by andrea

Make a tags page like WordPress dot com

We’ve all seen it, the massive tags results page at wordpress.com. I’ve been asked a few times how it was done, then realized while writing it out for someone that I hadn’t yet written up and posted a full-blown tutorial. So, here you go. The biggest puzzle piece you need to know is it is…

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by Ron

Option Arrays

In the Top 10 Most Common Coding Mistakes in WordPress Plugins, third on Ozh‘s list is “3. What? 87 new rows in the option table?”. In any of the plugins (and themes) I’ve looked at that use the built-in option saving functionality each field on the options page is being saved as a separate record…

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by Ron

Writing Plugins (for WP & WPMU)

All of our children have a blog on one of our WPMU installs. One of them asked Andrea if we could add a facebook plugin so she could follow her facebook stream from her blog. The plugin that Andrea found that she thought would do the trick was the Facebook Dashboard Widget. After Andrea installed…

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by andrea

Changing the domain

Sometimes this happens, you’ve built the site and have to or want to change the domain it’s on. Or you did dev work on a different domain and now it’s time to go live. The domain name is actually stored in numerous places in the database, as well as one line in wp-config.php. Every single…

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by andrea

How to upgrade WPMU

Periodically, I and others update the codex entry on how to upgrade WPMU. If you are going from 2.7 upwards, the easiest thing is to just click the link in the upgrade notice and let it handle it automatically. This works if you’ve made no hacks. If you’ve changed ANY core files, they WILL be…

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by andrea

Getting member blog posts on the main page

I’ve answered this one quite a few times in the past couple of weeks and realized that I don’t have a posts specifically for this subject. It’s buried in other posts. 🙂 There are a few different ways to pull in these posts, and none of them are theme issues. They are done entirely with…

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by andrea

Build A Better Blog Host Week 5 – Security

One thing you really need to do when running a blog platform of your own is to secure the site. Not just the software you use, but the server as well. There have been many tips about securing WordPress. In fact, the same twelve tips seem to be making the rounds. While they are good…

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by andrea

Building a Better Blog host: Week 4, the SEO and stats edition

Before we begin this week’s edition, I would like to offer the disclaimer that I am nowhere near an SEO expert. I am just offering some advice and pointing to resources, as well as passing on some things that I have noticed after working on multiple installs for many clients. SEO, if you aren’t aware,…

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by andrea

Week #3 Build a better blog site – User themes and plugins

So our site is up and running, our main page is getting all set up, but what now? The reason we built the site in the first place: our users. Like a houseplant, we have to give them everything they need so they don’t shrivel up and go away. Remember the notes we made back…

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by andrea

Building a better blog host: Week 2 – the front page

This week we are going to concentrate on the front page of your site. Now that you have it installed and up and running, the first thing to take care of is the first page people will see when they land. The home page of the entire site is actually controlled by the theme of…

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