Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Decreasing WP Auto Save Time

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January 18th, 2011
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How many times has the auto save feature in WordPress saved your butt? By default, WordPress auto saves posts every 60 seconds. Paul Maloney of WPZine.com has a snippet of code that you can add to your WPConfig file to decrease that time to increase peace of mind. If you don’t want to use the auto save feature, think about increasing the time to a week instead of disabling it completely. While reading about this tip by Paul, I started to wonder if Post Revisions were tied to auto saves because if they were, decreasing the auto save time would substantially increase the number of post revisions which in turn, would substantially increase the size of the database over time. After performing some simple tests, I discovered that auto saves are NOT tied to Post Revisions. Unlike Post Revisions, there is only one auto save that is continuously over written. […]

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Installing WordPress Without A Domain Name

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January 17th, 2011
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Miriam Schwab of WPGarage.com has a neat little tip that explains how to install WordPress without using a domain name. The trick involves editing the Hosts file on a Windows machine to specify a domain name for the server address the site is hosted on. Mike Little who published a comment on the article made note that it’s not a Windows only trick but can also be performed on Linux/Unix and Mac OSX. This trick enables the previous site to stay online until the last minute where a simple DNS change will switch to the new site.

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Assortment Of Tips For Consultants

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December 17th, 2009
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There is no shortage of WordPress consultants to choose from when it comes time to pay for custom development work. If you are aiming towards becoming a WordPress consultant, I encourage you to check out these advanced power tips for template developers written by Jacob Goldman on SmashingMagazine.com Jacob does a nice job explaining all sorts of ways consultants can make tailored versions of WordPress. Everything from branding the back-end to modifying the contextual HELP drop-down menu so that it contains information specific to that theme. One of my favorite tips presented in the list is the first one, Customizing the Dashboard Widgets. This enables developers to add a dashboard widget that can contain support, contact and other information. If a custom solution were developed for me, a dashboard widget like this is what I would consider to be a nice touch. Also on the topic of WordPress and consultants, […]

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10 Optimization Tips

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November 12th, 2008
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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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WordPress Tips for 7/27

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Image alignment within a WordPress post: WordPress 2.5 introduced floating image alignment within text on a post. This feature does not work on certain themes. Thanks to Jason for asking the question and to Sadish for the solution. Final thought: it would also be nice if a few gallery formatting options were available through the default interface instead of having to modify the shortcode and/or introduce hacks. WordPress Search as a custom Google Search without addition page or post: Add a custom Google Search to your WordPress blog (and make search advertising dollars?) without too much of a hassle. Complete instructions and examples are included in the post. Create a Flash Arcade site using WordPress: This set of instructions will help you convert a simple WordPress blog into a Flash arcade site. Pretty cool with detailed instructions on the transition. Here is a tip which I stumbled upon accidentally, that […]

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After WordPress Is Installed

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March 22nd, 2008
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Jason Blanton of BloggingTips has put together a nice little article which covers five things you should do after you install your self hosted WordPress blog. These five things include: Changing the permalink structure Change the default theme Update your ping services Activate the akismet plugin Burn your feed with FeedBurner One item that I would add to this list is to figure out which stats program or service to use. You can use WordPress.com Stats which is a detailed stats plugin or you can use something like Google Analytics or MINT. One thing that I wish I could do if I could start over would be to integrate one of these nice statistical packages as they really come in handy down the road. Jason mentions that this is only the first in a series of articles which will cover various things that you might want to tweak as you […]

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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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WordPress tips for blog maintenance

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If you want to make your Blog temporarily unavailable (scheduled maintenance for example) you have two very simple and efficient ways : a plugin, or a theme.

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