Posts Tagged ‘HOW-TO’

Managing Trackbacks and Pingbacks in Your WordPress Theme

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With all of the recent discussion regarding trackbacks and pingbacks on Weblog Tools Collection, I thought I’d mention several ways one can deal with trackbacks and pingbacks in the context of a WordPress theme. The topics I will be covering in this article are on separating trackbacks/pingbacks from regular comments, and also how to remove trackbacks and pingbacks from a WordPress theme completely. Separating Trackbacks/Pingbacks From Comments I know what you’re thinking: numerous posts have already been written on how to separate trackbacks from comments. But what I present here is an actual separation using the “functions.php” feature for WordPress themes along with the regular “comments.php“. Both should be located in your theme directory. Figure 1: Theme Directory Setup Modifying the functions.php File The “functions.php” file is a lifesaver for any theme developer or tinkerer wishing to add custom code or functions to themes. The code in the “functions.php” file […]

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Add WP Search Engines To FF

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March 4th, 2008
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Jeremy Clarke mentioned to me about a way to search the Codex, WordPress support area and the plugin repository all from within FireFox. If you support users as I do in the WordPress IRC chat room, there are a lot of times where I do a search on the Codex to look up the page for a certain function that someone is inquiring about. Thanks to Jeremy’s tip, I no longer have to visit the actual page to perform a search. If you visit the MyCroft page on Mozdev.org you’ll notice a number of links that you can click on. Each one of these links are a search engine plugin that was coded for FireFox. What this means is that, you can add WordPress specific search engines to the search engine tool bar within FireFox which is usually occupied by Google by default. In order to install a SE plugin, […]

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Gravatars and WordPress 2.5

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March 3rd, 2008
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Several commenters mentioned on yesterday’s post regarding Gravatars without a plugin that WordPress 2.5 would be having built-in Gravatar support. And indeed WordPress 2.5 will come with Gravatar (aka, Avatar) support. Within this post I will demonstrate how Gravatars will be used with WordPress 2.5. As a side note, 2.5 has yet to be released as of this writing. Gravatars in the WordPress Admin Panel WordPress 2.5 marries theme authors and casual WordPress users together with support for Gravatars in the WordPress admin panel. WordPress users can access the Gravatars settings in the Settings->Discussion panel. If a theme author has decided to use the WordPress 2.5 function, then WordPress users can easily control their Gravatar usage in the admin panel. In the admin panel, WordPress users can change: Whether Avatars (aka, Gravatars) are displayed or not. Which rating of Avatars are shown. Avatars in the WP Admin Panel Please keep […]

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Adding Your Plugin to WP Extend Plugins With a Mac

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February 9th, 2008
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A while back I wrote about listing your plugin to the official WordPress plugins directory. The tutorial was for windows and I have been on the look-out for a Mac version. Since I have been unable to find one, I will present to you a step-by-step tutorial on how to add and modify your WordPress Plugin using a Mac. To begin this tutorial, I first have to make some assumptions. My Assumptions Your plugin has already been approved over at WP Extend Plugins. You are running at least OSX Tiger You have WordPress locally installed. If not, please read Jeff’s tutorial on installing WordPress locally. You already have Subversion installed. If not, here’s a good tutorial on installing Subversion on a Mac. If you have Leopard, Subversion is already installed. You have downloaded and installed svnX. svnX has a nice GUI for those who don’t like to use Terminal commands. […]

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Plugin Authors: Organize Bug Reports and Feature Requests Using the WordPress Plugin Repository

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January 18th, 2008
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One of the downsides of having a popular plugin is the amount of support requests, bug reports, and feature suggestions that come in. Well, it’s not that bad, but sometimes it’s difficult to organize what features should be added, what bugs must be tackled first, and what can just be ignored. If you’re one of the few and the proud over at WP Extend Plugins, you have a nice tool at your disposal to keep track of all your plugin related needs. The tool, you ask? It’s the trac ticketing system over at the WordPress Plugin Repository. WordPress Plugin Repository WordPress Plugin Repository – Trac Each plugin hosted on WP Extend allows the plugin author to post and assign tickets to their plugin. In fact, any member of the WP Support Forums can post a ticket against any plugin hosted in the official repository. Logging into the WP Plugins Repository […]

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Configuring WP Permalinks

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January 16th, 2008
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HOW-TO, WordPress FAQs

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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