Optimizing and adding Kontera to WordPress

With the recent introduction of Kontera in text link advertising, many WordPress bloggers have been switching to or adding the new service. Kontera is a publishers advertising system based solely on contextually relevant in text keywords that are discovered in real time on a web site. These keywords are then automatically turned into links to the most relevant ads found within the Kontera network of advertisers.

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Make the WordPress search button appear after the search box

The following tutorial explains how to make the WordPress search button appear after the search box in your sidebar. If your like me, you’d probably rather have the search button next to the search box rather than under the search box. However, by default, the sidebar widget employs a break between the search form and search button. This is relatively easy to fix as I explain below.

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How to add Related Posts to WordPress

The following tutorial illustrates how to add Related Post entries to your WordPress blog. This is done in conjunction with the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. If you aren’t already using Ultimate tag warrior, I highly recommend adding it to your plugin list. There are so many awesome advanced features this plugin has to offer other than just displaying plain keyword tags. Anyhow, on with how to add Keyword Related Posts to your WordPress entries.

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’ � Strange Characters in WordPress posts

After upgrading WordPress, many people may encounter strange characters in WordPress posts text. This issue typically presents after upgrading or moving WordPress. It appears to be a character set or charset encoding problem where apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and dashes appear or are displayed in posts and pages as strange characters like ’ �., or even as simple ? (question marks). Yes, the symptoms are obvious. WordPress posts and pages suddenly contain garbled, weird, or strange characters. Sometime just lots of ????? (question marks) rendering the WordPress database with your hard work useless and output nearly unreadable. Moreover, this problem can quickly become very frustrating. Before reverting back to an earlier version or reinstalling your database, read ahead.

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How to manually upgrade WordPress

The following tutorial explains how to quickly upgrade WordPress to a newer version. The process is fairly straightforward and simple, however, I have frequently caught people including myself being lazy on an upgrade skipping important steps of the process. I feel it’s important to perform a manual WordPress upgrade and not auto upgrade using a utility like fantastico. While fantastico is an awesome tool for installing web applications, it has it’s flaws when performing upgrades. It’s better to avoid the potential headache.

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Removing the limit of posts per page

Removing the WordPress post per page limit: By default, WordPress posts are limited based on the posts_per_page setting. Making many of your older posts incredibly hard to find for both search engines and readers. Like many readers, I hate (pagination) having to read through pages of posts in a category one page at a time. So I decided to find a way to make every post within any given category show up on a single category page eliminating the need to flip through pages. In the following tutorial, I’ll explain how this is accomplished.

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Removing the WordPress sidebar bullets

Remove bullets from the WordPress sidebar: The following tutorial is for those who use the default Kubrick WordPress theme or a derivative of it and want to remove the sidebar bullets to make for a cleaner looking blog. The bullets normally don’t appear if your using the Internet Explorer browser and although some people prefer the bulleted sidebar look, I tend to remove it on all sites I have helped develop.

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WordPress Firefox and Position: Relative CSS problems

When creating or editing the content of a WordPress Cascading Style Sheet (CSS), many people neglect to take the time to check their work using multiple browsers, IE. Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Navigator etc. Unlike Internet Explorer and many of the other popular browsers, Firefox is one of the only browsers that properly use some commonly implemented CSS property values. This can propose a problem when viewing your work with multiple browsers.

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WordPress broken by Plugin

At some point in time, nearly every WordPress Blogger will experience a broken WordPress blog due to the recent activation of a non compatible plugin. A broken plugin can wreak all sorts of havoc on a WordPress blog including the inability to access the WordPress administration panel. In most cases, when a blog breaks, the fix is fairly simple.

The following tutorial outlines a few WordPress quick fixes for a blogger to try when encountering the almost inevitable incompatible WordPress plugin problem that is causing site errors or limited blog access.

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How to add an Ultimate Tag Warrior Tag Cloud

The Ultimate Tag Warrior is an awesome plugin for WordPress that allows a Blog author to add keyword tags to your WordPress posts and pages. UTW is relatively simple to install and use, but contains many advanced features that the user can customize as well. For example, tag clouds (one of the most popular keyword organizing methods) are often used on some of the highest ranking sites. The following tutorial explains how to add a custom tag cloud to WordPress in the footer section.

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What is a trackback and why how to use them

A TrackBack is a mechanism used for communication between blogs: if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a “TrackBack Ping”; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow. – Information quoted from the WIKI

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New Post does not show up for some people

New WordPress Post is not showing up or displaying for some people: I get this question quite frequently and in almost every case, the Post is flagged as Private. The reason most bloggers think it has been posted and is viewable to the public is because private posts are viewable to those that are logged in with administration access rights and typically after a blogger writes and publishes a post, they go View site without logging out. So, the post shows up for them as the browse the site.

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WordPress – How to change the more tag text

As a WordPress user, you may have noticed that you can insert a more tag to your posts so that only the text before this tag appears on the archive or category pages. By using the more tag, more post entries can appear on each page while still utilizing an introductory paragraph for each post. Then, when a visitor clicks on the more tag, they are sent to the full post where they can continue to read the article. However, the default WordPress more tag simply says (more…). In the following article, I explain how to change the more tag text to a text that is more meaningful like “click here to read on!”
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Automate WordPress Post Publishing with Post Timestamp

Automate WordPress Post Publishing: There are the many features WordPress Bloggers rarely take advantage of. One such feature is Post Timestamp. I typically use this feature when I plan to go on vacation, during holidays or when I know I will be busy with other things. The Post Timestamp settings allow me to set a drafted post to be published at a future date (let’s the post go live in the future) while I am away from the computer. The following simple tutorial explains how this is accomplished.

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How to Turn off trackbacks and pingbacks

The following article explains how to turn off WordPress trackbacks and pingbacks. In most cases, a WordPress Blog author might decide to disable comments if they are getting an overwhelming amount of spam. However, sometimes the spam can still get through in the form of trackbacks or pingbacks, enabling an abusive user to spam links as comments on the affected blog. Luckily this feature can be easily turned off and or totally eliminated entirely from your WordPress blog in just a few steps.

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WordPress with both Static Home and latest Blog Posts Pages

This article explains how to run a static front or home page while still resuming the chronological blog posts on another page. This basically allows a user to have both a Website and chronological Blog of the same content. For example if you write a page titled blog, it would be accessible separately at www.yoursite.com/blog. This article assumes that you’ve already set your site to use a static front page using WordPress.

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Making a WordPress post template

Do you publish WordPress posts on a regular basis which use the same structure? Maybe you have a signature or picture you would like to add to every post? You can eliminate the time spent going back and forth between posts doing copy and paste functions by simply creating a post template. A post template can automatically add text, images or code to every new post you create. Currently, I don’t use a WordPress post template on this site. However, I have set it up for others who use specific images and signatures that need to be added to the content of every post.

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Customizing the WordPress WYSIWYG TinyMCE visual editor

Adding addtional buttons or tools to WordPress WYSIWYG TinyMCE visual editor: Like most people, you probably enjoy using the built in TinyMCE visual editor that is included with WordPress. However, by default the included WYSIWYG editor lacks some essential tools like font color, font size, font family and more. The good news is that most of these tools are already included in WordPress but are simply not active. The following tutorial shows you how to add additional buttons to include these tools to your WordPress visual editor.

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Add a button to change font color in WYSIWYG

By default the WordPress WYSIWYG editor is pretty basic. In my opinion, the average WordPress user is probably one that does not know or care to learn a lot about html (they just want to blog). In which case most people that use WordPress are likely to use the WYSIWYG visual editor over the code editor. One important missing element from the visual editor is the ability to select or change font color or text color. The following tutorial explains how to add a nice little font color selection tool to your WordPress WYSIWYG visual editor.

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Enable or Disable WordPress Comments on all posts in one step

With WordPress, you can globally disable comments, if you do not want to allow comments to be placed on your blog. Since this information is stored in the database, we can edit the allow comments option (open or close comments) across the entire blog in one step. This tutorial explains how to remove all instances of Allow Comments by using an SQL database query.

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Adding a banner to a single page in WordPress

This tutorial explains how to add a banner to a single page or set of pages in WordPress. This is particularly useful for those that have the desire to display a specific banner on a per page basis. For example, you might want one page to present a banner but do not want the banner to appear on your whole site. This can easily be accomplished in just a few steps, so let’s get started.

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WP e-Commerce shipping to USA and Canada only

After installing the WordPress e-Commerce shopping cart Plugin, I had to do some modifications to the cart in order to get it to work the way I wanted. One of those modifications has to do with shipping. I think most people would agree that when your doing small business online, you don’t want to ship to far reaches of the planet. You probably want to keep your customers localized making it easier to do business without too much risk. In the following tutorial, we will cover the process of setting exactly which Countries you want to ship to and remove the ones you don’t. So let’s get started.

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How to easily add AdSense to your WordPress posts

Manually adding AdSense to WordPress posts is a relatively simple task that can be accomplished within just a couple of minutes. In this tutorial, we cover the process of adding the code to the singlepost.php. This will allow us to display advertisements on every post only when the post is individually viewed. There are many places within the singlepost.php to add the code, for the sake of simplicity, we are going to cover the hotspot.
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Add a Firefox Referral Ribbon Banner to WordPress

This tutorial covers the process of adding a Firefox referral ribbon banner to your WordPress site. If you are a Google Adsense publisher, you might be wondering how to make better use of the Adsense Firefox referral program and make a little more money by spreading the use of Firefox. Through personal experience, I have found the best way to give people the opportunity to try Firefox is to make the advertisement stand out. What better way to do this than to add the header to the top of the page?

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Move the Kubrick Sidebar to the left

Moving the Kubrick sidebar to the left side: The default Kubrick template that comes with WordPress is great straight out of the box. However, some people prefer to have their pages and posts laid out differently. One change I’ve seen many wish to implement is a left sidebar. By default, the sidebar is located on the right side of the page rather than the left. The following tutorial explains how to easily move the sidebar from right to left.

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How to fix the WordPress word spacing problem

When I first installed WordPress blogging software, I was impressed and thought to myself, this is much better than most of the previous open source blogging software I’ve used.

As I started to become more familiar with wordpress, I began to find some small bugs and quirks. Most of these bugs and quirks were fixed with simple update versions of wordpress and third party plugins. But there was one bug in particular that was becoming very annoying.

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