In the following simple solution, I will show you how to replace all global occurrences of a URL link (or any other text) within your WordPress post content using SQL Search and Replace Query from phpMyAdmin. This is useful if you need to change a link or text that might appear in more than one post, without going in and manually editing each post by hand to reflect the new link or text.
Show More than 15 Recent Posts in WordPress 2.8 +. By default the number of recent posts that can be displayed in your WordPress sidebar is (at most 15). Maybe you want to display 30 recent posts or more? It is really a shame that the default limit is 15 posts, so in the following simple solution, I will explain how to modify the WordPress Recent Posts Sidebar Widget entry to Display More Than 15 Recent Posts.
Change the excerpt length: There are many cases where a blog author might want to increase or decrease the length of WordPress post excerpts “the_excerpt()“. Excerpts are basically condensed descriptions of your blog posts and are commonly used to provide introductory “teaser” information about the post. In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to lengthen or shorten the excerpt in WordPress to suite your personal blogging needs.
Getting Highslide Working with Nextgen Gallery for WordPress is not complicated. Highslide is even supported by NextGen Gallery. However, the support in NextGen Gallery will only get the basic functions of Highslide to work. By default, the Highslide control bar navigation and captions do not work when used in conjunction with NextGen Gallery.
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In the following tutorial, I show you how to change the maximum size of an uploaded image in WordPress 2.5 and beyond. By default, when you upload an image in WordPress using the “full size” image option, the image is automatically resized to a maximum width of 500px. This works fine in most cases, for most people. However, if you are using a theme where your post content is utilizing a width larger than 500px, you may want to upload larger images to help maximize the space you have to work with.
A friend of mine contacted me the other day with the following problem: Help, I can’t find the static page option in WordPress. In the newer releases of WordPress, a blogger has the option to make their entry or home page appear as a chronological list of posts (posts page) or as an introductory static page. Using the WordPress static page feature will make your blog present much like a regular website. However, what many don’t know is that this option is not automatically available and does not appear by default.
Hiding WordPress Categories: In the following simple solution, I am going to show you How to keep a selection of WordPress Categories from displaying in your sidebar on your WordPress pages and posts. This is very useful if you have a lot of categories, or have changed the content of your blog, have been indexed for the content and no longer wish to use or display specific categories on your WordPress site. Upon completion of this tutorial, the permalink structure of the hidden categories are still made available to the search engines, however, the categories you have chosen to hide are no longer displayed on your blog to the visitor.
Xampp and similar localhost webservers that can be run from a local computer do not have mod_rewrite enabled by default. Furthermore, the AllowOverride directive is usually set to none, causing Apache to ignore an .htaccess file. If this is the case, your WordPress installation might return a 404 error, stating post not found and you would only be able to access your posts via a default permalink structure. I.E. http://localhost/?p=2. In the following simple solution, I show you how to make WordPress Permalinks work in Xampp and other localhost server installations. Upon completion, you will also have the ability to use .htaccess files on your local server.
In the following simple tutorial, I’ll cover the process of removing the Comments Off text from all of your WordPress Category/Archive lists. A WordPress Blogger might want to do this if they have disabled comments globally and no longer need to display information related to Comments. If you need to Globally disable WordPress comments, see the Globally Disable WordPress Comments post.
CustomNav is a WordPress Horizontal Navigation Menu plugin for WordPress. It allows you to quickly create a simple or complex horizontal navigation menu to add to your WordPress blog. CustomNav features an easy to use CustomNav admin menu to insert or edit your button links, add styling and even contains an additional attributes input section for advanced users.
The Randomizer is a WordPress Plugin that allows an administrator to automatically include a fresh, randomly generated selection of posts to their blog footer on each and every page visit. The randomizer makes for a nice addition to any WordPress site, considering that search engines love to see dynamically changing content. Once the plugin is activated, random posts from your site are automatically loaded into the footer since the footer section is generally considered non obtrusive to the visitor.
MyFTP is a file management Plugin for WordPress. It works much like a built in FTP client. Enabling the administrator to navigate, manage and “edit on the fly” all files and folders on the server where their WordPress installation is hosted. As a WordPress blogger, I’ve always felt the need to be able to securely manage and edit the files and folders on my server from within the WordPress administration panel. This concept means one would no longer need to rely on using a stand alone FTP client to edit, delete, upload and create files and folders. With this vision in place, and the concept now a reality, we are proud to introduce to you the MyFTP Plugin for WordPress.
Like most WordPress bloggers, you probably like to keep your WordPress up to date. However, when there are major changes done to the WordPress core, some plugins may fail to work as they used to. Such is the case with WordPress 2.3-2.5 series upgrade and Ultimate Tag Warrior. Those that were using Ultimate Tag Warrior, prior to WordPress 2.3 are likely to face some problems when performing a WordPress upgrade. This is mainly due to the fact that WordPress 2.3 and beyond includes it’s own tagging structure.
The following tutorial covers the process of quickly and easily changing or converting your WordPress Tags from using an underscore _ to a dash – for search engine optimization. Google and other search engines do not recognize an underscore _ as a space and therefore will merge multiple keyword phrases into a singular word which is not what you want for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of your keyword tag phrases. To fix this we can use a dash which is a space recognizable character.
If you have migrated from Ultimate Tag Warrior to Simple Tags, this tutorial is for you.
This tutorial explains how to modify the WordPress recent posts sidebar widget entry to display more than 15 recent posts. By default the number of posts to show is (at most 15). Maybe you want to display 20 recent posts? Or more? I’ll show you how.
How to add a second sidebar widget for use on separate pages or posts: The following tutorial covers the process of building a second widget compatible sidebar that can be used on specific pages or posts. Using a different WordPress sidebar for pages and posts allows the user to display different sidebar content on a given post or page. In addition, the user could add the duplicate sidebar widgets plugin to add the same widget content to both sidebars.
SEO Streamliner Theme for WordPress SEO Streamliner is an optimized and trimmed down theme based purely on the popular X-Caliber WordPress template. This theme features a built in horizontal navigation menu that automatically lists the pages you have created in WordPress. It also sports a thinner blank header (READY FOR YOUR CUSTOM TEXT AND IMAGES). Some essential modifications have been done to the title and header tags for Search Engine Optimization. Streamliner also includes a custom tag page that works beautifully with WordPress 2.3 tags.
Some very high ranking WordPress blogs use a derivative of this theme and it’s now available for download. Streamliner is Widget ready and has been tested compliant up to WordPress 2.3 and beyond.
I had a visitor ask me what kind of “Contact Form” I use to allow visitors to contact me via this Site. Currently, I am using the “WordPress Contact Form with Spam Protection” Plugin. This awesome plugin was originally created by Ryan Duff (who’s site no longer exists). Since then, the WordPress Contact Plugin was taken over by Douglas Karr. Douglas has made some substantial improvements and enhancements to the plugin making it more secure, spam free, and user friendly.
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.
The following tutorial is for those of you who want to customize and further beautify the WordPress Login Screen tailoring it to your sites look and feel. You might want to do this if you have a lot of registered members and don’t want them to get bored with the default Login Screen. If you are a blogger who has many different WordPress blogs, customization can help differentiate your site from your other sites, making it easier to keep track of which site your logging into. Changing the Logo or image on the WordPress Login and Registration Screen is not very complicated and really only requires that you edit two image files. The rest of the information can be edited from the wp-login.php file.
The following tutorial has been tested with WordPress 2.2. Earlier versions may vary.
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.
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.
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 Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ Ã‚?., 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.
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.
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.
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.
The following Duplicate Sidebar Widget Plugin for WordPress allows a WordPress user to duplicate or copy sidebar widgets and use them on multiple sidebars or use the widgets more than once in the same sidebar. Duplicate Sidebar Widgets is based solely on the original Jaw Duplicate Widgets plugin. I have simply cleaned up a couple of errors, corrected the paths and made it compatible with WordPress 2.3 and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Search Engine Optimization or SEO works a bit differently for those of us using WordPress blogging software. In this article I will show you a few tips on how to optimize your personal WordPress blog to obtain a higher Pagerank. Pagerank is what the Google Search Engine uses to rate your site compared to other sites based on the same content. A higher Pagerank can set your Web page ahead of others in the search results.
There are so many great plugins available for WordPress that it can become difficult to choose which ones to install and use.
Shortly after installing WordPress as my preferred Blogging software, I started looking for plugins and addons to enhance the functionality and looks of my Blog. The process started off as a trial & error affair. With so many plugins available (and a substancial percentage of them being outdated), it soon became clear to me that I would have to sort out the list. In my opinion, the following plugins are of the best available for WordPress and deserve complete recognition.
In the following tutorial, I explain how to place Google AdSense ads between your WordPress posts. This is similar to the option of placing adsense ads on posts in category results pages tutorial with the exception that this example places ads on your Blog’s Main index or Home page.
This tutorial explains how to add Google AdSense ads to your WordPress category and archive listing result pages. Although there are plugins available to do this, it’s nice to to have full control over how and where your ads are placed. The process is fairly simple and you should be able to implement the ad placement within just a few minutes.
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Over the course of time a WordPress blog or site author is bound to change the content of their site and eventually move or even delete and re-write content. This can cause problems with search bots that have previously crawled and indexed your links. If the moved or deleted links can’t be found, you might even lose page ranking.
To remedy this we can utilize the 301 re-direct rule to point the old path to the new location. The easiest way to do this is via the .htaccess file.
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.
I can’t recall how many times I have been asked by numerous people how to remove the “Comments are Closed” text from the bottom of WordPress posts. So, I have decided to write a quick tutorial on the subject. The following tutorial explains how to remove the Comment option and Comments are Closed text from being made available on your posts.
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.
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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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?
Put Google adsense search results in WordPress: The results from an adsense search are by default, displayed on a google landing page. Google allows Website publishers to display these search results on their own landing page. In this tutorial, I explain this process step by step using WordPress.
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.