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News made easy
  • 2005/11/6 0:49

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I don't know how many have found these tools for doing their news (I'm guessing not many because I couldn't find many posts on it), however these make my life so much easier - I thought I'd share.

For PULLING news, I use Sharpreader - SharpReader is an RSS/Atom Aggregator for Windows, created by Luke Hutteman. It's free / donation ware and it doesn't come bloated with all the junk you'll find in other Aggregators.

For POSTING news - I use the w.bloggar - w.bloggar is an application that acts as an interface between the user and one or more blog(s)/new(s); in other words, it is a Post and Template editor, with several features and resources that the browser based blog editors do not offer.

The sharpreader also has a w.bloggar plug-in, which I find helpful.
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Re: Recent News Block - News 1.42 -SOLVED-
  • 2005/11/5 12:53

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NP! It was driving me BATTY! I was fighting this off and on now for 3 days. Even uninstalled, dropped DB's, reinstalled (thinking i had a path or something farked).

Needless to say, it was frustrating!
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Recent News Block - News 1.42 -SOLVED-
  • 2005/11/5 12:44

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I was about to pull bald spots! No matter what I did to the Recent Blocks Template it wouldn't reflect any of my changes!

I finally did some digging, seems the wrong template is listed in the xoops_version.php

Change
$modversion['blocks'][4]['template'] = 'news_block_top.html';


To
$modversion['blocks'][4]['template'] = 'news_block_new.html';


Hope that helps!

Edit: make sure to update the module after the change
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Re: My new site, postonmyforum.com; reviews wanted
  • 2005/11/5 7:30

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Wow! What a great idea! Hope it works out for you!

Site looks good. Professional and clean.

As it matures, you might want to solicit customers to go to some of the rating places (similar to reseller ratings) and post their experiences. Just an idea.
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Re: News 1.4 Vets
  • 2005/11/4 10:44

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Quote:

Mithrandir wrote:
Quote:
Is all of 2.2.3 like this?

Not following you. News 1.4 hasn't really much to do with 2.2.3 specifically and no, all of XOOPS 2.2.3 is not with 800+ CSS lines inside the templates.

On the contrary, XOOPS 2.2.3 allows blocks and modules to add CSS stylesheet files to the page instead of manipulating with template variables like $xoops_module_header or including CSS directly in the templates.


Excuse my ignorance regarding 2.2+. I havent touched it as I was waiting for things to cool down as well as waiting for it to stretch it's legs a bit.

That's welcomed news. I was shaking my head saying they can't be doing this.

By all means, there was no offense meant towards 1.4 - it has some great features, I just think someone needed to pull the reins back at a point.

I guess the easiest method is i'll just make a quick blocks module instead of slicing this up, pull all the unnecessary stuff out of news_top.php ... and so on.
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Re: News 1.4 Vets
  • 2005/11/4 10:08

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Another Q. Can i take the 800+ lines of style instructions for this BLOCK out of TEMPLATE and put it in the style.css? Is all of 2.2.3 like this?

/me hugs 2.0.13.2
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Re: Need Help
  • 2005/11/4 5:23

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go to the themes folder - name of the theme your using folder. there you'll find the images, theme htmls etc for customizing.

As for only four things?? what modules do you have installed?
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News 1.4 Vets
  • 2005/11/4 4:44

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Hey!

I recently grabbed the News 1.4 and loaded it on my test box to get familar with it and to eventually move over to the main site. I like the titles as well as being able to add Meta's per article. That was a GREAT IDEA putting that in, Props!

I loaded the module and did the upgrade instructions - worked fine.

Problem is - blocks. I have modified the blocks heavily and expected some problems getting them back to the way "I" want them to display, but not what I'm running into.

When I opened up the "recent news" block's - wow. lots of stuff/options. Good stuff, but I don't need it or want it. And, for some reason, no matter what I do to the dang template it's still wants to do what it wants.

Is there a way I can add the old recent news block back into the mix? (assuming starting with the version.php) or maybe add a dummy file to make my own template/block?

Frustrated - but not beat.

Thanks!
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Re: Leecher on Request Modification Download modules
  • 2005/11/1 12:31

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  • Since: 2003/3/30


Yip, that sucks.

I use a .htaccess file to thwart it (shrugh)

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond 
%{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www.)?yourdomain.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteRule .(zip|exe|tar|gz)$ /images/nohotlink.jpg [L]
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Re: Backing Up the Xoops.Org MySQL Database
  • 2005/11/1 11:56

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  • Since: 2003/3/30


I find this the best solution for grabbing/restoring large databases that are remotely hosted.

http://www.ozerov.de/bigdump.php

Hope it helps!
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