Tag Archives: wordpress

Run PHP code in a WordPress widget

I had an advertiser who wanted his link to appear in the right sidebar of the site, but only on the home page of site. Sidebar widgets usually appear throughout the site, so I had to figure out how to … Continue reading

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Turn Your WordPress/Blogger/LiveJournal Blog Into a Book or PDF

Someone asked me about exporting their entire blog into something readable and printable. Here ya go.

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90,000 Strong Botnet Trying to Break in to WordPress Sites

Ars Technica – Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet: Security analysts have detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run the WordPress blogging application. … Continue reading

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Using WordPress? Install Better WP Security to See How Many People are Trying to Break Into Your Site

I’m writing an article for work about WordPress security. Part of the process is trying different WordPress security plugins. One of the plugins I tried it Better WP Security, a Swiss army knife of security tools. One of its features … Continue reading

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Use Google XML Sitemaps for WordPress? Check your sitemap.xml.gz for corruption.

Recent versions of the Google XML Sitemaps plugin for WordPress create bad versions of the gzipped sitemap.xml file. Here’s how to check if yours does and fix the problem. First, find out which sitemap your site is telling search engines … Continue reading

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Update those Web server clocks for Daylight Savings Time

In WordPress it’s under Settings -> General. For UNIX on a bash shell and a date of March 12 and a time of 8:35 AM you’ll need to be root and run the command: date -s “3/12/2012 08:35:00″

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New versions of WordPress are pretty smart about strikethroughs

In this post I used megabytes when I should have used gigabytes. Sean noticed the error and mentioned it in comments. Different bloggers handle that in different ways. Some people would just change it. Since it came up in comments … Continue reading

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WordPress RSS Feed Errors Fixed, Feedburner-powered Twitter Feed Working Again

Everything works now. You can skip the rest of this post unless you’re having the same problem and need a fix.

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Strange Character Problem Fixed

Since moving the blog in December I’ve had a long-standing problem with special characters – things like curly quotes and em dashes – displaying incorrectly. I’ve tried fixing it on and off, but other things this year kept me from … Continue reading

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WordPress Smart Quote Insanity

Since moving the blog I got quotation mark problems. Smart quotes are showing up as unknown characters. Example here: Efforts to fix that problem introduced other problems. Anyone know a bulletproof fix?

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YouTube’s iframe embedding option causes problems with WordPress

Just a heads up. YouTube has switched their default embedding option from an object to an iframe. If you snag the embed code from the video’s popup panel you’ll still get the the Object code. It’s only when you’re on … Continue reading

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Movin’ movin’ movin’

Some time Thursday this blog is moving to a new Web host and WordPress 3. I don’t expect any problems, but if you see anything quirky it’s probably because of the move.

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Moving WordPress Sites to a New Server or Domain

A subject near and dear to my heart. I’m bookmarking some information for reference and hoping it can help someone else. First up, some useful links: How to move WordPress site to another server with zero downtime Howto Move WordPress … Continue reading

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WordPress Links

I’m bookmarking all of these from Joost de Valk’s awesome WordPress newsletter. Highly recommended if you administer WordPress sites. Common WordPress Multisite Problems and Solutions. WordPress 3.0 is multi-user out of the box, so every WordPress blog can now host … Continue reading

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Tired: Sitemaps; Wired: Video Sitemaps

I had never heard of them. Joost de Valk has more info and plans for a WordPress plugin to generate video sitemaps.

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