Admin Bar Minimiser: Show or Hide the New WordPress Admin Bar with a Single Click

WordPress 3.1 brought with it a new Admin Bar. When administrators are logged in, the bar sits on top of all the front-end pages of the site, allowing quick access to some basic wordpress settings and functions.

The new Admin Bar seems to have been met with a love it or hate it reaction. Personally, I love the functionality, but I hate having to look at the bar all the time. Luckily, that’s where the Admin Bar Minimiser plugin comes in very handy. Instead of being forced to choose between enabling or disabling the bar completely, this plugin allows you to simply show / hide the bar with a single click.

My thanks go out to developer, dgwyer, for creating such a useful plugin.

Some Upgrades for One Digital Life

I wanted to have a complete redesign of the site by 2008, but that obviously didn’t happen. But, I did do a few small upgrades the other day. In addition to upgrading to the latest version of WordPress, I also added a some functionality through 2 great plugins…

SRG Clean Archives
This is a great plugin for making a more useful archives page. The default archive format for the theme I’m using just had links to the past months and categories. It wasn’t very useful. Now it has each post listed in chronological order. The plugin also has some spiffy Moo Effects built in, but I chose not to use those.

This plugin allows you to add Asides to your blog. I’m calling them Quickies. Asides (or Quickies) are things you want to link to or write about but don’t necessarily warrant a full-blown post. I’m still working out some formatting issues, but you can find the new Quickies in the sidebar. If you subscribe to the feed, the quickies will come in with all the standard posts. One nice thing about this plugin over some other methods for adding asides is it doesn’t limit the number of standard posts that get displayed on the page. All asides also get archived along with all the standard posts.