by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Category: PHP

Getting More Fine-Grained with Includes

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I was recently putting together a site where I found it very useful to have a number of small areas of the site as separate chunks of code I could include in templates at will. The site wasn't unusual at all, it just never occurred to me to get this fine-grained with includes before, but I'm starting to do it now and I like it.

3 Ways to Monitor PHP Errors

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Close monitoring of your site’s PHP errors is crucial to operating a healthy, secure, and well-performing website. When left undetected, PHP errors can reduce performance, waste bandwidth, and leave your site vulnerable to malicious attack. PHP errors usually occur unpredictably and spontaneously, and may be triggered by even the slightest changes to your server configuration, database setup, or WordPress files. Even if your site appears to working properly on the surface, it may in fact be suffering from undetected PHP errors that should be fixed as soon as possible.

Move Your WordPress Files Out of the Root Directory

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I usually recommend that people install WordPress at the root directory of their sites. Even if you intend to mostly use WordPress for a blog, and run it at /blog/, you can still do that with WordPress at the root through some simple settings. But just because WordPress is installed and controlling your site from the root, doesn't mean that the WordPress core files need to be located at the root.

Optimize WordPress Performance with the wp-config.php File

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As you may recall, there are a ton of configuration tricks available for the WordPress wp-config.php file. So many in fact, that I think many people may have missed some of the choice definitions aimed at optimizing WordPress performance. In this post, we’ll explore the best ways to improve your site’s performance with WordPress’ wp-config.php file.

Custom WordPress Title Tags

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By default, WordPress provides a decent way of including <title></title> information for your posts, pages, and various archive views. Using WordPress’ built-in template tag, “wp_title()”, we can specify several useful parameters, including:

Unique Body ID’s for your Pages

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There are many reasons you might want to get a unique ID for your <body></body> tag. Let's say you want your header elements to be a different color on your About page, you could apply a bit of CSS via your theme's stylesheet (i.e., style.css). For example, you could target the About page with something like this:

Dynamic Copyright in your WordPress Footer

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Many footers on websites contain text like "© 2009 Your Website". A good measure, surely. We can use some classic PHP and a built-in WordPress function to make this bit of text dynamic so that it will never need to be tampered with manually again. Here is the code to add to your theme template file (e.g., footer.php):

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