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On WordPress’ New Gutenberg Editor

The Gutenberg editor. WordPress has decided that its current editor won’t do, and that it was time to update the “Classic” text editor into something more utilitarian called “Gutenberg”. I thought “Ok, I’ll try it”. Then, immediately it did not work. And, I think many out there are facing the exact same thing. This is all feeling like WordPress is trying to empty Lake Ontario with a bucket. It’s a futile gesture, but maybe it’s the gesture that counts? It’s like the world is craving no more sequels to movies, but when you give them something original, they don’t show up. WordPress, you’ve got a fight ahead of you.

Customize a Plugin to Control Your WordPress Theme’s Featured Posts

NS Featured Posts Code

WordPress. Incredibly customizable, but often incredibly frustrating. One such specific case is where themes can feature posts in a widget, but don’t always offer a way to set each post to do so. In my current theme’s case, it’s based on Orca and the theme has a “Featured Posts” widget, but there doesn’t appear to be an easy way to set a post as featured. I’ll show you how to modify a publicly available plugin to make this possible in WordPress’ admin interface.

WordPress: Tell Search Engines Not to Index Archives

Google Search Inculuding Archives

If you run a WordPress [1], and you to search Google‘s index using the site parameter – namely, site:%yourdomain% – you’ll probably find that Google has also indexed all of the archives, categories, and tags of your site. For many, the first impulse is to delete this from Google somehow or maybe use robots.txt, or some other method. But, I’ve found the solution is easier, and I’ll show you how to do it (without a plugin).

Talking to the Makers of WP Twitter Autopost – Vivacity Infotech

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Making full use of Twitter (from WordPress) required that I find a useful way of tweeting from this blog. I had some key requirements that were more than a little difficult to meet. In the process of solving that problem, I found the plugin WP Twitter Autopost, which was cool, but I wanted to know more about the developers behind it at Vivacity InfoTech (VivacityIT). They were nice enough to do an email interview with me, and here’s what I learned.

Making the Most of Twitter From WordPress With a Plugin

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Wordpress really gets flack for plugins. A as a blog that uses WordPress, I understand much of the criticism. I’m always interested in getting rid of plugins in favor of coding whenever possible. You’ll probably notice the very basic nature of this site anyway. One problem that has always seemed to lack an elegant solution is how to automate a tweet with custom text while using developer account. Go ahead, you won’t find anything out there.

The WordPress Relative Link Conundrum

Relative Links

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As a blog that runs on WordPress, this site is bound to the glorious options that are presented by this tool; but also many of the limitations. I’ve worked with WordPress in a number of ways, but one that seems to be most tricky is its internal linking. Out of the box, WordPress won’t offer you the ability to show internal elements (such as images) with a relative URL.

And, this seems to run counter to what Google suggests. In a recent post Google sets forth a suggestion to “Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain” and “Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains” Given these suggestions, not having relative links in WordPress had me thinking.

WordPress: One Way To Display The Perfect Title

While the work has been sometimes laborious to get this blog finished and ready to view, one of the more difficult things was to get the details right in the <TITLE> tag. Many of the snippets of code out there suggest using various separators and little tricks to determine if the user is at the home page. What I was after was this:

If at the home page, display the blog’s name and description only. If on an article, display only the title of that article. The resulting code is a mix of php snippets found all over the web but one great way to make the links a search engine provides look better.

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