‘HOW-TO’ Category

Configuring WP Permalinks

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January 16th, 2008
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Quite often, we hear of the terms (permalinks or pretty permalinks) which can also be called SEO-friendly URLs. These URLs are not only SEO friendly, but I believe they are human friendly as well. By default, WordPress uses URLs that look like a mishmash of letters and numbers with a few question marks mixed in for good measure. These types of links are frowned upon by search engine spiders and as a human being, they are also hard to read. Fortunately, WordPress provides a way for us to change this linking structure to something understandable. WordPress calls these Permalinks. Permalink settings can be configured a number of different ways. One of the ways to quickly configure permalinks is by choosing one of the Common Options. These common options include: Default – http://www.domain.com/?p=123 Date and name based – http://www.domain.com/2008/01/15/sample-post/ Numeric – http://www.domain.com/archives/123 There is no sense in using the default option […]

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Install WordPress Locally – Part 2 Of 2

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January 3rd, 2008
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Welcome to part two of a two part series of articles that will guide you through the process of installing a fresh copy of WordPress or your public WordPress blog to your local machine. The first part of this series covered the installation and configuration of WampServer. Now it’s time to move on to the hard, technical stuff. Installing WordPress Fresh: One thing you must know before we move on is that, by default, your database username is ‘root‘ and the default password is blank. In other words, there is no password assigned to the username of root. This would be extremely insecure if this web server were made available to the public but because it’s assigned to the local address of your machine, you have nothing to worry about. To begin, left click on the WampServer icon and select PHPMyAdmin. Where the text labeled CREATE NEW DATABASE is located, […]

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Install WordPress Locally 1 Of 2

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December 30th, 2007
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Welcome to part one of a two part series of articles that will guide you through the process of installing a fresh copy of WordPress or your public WordPress blog to your local machine. The first part of this series will guide you through the installation and configuration of a piece of software called WampServer. Why would you want to do this you ask? Having your WordPress blog installed on your local machine not only acts as a backup, but it gives you the option of really digging into the inner workings of your blog without having to worry about it breaking and therefor, rendering the thing useless to the public. Not only that, but it’s much faster to play with things on your local machine than it is with a LIVE site on the internet. For this article, I am using Windows XP Service Pack 2 and something called […]

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Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere

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November 3rd, 2007
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The Washington Post has an article called Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere which is on how to make your blog more popular. I used to like linking to a couple of these in a month but lately “write a better blog” articles have turned into “how to make affiliate money online”. This one from the Washington Post however, is down to earth and easy to read and follow, which are important qualities in How To articles.

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WordPress Theme Cheat Sheet

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The WordPress Help Cheat Sheet: Is a nifty little collection of code snippets and helpful bits of information aimed directly towards theme and template developers who need a reminder once in a while. Nice to print out and put somewhere handy. If you get lost looking for the link to the actual PDF download, look for it at the bottom of the post, towards the right under the word link. (yes, the authors need to make the most important content of a post easily visible and identifiable)

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Blogs and the Mobile Web

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September 27th, 2007
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Five Reasons Why The Mobile Web Sucks and the counter arguments from Russell (warning, littered with expletives) made me think about blogs, mobile web and the proliferation of blogs on mobile phones and mobile browsers. Since I am closely involved with many of the technologies that are being bolstered or criticized on those posts, I have my own opinions about some of them. Wireless carrier networks are SLOW: I am not so sure. Sprint has decent speeds and I can surf just fine on my phone or by using it as a modem. It is not as good as my 17 Mbps cable modem, but when I was stuck in a hospital and needed to call my parents in India using Skype via Sprint through my 755p, it worked like a charm. My VPN back to work and most surfing done over the phone was painless and got me through […]

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WP Plugins, Windows, Subversion and Extend

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September 18th, 2007
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How to Maintain Your WordPress Plugin from a Windows Workstation using Subversion: A step by step, illustrated set of instructions painstakingly put together by Roland on how to use Subversion on a Windows machine and use it to add your plugin(s) to the WordPress Extend section. I love tutorials like this. Thanks Roland.

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WordPress File Uploads With IIS 7

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September 13th, 2007
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WordPress File Uploads With IIS: Joseph figured out how to fix permission issues with IIS 7, PHP 5 and Windows Vista. This might help someone in the future.

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The “More” Tag on a WordPress Page

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Nathan Rice wrote about WordPress’s ability to make any page a homepage. One problem I ran into using the technique of pages was the inability to use the <!–more–> tag to display partial posts. Apparently this is default behavior (for good reason) on pages. However, when using Nathan’s technique, I found myself in a unique situation where I only wanted to show a partial post (on a page) if the post was making use of the <!–more–> tag (apparently, I’m not alone). The technique is rather simple. Simply declare a variable named $more as a global and set it to false right before showing your content. If you wish to resume normal behavior after the content is shown, simply set the variable back to true. <?php global $more; $more = false; ?> <?php the_content('Continue Reading'); ?> <?php $more = true; ?>

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