MP6 Light

It’s one of the (not so) well kept secrets in WordPress that a team is busy redesigning the admin interface.  In fact, if you use you have likely noticed a change in the admin layout some time ago. For those of you using a self-hosted WordPress site the change most likely won’t happen till at least 3.7.

However, for the early adopters and developers you can preview the new layout by using the MP6 Plugin.  I personally (and from the forums, many others) felt that the new sidebar was too dark. It also currently looks like MP6 plugin won’t give users the option to switch between layouts. For this reason I’ve created MP6-light which basically works by adding a stylesheet that makes the admin a bit lighter. Check out the project page or get the plugin from the WordPress repository.

NOTE: This plugin requires the MP6 plugin to be installed.

P.S: I’m also looking for people to get involved with the project on github.

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Uploading Files as Post attachments with Gravity Forms

Okay so like may others I love Gravity Forms. Simple, elegant forms for WordPress. However, I recently ran into a snag when trying to use the awesome Custom Post Type plugin to allow my client to upload a PDF then have that be saved as an attachment to the post. Here is my solution in hopes it helps you. I’m open to suggestions on better ways to do this.

add_filter("gform_after_submission", "nifty_add_post_attachements", 10, 3);
 function nifty_add_post_attachements($entry) {
 //you'll need this later, TRUST ME.
 if(!function_exists('wp_generate_attachment_metadata')){require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/image.php');}

//do we even have a file?
 if (isset($_FILES['input_4'])) {
 $file_url = $entry['4']; //great but what is its url?
 $upload_dir = wp_upload_dir(); //where do you want to put it?
 $file_data = file_get_contents($file_url); //show me what you're made of
 $filename = basename($file_url); //so cute but what's its name?
 if(wp_mkdir_p($upload_dir['path'])) //can we put it there?
 $file = $upload_dir['path'] . '/' . $filename; //yes great
 else //or no, okay fine let's try somewhere else
 $file = $upload_dir['basedir'] . '/' . $filename; //get the whole location
 file_put_contents($file, $file_data); // tada home at last

$wp_filetype = wp_check_filetype($filename, array('pdf' => 'application/pdf','pdf' => 'application/x-pdf') ); //is it the right type of of file?
 $attachment = array( //set up the attachment
 'post_mime_type' => $wp_filetype['type'],
 'post_title' => sanitize_file_name($filename),
 'post_content' => '',
 'post_status' => 'inherit'

$attach_id = wp_insert_attachment( $attachment, $file, $entry['post_id'] ); //insert attachment
 $attach_data = wp_generate_attachment_metadata( $attach_id, $file ); //asign the meta
 wp_update_attachment_metadata( $attach_id, $attach_data ); //update the post

//remove the entry
 //(to keep the entry comment or delete these line)
 // IMPORTANT See: for the function
 if(!function_exists('sedc_gform_remove_entries')){ die('next time maybe you should read the comments');}
 else{ nifty_gform_remove_entries($entry, $form );}

I have included a function that removes the entry and original file upload. That function can be found here. There is also a simpler version that doesn’t give a damn about the file upload that can be found here. Both are original from the GF support forms but have been slightly modified for v 1.6.  I should also point out that some of the upload code came from here.

Hope you find this useful

Simple Portfolio Widget

Hi, I just wrote a simple portfolio widget and thought I would share. This code uses Justin Tadlock’s get_the_image plugin and custom widget code to display the featured image based on tag or post type.

Just drop this into your functions.php or create a plugin to see it in action

if ( function_exists( 'add_image_size' ) ) {
add_image_size( 'sidebar-thumb', 75,75,true   );

class PortfolioWidget extends WP_Widget
function PortfolioWidget()
$widget_ops = array('classname' => 'PortfolioWidget', 'description' => 'Displays a list of thumbnails for portfolio pieces in the sidebar' );
$this->WP_Widget('PortfolioWidget', 'Portfolio Thumbnails', $widget_ops);

function form($instance)
$instance = wp_parse_args( (array) $instance, array( 'title' => '','tags' => '', 'post_type' => '' ) );

$title = $instance['title'];
$tags = $instance['tags'];
$post_type = $instance['post_type'];

<p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('title'); ?>">Title: <input id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('title'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('title'); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo attribute_escape($title); ?>" /></label></p>
<p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('tags'); ?>">Tags: <input id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('tags'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('tags'); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo attribute_escape($tags); ?>" /></label></p>
<p><label for="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('post_type'); ?>">Post Types: <input id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('post_type'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('post_type'); ?>" type="text" value="<?php echo attribute_escape($post_type); ?>" /></label></p>

function update($new_instance, $old_instance)

$instance = $old_instance;
$instance['title'] = $new_instance['title'];
$instance['tags'] =  $new_instance['tags'];
$instance['post_type'] = $new_instance['post_type'];

return $instance;

function widget($args, $instance)
extract($args, EXTR_SKIP);

echo $before_widget;
$title = empty($instance['title']) ? '' : apply_filters('widget_title', $instance['title']);
$tags = empty($instance['tags']) ? '' : wp_parse_id_list($instance['tags']);
$post_type = empty($instance['post_type']) ? '' : preg_split( '/[\s,]+/',strtolower($instance['post_type']));

if (!empty($title))
echo $before_title . $title . $after_title;

$query = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => $post_type, 'tag_id' => $tags  ) );
while ( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();
echo get_the_image( array( 'meta_key' => 'Thumbnail','size' => 'sidebar-thumb') );
echo $after_widget;


Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions. If there is a large intrest I may post a complete write up and example with images.

MobileESP 1.3.1

I just put out a quick fix for MobileESP for WordPress to hopefully FINALLY fix the two click cookie issue. Version 1.3.1 can be found in the other versions folder over on the WordPress Plugin page. If you don’t see 1.3.1 listed just grab the “Development Version.”

Please test this version and let me know if any issues arise if all goes well I’ll make this the stable version.

– Upgraded the MobileESP library to latest stable version
– Hopefully fixed full site redirect issue.

Happy Fourth WordPress Birthday to Me

Today marks my fourth year anniversary having a account and when I remember first starting to use WordPress for my blog.  I thought it would be fun to recap what I’ve accomplished since September 27th 2007 and what some of my long term WordPress goals are.

WordPress and Me Thus Far

In 2007 I started using WordPress for just my blog didn’t know what I was doing download a theme hacked up some CSS/PHP finally got everything working after hours of trying. Since that time here’s what I’ve been able to do:

  • Became one of the Three most important people to WordPress
  • Contributed to/wrote 5 plugins with a total download count of 121,331
  • Updated 3 articles in the Codex
  • Attended WordCamp Seattle
  • Dipped my feet into WordPress Core Trac
  • Got involved in the Forums and at
  • Updated my personal site to run completely on WordPress and Hybrid

What’s next?

Here are some of my longterm WordPress goals:

  • Become a core contributor (even if it’s just fixing a typo)
  • Meet Matt Mullenweg
  • Continue to be involved in the Forums, discussions and Codex of WordPress
  • Attend WordCamp SF
  • Continue to attend WordCamp Seattle

Do you use WordPress? If so how? How long have you been using it? What are some of the things you like best?