150 Most Wanted WordPress Tips, Tricks, and Hacks


All the WordPress bloggers already know that there are different themes and default features available while blogging. However these are limited. Yes, you can find an original theme, if you research a lot, but there is a good chance you will see the exact theme somewhere else as well so you can say goodbye to your imagined originality. You can compensate this with a nice content of course, but the design is also really important to make visitors read you.

If you want to go for a new unique look, you will have to get to know the PHP code of your blog and start being creative. Sometimes you just see a blog that has an amazing and creative design and you can’t help it wonder – how did the blogger achieve this? Well there are some tips and tricks that you can learn from the more experienced. Whether it’s about changing the colors, administrating the comments or adding different new unusual features to your interface – you can learn it all step by step.

We found 150 WordPress tips, tricks and hacks that you can definitely find useful and we hope to hear back from you, telling us about the improvements you made or any other suggestions.

1. 11 Ways to Create a Mobile Friendly WordPress Site

2. 25+ Extremely Useful Tricks for the WordPress Functions File

3. 4 Ways to Exclude WordPress Category from RSS Feeds

4. 4 Ways to speed up your wordpress blog

5. 5 Tips for using AJAX in WordPress

6. Add a favicon to your WordPress blog using a hook

7. Add Breadcrumbs to Your WordPress Blog

8. Add Gravatar for post author

9. Add Menus to the Admin Bar of WordPress

10. Add Thumbnails to WordPress with Custom Fields

11. Adding Tabs to Sidebar

12. Advanced Power Tips for WordPress Template Developers

13. Advanced WordPress Comment Styles and Tricks

14. Automatic WordPress Thumbnail Without Custom Field

15. Buy Me a Beer

16. Control your own WordPress Custom Fields

17. Create a Dynamic Sticky

18. Create an Ajax-based Auto-completing Search Field

19. Create and show categories image

20. Create really cool WordPress date button

21. Create Users Automatically In WordPress

22. Creating Helpful and Effective WordPress Archives

23. Custom CSS Per Post

24. Custom login page

25. Custom Pagination without WordPress Plugins

26. Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0

27. Custom WordPress Homepage with Customizable Widgets

28. Custom WordPress Login Pages – Best Practices and Tutorial

29. Customize Error 404 page

30. Customize WordPress Login Logo without a Plugin

31. Declare Multiple Widgetized Areas

32. del.icio.us for WordPress

33. Delete all Feed Cache via SQL in WordPress

34. Display categories in horizontal Drop-Down menu

35. Display Google Docs spreadsheets in WordPress

36. Display recent post from specific category

37. Display Twitter messages in WordPress

38. Dynamic jQuery Feature Post Slider For WordPress

39. Embed Google Ad (AdSense) in first wordpress post

40. Exclude certain categories from being displayed

41. Exclude Post from WordPress Feed

42. Exclude Posts and Pages in WordPress Search

43. Format images for feed readers

44. Free tools for WordPress Backup

45. Getting the most from WordPress Post Thumbnail

46. Google Syntax Highlighter for WordPress

47. Hiding Advertisements For Single Posts

48. Highlight author’s comments

49. Highlight WordPress Category when on a Single Post

50. How to Add a Dynamic Copyright Date in WordPress Footer

51. How to Add a Print Button To Your Theme

52. How to Add A Shortcode in WordPress?

53. How to Add Adsense Code Manually in Post Using Shortcode

54. How to Add an Author Info Box in WordPress Posts

55. How to Add an Email Button To Your Theme

56. How to Add Twitter Tweet Button on your WordPress Blog

57. How to Allow Contributors to Upload Files in WordPress

58. How to Automatically Create Bit.ly Links for Blog Posts

59. How to automatically remove the Nofollow from your posts

60. How to Automatically Use Resized Images Instead of Originals

61. How To Avoid Duplicate Posts

62. How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch

63. How to Change Header Logo in WordPress Dashboard

64. How to create a mobile WordPress theme with jQuery Mobile

65. How to Create a Theme Development Environment for a Live WordPress Site

66. How to Create a WordPress Options Panel

67. How to Create a WordPress Plugin

68. How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial

69. How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress

70. How to Customize Fonts in a WordPress Blog with CSS3

71. How to detect mobile visitors on your WordPress blog

72. How to Disable Automatic formatting in WordPress posts

73. How to Disable Comments on All Posts in WordPress

74. How to Display “Time Ago” for Posts and Comments

75. How to Display Ads Only to Search Engine Visitors in WordPress

76. How to Display Facebook Statuses on WordPress Blog

77. How to Display Feedburner Subscriber Count in Text

78. How to Display Related Posts in WordPress Without a Plugin

79. How to Display Twitter Follower Count in Text

80. How to enable Multi-Site option in WordPress 3.0

81. How to Highlight the Search Terms in Results in WordPress

82. How to implement Ajax in WordPress Themes

83. How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress

84. How to Install and Setup W3 Total Cache for Beginners

85. How to install wordpress automatically using cPanel (fantastico) and Simple Scripts?

86. How to install WordPress locally on a Mac

87. How to install wordpress manually?

88. How To List All Posts Of An Archive, A Category Or A Search Result

89. How To Make a WordPress Events List

90. How to Optimize Your WordPress Title

91. How to Put Your Best Content Forward

92. How to Remove Ads from Select Categories

93. How to Remove Default Author Profile Fields in WordPress

94. How to Remove the Admin Bar from WordPress 3.1

95. How to Remove WordPress Update Notice from Admin Panel

96. How to set a maximum word count on post titles

97. How to Set WordPress Post Expiration Date/Time

98. How to show a different number of posts for a WordPress category

99. How to Show First Image from Post Without Plugin

100. How to Show Only a Post Excerpt

101. How to Split WordPress Content Into Two or More Columns

102. How to: Embed CSS in your posts with a custom field

103. Implement a sliding login panel in to WordPress with Mootools

104. Incorporate Cufon in WordPress

105. Increase your WordPress Blog Performance by using Google App Engine

106. Individual Design for any Page

107. Installing Xampp and WordPress

108. jQuery Dropdown Navigation in WordPress

109. Make Shortcodes User-Friendly

110. Migrating a WordPress Site – FTP, PhpMyAdmin and SQL queries

111. Moving a Static HTML Site to WordPress

112. Notifixious – Notify Users via IM

113. Open links in new windows (by default)

114. Optimize WordPress Performance with the wp-config.php File

115. Paginated Comments

116. Place a login form in the sidebar

117. Place content only in RSS Feed

118. Plugin To Add Custom Field To An Attachment In WordPress

119. Post Formats – More Creative Ways For A Theme

120. Post image the easy peasy way

121. Post text and image count

122. Quick Tip: Improve your website’s 404 page

123. Random Redirect

124. Redirecting Visitors to a Temporary Maintenance Page in WordPress without a Plugin

125. Remove WordPress Multisite Feature – ToDo List!

126. Remove/Replace Content from the WordPress Database

127. Seperate Comments from Trackbacks/Pingbacks

128. Show Your Top Contributors Without a Plugin

129. Showing Random Posts In WordPress

130. Sidebar With Dynamic Contents

131. Simple Autoresize for WordPress Background Image Function

132. Step by Step Guide to Setup FeedBurner for WordPress

133. Stop WordPress From Ever Logging Out

134. Styling Different Posts in Different Ways With Post_Class

135. The Easy Way To Make WordPress Ajax Pagination Using jQuery

136. The Essential Elements of your First WordPress Design Site

137. Top 10 Things to do after installing wordpress

138. Using HTML5 Elements in WordPress Post Content

139. Using WordPress as Membership Directory

140. Wicked WordPress Archives in One Easy Step

141. WordPress Breadcrumbs Without a Plugin

142. WordPress Custom Fields 101: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

143. WordPress functions.php Template with 15 Essential Custom Functions

144. WordPress How to : Style comments of every roles

145. WordPress query_posts Tips

146. WordPress Template Hierarchy and Conditional Comments

147. WordPress tip: allow upload of more file types

148. WordPress tip: Create a PDF viewer shortcode

149. WordPress tip: Insert custom content after each post

150. WordPress tip: Send article to a friend by email

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Developing Streamlined and Efficient CSS Styles


CSS can be compared to the sculptor’s tool set when crafting a sculpture. We as web designers utilize all the assets CSS brings forth to create structured layouts for our websites. Over the years this design process has become more organized and fitted. Rules have been put in place for best-practice procedures when coding.

We’ll have a look at some ideas you can apply to your stylesheets to help speed up your code in future projects. Efficient CSS is easy to manage and easy to read while also supplying a resource to the web designer. Keeping everything organized is a big step forward, but things get a bit more complicated than that.

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Throughout the article keep your personal idiosyncrasies in the back of your mind and try to absorb as much information as possible. The best advice you can get from any developer is to find your own way of working. Try combining a few of these techniques with your own workflow to see how you can benefit the greatest as a CSS developer.

Why Bother to Streamline CSS?

Many web designers get lost in the comparison of frontend to backend languages when talking about parsing code. CSS and HTML are frontend design languages used to format and style elements on your website. Files are downloaded and parsed by the web browser your visitor is using.

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This means frontend code still has a quantitative load time. Code developed and parsed by a browser still takes time to be read and computed, just like backend languages such as PHP or Ruby. This is where streamlined CSS can provide a huge benefit to your site in seeing shorter load times and quicker structuring of page elements.

This may not be so obvious with much of today’s high-speed connections and advanced Operating Systems. You may want to try viewing your site through a mobile browser to compare not only load times, but how the website is loaded.

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When CSS is coded efficiently you should see elements form and style as they are processed. This can change browser to browser but it’s a common occurrence you’ll see the more you test your website’s code.

You’ll also want to keep your code standardized and simple. When you’re updating your blog or personal website a few months after initial development it’ll be a lot simpler to churn through CSS styles you’re already familiar with. Adapting to a set structure for best industry practices will help in the long run.

How to Work with Efficient Code

To begin coding with ultimate efficiency in your styles you’ll have to adopt some fresh new ideas. These are some basic CSS techniques being used even today by high-tier Internet websites and app developers.

Keep your Code Simple

This seems like an easy one that many will overlook. When mapping out a set of data for how your styles will develop keep it all simple – create data sets in a column stack if you need to.

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Start by creating a list of the different sections you will work on in your styles. These can include text, forms, layout boxes, headers, footers, anything you may need. If you’d like to really get organized you can even break things down into a few known styles you will need, such as an ID or class for navigation links.

Afterwards this makes things much simpler when you go sit down to code. Having your resource list in front of you will almost create super-human coding powers to be pouring out code so quickly. This first step helps create a blueprint of your website mockup using “plain words” before going into any style language.

Keep Blocks of Code Delineated and Sparse

There has been an ongoing debate for a while between how CSS code should be written. When I first started I used block notation since it was all I had seen before. However single-line notation is much, much quicker when it comes to parsing and being able to read from a human eye.

Coding Adobe Dreamweaver CSS on Mac OS X

This isn’t to say I’m making a case to ignore block-style CSS, far from it. When you are dealing with a key element or ID holding 6 or 7 major properties it will be easier to keep it in blocked form. You’ll be isolating the important pieces and elements out of your style so they’re quicker to find at a glance.

It’s also much simpler to read longer styles in block notation. This is because most text editors will wrap longer lines and reading property:value pairs can get very confusing when you’ve got 10+ to go through. As the web designer it’s your call how you space your CSS code. Just keep the efficiency issue in mind while doing so and always use your best judgement.

Working with Other Developers

This can be an annoyance or a blessing depending on the team. However the fact stands that if you’re currently or aspire to be a professional web designer, chances are you’ll be working with a team at some point.

As designers we can be especially difficult with making major changes to our works. With CSS code it’s a bit different since you’re trying to portray a beautiful layout using only property values. This can get messy when files pass between a few hands so be sure to keep things organized.

Team Work Designing in Toronto

Comments can be a major help here. Adding comments to lines or blocks of code which may be confusing or misleading to some will save hours of working time. You want to communicate all of the work you’ve put into a stylesheet in the most elegant way possible.

Ensure while you work there aren’t any duplicate styles or appended styles being overwritten. For example imagine a website’s page headings h1-h4 are styled earlier in a CSS document but some code changes the fonts deeper in. This could be imminently confusing for somebody who didn’t even write the code and now has to go through and fix this bug.

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Communication is also very important in web development teams. You can write some of the most efficient code around, but lack of communication is what kills projects. Keep your mental processes focused on the task at hand and work within the boundaries of your team, not just your own creative ideas.

Keep Track of Separate CSS Documents

Another way to keep code clean and organized is to separate the many types of styles you may be applying. This works much better on larger websites which require so many styles that a single document holding them all is an unrealistic sight.

One example of such a site could be Facebook. They would have so many different pages for styles to load on – profile, search, registration, photos. I wouldn’t want to be the guy sorting through all that code to apply a simple bug fix if it were in one consolidated file.

Granted Facebook may be garnering a lot more traffic than you would expect but the principles are the same. If organization is an issue separate stylesheets can go a long way. Commonly today you’ll see web designers keeping code organized based on how it structures the document. For example you may have layout.css, text.css, and forms.css.

CSS Home Office Workdesk

The benefit here is not all of these style documents need to be loaded on every page. This allows for greater customization when it comes to building your website. You’ll cut down on parsing time tremendously just by creating separate views and styles for each one.

Testing Support for IE

Internet Explorer has always portrayed the evil bandit for web developers, CSS coding especially. Luckily Conditional Comments can be applied to your HTML which look like regular comments to most browsers. In Internet Explorer they can be used to implement new styles based on the browser your running.

This has always been an issue and with the release of Internet Explorer 9 beta we’re getting just a bit closer to a more solidified Internet experience. Only problem is how many people are still running browsers as old as IE6 or IE7. These have serious processing bugs and sometimes require external styles to fix them, appearing only based on their flawed rendering engines.

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Thankfully support has gotten better and Microsoft seems to be turning things around. Keep an eye out for conditional comments if you haven’t worked with them yet. They can prove to be invaluable in many cases where CSS properties just won’t work right and you need an alternative.

Adding a Table of Contents

This is an optional step which I have found to work wonders in my stylesheets. You can keep a table outside of the CSS document itself, but I have found this to be a bit counter-productive. Especially when it’s so easy to add comments in-line.

The main purpose of placing a Table of Contents into your styles would be ease of access and streamlining the editing process. Place markers in the beginning of your document to separate your code into easily-dividable sections.

CSS Table of Contents

A good way to approach this would be to create your own table key. For example, if you were splitting your table into each main area of the document (layout, font, header, navigation etc.) you could key them with a set of unique characters.

=!layout and =!font could be used to delineate the layout and font sections, respectively. Since you probably won’t run into those exact pairs of characters anywhere in your code it’s easy to add them both in your table and at the start of each section in comments. Then using the Search or Find feature of your text editor you can skip down the sections of your CSS styles with ease.

This is also a great way to approach a teamwork project where many people will be looking at the same code. It keeps things organized and easier to find in the mess of styles we see today.

Conclusion

Although there are many ways to approach optimizing the efficiency of your code these examples are a great way to get started. CSS is an ever-changing subset of the design industry and has a lot of new ideas being built around it.

Passion and dedication are required to make it in the design industry. If you can hold onto your passion for digital design it shouldn’t be difficult to keep up with the curve on CSS practices. Reaching out to the community of web designers found all over the web is a leap forward. The experts of industry are more than happy to share their techniques for streamlined CSS which evoke bouts of innovation into others.

10 Online Free Photo Editing Websites


This world seems to be getting more expensive with every passing day. Software products and services are unfortunately no exception. At the same time, our dependence on Information Technology and the Internet is growing at a very fast pace. To minimize this dependence is not always an acceptable or wise choice. What we can however do is to support free online websites.

For anyone interested in playing with photos and images, online free photo editing websites and tools can be very useful. Keeping that in mind and to show our support for the growing free software development community, today we bring you 10 online free photo editing websites.

Enjoy the no-cost freedom and let us know in the comments if you know of other similar useful web-based tools.

Pixlr

Pixlr is one of the most popular advanced online image editor in the world.

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FotoFlexer

Create dazzling photo effects for free in your browser.

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Phot0Funia

PhotoFunia is free and very easy to use. Just select an effect you like from over 100 different effects, upload your photo, and PhotoFunia will handle the rest for you.

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piZap

A free online photo editor featuring fun free photo effects, photo stickers and one click effects for your digital photos.

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Phixr

Phixr is a free online photo editor – a complete imaging solution that works within your web browser.

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Picnik

Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames. 

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Pixi Snap

Turn your lifeless picture to awesome photo mosaics or cool Polaroid and make them your desktop wallpaper or Myspace background.

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Flauntr

Lots of one-click options to edit your digital photos instantly.

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Hollywood Makeover

Try on the newest celebrity hairstyles from short cuts and bangs to long party styles and updos, plus find out how to get the looks yourself!

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PicArtia

PicArtia helps you to create your photo mosaic online for free. It is popular for being fast, easy and free!

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Amazing 3D-like Animated Photos


“What we describe as animated photography is not animation at all. All that happens is that a long string of snap-shot photographs… are passed at rapid speed before the eye.” – F. A. Talbot “Moving Pictures: How They are Made and Worked”, 1912.

Even if we tend to perceive the movement, it is only an illusion, as the animated photos don’t record the moving object, but different motionless positions of the object, that are later combined using different kinds of sometimes sophisticated techniques to create the animated photography that amazes us so much. Another element of amazement is the 3D-like effect that occasionally makes it more realistic than we could imagine it is possible.

Ok, so there’s a trend lately in photography, maybe you’ve seen something while surfing the internet in one of those restless sleepless nights. It consists of creating 3D-like photos that have an animated element. The effect is pretty amazing and gives the actual impression of dimension and depth, as if the person or object captured in the photo is actually in front of your eyes, at the distance of just a touch.

In the showcase for today we’ve gathered amazing 3D-like animated photos for your enjoyment and inspiration. Take a look and pick your favourite one!

You’ve probably seen hundreds of times those animated avatars on the Internet, but what I suggest you to look through in this collection will change your attitude towards the animated gif…

The New York photographer Jamie Beck, together with the web designer Kevin Burg, have created a series of animated pictures that are a real art on the verge of photography and video. Jamie calls this photos «cinemagraphs», but this is not photography, and still not cinematography. In these photographs Kevin has used some new technology. So here, take your time to contemplate and admire these wonderful pieces of new art. Enjoy!

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