DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Author: Jeff Starr

What to do when Auto-Update Fails

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Ahh yeah, WordPress just rolled out another update to version 3.1.1. If you’re able to upgrade via the Admin, updating your site(s) should be a piece of cake: just log in, click a few buttons, wait a few minutes, and done. The convenience of automatically updating the WordPress core, plugins, and themes is awesome, but things can go wrong once in awhile and auto-updates can fail. If this happens, getting back on track is a bit tricky, so here’s a quick guide to help restore site functionality and ensure a proper update.

WordPress Hosting Review

Alex Denning is putting together an unbiased and unaffiliated resource compiling the best hosts for WordPress. To get the most accurate results, Alex put up a questionnaire for (self-hosted) WordPress users to share their real-life experiences. This is a great opportunity to share your hosting insights and as a bonus enter to win a six-month membership to the WooThemes Theme Club!

Tumblr Links with Post Formats

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With WordPress 3.1’s new Post Format functionality, it’s easier than ever to create your own Tumblr-style Link posts. We do this right here at DigWP.com using our own hand-rolled method. Scroll through a page or two of the site’s most recent posts, and you’ll see that Link posts are formatted and styled differently than regular posts (see screenshot below). In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use WordPress’ new Post Formats to setup your own Tumblr-style Links in 3 easy steps.

DiW Book Winner!

Congratulations to Helen Hou-Sandi for winning a free printed copy of Digging into WordPress. Here’s what she likes most about the WP 3.1 update:

Love the admin bar – makes managing/navigating/editing one of thousands of pages/posts on a multisite install a breeze. With some custom adding and subtracting of items and things like the Snack Bar, almost everything I need to do while logged in is one click away.

You can read what other people are saying about WordPress 3.1 in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Helen for winning – your new book is on the way!

6 .htaccess Tricks for Better WP SEO & Security

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Here are six htacccess tricks that will help improve the security and SEO quality of your WordPress-powered site. We do this using .htaccess to establish canonical URLs for key peripheral files, such as your robots.txt, favicon.ico, and sitemap.xml files. Canonicalization keeps legitimate bots on track, eliminates malicious behavior, and ensures a better user-experience for everyone. On the menu:

Sidebar Login/Register/Password Widget

WordPress alchemist Jeff Morris turned my custom login/register/password code into a fully functional toolkit featuring tons of awesome:

  • Client-Side & Server-Side Validation
  • Use as widget, shortcode, or template tags
  • Simple CAPTCHA with tamper-proof encryption
  • Smart ‘Register’ Tab
  • Trap Mailing Errors

The ZB Toolkit also includes a couple of bonus “home-brewed utilities” to make it all sweet. Demo available at the plugin home page in the sidebar – Check it out!

Waiting List for DiW 3.1 Printed Books

As mentioned, the v3.0 printed books are out of stock, but we’re updating DiW for WordPress 3.1 and plan on printing more books soon. In response to requests, we set up a waiting list for people who want to be notified when the new (3.1) printed books are available.

New WP Plugin: User Submitted Posts

Empower your visitors to submit posts and images from anywhere on your site and from anywhere on the page. User-submitted posts may include tags, categories, post title, and author name & URL. Submitted-post status can be set to draft, publish immediately, or publish after some number of approved posts. User Submitted Posts (USP) also handles multiple image uploads, custom URL redirects, and much more. And the easy USP Settings Page makes setting up and fine-tuning a breeze.

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