ilomilo secretly available in XBLA

ilomilo

If you’re into logic/puzzle games, then you should definitely get into ilomilo, an upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game developed by SouthEnd. Want to try it out but don’t see it available in the XBLA Marketplace? That’s because they made a super secret site that will generate a code for you so you can redeem it to gain access to the trial version. And if you enjoy the game enough that you want to buy it then you can do so right from the IloMilo trial itself! The game will run you a very meager 800MSP.

Haven’t heard of ilomilo before? Check out the ilomilo trailer to get a glimpse of the (awesome!) game. The marketplace also has an ilomilo theme you can grab.

WordPress blogger bundle from Appsumo.com

Earlier today I stumbled across a WordPress Blogger Bundle from Appsumo.com and it’s definitely worth the $32 it costs. I’m pretty cheap so I usually opt for the “free account” with services or just stick with open-source if need be. But this is definitely an awesome bundle to look into. The bundled apps value at ~$950 and you get the following:

Appsumo.com

  • Page.ly – 3 months of business hosting ($150 value)
  • BuySellAds – $50 advertiser credit
  • inboxSEO – 6 months ‘Standard’ Plan ($114 value)
  • WooThemes – Unite theme (plus 2 more of your choice)
  • PadPressed – PadPress WordPress Plugin + Theme
  • And eleven other apps/items

I decided to take advantage of the bundle namely for the BuySellAds credit and the WooThemes offer. That’s $32 for what would have been at least ~$120. Not bad!

Pluginless maintenance mode w/ functions.php

I’m always looking for ways to ditch plugins to keep from bloating WordPress even more than I already do ;). I prefer working on a live server so I end up resorting to utilizing .htaccess to allow access to a specified IP addresses only. Using this snippet in functions.php is way easier since it just looks if a user can edit themes and if they’re logged in. Easy peasy!

Toss this into your functions.php file.

// Admin Access Only
function maintenance_mode() {
  if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_themes' ) || !is_user_logged_in() ) {
    die('Maintenance.');
  }
}
add_action('get_header', 'maintenance_mode');

Displaying posts for current day using a query

For the last week I’ve been working on a new project of mine that is a heavily modified calendar theme for WordPress that displays video game releases. The original concept of mine was using an actual calendar but after having some issues with how it displayed (basically just bad UX/UI) I nixed that idea. I decided that I would rather display all current releases for the current day.

So here’s the custom query to display posts for the current day. You can edit the query parameters to be as specific (or general) as you need them to be.

<ul>
<?php
$today = getdate();
query_posts('showposts=-1&post_status=publish,future&year=' .$today["year"] .'&monthnum=' .$today["mon"] .'&day=' .$today["mday"] );
while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
<?php endwhile; ?>
</ul>