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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme: Joost de Valk from Yoast has posted a fantastic infographic (a very tall and descriptive image) of all the details on how a WordPress theme works. Very interesting for new theme developers, and a good frame of reference for WordPress DIYers looking to find a quick solution to a theme issue.

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More plugins for securing your WordPress install

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I wrote previously on securing a fresh WordPress install. Today, I’ll cover several WordPress plugins that can be used with fresh or existing WordPress installations to enhance security. I’m not going to cover recovering a hacked site, or exploit scanning tools like Exploit Scanner or WordPress Antivirus in this tutorial.

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Backing up your WordPress database with WP-DB-Backup

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I emphasized the importance of backing up in my basic security tutorial, but I discovered all of the backup tutorials I found were out of date. So here’s a tutorial on backing up your WordPress database with the terrific WP-DB-Backup plugin. The great thing about this plugin is that you can have it automatically send you backups by e-mail that you can save both to your local computer and optionally store in your Gmail or other web mail account and an additional off-site backup. This tutorial assumes you already know how to install plugins. This tutorial should be forward-compatible with WordPress 3.0

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How Do You Do That?

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Ever wanted to do something in WordPress but just wasn’t sure how? In my experience this happens quite often, mostly with people new to WordPress. But, even the experts run into trouble sometimes. Today I thought I’d start a series of posts which will aim to explain how to do certain things in WordPress. Hopefully this will cover anything from quick tips and simple little functions, all the way up to more complex custom code and the like. So, stick around and you just might learn something. I think I’ll kick off the series with a couple simple ones… Why isn’t this plugin working with my theme? This is probably one of the most common issues I read about regarding WordPress. Sometimes even more experienced WPers can get this one wrong. Now, I’m not saying this is the solution to all problems between plugins and themes. Its just that this […]

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WordPress Cheatsheet

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September 11th, 2009
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WordPress Codex has extensive documentation on the different template tags available for use in themes, but having a cheatsheet of all the available template tags can definitely come in handy.

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WordPress For Beginners: Understanding User Roles

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September 7th, 2009
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You have a role of doing something wherever you are at or at whichever position you are, those roles are pre-defined and involve certain things that you can do and cannot do, some times we do break rules, however with software we usually cannot.

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WordPress For Beginners: Exploring Admin Dashboard and More

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Now that you have learnt how to setup your blog and secured it by activating Akismet, I would like to give you a tour around the admin dashboard, this tour will help you get accustomed to managing WordPress more effectively.

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WordPress For Beginners: Setting Up Akismet

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July 21st, 2009
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Now that you have optimized your WordPress settings, you are almost ready to welcome visitors to your blog, however there are also some unwanted visitors called spammers.

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WordPress for Beginners: Publish post tips and tricks

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A couple of Twitter questions posted to @weblogtooltips (are you following us yet?) about publishing posts in the future with plugins make me think that some users of WordPress might not know about the cool features that are built right into the admin panel. (yes, WordPress does that) As the screenshot to the left shows, the publish box in WordPress holds a couple of hidden gems that might not immiediately be apparent. You can do one of two things with the fantastic post you just wrote (beside just posting it outright): You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog. This option is available on your “Add New Post” page under the Publish box. You have to click on “Edit” next […]

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