So I’ve decided to add some plugins to the website before moving to China to make the site a bit prettier and add some functionality. Let’s see if they work….

Slimbox

http://www.4mj.it/slimbox-wordpress-plugin

This plugin is for images, and let’s me add a sexy pop-up feature to any photos added to the site:

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This Day Plugin

http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/wordpress-plugin-this-dayThis plugin adds links to posts from past years to the story page of a post. As luck would have it, I made some posts in 2002 on this VERY day, so if you don’t see them listed under this text then click here to see the plugin in action.

WordPress Mobile Edition

http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress/readme?project=wordpress-mobile-edition

This really useful addition to WordPress is a mobile plugin – it detects when someone accesses the site from a mobile device (PDA, iPhone, Sidekick, Blackberry etc) and displays a slimmed down version of the site. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that since I canceled my T-Mobile contract on my PDA, I can’t test it out…however the Internet always provides a few solutions:

.mobi Mobile Phone emulator – This pretends to be a normal mobile phone, and displays what the users would normally see. The result? It looks crap, but then everything always looks crap on a k750i (I can say it, because I’ve had one for what feels like 63565 years).

WinWAP Smartphone Browser Emulator – The blurb says “WinWAP Smartphone Browser Emulator let’s you use WAP services on your Windows PC. The browser is a mobile Internet browser that emulates the way you would use the mobile Internet services on built-in browser of a smartphone.” Sadly, it seems only to recognise ‘true’ WAP sites and will not even try to parse the site. Crappo.

Oh, actually I just remembered that my PDA doesn’t need a contract to use its wireless LAN function…so I’m going to check it out now! The results (put your mouse towards the right hand side of the picture to view the next photo in the set):

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And as you will see, the site looks GREAT!

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