Hacking Wordpress plugins and themes to play nicely together

So this is probably the best demonstration I can give so far of the power of Open Source software. I implemented a new theme today, called Connections, and just recently implemented a plugin called Moody, however while both did what I required of them, the actual layout of the webpage left a little to be desired, as text displayed by the moody plugin started falling over into the actual post text. Also, I didn’t like that Moody would display “Current Mood” but not the name of the mood, since I find it a little hard to decipher it just from the image, so I wanted Moody to display the name of the mood as well.
So these were the objectives:

  1. Display not only the image of the mood, but the name of the current mood of the post

  2. Edit the theme so that the formatting was correct and no text would fall over into places it should not be

Because the software is open source, I could see the source code, and because I could see the source code, in less than ten minutes I had successfully edited moody’s configuration php file and the Connection theme’s style css file to work nicely. At least, that’s how its looking, I must admit, I’m now more than a little exhausted because I was only slightly exhausted on the last post, but got motivated to fixing the issues I had because I just couldn’t leave that bit undone tonight.
I don’t believe I’ve spent this much time behind the computer hacking away in quite awhile, I think I’ve been on my PC for at least 12 hrs a day since Tuesday. I’ve missed this sort of satisfaction from hacking dearly I realise. I think because of the types of jobs I’ve been falling into recently, my zeal for the realm of technology was lost for a bit because of the stone walls hit because of a lack of openess of the code, or the lack of challenges of the job. I’m really glad I’m rediscovering the joys I found when I first started hacking code, now if only I could find someone to pay me for doing this enjoyable stuff. :-)

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  1. Nissan Sep 24

    Testing the anti-spam plugin technology to allow Anonymous commenting…

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