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Retirement of Simpler CSS

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While the Simpler CSS plugin has likely served your needs over the past few months, I will no longer be developing the plugin. That’s because there’s a far better option out there for anyone who’s interested.

Yesterday, the WordPress folks released a plugin derived from the code they use for WordPress.com: it’s called WordPress.com Custom CSS. There’s a lot more functionality in that plugin, including advanced filtering of CSS with CSS Tidy and KSES. Custom stylesheet rules are saved in the wp_posts table, which means you can have revisions.

Most importantly, this is tested code that has been deployed on WordPress.com.

I highly encourage any users on WordPress 2.9 or higher to switch to the WordPress.com Custom CSS plugin. That being said, there is no easy route for migration from Simpler CSS to that plugin, because the storage methods are completely different. WordPress µ hosts should consult with users before switching, or enable both plugins for a period of time so that users can manually copy their code over. Since Simpler CSS continues to function for version 3.0-alpha, you may continue to use it without side effects.

Simpler CSS will not be developed after the current version, 0.4. However, users of WordPress versions between 2.7 and 2.9 are still welcome to download it from the plugin repository.

Note: I have made a decision to continue maintenance releases only for the purpose of ensuring that it continues to work.

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Written by Frederick

December 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

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Changelogs on the Plugin Directory

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I got word that the WordPress plugin directory now supports changelogs. This is great news for users, since they can now know what’s different in the new releases, right on the plugin directory site or even in their WordPress admin areas.

Changelog tab on the directory, via westi on wordpress

Changelog tab on the directory, via westi on wordpress

When I release the upcoming updates of Simpler CSS and Simpler iPaper, I will be sure to incorporate a changelog into the readme, but I will not be adding the changes from releases earlier than Simpler iPaper 1.1 and Simpler CSS 0.2b.

Written by Frederick

June 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Updates for WordPress 2.8

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Not too long ago, WordPress 2.8 was released.

Although the Simpler CSS and Simpler iPaper plugins have not been updated for WordPress 2.8, there are no changes in WordPress that would likely affect the proper functioning of the plugins.

In any case, updated versions will be released within the week. However, I am debating whether to update it to Tested up to: 2.8 or Tested up to: 2.9-rare, which is the version string used in the Subversion trunk as of June 18. We’ll see.

Addendum: Simpler iPaper will still be compatible with older versions as it moves forward. Simpler CSS will still be compatible with only 2.7 and up.

Written by Frederick

June 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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Simpler CSS plugin coming

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Building upon the Custom User CSS plugin by Jeremiah Orem, I’ve developed a Simpler CSS plugin that “just works”. Drop it into the `mu-plugins` folder on a WordPress µ installation, and you’ve just provided all your users with the ability to add custom styling to their blogs.

How it looks in the Appearance menu

How it looks in the Appearance menu

Screenshot of the Simpler CSS Options page

Screenshot of the Simpler CSS Options page

Coming soon — once the plugin is admitted onto the repository and directory.

(Unlike the Simpler iPaper plugin, which was released under the Apache License, this plugin will be released under the GPL in order to comply with the licensing of the project from which it was forked.)

Download a pre-release version.

Written by Frederick

March 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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Find us on the WordPress directory

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The Simpler iPaper plugin is listed on the WordPress plugin directory. On the plugin directory, users can always download the latest version of the plugin, read installation instructions, and rate the plugin.

Simpler iPaper on the WordPress plugin directory

Simpler iPaper on the WordPress plugin directory

Written by Frederick

October 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

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Hello world!

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The purpose of this site is to have a place where the “Simpler iPaper” plugin and other (future) plugins in the “Simpler Plugins” line can be distributed, can be documented, and can be discussed.

The development for the Simpler iPaper plugin is currently going on at Google Code. Find some bugs, fix some problems, or join the project.

I’ve also been considering not using WordPress.com for this blog, and instead using one of my own domains (or my PersonalLog blog hosting service, which has a name not suited to plugin development). However, it looks like I’ll be on WordPress.com for a while, at least until something urges me to move away from it.

Written by Frederick

September 29, 2008 at 9:09 pm

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