Almost sunflowers

Many bloggers will probably have noticed it already. WordPress made the next step in development which ended up in version 2.5 having been released this week. Not just for fixing some security issues and that kind of stuff I surely installed the new version. I like the new administration interface a lot. It looks much fresher than the old one. Some new features also found their way into the new release, which are primarily a better support for tags and something like a media library.

Maybe you think the same about the new WordPress release as I do: I really like the possibility for automatic updates of installed plugins, but I dislike or don’t use some of the new features. Upgrading plugins to the newest version with one simple mouse click is just amazing, but the support for tags still lacks something like a «mass tag edit» feature and therefore I still use the Simple Tags plugin. Moreover I’m not quite sure how to handle media files with the new WordPress library, especially images. That’s why I tend to continue usage of the NextGen Gallery. […]

Bilingual Blogs

Ok, as you have probably seen within the last few postings, I am trying to make my blog biligual. Because of my bad foreign language knowledges, I will only get along with English and German.

The first plugin I used to make postings in more than one language was the Simple Multi Language Plugin (SMLP). With certain tags (like [en] or [de]) it was possible to have text blocks in different languages. Unfortunately the plugin was not able to handle some of WordPress‘ most neat features like multiple pages or an excerpt of a posting with the possibility to read on further. After searching the web for a while (this time I was using Yahoo instead of Google, because I think Google cannot handle spam as good as Yahoo can) I stumbled across the Polyglot Plugin (funnily enough I am already using other plugins from the author, but I hadn’t discovered it yet). In almost every way, it is the better plugin, compared to SMLP. It allows pages, postings and even categories and titles of everything to be translated.


A new highlight

I was just browsing the web, searching for some nice WordPress plugins. During the installation of the Simple Multilanguage Plugin which allows you to change the language of a post (only if I wrote it in several languages, of course), I found another interesting plugin on their website, called ig:Syntax Hiliter. This plugin allows you to put source-code on your website with some.. yeah, who would have thought: syntax highlighting. I just put up the following two examples, showing the highlighting of Java and C#.