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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

3 Ways to Reset the WordPress Loop

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 DigWP post, we'll explore each of these three loop-reset techniques to get a better understanding of when and how to use them in your WordPress themes.

Create an Articles-Only Feed

Create an Articles-Only Feed

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 with WordPress

How to Redirect Logged-In Users with WordPress

WordPress provides a variety of functions to redirect logged-in users. So which is best? It really depends on your goals; they're all good methods, it just depends on what you're trying to accomplish.

In this DigWP tutorial, 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. They're some great tools to have in the ’ol belt. So let's dig in..

Get DiW for FREE at Designer Themes

It's TRUE!!! :) We've partnered with Designer Themes, where you can get a free DiW PDF/eBook with purchase of any of their awesome Pro themes (all GPL!). Editor's note: 404 link removed.

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.

DigWP Affiliate Program

DigWP Affiliate Program

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

Clean Up Weird Characters in Database

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.

Super Summer Sale!

Super Summer Sale!

The summer months are upon us, and to celebrate we're having a Super Summer Sale for huge savings on both the PDF version and Print Editions of Digging into WordPress.

Secure uploads, upgrade and other directories with .htaccess

Secure uploads, upgrade and other directories with .htaccess

It sucks, but a lot of plugins require certain directories to be set at CHMOD 777 for its file permissions. Of course, you should not use any plugin that requires 777 directories, but if you absolutely must, you can help protect the folder by adding a thin slice of htaccess. This works great for any directory requiring "loose-ish" permissions (i.e., anything greater than 755), and may also be useful for other key folders as well.

Leave the Visual Editor ON

Leave the Visual Editor ON

Just a quick reminder to anyone out there that may not know.. Enabling the Visual Editor in your User Profile settings gets you access to both Visual and HTML editors in the Write/Edit Post screen. Just click on either tab above the toolbar to toggle between modes. So you can write your posts in HTML and then jump into the Visual Editor to take advantage of the new Linking tool, which makes adding links incredibly easy. Read on to learn more about linking with the WordPress Visual Editor..

Poll: Best Caching Plugin for WordPress?

Poll: Best Caching Plugin for WordPress?

New Poll! We've got several polls running in the sidebar at DigWP.com, and the latest asks which caching plugin is best. Sure it's all anecdotal and subjective, but user feedback is a fun way to see trends and get an idea of the top plugins.

New Book Winner!

Congratulations to Kristin Currier for winning a free printed copy of Digging into WordPress. The giveaway question this time was "what's the most interesting thing you've done with WordPress?" Kristin replies:

I haven't done a damned interesting thing
with WordPress at all.

So honest! You can read about what other interesting and unusual things people are (and aren't) doing with WordPress in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Kristin for winning – your new book is on the way! :)

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