DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Import Feed, Display in Multiple Columns

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Recently I worked on a project where a single RSS feed was imported and displayed in multiple columns on the web page. Certain pages display feed items in two columns, others in groups of three or more. This technique uses WordPress’ built-in fetch_feed functionality to parse external feeds, and a slice of PHP magic to display them in multiple columns. It’s flexible too, enabling any number of columns and feed items from anywhere in your theme/template files. For example, you could display any of the following:

Smashing WordPress

Hey I’m sure everyone’s heard by now, but I wanted to post about Smashing Magazine’s new exclusive WordPress section! We’re aiming for quality, in-depth articles, tutorials, and reviews on all things WordPress, and we’ve got some great stuff already in the works. Drop by and check it out! :)

3 Ways to Reset the WordPress Loop

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WordPress does an excellent job of keeping track of what’s happening with the loop, but once you start customizing parameters and setting up multiple loops, it’s a good idea to explicitly reset them using one of three WordPress template tags. In this DiW post, we’ll explore these techniques to get a better understanding of when and how to use them in your WordPress themes.

Create an Articles-Only Feed

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WordPress makes it easy to publish content in any number of categories, with any number of tags, and with any type of custom post format. So for example, in addition to full articles, you could also offer screencasts, links, side posts, tweets, and all sorts of other peripheral content. Complementary material may work great for visitors surfing around your site, but including all of that extra stuff in your RSS feed dilutes the potency of your main articles. The idea here is that your visitors will subscribe to the more focused content.

WordPress Infographic

Nice little infographic showing the usage of WordPress among the worlds top 100,000 sites. Amazing to see that people out there are still running WordPress as old as version 1.5!

How to Redirect Logged-In Users

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WordPress provides a variety of ways to redirect logged-in users. In this DiW post, we explain each of these methods along with some useful tips and tricks along the way. These techniques enable you to redirect logged-in users to internal pages, external pages, and even return them to the current page.

HTML5 Reset WordPress Theme

Based on the BLANK theme, the HTML5 Reset theme is a “style-free theme designed to help get your custom WordPress project off the ground.” Features tons of goodness such as semantic HTML5 markup, starter WP styles, widget-ready sidebar, and includes jQuery, Modernizr and Analytics all built into the mix.

New DiW Affiliate Program

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Earlier this year, we had to close down our original affiliate program due to fraud and abuse. We hated to do it, and have been trying since that time to find a more secure way to make it happen. Thanks to all of the great tips, ideas, and feedback we received from our original affiliates, we decided to roll with ClickBank.

Clean Up Weird Characters in Database

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It’s been a crazy month, with lots of drama all over the place. Here at DigWP.com, we had an episode where the site was all screwed up and not loading or only partially loading, blank white pages, and the whole bit. During the process of keeping it together and trying to restore full functionality, numerous database imports and exports were performed under a variety of circumstance. During the rush, apparently the most recent database backup file was somehow uncompressed outside of MySQL before final import. Several days later, that decompression/unzipping basically converted every quotation mark, em dash, en dash, ellipses and other special characters into some really ugly-looking codes.

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