Working on a new theme for the next Digging into WordPress book update, I found myself really getting into the whole “widgetizing” thing. Widgets enable non-technical users to customize your theme according to their specific layout needs, and with so many different widgets available, the possibilities are endless. You may have thought about widgets as something you do in the sidebar, but there is no reason to stop there. You can widgetize just about every part of your theme. In this post, we’ll show you how to do widgetize your theme in two easy steps. Once we get the basics down, we’ll dig into some sweet tips and tricks.
One of the things I hear people desiring from WordPress is some kind of system for customized installations. So when you go to install a fresh copy, all the settings are how you like them (among other things).
Thomas Scholz has a sweet solution here to get us nearly there. It's a plugin that you install, activate, and delete. All it does is reset your settings how you like them (you customize it), and delete the "dummy" post and comment.
I had the situation come up where I need a password-protected post in WordPress. Of course that is super easy in WordPress, you can set up a password for it right in the "Publish" box before publishing. But by default, WordPress appends "Protected: " to the front of the post title, before and after the password has been entered. I didn't like that, and thought that the password box was clue enough that the material was password protected.
If you have posts that include the
nofollow attribute on links, you may at some point decide to remove them. By default, WordPress doesn’t insert
nofollow attributes in post content, but there are a variety of plugins that will insert
nofollow into all links in post content. Or perhaps you have been manually adding
nofollow tags to your post links for SEO purposes. Regardless of how they got there, it’s very easy to clean things up and remove all
nofollow attributes from post content.
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Then almost immediately after the WPShift tweet, Ben Gillbanks announced his newly acquired and freshly redesigned WPVote (404 link removed 2014/05/30) site, where the WordPress community can submit and vote for their favorite WordPress posts. Think of it as way better than Digg for WordPress.
Both Alex and Ben did a tremendous job with their new sites. Congrats to both!
Tag clouds accomplish their varied font sizes by applying inline styling to each tag. The resulting font sizes can be really weird like style='font-size:29.3947354754px;'. There is nothing inherently wrong about that, but it feels a bit unsettling and less controllable. Mike Summers sent in a solution he uses on his own site. Let's check it out.
When 3.0 comes out, Kubrick and Classic will be dead and a new theme will be in. I don't think it has an official name yet, but you can check it out so far by following the link. It's currently in active development, I've noticed changes just in the few days I've been watching it.
Raises the bar, if you ask me.
For this DiW Poll, we ask the question: Do you use the WordPress Media Library, and if so, how much?
On its own, the WordPress Media Library provides users with a wide variety of great tools for managing media content. The Media Library makes it easy to upload media content such as images and video into an chronologically organized directory structure. During the upload process, WordPress automatically generates thumbnail, medium-size, and large-size versions of images. From there, users may associate individual media items with posts and create galleries of attached content. Along the way, WordPress’ Media Library provides users with many options and settings for
title, and other metadata, and makes it pretty easy to insert media content in various positions within the post. On top of all that, the Media Library now features built-in image editing, which includes everything from rotating and sizing to cropping and flipping.
I like the idea of shutting off comments after a certain number of days. Here on Digging Into WordPress we do it after 90. After that kind of time, the "community" of the discussion is long over. I think a good practice for turning off comments is to instead leave a message informing visitors that the comment thread is closed, and offer a course of action in case they have something of grave importance to share.
“The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”
I had the occasion yesterday to have a page with a section on it where it would output a very specific set of other pages, which would need to change dynamically. What I could have done is built a special page template for this page, and inside that template run a
query_posts() to get these posts. But I wanted this page to remain editable from the admin. Besides, creating a special page template every time you need to do something like this is too cumbersome. WordPress is extensible enough to do better.
Hence, the Custom Query Shortcode!
Jack Osborne emailed me with a question. His blog layout shows single posts at a time, with a set of arrows to navigate forward and backward in time. This works great on the single.php page where you can use next_post_link() and prev_post_link(), but those don't work on the index.php file.
Jack wrote up the solution I sent him.
The first printing of the print version of our book is sold out. We are in the process of updating the book to add all the new stuff up to WordPress 2.9.1, as well as some new secret awesome bonus stuff. We've decided to hold off on the second printing until that is ready (next month). When it is done, everyone who has already purchased will of course be getting it as a free update.