Category Archives: WordPress

Embedding SoundCloud In Your WordPress Posts

You can embed SoundCloud in your WordPress posts using WordPress feature oEmbed. It supports auto embedding until your URL breaks the line. WP oEmbed library supports Twitter, YouTube and many other popular services. SoundCloud is not yet supported by WordPress but still you have it by using oEmbed with the help of this function: wp_oembed_add_provider() 

Adding oEmbed for SoundCloud in WordPress:

Open your theme’s function.php file and add the following code:

function add_oembed_soundcloud(){
wp_oembed_add_provider( ‘http://soundcloud.com/*’, ‘http://soundcloud.com/oembed’ );
}
add_action(‘init’,’add_oembed_soundcloud’);

All done. Now you can simply paste SoundCloud URL on separate line and let oEmbed do auto-embedding.

Using WordPress Plugin:

You may also use this WordPress Plugin SoundCloud is Gold.

If you are running your blog on WordPress.Com then you may use the shortcode available for all WordPress.Com users because Sound Cloud is officially supported by WordPress.Com.

If you have a self hosted blog then you may use JetPack plugin and enable option for shortcode embeds. After doing this you can easily use the shortcode as shown here:

WordPress Hack To Remove Certain Categories From Being Displayed

This hack is useful for those who like to display certain category to chosen or registered users only. Add the following given code inside The Loop and choose the category (number) which you wish to remove from the display.

<?php
if ( have_posts() ) : query_posts($query_string .’&cat=-1,-2′); while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
?>

Creating And Managing Tables Inside WordPress Posts

WordPress Visual Editor don’t provides you the option to create table inside your post content. Hence to create a table in WordPress you need to know HTML. Reading this tutorial you can create tables in your WordPress posts even if your are not good in HTML.

  1. Go to plugins menu.
  2. Install Easy Table Plugin and Actvate it.
  3. Move to Dashboard >> Settings >> Easy Table.

Here you will get various table options and previews. Now to start up with your first table use the following given format in your WP post:

[table] Domain,Company,Rank
Google.com,Google,1,
Facebook.com,Facebook Inc,2
[/table]

This is an example. You can create as many formats you want and each format should be enclosed in [table] and [/table] shortcode. Given format creates three columns: Domain, Company and Rank with three rows:

Domain

Company

Rank

Google.com

Google

1

Facebook.com

Facebook Inc.

1

 

 

How To Add Automatically Resized Images In Your Blog Posts

If you post large number of images in your blog and resize each image  to similar frame after you upload it. Then you may add an automatic task that will resize you images automatically:

  1. Copy the script from here.
  2. Create a new folder ‘script’ in your site root from cPanel.
  3. Upload this script in script folder and name it timthumb.php
  4. Use the following syntax for adding automatically resized image in your blog post:

<img src=”/scripts/timthumb.php?src=/images/whatever.jpg&amp;h=150&amp;w=150&amp;zc=1″ alt=”” />

WordPres Spam Words And Moderation

Here are words widely used in spam comments. Adding them to your moderation list protects your site from spam trackback and comments. Just copy-paste this list in your wp-admin/options-discussions.php  (if using WordPress)

What is Moderation ? WordPress Comment moderation allows you to prevent comments to appear on your webiste before your approval. It can be useful for addressing Spam Comment.

How Moderation Works ? A new comment goes through many WordPress tests before appearing below your post. If comment fails one of the test conducted by WordPress then it goes to spam list, where you can approve or trash that particular comment. That’s how comment moderation works.

Akismet is a better option available for WordPress users for blocking Spam Comments.

Following is spam word list (released by WordPress) to add in your WordPress wp-admin/options-discussions.php

-online
4u
adipex
advicer
baccarrat
blackjack
bllogspot
booker
byob
car-rental-e-site
car-rentals-e-site
carisoprodol
casino
casinos
chatroom
cialis
coolcoolhu
coolhu
credit-card-debt
credit-report-4u
cwas
cyclen
cyclobenzaprine
dating-e-site
day-trading
debt-consolidation
debt-consolidation-consultant
discreetordering
duty-free
dutyfree
equityloans
fioricet
flowers-leading-site
freenet-shopping
freenet
gambling-
hair-loss
health-insurancedeals-4u
homeequityloans
homefinance
holdem
holdempoker
holdemsoftware
holdemtexasturbowilson
hotel-dealse-site
hotele-site
hotelse-site
incest
insurance-quotesdeals-4u
insurancedeals-4u
jrcreations
levitra
macinstruct
mortgage-4-u
mortgagequotes
online-gambling
onlinegambling-4u
ottawavalleyag
ownsthis
palm-texas-holdem-game
paxil
penis
pharmacy
phentermine
poker-chip
poze
pussy
rental-car-e-site
ringtones
roulette
shemale
shoes
slot-machine
texas-holdem
thorcarlson
top-site
top-e-site
tramadol
trim-spa
ultram
valeofglamorganconservatives
viagra
vioxx
xanax
zolus

Move Across WordPress Draft, Pending And Publish Post Statuses

Don’t use register_post_status before init. Register Post Status is a function used to create and modify post status based on given parameters. register_post_status() function is located in wp-includes/post.php It accepts following two parameters:

  • $post_status means a string for the post status name
  • $args means an array of arguments

<?php register_post_status( $post_status, $args ); ?>

Example:
(Following example registers “Unread” post status:

function my_custom_post_status(){
register_post_status( ‘unread’, array(
‘label’ => _x( ‘Unread’, ‘post’ ),
‘public’ => true,
‘exclude_from_search’ => false,
‘show_in_admin_all_list’ => true,
‘show_in_admin_status_list’ => true,
‘label_count’ => _n_noop( ‘Unread <span class=”count”>(%s)</span>’, ‘Unread <span class=”count”>(%s)</span>’ ),
) );
}
add_action( ‘init’, ‘my_custom_post_status’ );

Where:

  • label is a descriptive name for the post status marked for translation.
  • public – Set true to show posts of this status in the front end. Defaults to false.
  • exclude_from_search – Set true to exclude posts with this post status in search results. Defaults to false.
  • show_in_admin_all_list – Defines whether to include posts in the edit listing for their post type.
  • show_in_admin_status_list – Shows in the list of statuses with post counts. Example: Published (12)
  • label_count – The text to display on admin screen or you won’t see status count.

Show Related Posts In Your WordPress Blog Without Using Any Plugin

Copy and Paste the given code within the loop. It may engage your blog visitors to stay for a longer time:

<?php
//for use in the loop, list 5 post titles related to first tag on current post
$tags = wp_get_post_tags($post->ID);
if ($tags) {
echo ‘Related Posts’;
$first_tag = $tags[0]->term_id;
$args=array(
‘tag__in’ => array($first_tag),
‘post__not_in’ => array($post->ID),
‘showposts’=>5,
‘caller_get_posts’=>1
);
$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?>
<p><a href=”<?php the_permalink() ?>” rel=”bookmark” title=”Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a></p>
<?php
endwhile;
}
}
?>

This code displays posts related to current post. It is based on tags. You may change the number of posts it displays, just change ‘showposts’=>5 with your number.

Display Popular Posts In Your WordPress Blog’s Sidebar Without Using Any Plugin

You can highlight most popular content of your WordPress site in your sidebar. Copy-Paste the following code in your theme’s sidebar.php file:

<h2>Popular Posts</h2>
<ul>
<?php $result = $wpdb->get_results(“SELECT comment_count,ID,post_title
FROM $wpdb->posts ORDER BY comment_count DESC LIMIT 0 , 5″);
foreach ($result as $post) {
setup_postdata($post);
$postid = $post->ID;
$title = $post->post_title;
$commentcount = $post->comment_count;
if ($commentcount != 0) { ?>
<li><a href=”<?php echo get_permalink($postid); ?>” title=”<?php echo
$title ?>”>
<?php echo $title ?></a> {<?php echo $commentcount ?>}</li>
<?php } } ?>
</ul>

It displays most popular posts on your site’s sidebar.

For changing the number of posts to display in your sidebar:

Look-up for this line in the above code block: FROM $wpdb->posts ORDER BY comment_count DESC LIMIT 0 , 5″); and Replace 5 with the number of posts you like to display.

Easiest Way for Displaying both Popular and Unpopular Posts in your Sidebar:

Now easiest way to do this (display popular posts) and many other similar things like displaying both popular and unpopular posts, knowing the number of post hits is to use Most and Least Read Posts Widget Plugin

Download from the link, activate it and start using it by placing its widgets in your sidebar. It gives you two different widgets one shows most read posts and the other shows least read posts and also it counts your post hits both on sidebar and in your dashboard All Posts list.

Hide Post Images Without Removing Thumbnail Image In Category Archive

Given code hides post images but keeps thumbnail image in Category archive and homepage. Add following code block in your theme’s function.php:

function wpi_image_content_filter($content){

if (is_home() || is_front_page() || is_category()){
$content = preg_replace(“/<img[^>]+>/i”, “”, $content);
}

return $content;
}
add_filter(‘the_content’,’wpi_image_content_filter’,11);

WordPress’s VIP Team Launched New Plugin That Controls Bulk User Management On Multisite Network

VIP team launched new plugin which is capable enough to control and manage all users across many sites in a multisite network install. It can check all network users and their roles on different sites sites and helps you to edit users, user roles on different sites at a time without visiting their dashboard from All Sites Super Admin Menu.

Your WordPress P2 Blog Can Now Be A Full-Blown Issue Tracker

You can now have your WordPress blog as a full-blown issue tracker with Recently updated Resolved/Unresolved Posts Plugin. Test it live here in this post. Check Resolved/Unresolved button at the top right corner of this post.

  • Green posts are resolved issues.
  • Red posts are unresolved issues.

You also get a sidebar widget for quick overview of resolved and unresolved posts.

Source: http://kovshenin.com/2012/wordpress-as-an-issue-tracker/

10 Android Apps That Bloggers Should Have

1. WordPress

WordPress App for Android is available at Google Play Store. Using this App bloggers can maintain their blogs from their Android Device. This App is useful for both self-hosted blogs and blogs hosted on wordpress.com

Download WordPress App

2. Tumblr

If you maintain a Tumblr micro-blog then you should try this App. Using this app you can post content, read and write messages, schedule post activity, manage multiple Tumblr blogs and view contacts of Tumblr blogs in your address book etc.

Download Tumblr App

3. Google Drive

It helps you to store all kinds of documents, audio, video, images, pdf etc in cloud and also sync all documents across multiple devices connected to your Google account.

Download Google Drive App for Android

4. Blogger

Try this App if you blog on Blogger. Functionality of this app is still very limited as compared to the WordPress App.

Download Blogger App

5. Writer

Writer is a simple text processor that provides you distraction-free writing environment on your smartphone which is very useful while writing long posts.

Download Writer App

6. Disqus

Disqus commenting system for WordPress is getting very popular these days because its integrated community features brings people back and keep them engaged. Using this App you can access all commenting features of you blog from your smartphone.

 Download Disqus App

7. Tape A Talk

Tape A Talk is a voice recorder App. Bloggers use this App for recording interviews etc. This App can upload audio-recording to many online services and blogs.

Download Tape-A-Talk App

8. GAnalytics

GAnalytics is mobile version of Google’s famous service ‘Google Analytics’. This App gives a good account of your blog traffic, usage statistics and bounce rates etc.

Download GAnalytics App

9. Flipboard

Flipboard allows you to open Facebook, Twitter and Google+ streams. Using this App you can browse your blog’s Facebook Page, social news, comments etc

Download Flipboard App

10. Photo Editor

Using this App you can crop, edit, resize, add effects, texts and drawings to your photos before posting them to your blog.

Download Photo Editor

Embed Flickr & Picasa Photostreams In Web Pages As A Flash Slideshow

Use PictoBrowser for embedding your Flickr – Picasa Photos in your website.

What is a PictoBrowser?

PictoBrowser a free web application that displays Flickr and Picasa images on websites and blogs.

How to get a PictoBrowser?

  1. Visit here
  2. If this link doesn’t work then visit http://pictobrowser.com/
  3. Click PictoBuilder at the top left corner of the page.
  4. Enter your Flickr/Picasa username.
  5. Choose images.
  6. Set Tag or Groups.
  7. It outputs some HTML code
  8. Copy that HTML code and paste it in your website or blog.
  9. If you use WordPress then you may paste it inside your posts and pages.

Adding JavaScript Inside Your WordPress Posts

While writing any post change mode from Visual to HTML and paste your javascript there.

Excluding this there are many plugins available which allows you to add javascript in WordPress posts.

You may try this plugin also Custom fields shortcode. Although this plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years but it works good without  showing any error in my blog.

Useage:

Use [cf] shortcode in your post content to show the custom field value without editing any of your WordPress theme files.

For Example:  [cf] FieldName[/cf] returns value of ‘FieldName’ custom-filed.

Check similar plugins here.

Creating WordPress Multisite Network

    • Install WordPress
    • Add the following line just above /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */
    • define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
    • Last step enables the Network Setup item in your Tools menu.
    • Go to Dashboard => Tools => Network Setup.
    • Do as directed. It will ask you to choose from the following two network options:
  • Sub-domains — a sub-domain based network in which sub-sites use subdomains. Example: http://lamp.sangkrit.net
  • Sub-directories — a path-based network in which sub-sites use directory path. Example: https://sangkrit.net/lamp
    • If you choose sub-domain network option then you will need to generate wild card from your c-panel check this tutorial: Subdomain Network: Adding A Wild-Card DNS In DNS Server
    • Network details get filled in automatically but you are free to make changes:
  • Server Address: The domain of the URL to access your WordPress installation.
  • Network Title: The title of your multisite network.
  • Admin E-mail:  Super admin’s email address for whole network.
  • Click the Install button.
  • Follow on screen instructions.  It provides you with cold blocks to add on your site’s wp-config.php and .htaccess files and prompts you to create a directory:
  • Create a directory for media file uploads. Directory should be writable by webserver.
  • Add the specified lines to your wp-config.php file
  • Add the specified lines to your .htaccess file
    If you do not have a .htaccess file, then create it in root directory.
  • Clear your browser’s cache and login to your site.
  • From your Dashboard at the top left corner you will see My Sites menu. Now you may visit your Network Administration from My Sites => Network Admin => Dashboard.

Migrating Multiple Blogs To WordPress Multisite

  • Export content of your existing WordPress installations from Dashboard=> Tools=> Export
  • Install WordPress
  • Activate Multisite by adding define(‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true); in your wp-config.php
  • Open Dashboard of your new WordPress installation.
  • Open Tool=> Network Setup from Dashboard and do as directed.
  • Create blog for each site you like to import.
  • Import each site’s content you exported from old installations from Dashboard=> Tools=> Import
  • Install all themes and plugins of your old site if you like and network activate them.
  • If your old installations have their own domain names then Map domains to your main site using MU Domain Mapping