Today I upgraded Wired Vision’s copy of WordPress and Mint. Fortunately neither were too difficult. In fact, it took all of 20 minutes or so, to do both :)

Unfortunately, I still have several other scripts that have yet to be upgraded. Namely vBulletin (x2) and ArticleLive. That’s one drawback about running several sites :(

I’m pretty sure the vBulletin upgrades will go smoothly as I haven’t installed many plugins and haven’t hacked any of the code at all. Plus the fact that Jelsoft have put plenty of work into the upgrade process.

ArticleLive on the other hand is going to be a handful :( I had to do some extensive hacking of the source code to make Web Design Point standards compliant (even with it’s templating system!). This means I’m going to have to upgrade my local copy first, make all the neccesary changes (which will probably take a week minimum!) and then upgrade online using the changes made locally. Ugh!

Free WordPress Theme

For all the WordPress users out there, I’ve created a new theme that’s available for download here.

I decided to call it Lonely Road based on the image in the header. I’m sure a more appropriate named could have been chosen, but hey.

To use it on your site, download the zip file, unzip it and upload the lonelyroad folder to the wp-content/themes/ folder. Then go to your admin control panel > presentation > and click the ‘activate theme’ button for the theme.

It has been tested on IE 6, FF 1.0.7, Opera 8 and NS 8, but not Safari as I don’t have a Mac.

Although the theme is free, I do ask that you keep the link to this site in the footer.

Upgrade Complete

Wired Vision has been successfully upgraded to WordPress v1.5.

While the upgrade itself was pretty straight forward, the additional pages that I added myself took a bit of time to get right because of the introduction of “themes”.

The admin control panel has had some slight modifications. The addition of the “Dashboard” as the homepage when you log in is a good idea, but I’d prefer an option to disable it :) Other than that I’ve no complaints. Job well done!

Testing, testing…[updated]

My car has it’s biennial NCT test today. I’ve checked the oil and water levels and they’re ok. The tire pressure is fine. My only concern is the headlights alignment. Last time the car nearly failed on that. Let’s hope it doesn’t fail this time around!

Wish me luck :)

Update: Unfortunately the car failed to pass the test. Some of the reasons were downright ridiculous.

1. The registration plates failed because they are required to have both the European logo and the county the car was registered in. Cars older than 1991 can have neither or both, but not only one. My rear plate has only one! Seriously, this test is supposed to make sure the car is safe to drive. How does only having one of the two pieces of information above make the car any less safe? It doesn’t!

2. The indicator light on the front drivers side has a small hole in it. The light still works perfectly because there is a second layer of protection from mist, water and dirt. The reason it needs to be changed is apparently because a child could hurt themselves if they stuck their finger in the hole. Oh come on! There are 100’s of other places on the car where a child could hurt themselves.

Anyway, I’ve got most of the replacment parts needed. Now all I got to do is put them on the car. Shouldn’t take too long or cost too much…. I hope :)