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Custom WordPress Plugins

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

WordPressI was looking through my site stats over the past few weeks (nothing to brag about I assure you) and noticed a disturbing trend. Most of the hits on my blog are the result of searches for various topics. I realized most of those topics are related to blog posts which no longer display on my site homepage. I imagine most people are really confused as to why my site came up in their search results if the page doesn’t mention what they are looking for. I suppose I could have put a search box on my site, but I’m not particularly fond of them and besides, my site only has like 25 posts max so there really isn’t a lot of content. I currently only display the seven most recent posts on my homepage. I wanted a way to provide links to the posts which have fallen off the homepage. I couldn’t find a plugin that would do this for me, so I decided to write my own.


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Embedding a Google Calendar into WordPress

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Google CalendarI was working on a project yesterday that wanted to show a Google calendar on a WordPress page. I didn’t expect to run into any problems with this (silly me). I thought I could just paste the calendar embed code into the HTML tab of the WordPress page. The Google calendar embed code is simply an iframe tag which calls your specific public Google calendar with some additional style values such as width and height. However, when I clicked the “Update” or “Publish” button, the HTML code disappeared. It turns out the WordPress editor doesn’t really like iframe tags and will remove them by default. So I pasted my embed code into the HTML tab and clicked update three more times. It didn’t work on the first try, but maybe it will work the second or third one right? My persistence wasn’t producing results so I decided to actually research the problem.


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Customize Your WordPress Comments

Friday, July 9th, 2010

WordPressWordPress is pretty amazing. I’ve only been using it for a few months now and the more I learn about it, the more I love it. I used the Starkers Theme by Elliot Jay Stocks as a starting point for this template. It’s basically just a stripped down blank slate theme with all style elements removed. It surprisingly didn’t take much work to insert my design into the template. Of course I’ve only made some of the most basic template adjustments – custom header and footer and styles. I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out when I first noticed how the comments were displayed, they look pretty crappy. I started digging around to see what customization options I had. Turns out your customization options are unlimited!


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5 Tips for Beginning Bloggers

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I was recently asked to contribute content to my company’s technology blog. I’ve been a long time blog reader, so I figured writing a blog myself should be easy right? I mean, how much can there be to it really? Just select a topic, type up some thoughts on it, and presto – I’m a certified technology blogger! So I started to think of a topic I could blog about. Every time I thought of a blog idea, these little doubts crept into my head. What if people don’t agree with my blog? What if I explain something incorrectly or find out I’ve been doing something the wrong way all these years? What if people think I’m an idiot? Well, there’s not much I can do about that last one, but on reflection I realized I don’t know all that much about blogging after all. So I decided to write myself tips on how to make the most of my blogging experience. And who knows, maybe they’ll be helpful for you too.


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Template Design In Progress…

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Not content to use one of the many free WordPress templates on my site, I have embarked upon the grand adventure of designing my own custom template. You may find this site in various stages of disarray as I attempt to sort out how this whole thing works. If you have any comments or suggestions, or notice any serious errors that need to be fixed, feel free to comment about them. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Getting Ready to Launch

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