This should look better

I have spent a couple of hours of mucking around with the settings on this site. Now, I think I have sorted out most of the options I want to have in this blog (for now, as always the editor reserves the right to correct, modify, or just plain fiddle about), with a look and feel which is reasonable.

There is one big feature from the Windows Live Blog which is missing WordPress. This feature was the is the list option.  On the Windows Live Blog I had lists of books which I was reading, or had read. These lists were looking up the cover art from Amazon, and would link to the book on Amazon. I’ll have to have a think about how to implement on this site. It will be a case of out with the “roll your own HTML”, maybe I’ll need to have some script as well (if one can embed script in the HTML on this site – further research has shown that script is not allowed, so I’ll have to stick with “vanilla HTML”). The basic HTML is not too hard, just an <img src="" alt="" > tag with the correct URL and other bits of navigation. Doing the same for CD’s would be interesting as well. Finding a site of CD cover art would be the “tricky bit”, the one that Windows Media Player uses would be a good starting point.

After some fiddling about with HTML, Amazon and W3Schools I think I have something which will work for books. I still need to test it this solution on WordPress from within my blog. That testing will come in the next couple of days. The interesting next step will be to see if I can get something working for CD’s, and then DVD’s after that. Amazon may be a source for the CD’s, but I’ve yet to explore that, and the breadth of the CD selections on Amazon.


WordPress Tags: Windows Live List,List,WordPress,Windows Live,Blog,Amazon,HTML,script,Windows Media Player


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  1. #1 by aussiecraig on September 30, 2010 - 10:03 pm


    Thanks for the suggestion. I am not particularly into Adobe products. My general impression of Adobe products has always been they are very good, but as “dear as poison”.
    I’m just trying to find my way around WordPress as a blogging site, being a migrant from Windows Live. The features of the two sites are not the same, hence my “experimentation” with features, layout, and HTML.
    I shudder at the thought of posting code, or doing anything more elaborate at the moment, but it is just a case of sort out how to do things in a different environment.
    It is all just a “learning curve”, which I’m ascending fairly quickly.


  2. #2 by matthew cooper on September 30, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    Hi Craig

    Don’t know if yer into adobe products…?

    “Contribute” (… something I inherited as part of the CS5 MC) I discovered today, makes light work of blogs and pages.


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