The effect of sticking out pin was achieved with help of one of the CSS Pseudo Elements techniques explained by Chris Coyier in the presentation you can access by clicking the link above this message.

Background transparency problem in NextGen Gallery thumbnails

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For some time I didn't keep my post thumbnails in NextGen Gallery. On this website they are all PNG images with a transparent background. The thumbnails created by NextGen were losing background transparency and their background was black. It was unacceptable because of theme switching. My themes use different backgrounds and thumbnails looked rather ugly. Finally I found this post: ...plugin-nextgen-gallery-problems-with-png-transparency-thumbnails which offered a solution. It requires a modification of NextGen plugin code and after every upgrade of NextGen you'll have to remember to re-apply this patch.

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FPW Category Thumbnails 1.3.6 released

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Released today version of FPW Category Thumbnails plugin has final touches applied in terms of performance. I was thinking about adding some javascript bells and whistles but decided that it is not really needed. I'm running out of ideas how the plugin can be improved. I'll be listning what users might suggest and try to accomodate their needs.

FPW Category Thumbnails 1.3.4 released

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Version 1.3.4 of FPW Category Thumbnails plugin has been released today. It has many improvements over previous version: preview of thumbnails, revamped media-upload thickbox for image id extraction, option to display / hide dashboard widget and recoded bulk actions to reduce memory requirements.

Enjoy it!

Next project completed

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On 12th of June, 2011 our next project had been completed. The website presenting artistic accomplishments of Hanna Walentynowicz-Tkaczyk in tapestry, painting, and writing.

Recent developments at FWSS

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I've added three more nodes to website's VPS. That gave me 40GB of disk space, 1504MB of RAM, and 1TB of monthly bandwidth. The system is running without any downtime since the middle of March. It is six months now from moving into cloud VPS and one thing I'm sure about is that going back to shared hosting environment is not an option anymore.

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FPW Post Instructions 1.2.1 released

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This is a maintenance release of the plugin which fixes problems with quotes being escaped ( eg. 'text' becomes 'text' ) when read from database. This problem was related to post types of  'page', 'link', and custom post types.

The plan for version 1.2.2 is to add contextual help which is missing since initial release.

FPW Post Instructions plugin

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This plugin is not available anymore!

New features in WordPress 3.0+ as custom post types and post formats introduced some challenges to webmasters of corporate websites with many users holding post publishing / editing privileges. Especially post formats which use the standard post editing screens but may have certain rules imposed by the implementation. Click on a link above this post to see the plugin in WordPress repository.

Webmasters could try the following options: make a course / training for editors, distribute instructions for editors in a form of printed material, or give editors a link to the documentation. All these methods are good based on one assumption that editors will remember where to find this information. Unfortunately information obtained during the course can be forgotten, printed materials lost or misplaced, and, as everybody knows, people tend to avoid reading documentation.

In attempt to solve this set of problems I have developed FPW Post Instructions plugin. The plugin adds a metabox to post editing screens with special instructions for editors. You can make it as eye-catching as you want ( html in the content is allowed ). It will show on every post editing screen so it cannot be forgotten or misplaced.