Tags: customizations

10/05/14

  07:20:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 549 words  
Categories: Software, b2evolution

Upgrade to 5.1.2

Probably less major effort to merging customizations into this update, partly because it wasn't that long ago that I merged 5.0.9 into my site. When there are diff patches, I tend to merge those into my site...while the bigger releases its figure out how to reapply my customizations to it. Though there wasn't a huge amount of change between 5.0.x and 5.1.x, within the areas that I had made customizations to.

Some were also obsoleted by updates. And, some of the customizations I should convert to using methods that exist in the newer versions and abandon my old patches. Such as how to add additional smilies (where I'm using a combination of the two methods.) Or skin customizations (like custom meta or javascript), where I continue to patch foward from older sites but have done through the Advanced tab on my newer site.

One area of extra work was updating my skins to the new versions, not as bad as 4.x to 5.x was, but there were enough changes that I had dig around a bit to see what was going on and what was still needed.

The old skins should still work unchanged, but sometimes things break between versions...or things change slightly. I use three main skins for this setup. I had some time ago, made my own copy of 'custom' to avoid constantly recustomizing it after any update. And, I had settled on making a skin based on 'evocamp' for another. It was originally based on 'emerald' which was a 3rdparty skin, so there hadn't been a separate copy then. Which is probably why I didn't make my own copy of the 'photoblog' skin. Though since I used the Advanced tab and such to make most of the customizations to it, there was minimal adjustments to make to it. So, after updating my copies of the 'evocamp' and 'custom' skins. I shoved the new version up to my web host.

Ran the updates, and it largely worked. There were some oddness with $baseurl, $htsrv_url, and $allow_redirects_to_different_domain. Eventually came up with values of the first two that seemed to work right, and set the last to 'always'. Multidomain is kind of messy still. If $baseurl, changes with HTTP_HOST, Blog URL doesn't work unless none of my blogs use $baseurl. Plus there were oddities with logins or backoffice. Perhaps there needs to be another option for $allow_redirects_to_different_domain, and that is to allow them to a configured list of allowed domains.

The final bit was to make some readjustments to style.css, for my main site (based on 'custom'.)

And, then one more bit...the more and next-page toolbar buttons are missing....back patch those into _quicktags.plugin.php, even though the internal version didn't change.

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09/29/13

  10:53:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 656 words  
Categories: Software, b2evolution

Started to update skins, but upgraded to 5.0.6 first.

This weekends project was to update the skins to 5.x.

From the early 0.8x days of this blog, I had settled on a customized version of the custom skin. Recustomizing it each upgrade was annoying, until I found that I could make my own version of it and it would likely work. Though if there were (bug/security) fixes, it was easier to find out what those were and apply them to my version of the skin.

So, I created an LKC skin for the blog.

This worked surprisingly well, when I upgraded from 4.1.7 to 5.0.5 last weekend. In that I made no changes to any of its files, and it pretty much worked. There was some breakage which I later found was due to some reorganization in global css files due to global css (which I could've fixed by copying the global css files from 4.1.7 down to the skin directory level. But, it was easy enough to fix up some html tags in index.main.php and "free html widgets". Plus I also removed some other widgets in the process, such as no more Flash Tag Cloud, or the flash twitter widgets (which I guess were broken since the twimg.com incident anyways, and doesn't seem to be available anymore).

This single instance of b2evolution, is also home two a couple other sites now (I used run separate instances, of the heavily customized nature of the early days for this blog, but the work in maintaining them all was a pain, and since they're all with the same hosting provider...going multidomain seemed the better way to go, though it has its challenges.

So after I updated 'LKC', all the code I had changed to get around the css problem needed to be changed back now that it wasn't a problem anymore. Well, it didn't have to be, but the HTML tags I used had been deprecated for quite some time, so it was kind of strange using them again to make things work for a while.

The I turned to the other sites, first is the photoblog site, which is using the included photoblog theme directly...with minor tweaks. I should probably split that off someday. But, only one file changed between 4.1.7 and 5.0.5, though I had pulled up some files from global into it to make some customizations. Though in 5, there's back office means to do the same thing...so to update this skin, I removed those specific customizations and moved the information into the back office. In fact, I'm not sure what if anything I've changed to it for its current appearance. Though there's some things I think could be done better if I had some time to put into it.

Then the other was using 'emerald', which was a 3rdparty skin. I mainly wanted something simple with 3 columns, with the level of customizations that fit my desires at the time. It was originally released for 2.4, but somebody else had updated it for 3.0 or newer. And, while it suffered from similar problems to other old skins that I could work around, I had a desire to make it consistent with 5.x themes. I had checked the forums, and there was one post of somebody who was working on updating their theme which had been based on this to fit 5.x. Though looking at their site, I wouldn't have know it was emerald .... and, there were any details on what he had done to making 5.x...or not sure if it was the issues that I was having.

So, I looked around at other 3 column themes to try. Soon, I decided that I would just use 'evopress', an included theme...and make customizations to it. So I copied it into a different directory and changed _skin.class.php appropriately. And, then made some code changes, namely to post.main.php (some embedded javascript, with PHP wrapping to check window size) and then the bulk went into style.css.

Now its late, and I have road trip to UNMC tomorrow....

09/22/13

  08:40:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 577 words  
Categories: Software, b2evolution

Finally got around to upgrading to b2evolution-5.0.5

Well, I got the upgrade from b2evolution 4.1.7 to 5.0.5 done today. There had been a few failed starts over the previous few weekends.

I had a plan on how I was going to do it, which was aided the 3 way diffs between my site, the b2evolution-4.1.7 code and the b2evolution-5.0.5 code. Later I did a diff of just my site and the b2evolution-4.1.7 code.

Since it was easier to spot what I had done this way, since pretty much everything in the 5.0.5 side was changed... making it hard for the tool to show where my site differs from the 4.1.7 code.

I did that there was some cruft from previous updates or files that weren't part of the diffs. Perhaps diffs only contained files that had changed between point releases, and omitted files that were new. Or diffs and releases were different on how they handled reorgs. Hmm....

Anyways...in the end it was find what customizations I had done, and apply those changes to the 5.0.5 code. Though I later found that there is now a place in the 5.0.5 code to insert custom data instead of editing the _html_header.inc.php and _body_footer.inc.php. Wonder if I'll go back and try that. Currently, that only affects one skin. The other skins I use, I made copies of so I'll may need to see if they need to be brought up to 5.x. One of the custom skins is based on one that comes with b2evolution, but I've changed it so heavily that it was kind of painful patching it as part of every upgrade....until I went with making it separate. Don't know why I didn't do that with all of them. Though the other skin I may or may not need to update is not one that comes with b2evolution, so it may or may not have been updated for 5.x. Especially, since the current is for 3.x.

Kind of frustrating thing with b2evolution....the lack of current 3rdparty skins and plugins for it.

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09/30/12

  11:49:00 pm, by The Dreamer   , 188 words  
Categories: Software, b2evolution

Finally upgraded b2evolution

From 4.1.3 to 4.1.5b.

Maybe I'm getting better at these small patches, because it didn't seem as hard to do. Or perhaps because I was able to figure out my own customizations and back patch them into the patch or that I'm getting better at where I put my customizations....

Plus one of them matched one of the patches....resulting in just shifts in line spacing and newer comments. &#59;D

Though was getting worried considering I put off applying 4.1.4 so long that 4.1.5 came out, and became 4.1.5b. Though I would have to do them separately, but then it occurred to me that if 4.1.5 changes anything in 4.1.4 it'll overwrite those files. So, all I had to do was three-way diff and figure out what from mine goes into 4.1.5b and lay that down on top.

Though I did see that I have files that don't exist in either 4.1.3 or 4.1.5b...probably left overs from much earlier 4.x versions. Though was surprised to see that a plugin was newer in 4.1.3 than in my version. Not sure how that got overlooked until now.

There's other plugins that need updating, but I'll do that later....

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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