‘WordPress Tips’ Category

Does It Matter If I Use 1 Plugin Or 100s Of Them?

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June 19th, 2009
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One of my friends recently asked me a question whether using too many plugins made any difference on how his blogged worked and performed, I thought it best to give that answer to a broader audience, so here goes.

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Notify Users About Changes In Plugins In Plugin Dashboard

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June 18th, 2009
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WordPress plugins are updated quite frequently and that is not a hassle anymore due to WordPress having a inbuilt mechanism to allow users to update their plugins from the plugins dashboard.

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WordPress Tips From Twitter, Digest #1

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June 17th, 2009
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WLTC Community, WordPress Tips

Just a few days ago we asked users to send us WordPress tips to our twitter account @weblogtooltips, and there are several interesting things we came across. Here is the fist digest of interesting news that we came across on twitter.

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Top 10 Characteristics of a Great WordPress Plugin

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March 28th, 2009
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Like most of you, I have experimented with many WordPress plugins. I have seen a lot of great plugins and also a lot of bad plugins. I am a bit of a WordPress plugin developer myself, and I admit that I borrow many ideas from other good WordPress plugins. From that experience I have consolidated these good ideas into a checklist that you can follow when reviewing or coding a new WordPress plugin. Here are my picks of the top characteristics that make a great WordPress plugin. 10. Easy Installation I have seen plugins that require you to modify code after plugin activation to be able to get it to work properly. The instructions were documented clearly in the readme.txt file, but most of the users seem to have missed it (I could tell from the frustration in the plugin support thread). Not everybody reads the installation instructions inside the […]

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Screencasting Resources at WordPress.tv

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January 30th, 2009
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Blogging News, LinkyLoo, WordPress Tips

Screencasting Resources (Part One).: Michael Pick of WordPress.tv fame has started to put together a list of resources for screencasting. The goal is of course to add this user generated content to WordPress.tv for everyone to avail of. You could also add your videos and screencasts to WeblogToolsVideos.com

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WordPress News for 1/15/2009

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January 15th, 2009
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Matt has put together a tool to easily access (most) of the WordPress.org Plugin stats API using a simple GET string. It returns data back as JSON, and you can see the docs + example at http://api.uproot.us Though the functionality is dependent on the future availability of the endpoint at uproot.us (I wish the source for the API was available), I can see lots of possibilities for plugin developers. Drew has put together a tutorial to optimize your Apache VPS for WordPress that is worth a looksee if you are running a small VPS and need that extra oomph. Lastly, via Zedomax, I came upon a small tweak for MySql that could (and has in my case) dramatically improve MySql performance. Check out Angsuman’s tip and explanation if you are interested. Be forewarned that this might have other impacts on your MySql depending on the amount and type of load […]

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Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area

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December 19th, 2008
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Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks.: Noupe has a nice writeup on mastering WordPress 2.7 Admin and understanding how to use the new features of WordPress 2.7 in your theme. These include 1.1. Enhancing Comment Display – Threading, Paging, etc. 1.2. Make this post sticky 1.3. Post Classes 1.4. wp page menu 1.5. Logout Link 2.1. Keyboard Shortcuts for browsing and moderating comments 2.2. Reply to and Edit comments from Admin Area 2.3. Edit comments from Admin Area 2.4. Allow plugin installations via web interface from Admin Area 2.5. Admin’s new Navigation Menu 2.6. Interesting Dashboard Modules: QuickPress & Recent Drafts 2.7. Quick Edit Option in Admin area 2.8. Auto Close Comments And Trackbacks 2.9. Bulk Edit Posts I wish there were anchors or separate pages to link directly to each piece, but alas they are all lumped together. This is a nice read nonetheless.

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easyComment Firefox Extension

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easyComment Firefox Extension: “easyComment enables you to One-Click Comment on WordPress Blogs which makes it an perfect tool for people who comment on a lot of different Weblogs and who don’t want to sign up on every single one. You’ll have to define your Personal Data once in the Preferences Dialog and every time you click the easyComment Button on the bottom Status Bar in your Firefox window, it searches the comment form on the current page and fills it with your data saving you a huge chunk of type-in work.” from the author’s post. Hat tip to Keith, found via the Weblog Tools Collection Crew LifeStream

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10 Optimization Tips

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November 12th, 2008
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WordPress FAQs, WordPress Tips

Even though WordPress works pretty well out of the box, there is still a number of optimization tips that can be accomplished to make WordPress function that much better. Vladimir Prelovac has done an excellent job describing ten optimization tips that you can use on your own WordPress installation. The tips and techniques range from optimizing database tables to implementing caching. There should be at least one or two tips within this article that everyone can implement on their own blog. Here is a sample for you to chew on: Tip #1: If you are expecting a Digg Front Page you are likely to exceed your current limit of maximum concurrent MySQL connections which is among the prime reasons a site failing a Digg traffic spike. You can prepare by increasing this number to about 250 using this line in the config file. max_connections = 250 Check out the full […]

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