Lorem ipsum… what is it?

According to wikipedia

In publishing and graphic design, lorem ipsum is the name given to commonly used placeholder text (filler text) to demonstrate the graphic elements of a document or visual presentation, such as font, typography, and layout. The lorem ipsum text, which is typically a non-sensical list of semi-Latin words, is a hacked version of a Latin text by Cicero, with words/letters omitted and others inserted, but not proper Latin

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5 very useful online web tools

Online web tools

Web Tools is a collection of online tools developed to make your task easier. Currently it features 5 tools including :

  1. md5 hash calculator
  2. sha1 hash calculator
  3. HTML to ASCII convertor
  4. HTML and php tags stripper
  5. & Base 64 encoder and decoder

The tools are developed using some pretty basic php functions , but still are of great use. The functions used are :

sha1(); //for sha1 hash calculator
md5(); //for md5 hash calculator
strip_tags(); //strips all php and html tags
htmlspecialchars(); //converts all html characters to their corresponding ASCII characters
base64_encode(); //encodes a string in base64 format
base64_decode(); //decodes a string from base64 format


Scenic Sanity – A clean jquerified wordpress theme

Free WordPress theme - Scenic sanity
Scenic Sanity is yet another free gorgeous wordpress theme from dynamicguru.com licensed under GPL. It is a light color variant of my previous theme “The Last fall” .It has two-columns , a widgetized left-sidebar and gravtar integrated comments , ideal for personal weblogs . Some of the cool features include :

  • Cufon text-image replacement for headers
  • jquery hover effects on links in the sidebar
  • Rounded corners in FireFox and Safari
  • Excerpt based homepage
  • Collapsible left sidebar widgets
  • Sleek styles for the Calendar widget

Download Scenic Sanity 1.1


WordPress – How to display featured posts in your theme

“Featured Posts” are a key feature of any news/journal wordpress site. It is pretty easy to develop a wordpress theme to display a fixed number of featured posts from a specific category on the homepage. It can be done using the query_posts() function of wordpress. Here are few lines of code that displays latest 10 posts from the news category , you can edit it to tailor to your needs.

/* Name of your category you want to show posts from */
$cat = "news"; 

/* No. of posts to display*/
$num = "10"; 

	<!-- Show x Posts from $cat category-->
	<?php query_posts('showposts='.$num.'&category_name='.$cat.''); 
	  while (have_posts()) : the_post();
 	<h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2>
	<div class="entry">
     	<?php the_content('Continue...'); ?>
    	<p class="postmetadata">Posted in <?php the_category(', ') ?> | <?php edit_post_link('Edit', '', ' | '); ?>  <?php comments_popup_link('No Comments &#187;', '1 Comment &#187;', '% Comments &#187;'); ?></p>
	<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" class="permalink">Link to this article</a>
<?php endwhile; ?>

The function query_posts(); can be used to control which posts are displayed in the loop. More information on using query_posts(); can be found here : http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts .

Here is a list of nonblog wordpress website that can spur your creativity.


Cufon – easy and fast text-image replacement solution

Cufon - easy and fast text-image replacement solutionHave you ever wanted to use your own font on your website? but bothered about it being installed on your visitors system? Cufon is the solution for you, it makes possible fast and easy replacement of text with the font of your wish. It is extremely easy to set up and supports nearly all major browsers. And also it is SEO friendly.
Here is a demo of Cufon on my portfolio site, those headings with silver gradients are actually text replaced by Cufon on the fly.

Using Cufon

To use Cufon on your site , first download this js file (http://cufon.shoqolate.com/js/cufon-yui.js) and then generate your own font’s js file by uploading your font file here : http://cufon.shoqolate.com/generate/ . Once you have both the javascript files , include it in the head section of your web page like this :
[code lang=”javascript”]

Now we are all set up to replace your text , to replace the text with cufon , add the following piece of javascript to your page :
[code lang=”javascript”]

The above lines of code will replace all your h1 elements with images rendered in your font.
You can take a look at a more detailed guide to replacing text with cufon here : http://wiki.github.com/sorccu/cufon/usage

Styling your rendered text

You can also add linear gradients to your text with cufon!, here is how :
[code lang=”javascript”]
Cufon.replace(‘h1′, {
color: ‘-linear-gradient(#000, #777, #777, #000)’
The above code will cause the text to fade from black (#000) to grey (#777) and then back.For a comprehensive guide to styling using cufon refer to : http://wiki.github.com/sorccu/cufon/styling
So why wait? go ahead and try it out today, i bet its awesome and the easiest text-image replacement solution available right now, much simpler and better that sIFR.


My new webdesign portfolio (v2)

My New online webdesign portfolio
Check out my new web design portfolio at : www.dynamicguru.com/mujtaba/ . This time i ‘ve chosen light colors, mainly #eee for background and #09f for various visual elements . It is a single page site and is again powered by jQuery . I’ve tried to keep things as simple and to the point as possible, no more lengthy “about me” or boring portfolio page. The site was designed and developed in just 2 days.
Here is a look at whats behind it :

  • A jQuery UI powered “content slider” for showcasing my works
  • Table-less css based grid layout
  • Ajaxified contact form
  • css3 rounded corners (for browsers that support it)
  • Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict

How to list all registered users on your wordpress site

In my latest project i was required to add a community touch to a site by listing the Name, Email, Nickname, URI and Gravatar of all the registered users on the site. I came with the following solution : I made a new page template called users and added the following lines of php to the template :

	First we set how we'll want to sort the user list.
	* ID - User ID number.
	* user_login - User Login name.
	* user_nicename - User Nice name ( nice version of login name ).
	* user_email - User Email Address.
	* user_url - User Website URL.
	* user_registered - User Registration date.

$sort= "user_registered";

//the default avatar to display in case gravatar is not available for a user
$default = "http://www.somewhere.com/some-directory/some-image.png";

//the size of the gravatar , here 96px
$size = 96;

//Build the custom database query to fetch all user IDs
$all_users_id = $wpdb->get_col( $wpdb->prepare(
	"SELECT $wpdb->users.ID FROM $wpdb->users ORDER BY %s ASC"
	, $sort ));

//we got all the IDs, now loop through them to get individual IDs
foreach ( $all_users_id as $i_users_id ) :

// get user info by calling get_userdata() on each id
$user = get_userdata( $i_users_id );

//get the user's email ID
$email = $user->user_email;

//build the gravatar URL
$grav_url = "http://www.gravatar.com/avatar.php?
gravatar_id=".md5( strtolower($email) ).

//get the user's full name
$user_fullname=$user->first_name . ' ' . $user->last_name;

//get the user's URI

//get the user's nickname

//get the user's description ( the biographical info field, )


<!-- Now here you can display each users info using the variables defined above -->

endforeach; // end the users loop.

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Hope you found it useful, cheers :) , WORDPRESS ROCKS

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