During the recent book update, we needed to make some room for the new WordPress-3.1 content. The book is already over 400 pages and growing. So we have to make some hard decisions about which content is useful but maybe not needed in the book. And, as useful as long lists of anti-spam plugins might be, moving them from the book to the blog seems like a good way to free up some room while keeping the information available. So without further ado, here is a quick list of 15 anti-spam plugins to help you run a more user-friendly, hassle-free comment system.
We cooked up a special widescreen edition of the
PDF for Digging into WordPress 3.1. This new edition contains exactly the same content as the original, but instead breaking the spreads into single-page format, the widescreen version retains the same "two-up" layout, so it's just like you’re reading the actual printed book.
Good news! Digging into WordPress version 3.1 is now at the printers, with a fresh batch of books expected within the next 4-5 weeks. The new 3.1 books should be available for purchase in May, and we've opened up pre-orders for those wanting to use the PDF and other goodies while waiting for the printed version. Visit our book page for more information and to secure your copy of Digging into WordPress 3.1.
Version 2 of the HTML5 Reset by Tim Murtaugh and Michael Pick is out. This time it features a WordPress theme, which is based of Digging Into WordPress' own BLANK theme. I think we'll retire BLANK and point to this more up-to-date theme.
Matt Richardson from MAKE magazine makes a USB device button, which when pressed, inserts an alternative word to "awesome". He demonstrates its use inside the WordPress post editor =)
Ahh yeah, WordPress just rolled out another update to version 3.1.1. If you're able to upgrade via the Admin, updating your site(s) should be a piece of cake: just log in, click a few buttons, wait a few minutes, and done. The convenience of automatically updating the WordPress core, plugins, and themes is awesome, but things can go wrong once in awhile and auto-updates can fail. If this happens, getting back on track is a bit tricky, so here's a quick guide to help restore site functionality and ensure a proper update.
Alex Denning is putting together an unbiased and unaffiliated resource compiling the best hosts for WordPress. To get the most accurate results, Alex put up a questionnaire for (self-hosted) WordPress users to share their real-life experiences. This is a great opportunity to share your hosting insights and as a bonus enter to win a six-month membership to the WooThemes Theme Club!
With WordPress 3.1’s new Post Format functionality, it’s easier than ever to create your own Tumblr-style Link posts. We do this right here at DigWP.com using our own hand-rolled method. Scroll through a page or two of the site’s most recent posts, and you’ll see that Link posts are formatted and styled differently than regular posts (see screenshot below). In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use WordPress' new Post Formats to setup your own Tumblr-style Links in 3 easy steps.
Love the admin bar – makes managing/navigating/editing one of thousands of pages/posts on a multisite install a breeze. With some custom adding and subtracting of items and things like the Snack Bar, almost everything I need to do while logged in is one click away.
You can read what other people are saying about WordPress 3.1 in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Helen for winning – your new book is on the way!
WordPress 3.1 includes the new Admin Bar. It's enabled by default for all users, and provides quick links to key Admin pages. There's been some strong opinions on both sides, so let's put it to a vote:
Digging into WordPress is now updated for WordPress 3.1. This is the book's 8th major update, with new material for WordPress 3.1 and extensive revisions throughout. Without a doubt, Digging into WordPress is more focused and current than ever before.
Here are six htacccess tricks that will help improve the security and SEO quality of your WordPress-powered site. We do this using .htaccess to establish canonical URLs for key peripheral files, such as your
sitemap.xml files. Canonicalization keeps legitimate bots on track, eliminates malicious behavior, and ensures a better user-experience for everyone. On the menu:
- Client-Side & Server-Side Validation
- Use as widget, shortcode, or template tags
- Simple CAPTCHA with tamper-proof encryption
- Smart 'Register' Tab
- Trap Mailing Errors
The ZB Toolkit (404 link removed 2015/02/17) also includes a couple of bonus "home-brewed utilities" to make it all sweet. Demo available at the plugin home page in the sidebar – Check it out!
Digging into WordPress is an entirely self-published book. It's not that way because we just arbitrarily decided that self publishing was hip and that was what we were going to do. In fact, the plan early on was the opposite. Step one, we thought, was to write the book. So we did that. Then step two became find publisher to publish it, so we asked around. We talked to five (or so) tech book publishers.