Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Fixing CSS Drop-Down Menus That Hide Behind Flash Objects

Posted: 30 Dec 2008 12:00 AM PST

This guest post was written by V Scott Ellis of Blackbox Technologies, a business that helps companies to maximize their web presence.  If you have WordPress knowledge and are interested in writing a post for WordPress Hacks, please contact us.

One of the more common issues with embedding a flash object on your home page (or any page for that matter) is that if it is near the navigation and you have CSS drop-down menus, then you may find your drop-down menu getting lost behind the flash object. If you haven’t dealt with this before it can feel like a nightmare, but fortunately it’s a pretty easy fix.

The Problem: You have a CSS based drop-down menu in your navigation and a flash element near it the menus may get “hidden” behind the flash object.

The Solution: Set the z-index of the div holding the flash to 1 and the z-index of the div holding the nav to 2.

In the flash element:

Look for the flash <object> tag and add the following code:

<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

You’ll want to insert this code right below the <param name=”quality” value=”high”> tag and include the code wmode=”transparent” in the flash <embed> tag .

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Alert Regarding the WP Marketer WordPress Plugin

Posted: 29 Dec 2008 09:52 AM PST

I know a lot of you also check our WordPress Forums daily, but for those of you that don’t, I wanted to pass along the following alert from Nick Roy regarding the WP Marketer WordPress plugin.  

For those unfamiliar with this WordPress plugin, it allows you to select keywords on your posts and pages and automatically convert them into in text ads and affiliate marketing links.

Unfortunately, it looks like there is a problem with this plugin.   According to Nick:

A word of caution about the WP Marketer plugin. The WP-Marketer plugin was is causing the /feed URL and PHP to core dump. The system was segmentation faulting (segfault) when performing a regex for display of a particular portion of the page. For example, when I would click on my feed url, it would say page could not be displayed. Also, it would create a bunch of core dump files on my server causing the diskspace to fill up rather quickly. I deactivated and activated each plugin separately until I found that it was the WP Marketer plugin.

I have removed 50+ core files from my website account that had been generated through accesses of the /feed.

Hopefully the author will catch this and get a fix in place here shortly!

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