In this post I will share my experience of adding a logo in front of the site title when using the Twenty Thirteen theme for WordPress. I’ve been learning WordPress basics in the last couple of months, but I am no expert to create a custom theme, so I will stick to default ones for the moment. Up until today I have been using the Twenty Twelve theme – this is fully a responsive theme and with the right plugins you get a pretty good functionality, at least for a technical blog, …but I find it a little dull. So I said why not try some more colour? Well, the Twenty Thirteen theme is certainly an answer for that. I gave it a try on my localhost, I liked it, so I decided to give it a try in production. This is so cool about WordPress, you can change the look of your pages pretty fast, as long as you haven’t invested much too effort in customizing one theme.

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1 - Select Apps

1 – Select Apps

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What is a friendly URL?

Since I started to really use the internet, about 13 years ago, I liked to bookmark useful and interesting links for later access. Of course my bookmarks list has been growing steadily ever since and it’s become difficult to just LOOK for some bookmark on a topic I remember I might have added to the list. So I do it the Google-way, I search for it by typing some relevant words. Besides tags and good titles, URLs that contain some of the words I look for, land at the top of the search results. The same is valid for search engines, who favour friendly or well constructed URLs.

Octocat Source code for this post is available on Github - is an open source project.

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1. Why Mybatis?

Short answer: simple, lightweight, open source, dynamic sql and sql control, previous iBATIS knowledge. Now let me elaborate a little bit on the subject. Back in the old days of, see Story of, I used my own MVC like framwork based on servlets to develop the web application and plain old JDBC to access the database. After “upgrading” to Spring MVC, I started using Spring’s JdbcTemplate for database access, which removed some of the boilerplate code. Later I got involved in projects where database access occured via iBATIS – Hibernate was there for a long time, but because of legacy reasons and no database normalization whatsoever, iBATIS was the optimal choice. By about the same time MyBatis had been just launched, so I read the documentation, did a pilot, liked it and switched from Spring’s JdbcTemplate to MyBatis. In the mean time I’ve been working on projects with Hibernate and JPA 2.0 with Hibernate used for persistence, so I’d say I have a pretty good overview on the most popular Java Persistence Frameworks. You have currently four major options:

  • JPA/Hibernate
  • myBatis (former iBatis)
  • Spring JDBC
  • JDBC

Octocat Source code for this post is available on Github - is an open source project.

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Sample Post with Feature Image
Image source: dargadgetz

This post demonstrate how to use feature images on your posts.

Just add:

  feature: filename.png

where filename.png is an image inside images folder. This image will be displayed on the top of your post.

Warning! The image height is not limited. The image width will be adjusted to fit on the post container, make sure to not use images with a high height.

Post content after <!-- more --> tag.