Category Archives: Website Update

DVD/Blu-ray Pages Updated With HTML5 Player

Star Wars: The Complete SagaOver the past several days, I have been going through all my DVD/Home Theater pages and replacing the Flash player used for the trailers to a HTML5 with Flash Fall-back player.  The older Flash player was by JWPlayer. Now, they do have newer HTML5 players but their free version had logos or watermarks on them which I didn’t like. The one I am using now is by MediaElement.js.

There were also a few DVD and Blu-rays I added to the list that I never got around to adding. They were: Chisum DVD, Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray, and Avatar Blu-ray.

As I went through all the pages, I looked for newer MP4 versions of the trailers, most of which I did get from YouTube. I also updated the HTML code on all the pages to conform to HTML5 standards. The player seems to work fine in both Firefox 50.1.0 and Internet Explorer 9 and 11 (I finally installed IE11 into my Windows 7 system yesterday).

I then played around with a MediaElement.js Playlist Plugin on the Kill Bill: Volume 1 DVD page so I could show the older trailers which I really liked. The Playlist option doesn’t have a Flash fall-back option, however.

I’m now contemplating going through the remaining movies and adding trailers to those that don’t have one. So far I’ve done this with The 13th Warrior and 2010: The Year We Make Contact. I actually made the The 13th Warrior’s trailer from the DVD since the ones on the internet are so bad. Anyway, I guess that’s it for now. :)

Blog Updated to WordPress v4.7

A quick note to say I just finished updating my blog to WordPress v4.7 which contained a number of behind the scenes changes. As always, I backed up my files and database first. The update seems to have gone smooth and this is a test post to make sure everything else on this side is still working.

An update of the Twenty Twelve theme that I use was also available. I used WinDiff to compare the current 2.2 version with the previous one and determined there was nothing I needed to do with my child theme. They also introduced a new Twenty Seventeen default theme which I might have a look at later. The update doesn’t install it. You have to install is separately, which I think is the correct approach. :)

Galleries Updated to Zenphoto v1.4.13

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Updated both of my galleries (mine, Mysstie’s) to Zenphoto v1.4.13. Followed their upgrade instructions and backed up the themes and zp-core directories as well as the database before copying over the new files.  I then used Windiff and code comparisons in PSPad to integrate any new changes in the default Garland theme into my custom Garland theme. The gallery.php and themeoptions.php files were the only modified files in this version from the previous.  So far everything seems to work great! :)