by Ron

Buddymatic Theme Framework

I ported Buddymatic from the Thematic Theme Framework. In a standard WordPress or WordPress MU blog, Buddymatic is functionally the same as Thematic. In a BuddyPress enabled WordPress MU install, the BuddyPress components in the framework are activated to provide BuddyPress theme functionality. Buddymatic and child themes can be used on WordPress, WordPress MU, BuddyPress…

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by andrea

Featured posts plugin and widget

Here’s a plugin complete with a widget that lets the site admin pick and choose which posts to feature. A backend menu is created where the admin can input a sitewide feed. In MU, the menu item is under site Admin, and in regular WordPress, it’s under Appearance. We recommend using this in conjunction with…

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by andrea

Enabling wildcard subdomains

When you install WPMU by default the subdomain option is checked. This is for blogs in the format of username.yourdomain.com. There are two steps that need to be done to your server in order for this to work. In Apache, there needs to be a line in the domain’s virtual hosts section as follows: ServerName…

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by andrea

WordCamp New York

Be there or be square – WordCamp NYC is shaping up to be HUGE. Not only did they get a bigger venue, there will be EIGHT tracks. One of which is BuddyPress/WPMU. And in a couple of those tracks, both Ron and I will be speaking. Yes, that is correct – we will be there…

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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 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

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

Another new release, and upcoming

So hot on the heels of last week, WPMU 2.8.4a is out with a security fix. If you are stuck at 2.8.1 and have trouble with the auto-upgrade, you have to apply the edits Donncha mention in this post. A lot of us old-times are still more comfortable with the manual upgrade, so if the…

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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

WordPressMU 2.8.1 now out, features and a couple bugs

Late on Friday, if you missed it over the weekend, Donncha announced that WordPressMU 2.8.1 has now been officially released. He skipped right over 2.8, in case you’re wondering where that went. Right now, if you upgrade the biggest bug seems to be the upgrade nags persists. As in, it doesn’t go away. Not for…

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