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WordPress News for 3/31/09

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Learn how to create a sleek and stylish WordPress theme in Photoshop with this tutorial from PSDVibe. A little tweak with a little creativity could land you a personalized theme. Once you put together your new theme, don’t forget to offer it to others to download and enjoy! Learn some new tricks and discover new tools and plugins to speed up your WordPress blog. I have run into some scalability issues with this blog recently and have learned quite a bit. Jean-Baptiste tells us about 10 awesome .htaccess hacks for your WordPress blog including the ability to redirect visitors to a maintenance page while you can continue to see and work on your blog.

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WordPress for iPhone Version 1.2 Available

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The new version of WordPress for iPhone (and iPod touch) app is now live and available for download in the iTunes App store. This version has a lot of fixes/enhancements that many people (including me) have been waiting for. I’ve been playing around with version 1.2 for a little bit and here are some of my first impressions. New Features (and Some Comments) Landscape mode with extra wide keyboard This is probably the most desired feature for this application simply because it is physically painful to type a full length blog post in the iPhone portrait keyboard. I am glad that the portrait keyboard restriction is now a thing of the past! Link creation help I wasn’t sure where this feature was hiding at first, but I soon found the trick to invoking this feature. Basically anytime you are writing, you can type something that resembles a link (for example […]

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The manual Excerpt in WordPress. What, why, how, tips and plugins

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February 24th, 2009
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The manual Excerpt in WordPress. What, why, how, tips and plugins.: Demetris has a written a very nice, well illustrated and explained tutorial on the WordPress excerpt and how to manipulate it to take full advantage of it. WordPress excerpts, which are not excerpts, make a WordPress site easier to browse and its content easier to discover. In addition, when also used as META descriptions, good excerpts bring more and better traffic from search engines. Topics discussed include: What is the WordPress excerpt Why write excerpts in WordPress How to write excerpts WordPress Excerpt Editor Excerpts as META descriptions Notes, Miscellaneous Links In Demetris’ style, the tutorial is very well written and well fleshed out.

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Mastering WordPress Shortcodes

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February 11th, 2009
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Mastering WordPress Shortcodes.: Smashing Magazine had a nice instructional writeup on mastering WordPress shortcodes and creating new ones to make one’s blogging life easier. Shortcodes are small peices of pre-determined code (viewable in the HTML version of a post) that are later expanded by WordPress when a post is published and subsequently displayed. Shortcodes are already used by WordPress for many internal functions such as albums. This tutorial goes into details of the shortcode API in WordPress and into some detail of creating advanced shortcodes to accomplish tasks such as Send to Twitter (or consequently, send to Techmeme via Twitter) Create an RSS feed link Insert Adsense into a post Insert an RSS reader into a post Add shortcodes to sidebars Please let us know if you have used any of these or know of/have created others that might be useful.

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WordPress Notifier for Mac OSX

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December 13th, 2008
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WordPress Notifier for Mac OSX.: This is a freeware tool that sits in your Mac OS X status bar and displays the current unapproved comment count on your WordPress blog. WordPress notifier works with WordPress 2.7 and above and works for blogs on WordPress.com. The screenshots look pretty cool!

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10 Useful RSS Tricks and Hacks For WordPress

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December 9th, 2008
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10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress: A quick link to a set of tools, tips and tricks aimed towards offering a more personalized RSS feed for your WordPress blog from Smashing Magazine. Some of these have been hashed in the past but a few caught my attention including the hack that makes it very easy to display a feed from another blog with next to nothing in code or the one to “cleanly” get rid of RSS feeds from a WordPress blog.

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WordPress News for 11/25/08

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November 25th, 2008
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First on the list is a large collection of WordPress video tutorials, tips and tricks ranging from the very basic to the very advanced from SpeckyBoy. This list also includes our very own Weblog Tools Videos which lists various WordPress and blogging videos, tips, tutorials and reviews. Noupe has listed 11 new “Most Wanted” hacks for WordPress in a nice illustrated list. The new hacks include protecting your pictures from hotlinking and Custom Google Search for WordPress. WPMU has received 37 nominations for their WordPress MU awards for 2008 and are looking for people to help choose the winners. View the nominations and vote for them. Michael Kubler has written up a tutorial to make WordPress captioned images work as expected on your WordPress theme. Captioned images were introduced in WordPress 2.6 (I believe). This blog had the same problem till we managed to wrangle the extra CSS code for […]

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WordPress Favorite Actions and Custom Write Panels

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October 27th, 2008
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Ozh has written up a nice article on the new WordPress 2.7 Favorite Actions menu and puts out the call to developers to write a plugin that would automagically determine the favorite actions of a particular blogger and populate that menu with those options. That would be a truly useful plugin and I would love to see it. Now that we are talking about the Favorite Actions menu and we know that actions can be removed, is there going to be competition/confusion between plugin authors who want to add a link to their plugin’s admin page to the top of that menu? Anyone plan on writing such a plugin? I recently talked about a tutorial on creating Custom Write Panels in WordPress and thanks to WPCandy, have now found a pretty slick plugin that mimics that feature and adds a lot more. Flutter lets your modify your write page and […]

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Tutorial: Creating Custom Write Panels in WordPress

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Tutorial: Creating Custom Write Panels in WordPress.: A fantastic, detailed and quite useful tutorial on creating custom write panels for the WordPress Write Post page. I had written something similar for the WordPress Jobs site and it turned out to be a fantastic tool to quickly get to and add/modify Custom Fields in posts. Custom write panels are most useful for customized installations of WordPress and could be used to add many different types of information into a post both easily and quickly. The image below shows a couple of examples of custom panels and I am sure there are hundreds more. This tutorial makes use of Custom Fields in WordPress using the various functions that help manage Custom Fields (I keep typing customer), and is a shining example of how useful and flexible Custom Fields can be in developing a full CMS with WordPress. Since the final code is […]

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