Category: Authoring

WordPress 3.7 – Interesting details on this update

WordPress 3.7 - Basie

Everyone knows that the new version of WordPress, 3.7, contains an automatic update mechanism, a better password complexity indicator, better global support (language) and improved search functionality. But hey! What are better passwords, why do I want improved search functionality, what does better international support for me and what other handy tricks do I have to know? Interesting details on this update;

The Ten Best WordPress Blogs Around

Some people say that the age of the RSS reader is coming to an end — that people are now finding alternative ways to consume content. Well as far as I am concerned, RSS is going nowhere. It is certainly my primary means of consuming content on the web and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

Which brings me to the countless WordPress resources I am subscribed to on Feedly (what with Google Reader going the way of the dodo). Because I write about WordPress on a regular basis I need to keep my ear to the ground, which means I need to see what just about every popular (or less than popular) WordPress blog is writing about.

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Third Places & Your Blog


A third place is a leveling place. It’s where everyone’s equal. Think beer gardens. No one cares what kind of watch you’re wearing, how nice your shoes are, or what you’re drinking (just don’t order cranberry juice).

It’s more than just a leveling place. It’s where crowds gather. They meet to talk. First places (home) and second places (work) can end up isolating us. Third places unite us.

So let me ask you this….

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How to Create a To-Do List in WordPress

Each day people are finding innovative ways to use WordPress. One of these innovative uses of WordPress is for collaboration and productivity. There are many WordPress themes and plugins that make collaboration on WordPress easier. We have already written about Editorial Workflow, When it comes to productivity, WordPress has solutions like Edit Flow, Document Management, and Post forking. However, nothing boosts productivity more than a good old fashioned to-do list. In this article, we will show you how to create a to-do list in WordPress.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Cleverness To-Do List plugin. Upon activation the plugin adds a new “To-Do List” menu item in your WordPress admin bar. Clicking on it will take you to the To-Do list page where you can add new items to your list.

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How to Create Super Cool WordPress Category Pages

How important are the category pages on your site? Are they just an afterthought? Are they drab and lackluster? Admit it — could they be a lot more valuable (to both you and your visitors)? Couldn’t they be a lot cooler too, like this guy below?

If you’re like most people, then your category pages are probably in the exact same condition they were in on the day you started your site. More than likely they’re just a list of links to your posts with either an excerpt or the full post showing.

Maybe they looks something like this category page using the default Twenty Twelve theme.

But what if you took more care with your category pages? What if you made them more like introductions to the subject at hand — i.e. the topic of your category?

Instead of the default list of links, what if you had a category page that looked like this?

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Add A Featured Image From A URL

Sometimes you need to dynamically add a featured image to a post or a custom post type from another server than the one your WordPress install is running. And you’re facing a common issue: how to do it?

Of course in this case, you need to grab the featured image from the second server, download it to your own server, in the upload folder, and assign it to the correct post. In the first step we are going to create a new post dynamically, and then we’ll deal with the featured image.

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How Content Marketing Helped the Businesses of Famous Web Designers

Content Marketing

Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.

Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does? No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.

As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind. So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.

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How to Add a Facebook Follow Button for Authors in WordPress

Not every blog needs a facebook fan page. If you have a personal blog, then you can easily use your Facebook profile and the subscription feature to allow users to follow you on facebook. Similar to the like box, facebook offers a follow button for users to use on their websites. Recently, one of users asked us how to add a Facebook follow button in WordPress. In this article we will show you how to add a Facebook follow button for authors in WordPress.

For single author blogs, you can just get the code from Facebook Social plugins page and paste it in your templates or a widget. On the other hand sites with multiple authors have to take few more steps.

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How To Allow Authors To Revise Published Posts in WordPress

WordPress is a powerful blogging platform, but the default installation is not fully equipped for multi-author websites. In the past, we have written about improving editorial workflow on sites with multiple authors. One challenging aspect of managing a multi-author blog is how to allow authors to revise published posts. You might not want to allow authors to make changes to an already published posts without an editorial review. In this article, we will show you how to allow authors to revise published posts in WordPress.

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Add more placeholder tags to WordPress SEO plugin

WordPress SEO plugin is the best SEO plugin for WordPress. It’s very flexible in customizing meta title using placeholder tags like %%title%%, %%sitename%%. The problem is the list of placeholder tags are fixed and sometimes not satisfy our needs. For example, we can’t show value of a custom field (post meta) in the title! In this post I’ll show you a way to add more placeholder tags and a complete solution (a flexible one) that you can use to show any custom field in the meta title.

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