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2 suggestions for 0.9: L10n improvement and an SEO issue

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  • Started 10 years ago by demetris
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  1. Hello, Ian!

    Congratulations on the work being done on 0.9. Thematic is getting better and better!

    To my suggestions:

    1. HONOURING CUSTOM DATE FORMAT

    Thematic does not use the date format set in Dashboard > Settings > General. (I can try and submit a patch for review if you are interested. I’ll just copy the code from a theme I trust, like Sandbox, Simplish, or Tarski.)

    2. USING AUTOGENERATED EXCERPTS AS META DESCRIPTIONS.

    If a post/page has no explicit manual excerpt, it may be better to not add a meta description at all. I recently posted a request about this on the HeadSpace forum:

    http://urbangiraffe.com/support/topic/option-to-disable-autogeneration-of-descriptions-if-there-is-no-manual-excerpt

    Note the Matt Mullenweg quote. It is interesting.

    See also:

    The manual Excerpt in WordPress. What, why, how, tips and plugins
    http://op111.net/67

    I did a little research on the subject while writing this and, while there is no way to tell, other than extensive testing, I tend to believe that AUTO-generated meta descriptions are not a good idea.

    Cheers,
    -dk

    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. Thanks for pointing this out, Demetris. Esp. the quote from Matt.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. You are welcome, Ian.

    I see no. 2 has already been taken care of. :-)

    Posted 10 years ago #
  4. If you do want to submit a patch for no.1 that'd be awesome.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  5. Ian, unless I got something wrong, this was easier than I expected. Just one line in the function thematic_time_display().

    I also did one change in thematic-options.php, to use the core-supplied function for the 32x32 icon instead of hard-coded HTML.

    This is the same function used in default WP settings pages, with one condition added, to check if the function exists.

    http://op111.net/c/tmp/thematic-r386-date-icon.diff

    Posted 10 years ago #
  6. Thanks! I'll test it out.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  7. Thanks!

    The screen icon code should be OK. I use it since the start of the year in Tangofy -- http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tangofy/ -- and no issues have been reported so far. :-)

    But it is not used in many plugins or themes. Maybe people don’t know about it.

    I run a search in a directory with about 200 themes and plugins, half of them have been updated for 2.7, and it only returned two instances, in two plugins by Lester Chan.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  8. @Demetris:

    Diff tested, confirmed and uploaded. (the time format thing)

    Thanks for your help!

    Cheers,

    Chris

    Posted 10 years ago #
  9. Fixed the icon. Thanks, Demetris.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  10. Thanks, Chris and Ian! Glad I could be of help.

    Posted 10 years ago #

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