Category: Wordpress

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WordPress Simple Latest Posts Shortcode Plugin

Although there exist numerous WordPress plugins for integrating the latest posts into pages this new Simple Latest Posts Shortcode Plugin was created to specifically serve those people who just want to have a single line of shortcode in order to display the latest posts in their blog. Nothing more, nothing less....

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Manually update WordPress

So you want to manually upgrade your WordPress installation since the one-click update option is not available due to an ancient (pre 2.7) version or missing file permissions. Although using the one-click update option is the most comfortable one you can almost as easily update WordPress manually. The following steps show...

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WordPress Rating-Widget shows blank reporting graph when using SSL

By default, the free version of the WordPress Rating-Widget does not officially “support” SSL/https setups. In reality, there are no problems using it on SSL setups except when it comes to the reporting graph which is loaded via a http connection set in the configuration, thus causing CORS to kick...

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Switching WordPress to https only

As you might have seen I’ve switched this site to https only. The steps involved in switching WordPress to https only are pretty simple. Set Site URL First, make sure to set the proper https site URLs. You find these options under Settings » General: Redirect non-https traffic Second, make...

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Simple Random Posts Shortcode WordPress Plugin

A simple but effective WordPress plugin to render random blog posts in pages and/or posts. This is the first public release and features the following shortcode options to customize the rendering process: header: whether to output header text (default=) show_featured_image: whether to output featured post image (default=TRUE) featured_image_height: height of...

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Custom WordPress Permalinks Are Causing 403 or 404 Errors

When settings custom permalink structures in your WordPress settings make sure to either make .htaccess writeable by your webserver so that when saving your custom structure via the backend WordPress will automatically update your .htaccess too or manually edit your .htaccess file with the minimal required mod_rewrite rules as shown...

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WordPress search redirects to home when search query is empty

By default, WordPress redirects users with empty search queries to the home page – which might not be what you are looking for. To overcome this behavior and redirect users to the search results page regardless of empty search queries we need to adjust the way WordPress processes search queries....

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Using Custom Menus in WordPress Themes

If you are creating WordPress themes from scratch and only won’t to include basic features at first enabling custom menus is a good thing to start with. Out of the box new WordPress themes do not support specifying and displaying custom menus, which you might have seen and used through...

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WordPress Plugin for checking Compatibility prior to Upgrade

Like with every good piece of software updates and upgrades are mandatory to keep up-to-date with the latest features and security fixes. Since WordPress offers a vast range of plugins to extend its core functionality these plugins should be kept up-to-date too. Now, to be able to use these plugins...

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Language selection in WordPress using qTranslate plugin

qTranslate is a very handy and powerful i18n plugin for WordPress. In order to enable visitors of your WP site to switch between languages you need to include qTranslate’s widget. Following you find the necessary steps to do so. Install qTranslate (http://www.qianqin.de/qtranslate/) edit the plugin settings to enable/disable your supported...

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Fix for date format bug in comments section of zbench WordPress theme

There exists a bug in the zbench WordPress theme when used together with qtranslate plugin resulting in a malformed date string in the comments section. Fortunately, there exists a quick fix for this problem. Simply replace corresponding code with the following in the function mytheme_comment in functions.php: Pay special attention...

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WordPress custom blog page

As of this writing I have finally decided to create a custom blog page for this WordPress installation to provide users with a more handy access to all blog posts rather than solely relying on the recent post category on the right hand side. In order to create a custom...

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How to control error pages in WordPress

By default WordPress searches for error pages, such as error 404 (file not found) or error 403 (permission denied), in the current active theme (e.g. 404.php or 403.php). If the theme does not provide default error pages WordPress’ built-in ones will be used instead. Since I tend to deploy other...