I’ve recently launched the website RentCleanEnergy.com, marking my first paid web managing gig, which is somewhat of a milestone for me. I used WordPress for the core of the site, since it’s so easy to use. I didn’t design the theme - that piece of excellence comes courtesy of gio - but I put the content of the site together, and spent quite a bit of time trying to find the perfect contact form before finding the totally sweet Dagon Design Form Mailer. Aside from finding and perfecting the contact form, the hardest part of this endeavor was finding good pictures to use as each page has a different header image. I think gio’s theme really matches the “natural” motif that this site is portraying.

Anywho, I just wanted to put this out there - feedback is welcome. :)

WP T-shirts

I’d buy a WordPress T-shirt, but they’re not available in XXL. Lame.

Tags, Part Deuce

Thanks to the amazing Apache guruishnocityness that is Nathan Dove, my tag URLs are now beautified.

For others who use Ultimate Tag Warrior as their WordPress tag plugin of choice but can’t seem to get the pretty URLs to work, the fix was actually relatively simple. Simply insert the following in wp-includes/classes.php, line 1542:

if (!preg_match("!^tag/!", $request_match) && (preg_match("!^$match!", $request_match, $matches) ||
preg_match("!^$match!", urldecode($request_match), $matches))) {

Thanks again to Nathan Dove for the fix, and Christine Davis for creating UTW in the first place. You rule!



Earlier today, I was thinking, “I wish Flickr had a built-in editing system so I could make the occassional tweak after uploading my images.”

Apparently, at that moment, the internet was plugged into my brain and said, “OK - you got it.”

Via Lifehacker and Digg, I discovered a new Flickr API called Preloadr (http://preloadr.com) which lets you edit your Flickr photos in the following ways:

  • crop
  • rotate
  • flip
  • resize
  • move (shift)
  • add text
  • histogram
  • graduation


Tags are great. I’m updating my website to be completely based on tags, rather than categories. Please pardon the dust. kthxbi.

Update - July 16, 2006 @ 8:57am: I’ve been workin’ on the tag thing a lot this morning. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t completely get rid of my categories because I don’t wanna screw up my permalinks in the search engines. Instead, from now on, I’ll just use one category for new posts (Posts) in conjunction with tags to specify where those posts belong.

The plugin I’m using for tags is Christine Davis’ Ultimate Tag Warrior. While I can’t get it to generate pretty URLs (for example, I want deanish.com/tag/site-updates but I can only get deanish.com/index.php?tag=site-updates to work - I’ve tried JBL’s as well as Nathan Dove’s hacks to no avail) it’s an extremely hawesome plugin in that it can generate a tag cloud, as you can see in the upper-right corner of the site, which will now be used as chief navigator. With any luck, Nathan will be able to help me get the pretty URLs figured out and all with be right with the world.

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