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Change the Sort Order of the “Better Blogroll” WordPress Plugin

By / September 11, 2009 / Comments Off on Change the Sort Order of the “Better Blogroll” WordPress Plugin

The Better Blogroll WordPress plugin sorts your links randomly.  There is no built-in option to change this.  BUT, if you are willing to delete a couple of words from the plugin’s core file, you can hook it into My Link Order or any other link ordering methods you might be using.  To stop the random…

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“Books I Am Reading” Plugin Extends “Now Reading Reloaded”

By / August 21, 2009 / Comments Off on “Books I Am Reading” Plugin Extends “Now Reading Reloaded”

I had a quandry today.  I needed some functionality not provided in a plugin.  The question: Do I edit the “Now Reading Reloaded” WordPress plugin, or do I build a plugin that extends it?  I chose the latter, and this is why: Normally when i want to customize an existing plugin, I will edit the…

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How to Fix Your Your WordPress Website When It Doesn’t Work all of a Sudden

By / August 20, 2009 / Comments Off on How to Fix Your Your WordPress Website When It Doesn’t Work all of a Sudden

Every now and then, my WordPress website doesn’t work.  That is, the theme exists, but none of the pages load properly.  Sometimes, I even get 404 errors for pages that existed yesterday.  Usually this happens after a plugin upgrade or after I upgrade my WordPress software. The solution: Reset your permalinks.  It takes less than…

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The Benefits of Using WordPress Widgets in Places Besides the Sidebar

By / August 18, 2009 /

Today I installed a WordPress widget in the footer of my blog.  I also installed one in the post meta of my “single.php” file.  Why do this?  Why wouldn’t I want to do this?  Hard-coding anything is sooo last year.  Seriously. One of the great things that WordPress does is allow average Joe User to…

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How to Change the […] in WordPress’ the_excerpt Hook

By / August 11, 2009 /

WordPress’ “the_excerpt()” hook has a long track record of annoying people.  On the one hand, it is a totally awesome way to grab a quick summary of the article.  On the other hand, it totally sucks, because it doesn’t provide any options (a.k.a. “parameters”).  By default, it leaves the equivalent of pigeon droppings on your…

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