DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Geeky bits in WordPress 2.9

Automatic rel="canonical" support, query for posts AND pages, post thumbnails, optimized database tables, and more!

Make an Infinite More-Posts Section

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The goal here is to make a list of posts in the sidebar that show a number of recent posts. There will be a button you can click which will replaces those links to recent posts with older posts, AJAX style. You can keep clicking the button and keep getting older and older posts. On this site, we currently show 5 recent posts. So this little section shows the 5 posts after that, then clicking the button once will show 5 more older than that, and so on.

Major Upgrade for Ajax Edit Comments

One of the most powerful comment-editing solutions for WordPress just got a major upgrade. Ajax Edit Comments enables your visitors to “self-edit” their own comments, greatly improving the usability and “coolness” factor for your site. And with the latest upgrade, AEC gets even better, with a revamped popup box, easy “undo” options, comment-blacklist feature, new icon themes, increased security and tons more.

Find Typos? Other Mistakes?

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Going the self publishing route with our book meant that we didn’t have a big fancy book editor going over our text. We of course strive to be the best writers we can be, but we are clearly better WordPress wranglers than we are wordsmiths. If you find any typos or any other kind of mistake in the book, you can submit them here in our new Errata section. We’ll be incorporating all fixes into subsequent releases of the book (which as book buyers, you get for free!). Much appreciated!

It’s Here!

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Jeff and I launched this blog back in May of this year, after we decided we were going to self-publish the WordPress book we were working on. After weighing all the options, we decided going it on our own was best because we would have 100% control over everything. From the content of the book, to the layout and design, to the blog, sales site, everything. Today, it all comes together!

How to Secure Your New WordPress Installation

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One of the best ways to ensure strong security for your WordPress-powered site is to secure its foundations during the installation process. Of course these techniques can be implemented at any point during the life of your site, but stetting them before the game starts prevents headaches and saves time. We’ll start with the WordPress database..

You Don’t Need Any Plugins to Stop Comment Spam

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I think one of the biggest WordPress myths is that you need a bunch of plugins to control comment spam. Pretty much all of the posts out there on preventing WordPress comment spam are telling you to install some list of “must-have” anti-spam plugins. Some authors insist that you need only a few “choice” plugins, while others advise you to load up on everything you can get your hands on. Such advice is all well-intentioned, I’m sure, but it’s all based on the assumption that plugins are actually necessary to control comment spam. They’re not. WordPress is well-equipped to handle the job all by itself. Plugins may provide additional anti-spam functionality, but they are by no means essential to running a spam-free site.

Free Breast Cancer Theme

Tim Haslam shares a very nice theme called “One Day At A Time” designed to promote awareness of breast cancer. Check out the demo, grab yourself a free copy, and support a good cause. Update 2013/07/29 – 404 link removed: http://www.onedayatatimetheme.com/

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