Posts contained in the “WordPress” category:

WordPress is one the three big CMS’s out there (Joomla and Drupal being the other two). WordPress offers a sturdy engine, an easy-to-understand user interface, and an energetic and robust development and support community.

Criteria for Choosing WordPress Plugins

One of the nice things about WordPress is that it’s easily extensible though plugins. In fact, it’s so easy to add plugins that many people do so willy-nilly, and suffer the consequences. (Not all plugins are good plugins, and even the good ones don’t always play nice with one another, with your theme, or with …read more…

Troubleshoot your WordPress Blog

Quite often, I see messages on a message board that something has “suddenly” happened with the poster’s WordPress blog. Their level of concern ranges anywhere from mildly amused to (usually) panicked. In reality, nothing ever happens “all of a sudden”. When pushed or prodded, it usually turns out that the poster had installed a new …read more…

“He’s Dead, Jim” Plugin for WordPress

If you like the spirit of Matt’s “Hello Dolly” plugin, which adds a line from Louis Armstrong’s song “Hello, Dolly” to the top of your WordPress backend, but feel that it doesn’t do much for your inner geek, I give you the “He’s Dead, Jim” plugin for WordPress. “He’s Dead, Jim” works like “Hello Dolly,” …read more…

Create a Null Link in a Custom Menu

Custom menus in WordPress give you a lot of control over the arrangement of your menus. One issue that comes up every once in a while is how to include a word that is not a link, a page, or a category. In other words, how can you include a word that describes the child …read more…

Disable your WordPress Plugins

Like children, plugins don’t always play nicely together.  Plugins can conflict with one another, with your theme, or even with WordPress, and those conflicts are often the result of an upgrade. A lot of the issues I see with WordPress can be traced back to plugin conflicts. Most people don’t even think of plugins when …read more…

Use WordPress Screen Options to Expand your Blogging Options

WordPress’s Screen Options feature is relatively unknown to a lot of people. I suppose it’s one of those things that you already know about if you need it, and once you find out about it, it’s fairly self-explanatory. It does not, however, function the way the rest of WordPress functions, so a brief tutorial is …read more…

Adding a Category Description to Graphene’s Front Page

Someone over on the WordPress forums asked for a way to display the category description when using Graphene‘s front page category option. This is actually easy to do using Graphene’s action hook widget areas. If you’re not familiar with this feature, you should first read my tutorial on Graphene’s action hook widget areas before attempting …read more…

Target Graphene Action Hook Widgets by their Unique ID

In my earlier post about using Graphene action hook widgets, I neglected to mention how to target each widget in the style sheet. In much the way that WordPress gives each widget its own unique ID, which you can then target with some specific CSS, Graphene also provides each of these action hook widget areas …read more…

WordPress Tricks — Fun With Titles

I started blogging with WordPress long before I knew anything about how WordPress actually works. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because that’s the typical learning curve: you don’t bother learning something until you actually need to know it. This runs counter to the Chinese proverb about digging the well before you are thirsty, …read more…