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WordPress FAQ: Moving WordPress

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February 27th, 2011
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So, you’ve just installed WordPress, but you’re not happy about the /wordpress/ that it adds at the end of your domain, or you’d just like to move it elsewhere. Fortunately, the process is rather easy. Go to the Settings section of your Dashboard and change the two URLs there to the location that you want to move WordPress to. Don’t panic, this will effectively kill your blog until you move all of the WordPress files to their new location. You may need to re-generate your permalinks at Settings/Permalinks in your Dashboard. Once that’s done, see our handy guide for changing links and images after a move. Moving a WordPress installation is not too much of a complicated procedure, but feel free to contact the WordPress Support Forums if you run into trouble.

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WordPress FAQ: Blocking Spam Registrations

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February 25th, 2011
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Spam is not limited to just comments. If you leave your WordPress blog open to new user registration, you could be hit by a wave of spam bots or rather nefarious individuals registering with hopes that you’ll give them a chance to post spam on your blog. First of all, do you really need open registration? If not, uncheck “Anyone can register” from the Settings area of your Dashboard. So, what if you need open registration? First, stop the bad bots from even visiting your blog with Bad Behavior. Now, you could certainly use a CAPTCHA on your registration form, but I wouldn’t bother with that. Several CAPTCHA have been broken by a simple program, and they just aren’t accessible. Instead, use Ban Hammer, which compares registration email addresses with your comment blacklist (just add them if you notice a trend) and the collective blacklist at Stop Forum Spam. Like […]

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WordPress FAQ: Audio and Video

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February 21st, 2011
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If you attempted to upload an audio or video file to a post in WordPress, you may notice that all you get is a link to download the file. If you want the file to actually play, you’ll need to use an extra plugin. By far, the most popular audio plugin is WordPress Audio Player. Video plugins are significantly less popular, probably because video files take up so much space and bandwidth, and it’s so easy to embed videos from external providers. When embedding audio and video, I prefer to use the Degradable HTML5 Audio and Video Plugin. Sure, it may require some file conversion, but it’s a great way to embed both audio and video files that use the browser’s native (non-Flash) player while also providing the option of a Flash-based player for browsers that don’t support HTML5 embeds. If you’d rather embed videos from an external provider, it’s […]

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WordPress FAQ: Dealing with Malware

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January 10th, 2011
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Recentently, we published two FAQs on finding free themes and free plugins, and both contained strong warnings about malware and steps to avoid infection, but what if your WordPress blog is already infected? The first thing to do is to confirm the existence of a malware infection by running the Exploit Scanner plugin. Once you have confirmed the existence of malware, refer to this handy Codex guide. Why simply link to the guide? Because this handy guide is updated by WordPress’ volunteer community to present the latest tips and tricks to clearing the latest malware infections from your blog. Of course, the best way to prevent a malware disaster is to regularly backup your database and files, but WordPress’ volunteer community has also compiled a list of recommended security measures. This is the fourth entry in our hopefully long-running WordPress FAQ series. What did you think, and what questions would […]

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WordPress FAQ: Finding Free WordPress Plugins

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January 4th, 2011
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Without a doubt, the best place to find free WordPress plugins is the official Plugin Directory. With over 12,000 plugins, compatibility polls, support tags, and usage statistics, it’s definitely the most complete resource out there. Most WordPress users can easily find and install plugins from the official directory via Plugins -> Add New in their Dashboard, but some may need to complete a manual installation. To install a plugin manually, download it and then use an FTP or SFTP client to upload the decompressed archive to your blog’s /wp-content/plugins/ directory. Once the plugin has been uploaded, you should be able to activate it from the Plugins section of your Dashboard. If it isn’t appearing, the plugin may have additional installation instructions. Plugins are not free from the dangers of malware, and can sometimes be far more dangerous than themes. Unfortunately, the plugin directory does not have a volunteer review staff […]

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WordPress FAQ: Finding Free WordPress Themes

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December 17th, 2010
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With theme malware on the rise, many users are left wondering where the safest place to find free WordPress themes is, or how to protect themselves from potentially dangerous themes. Without a doubt, the best place to find free WordPress themes is the official WordPress Theme Directory. Themes can be submitted to the directory by almost any author, but the themes are thoroughly checked for quality and safety by a team of dedicated volunteers. With over 1,200 free themes and a handy tag filter interface, you’d have a hard time not finding the perfect theme for your blog. There are certainly other places to find free themes, like Theme Lab, but how can you be sure that the theme you downloaded is safe? If you plan to download themes from anywhere but the official WordPress Theme Directory, you should install both the Exploit Scanner and Theme-Check plugins. Run the Exploit […]

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WordPress FAQ: Changing Links and Images After a Move

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December 13th, 2010
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So, you’ve just moved your WordPress blog following the official instructions, but what about all of your internal links and images? Even though you may have changed your main URL during the move process, your internal links and images will remain unchanged, leaving images broken and internal links pointing toward the old domain or directory. Sure, you could manually edit every single post or page, but there are other ways. The easy way is to use a plugin called Velvet Blues Update URLs. It’s a very simply plugin. You just enter your old URL, then enter your new URL, and this plugin take cares of the rest. I know, it almost seems too easy, but in this case it really is just that easy. Of course, if you want to make it a little bit more difficult, we sure can. What if Velvet Blues Update URLs disappears and you’re left […]

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FAQ On WordPress 2.5 Version 2

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April 9th, 2008
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Although the FAQ on WordPress 2.5 did an excellent job of answering a ton of frequently asked questions, users chipped in via their comments and ended up asking even more questions. This post will try to highlight a few of the questions brought up in that post and explain the answers in more detail. Q. Is there a way to see a count on the number of comments you have total? A. I’ve looked around for that particular detail and it has been omitted from WordPress 2.5. However, the good news is that a ticket has already been made (Ticket #6471) According to the change history, it looks like this will be one of those things that will come along with 2.6 and not WordPress 2.5.1. Q. What happens if i don’t upgrade to WP 2.5? A. This is open to opinion but I’ll point out the obvious. If you […]

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