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Moving to WordPress

I have used my own CMS for about a year now, but last week, when I installed WordPress for my girlfriends homepage, I was kind of fascinated by its features. Although WordPress has no multilangual support out-of-the-box, but there was a plugin which made it possible. It’s called Polygot and allows the usage of multiple languages. Because WordPress is W3C conform by default, I decided to do the same with my design.

Afters hours of trying and fighting (especially with the IE box model bug), I found a way to realize this full height 2 column design with header and footer to work with Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer (5.5, 6.0 and 7.0). So now, I am proud to be able to put the “W3C Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Logo” on my page.

After finishing the design, I started to work with Polygot. It’s not very intuitive, so it took me a day to figure it out how to get it completely working. Date Strings weren’t translated, and WordPress itself didn’t set the filter for “single_cat_title”, which broke the design with the long language string. So I needed to hack my way through. Now, all that is left is to translate everything. Because this is a long process, I’ll be doing it over time. So if you find something untranslated, please tell me. Thanks!

One Response to “Moving to WordPress”

  1. Xiao Shen:

    Long time no see! How are you:)? Are you in Germany now? I am now studing in Boston. Hope to hear from you soon. By the way, if you have MSN, you can add me to the contact list, then we can talk more easily :)