b2evolution with gravatars and https

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 428 words, 1834 views
published on 05/27/14 12:53:00 pm

I recently installed a private testing blog using b2evolution 5.0.9 and configured it to operate as a user forum. Connections to the site are encrypted with an SSL certificate and, after a little messing about with the htaccess file to make sure that all non-www connections were redirected to www, and http connections were redirected properly to https, I noticed that the shiny new "protected by SSL" icon in the web browser's address bar had changed.

Image showing broken SSL connection when using gravatars in b2evolution

I've worked with SSL in the past and I immediately suspected that it was an issue with off-site images being drawn from a non-secure location. After some grepping of the source code I discovered it was the gravatar system which is now installed on this blog. (For those of you who don't know what gravatars are, they're the little cartoon avatars that appear beside your posts or comments.) So, here's how to patch your b2evo site to work behind an SSL Cert while also using gravatars...

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b2evolution skin Route 53 (re)released for b2evo 2.41

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 413 words, 218791 views
published on 08/25/08 08:24:00 pm

b2evo skin: Route 53B2Evo Skin: Route 53
The Route 53 template design was born of memories of Sunday drives along colorful country roads in autumn. Thanks go to Afwas for porting this popular b2evo skin to b2evolution 2.41, since I haven’t had nearly enough time to keep up with skin design lately.

The Route 53 b2evo skin follows closely in the footsteps of previous template designs released in the ‘Smoothe’ series and is 100% XHTML Transitional compliant. It uses valid CSS 2.0 style sheets. Additionally, as with previous releases in the ‘Smoothe’ series of b2evo skins, Route 53 has been designed for 1024x768 monitor resolution.

Thanks go to Trisha for naming this b2evolution skin.

b2evo skin Route 53 released for download

The Route 53 skin available for download here has been reduced of extras and will function smoothly on a base b2evolution 2.41 installation. This copy contains customized stylesheet entries for the Search Cloud plugin available from the b2evolution website.

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b2evolution skin December (re)released for b2evo 2.41

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 326 words, 221435 views
published on 08/25/08 08:07:00 pm

Custom b2evolution template design called DecemberThis is a version of the original December skin for b2evolution 1.10x, now ported to b2evolution 2.41 by Afwas.

The December template for b2evolution blogs is another release in the ‘Smoothe’ series of templates. Like the previous releases in the ‘Smoothe’ series, the December skin is 100% compliant with the XHTML Transitional specification and uses valid CSS 2.0 stylesheets. It has been designed with a static layout for 1024x768 monitor resolutions.

This skin contains the following:

  1. The skin contains customized icons for delete, edit, and permalink
  2. It contains pre-built styles for the Search Cloud plugin for b2evolution
  3. It contains a custom icon and styles for blockquotes

b2evolution 2.41 template December released for download

This b2evo skin is being released for download under a Creative Commons License 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

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b2evolution skin Lush (re)released for b2evo 2.x

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 393 words, 200045 views
published on 04/14/08 08:31:00 pm

Custom b2evolution template design called LushThe impending return of spring and warmer temperatures makes for an appropriate time to re-release the b2evo skin Lush, originally designed for b2evolution 1.10.x. (Alright, in all honesty, it’s just a lucky coincidence that I’ve found time to port these skins to b2evo 2.x at the same time as winter is on its way out. But it sounded good though, didn’t it?)

The Lush b2evolution template is another b2evo 2.x re-release in the ‘Smoothe’ series of templates. Like the previous releases in the ‘Smoothe’ series, this b2evolution skin is 100% compliant with the XHTML Transitional specification and uses valid CSS 2.0 stylesheets. It has been designed with a static layout for 1024x768 monitor resolutions.

Use the skin switcher in the sidebar to the right to get a live preview of the Lush skin before downloading.

This skin contains the following:

  1. The skin contains customized icons for delete, edit, and permalink
  2. It contains pre-built styles for the Search Cloud plugin for b2evolution
  3. It contains a custom icon and styles for blockquotes

Lush blog template re-released for b2evo 2.x

This b2evo skin is being released for download under a Creative Commons License 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

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b2evolution skin Wheelz (Blue) (re)released for b2evo 2.x

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 355 words, 202073 views
published on 04/14/08 04:51:00 pm

b2evo skin: WheelzHere’s the next re-released/ported skin for b2evolution 2.x. This b2evolution template, entitled “Wheelz (Blue)“, is being released (under a Creative Commons license) for free download. Download and use carries the same restrictions as the original release, namely that the credits in the header and footer as well as those in the stylesheet, are left intact.

This blog template was originally designed for use with automotive blogs of car project journals, but can be used by anyone who likes the colorscheme and the layout…

This release, as with the original b2evo 1.10.x skin, is 100% XHTML Transitional compliant. It uses valid CSS 2.0 style sheets. Additionally, as with previous releases in the “Smoothe” series of b2evo skins, the Wheelz skin has been designed for 1024x768 monitor resolution.

Continue on to the pseudo-legal stuff and the download file…

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b2evolution skin Vastitude (re)released for b2evo 2.x

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 337 words, 216655 views
published on 04/12/08 10:44:00 am

b2evo skin: VastitudeThis is the second re-release in the original Smoothe series of b2evo skins, now ported to, and released for, b2evolution 2.x.

This b2evolution template, entitled “Vastitude", is being released (under a Creative Commons license) for free download with the same restrictions as the original release, namely that the credits in the header and footer and those in the CSS stylesheet file remain intact.

This release, as the original b2evo 1.10.x skin, is 100% XHTML Transitional compliant. It uses valid CSS 2.0 style sheets. Additionally, as with previous releases in the “Smoothe” series of b2evo skins, Vastitude has been designed for 1024x768 monitor resolution.

Continue on to the pseudo-legal stuff and the download file…

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Blog Skin 'Underground' (re)Released for b2evo 2.x

published by Andrew Hreschak, using 667 words, 198221 views
published on 03/29/08 02:29:00 pm

Updated 12 April, 2008 (New Download Release)

Custom b2evolution 2.x skin called UndergroundAt long last I’ve gotten around to porting my original b2evo skin designs which I dubbed the “Smoothe Series” to b2evolution 2.x. I know many people had requested that I port my skin designs to b2evo 2.x and I didn’t intend to take so long to actually do the development on these but, with so many other things going on in my life, it was difficult to find enough free time to sit down and do it.

This is the first redesign release from the original series of ‘Smoothe’ templates. I’ve done my best to duplicate the layout and style of the original 1.10.x b2evo skin as closely as possibly. Since the core of the b2evolution application and the manner in which the blog itself is now handled has changed somewhat (to a more modular configuration), an exact port of the skin was not entirely possible but I think I’ve managed to very closely maintain the original design. This b2evo skin was ported on a clean installation of b2evolution v2.41 though it should work with any 2.x release.

I’m releasing this first ported b2evo skin, entitled “Underground", for free download with the same restrictions as the original release, namely that the credits in the header and footer and those in the CSS stylesheet file remain intact. Additionally, as this is my first attempt at porting one of my skins to b2evo 2.x, I have a request to make of anyone who downloads and uses it:

I need feedback on this skin…
I need to know if you encounter any difficulties with it…
I need to know if I’ve overlooked any necessary elements in the stylesheet…
I need to know if anything *gasp* breaks in the template file.

So, once you’ve installed it and used it for a few days, just pop back over here and share your thoughts. Does everything work? Does anything need to be looked at and adjusted? I’d appreciate any feedback offered.

Ok, on to the good stuff…

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