­tion­al­ity
If you use JS for con­tent you break the web which hurts us all. Url with valid con­tent are impor­tant for every­one (peo­ple and com­put­ers).
Ps I’m not knock­ing JS and Jason apis both have their place, amongst which are con­tent cre­ation and con­tent enhance­ment. But JS should not be used for con­tent delivery.

Introducing LH Archived Post Status

LH Archived Post status is a WordPress extension that creates an additional posts status available for content that may no longer be relevant to most visitors but should be available publicly (perhaps for historical purposes).

I built this plugin as UI needed this flexibility whilst using WordPress as a CMS. The plugin adds a new post status that enables posts and pages (and custom post types) to be archived. Archiving in this context means that the content is still publicly available but is not published on the front page of the site  or the feed. I was not satisfied with other archiving solutions which hid the content for all non logged in visitors and was not configurable.

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WordPress development is apathetic

There has been a lot of discussion that WordPress is becoming less user friendly and indeed it has got some traction as the recent WordPress 3.8 is certainly aimed (amongst other things) around making the dashboard more user friendly. Given this I don’t think wordpress is becoming less user friendly, however it’s never been friendly to newbies.

Instead I think the area where Worpress has dropped the ball is that sensible projects that could make its so much better are not being tackled, instead development seems to be based on UI improvements and quick wins. These are great but a better WordPress platform would make these sort of improvements easier. Indeed a better platform would enable people to build their own UI. Thus rendering the  rolling MP6 (and similar initiatives) into the core moot (because developers would be rolling their own version of the dashboard through plugins). Continue reading