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Create a Custom Database Error Page in WordPress

Create a Custom Database Error Page in WordPress

As a dynamic blogging system, WordPress consists of PHP files (the WP core) that interact with a MySQL database to generate the web pages for your website. When everything is working properly, this dynamic interaction keeps WordPress humming along like a champ, but when your database crashes, WordPress can’t operate and will deliver the following message to your visitors:

75+ WordPress Tutorials in One Post!

This post was so huge I actually had to edit and post it using phpMyAdmin directly to the database -- WordPress apparently can’t handle ‘em that big! Seriously though, it’s a great post with over 75 awesome tips, tricks, and techniques for improving your WordPress site. Just some of the leftovers from the book that were too juicy to throw away ;)

Media Temple, WordPress, Mass Hacking

Media Temple, WordPress, Mass Hacking

Update: Media Temple is saying1 that:

  • They aren't 100% sure of the cause, but yes, the hack is their fault.
  • About 10% of all (gs) users were affected.
  • It's not WordPress specific, it's PHP specific.
  • Definitely change your passwords, definitely don't change it back to the original password.

Geeky bits in WordPress 2.9

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

How to Import and Display Feeds in WordPress 2.8 and Beyond

How to Import and Display Feeds in WordPress 2.8 and Beyond

Importing and displaying feeds in your WordPress themes is a great way to share additional content with your readers. Some good examples include:

Jean-Baptiste Jung Reviews Digging into WordPress

Jean-Baptiste Jung, mastermind behind the popular sites Cats Who Code, WP Recipes, and the newer Cats Who Blog, reviews our new book, Digging into WordPress!

Make an Infinite More-Posts Section

Make an Infinite More-Posts Section

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. This quick post outlines six steps to make it happen.

How to Disable Comment Feeds for Individual Posts

How to Disable Comment Feeds for Individual Posts

By default, WordPress generates an RSS feed for the comments on every published post. Many sites take advantage of this by displaying a feed link next to the comments area. This enables visitors to subscribe to the comment thread and stay current with conversation. It's convenient, simple, and super useful. For example, a typical feed menu for many blogs includes the following items:

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?

Find Typos? Other Mistakes?

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!

10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.9

WordPress 2.9 should really be a nice release. Check out this article for some interesting stuff like the_post_image(), the trash can, image editing, oEmbed, and some other cool features and improvements.

It’s Here!

It’s Here!

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

How to Secure Your New WordPress Installation

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

You Don’t Need Any Plugins to Stop Comment Spam

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.

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