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Background Manager version 1.0.6 released

on January 28, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Version 1.0.6 of Background Manager has been released today!

There were a few minor bug fixes based on reports from other users. I have also changed the code for the ‘Slide’ and ‘Cover’ effects as they did not account for browser windows smaller than 1024 pixels wide. This width is the ‘cut-off’ for the CSS code Background Manager uses and will not reduce background images any smaller than that, switching to centering instead. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0 released

on January 21, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Background Manager has progressed out of its Beta stage with today’s release of version 1.0!

New features have been added, which allows you to select from a number of Transition Effects – or none at all – for the background images. This applies only to full-screen background images that change at a specified interval. The effects, in addition to the original Crossfade, include Slide and Cover. The Slide effect “pushes” the old image out of the way, whereas the Cover effect will slide a new image on top of the old one. This can be set to happen from any of the four positions on the screen. It is also possible to set the Transition Speed now, which before was fixed to 600 milliseconds – it can now be set from 100ms (0.1 second) to 7500ms (7.5 seconds). read more →

Background Manager version 0.9.3 released

on January 14, 2012 in WordPress with 1 comment by

An update to Background Manager (0.9.3) has been released today, which adds support for a user-defined background opacity. In combination with the background color, this will allow the user to set a “brightness” of the background, without having to edit any of the images.

The update also addresses an issue where background overrides, either on a page, post or a custom post type, would not be honored if the plugin was set to select a random image at each browser session. It would remember only the first random image, regardless whether the current viewed post or pages used a different image set. read more →

Background Manager

on December 30, 2011 in WordPress with 98 comments by

Note! This plugin has been deprecated; it is no longer maintained nor supported.

Background Manager, the successor to WP Flickr Background, is a powerful replacement for the default WordPress background manager.

It allows you to create multiple image sets, from which a random image is selected and displayed as the website background. The images can be uploaded from your local computer, selected from images available in your Media Library, or import them from other plugins and third-party sources.

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WP Flickr Background 1.1.1 released!

on April 5, 2011 in WordPress with 1 comment by

Version 1.1.1 of the WP Flickr Background plugin has been released today. This is a minor release to bring the plugin in line with the recent WordPress version 3.1.1 release, and corrects a bug.

The (x)HTML output has also been cleaned up to pass the W3C validation for XHTML 1.0 Transitional, in part due to the reported bug where the main configuration settings would not be saved in MSIE.


  • Updated plugin for WordPress 3.1.1 compatibility
  • Changed: Cleaned HTML to pass W3C validation / XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliance.
  • Bug fix: Main configurations are not saving in MSIE due to malformed DIV/FORM tags.

Lazy loading Disqus in WordPress

on March 20, 2011 in Projects with 11 comments by

As you may have noticed, I have recently updated theme of my website. I’ve also cleaned up some hardly used features, including the translation bits; It seemed to annoy people more than anything.

But for some reason, the pages with single posts – like this one – were slow to complete loading. A quick look in Firebug showed that there were quite some delays getting images from the Disqus CDN. Since I don’t own that content, nor could I modify the Disqus Javascript, I had to come up with a solution to this.

From working with jQuery, I remembered that their Disqus comments only get loaded once you’ve reached a certain point on the page. Looking into their solution, I figured I could implement the same method with Disqus in WordPress. read more →

WP Flickr Background 1.1 released!

on March 20, 2011 in WordPress with no comments by

WP Flickr Background is maturing nicely and we’re now at version 1.1!

This version introduces the ability to use photos from the WordPress Media Library, which means you can upload your own photos or use those from websites other than Flickr. It gives the added advantage that photos can now be hosted locally (on your own server) or on a CDN. read more →

WP Flickr Background version 1.0.4 available!

on February 28, 2011 in WordPress with no comments by

Version 1.0.4 has been released! It is not a major release as some may have hoped, but I have had limited time to work on it in recent months – I apologize.

This version fixes some minor but annoying bugs, one of which that was introduced in the recent WordPress 3.1 release (which caused the plugin to display a background image on the admin login page). read more →

Blocking w00tw00t scans

on July 17, 2010 in Linux with 2 comments by

Some websites are still being hit with the infamous “w00tw00t” scans. You might see these scans in your logs as:

... "GET / HTTP/1.1" 400 ...

Using Iptables

The quickest method of making sure it never reaches your webserver (and thus wasting resources like processor, disk space [log files], etc) is to use iptables, and it can be done with a one-liner like this:

iptables -I INPUT -d -p tcp --dport 80 -m string --to 70  --algo bm --string 'GET /' -j DROP

Simply replace with the IP of your web server. If you want to use this for a range of IPs (ie., you’re using multiple IPs to host web servers), simply replace the “-d” portion with:

-m iprange --dst-range

where and are the first and last IPs of your web servers respectively. read more →

A simplified Nginx-Apache combo with WordPress support

on June 28, 2010 in Linux with 14 comments by

Absolut NginxIt looks like I have neglected to write a new article in quite a while! Shame on me. But, thanks to a website outage, I’ve finally got some more good stuff to share with you.

My previous Nginx configuration became a nightmare to maintain and WordPress had become slower because Apache’s children were being killed by OOM. This was due to a  misguided PHP cache (PHP XCache to be precise) that decided to take every available bit of memory from my system, despite having max-requests per child set low (before it was purged).

This, along with my endeavors in seeking the fastest solution to everything and the introduction of a new Cloud servers by OVH, lead me to today’s article. read more →

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