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

By | August 20, 2009

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

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

Twitter Hashtag Plugin

By | July 29, 2009

Today, I had a request to display a Twitter feed based on Twitter hashtags rather than on the customary Twitter username on a client’s WordPress website.  I had never done this before with hashtags, and quickly discovered that there aren’t a lot of hashtag WordPress plugins in the WordPress plugin repository. After a quick search… Continue Reading Twitter Hashtag Plugin

WordPress body_class() Adds Browser-Specific Classes! WOW!

By | July 18, 2009

A common problem amongst website developers is the “IE Sucks” problem.  That is, different browsers (I’m  looking at you, Internet Explorer) process CSS differently.  One way to get around these issues is to use a combination of javaScript and CSS to address the issue.  In the past, I have used this “CSS Browser” script to… Continue Reading WordPress body_class() Adds Browser-Specific Classes! WOW!

Whoa! Extra Options for wp_list_pages() Added to WordPress Recently!

By | July 13, 2009

I just realized that they added some sweet features to the wp_list_pages() funtion in WordPress 2.7. These include the ability to add html before and after menu items. I was struggling earlier today, trying to squeeze graphic dividers between dynamically-created between menu items. After trying all sorts of CSS tricks, I discovered this simple workaround… Continue Reading Whoa! Extra Options for wp_list_pages() Added to WordPress Recently!

BuddyPress Installed!

By | July 8, 2009

I completed my first BuddyPress installation today on a test server after experiencing a BIG fail trying to get it installed on a friend’s site (Sorry, Jeff!). It seems his HostGator account doesn’t like WordPress MU for some reason. But MY HostGator account likes it plenty! Below is my reaction to the installation process. Not… Continue Reading BuddyPress Installed!

WordPress Themes Are Only Partially GPL-Licensed

By | July 6, 2009

There has been considerable debate (and more debate) recently about whether or not WordPress themes are or should be GPL-licensed. The official word from WordPress and the Software Freedom Law Center is that WordPress themes are only partially GPL-licensed. That is, the php code falls under a strict GPL license, while the CSS and images… Continue Reading WordPress Themes Are Only Partially GPL-Licensed

How to Display Code in Your WordPress Posts

By | June 19, 2009

I was having difficulty displaying the shortcode for my Simple Pull Quotes WordPress plugin, and I found a simple solution. Use HTML character entities! OR you can use one of many plugins that strip html formatting from text/code. :)

Simple Pull Quote UPDATE!

By | April 27, 2009

Since its initial release, I have made a few updates to my Simple Pull Quote WordPress plugin.  These updates include: Multiple Simple Pull Quote instances on a single post or page (i.e. have up to 3 pull quotes on a single blog post) Transparent .png image replaced .gif “quote” image.  This means that you can… Continue Reading Simple Pull Quote UPDATE!

“TheMightyMoo!” WordPress Theme Template

By | March 8, 2008

Hello! I am excited to introduce “TheMightyMoo!”, our first WordPress theme template available for free download and public consumption! YEAH!!! HUZZAH!!! *celebration* To see it in action, visit Net Impact Minneapolis and TobyCryns.com. Here is a screenshot of the default installation: TheMightyMoo! is a fully-customizable accordion theme that uses the MooTools framework to display posts.… Continue Reading “TheMightyMoo!” WordPress Theme Template