The website I made for Rachel and myself is, of course, run on WordPress. After looking through some themes, I eventually settled on the Forever theme. Forever is a WordPress.com theme, but can be downloaded via SVN from
https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/forever/1 so someone can use it on a self-hosted WordPress installation. Everything was going great, but I couldn’t find the plugin for this really neat widget they have that counts down to The Big Day:
It’s called Milestone and as of January 2012 it was supposed to be included in a future release of Jetpack, the official WordPress plugin for things of that nature.
But here we are in August and there’s no plugin.
And I don’t know what the timeline is for actually releasing it.
So I did what any engineer would do when they don’t want to wait, I made my own version. There’s decent enough documentation on the backend and the front end is just stylized with CSS. It’s a pretty simple implementation and only took a few hours to crank out. There are some more things I want to add and tweak, like adding a drop down calendar select and better input checking, but it will work for now.
Here’s how it looks:
It’s a quick solution that I hope others will enjoy too. I also got a chance to try out using a deploy script to help automate the push from GitHub to SVN. This could help a lot of things go smother.0
svn co http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/milestone/↩