The Scrapbook theme is for those who love the warmth and energy of handmade things.  I have always believed that a design is more beautiful when it shows a bit of the creative process.  Our world is filled with amazing textures, colors, raw edges, spills and beautiful accidents.  Scrapbook brings a little bit of the handmade, haphazard beauty to the screen too often dominated by the aesthetics of machines.  It incorporates lively background textures of patterns and paints with papers to hold your words.  Scrapbook Summer is a celebration of color, while Scrapbook Winter delves deep into rich red hues and resonates there.  If you have a website with personality, this theme will allow it to shine.

Scrapbook has a lot of features under the hood, too, like a fully widgetized sidebar and footer.  There’s optional social networking links and Twitter integration, and built-in Twitter hovercards and sharing links on posts.  We’ve integrated formalizeCSS to beautify the boring form fields, dropdowns and buttons and give them a standardized appearance across all browsers.  We also added a shortcode that lets you integrate fancy text into your posts and pages simply by wrapping your desired content in [fancy] tags.

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Using the WordPress embed shortcode for YouTube, Vimeo, more

This was going to be a post on building a WordPress shortcode that you’d use like inside your posts to take care of the embedding.  My experience has been that when you flip over to HTML view to paste your code and then flip back to the Visual editor to finish your post, a lot of the embed code gets lost as the TinyMCE editor tries to “fix” what it sees as bad or invalid code.  I’ve always overcome this myself by putting in some placeholder text, like al;dkjflkjsflkdj, doing the rest of my post, and then replacing that with the embed code in HTML view and posting.  A shortcode would make things easier and take out a lot of the unnecessary hassle.

Turns out, they’re one step ahead of me.

Starting in 2.9, WordPress implemented the shortcode.  What this means is that you can wrap a YouTube or Vimeo url in url tags and WordPress will take care of the code part automagically.  You can even enter the url without the tags (if you put it on its own line, like so:

That’s great, but what if you’re a control freak and want to specify the size of the embed?  WordPress has got you covered there, too.  Scroll down to Settings and click on Media.  You’ll see this:

Here you can set the max height and/or width it will default to when it creates the embed code.  You can also disable the function to automatically try to create an embed for plain text urls.

Does it work with everything?  No.  For security reasons, they’ve limited the sites they create the embed for to a white list of approved sites.  But chances are, if you’ve thought to embed it, they’ve got you covered.  A complete list is on the WordPress Codex page for Embeds.  Is it perfect?  No.  In particular, I’ve noticed Vimeo doesn’t always scale according to what you set in the Media Settings.  Still, for what it does, it’s pretty awesome.  Especially if you’ve been doing it the hard way all this time.

Now, you can still create a shortcode if, for example, you wanted to simplify things one step further and do something like .  You can head over to Creating Simple oEmbed-Based WordPress Shortcodes on Viper007Bond if you want to get your hands dirty and play around with that.

What’s it look like?  Well, it looks a little like this:

What’s coming from Museum Themes

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone reading this blog for a successful first week.  We’ll be posting more promo codes on Twitter and Facebook, and we can’t wait to see our affiliate badges start popping up around the ‘Net.  Keep an eye out in those places and maybe bookmark #MuseumThemes to keep up-to-date on new happenings and see what people are saying.

Yesterday, I decided on a direction for this blog.  In addition to normal periodic news updates and the Museum Theme-specific support we provide in the Support Forums, we’ll be posting tips and hacks for customizing your WordPress theme.  These tips will be more general, not limited to support questions or our own Museum Themes.  The first post I’m planning, for example, will be on how to create a YouTube shortcode for WordPress to easily embed YouTube videos into your posts without the need for a plugin or jockeying with code.  In the future we may cover topics like adding custom header functionality (a new feature to WordPress 3.0 and used in the new TwentyTen default theme) and using an RSS aggregator like FeedWordPress or WP-o-Matic to aggregate content from other sites (Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, anywhere with an RSS feed, really).  In the past, when I’ve had something like that to write about, I’ve posted it to Arcane Palette (like our post on adding social bookmarking links to your posts or tweaking the search box to have a little “search this site” or other message inside the box that disappears when you click) or to my personal blog (like my original post on WordPress shortcodes and my piece about changing the default WordPress logo in the dashboard).  From now on, if it’s WordPress, it will go here.  We’ll still post on more general topics on Arcane Palette (like the recent post on using embedded web fonts with @font-face) in addition to our regular barrage of freebies and posts about art, and I’ll always post whatever is on my mind on jazzsequence.  Just, you know, not WordPress.

So that’s what’s on the horizon.  Check back here tomorrow for how to create a WordPress shortcode for YouTube embeds.