Adding Users to Your Blog

WordPress has an odd way of describing people who can contribute to your blog, manage comments, and so on. In addition to you, the blog owner, the roles WordPress recognizes are Administrators, Editors, Authors, Contributors, and Subscribers. WordPress calls all those with administrative capability users. As with some other WordPress capabilities, the bias here is toward power and control rather than simplicity. Six roles (blog owner, plus five roles the blog owner can assign) is a lot. The...

Testing Your New PlugIn

This is the place and time where having a WordPress installation on your own computer can be very useful. Plug-ins by definition should work without hassle with the current version of WordPress core, but whether they work with every other plug-in installed on your server is another matter entirely. Your test server does not have to be a duplicate of your production setup. Content isn't especially important that is, you don't have to have all your posts up there, but there should be at least one...

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Examining an Existing PlugIn

As we mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, WordPress itself is a PHP application, so it's more than logical that additions to the core software are also written in this language. In the rest of this chapter, we're going to look closely at a popular plug-in, FollowMe. WP-FollowMe (just FollowMe going forward) is a simple plug-in that adds a badge to your site connected to your Twitter account page. Clicking the FollowMe badge on your blog allows visitors to see your recent tweets, and...

Finding Free Plug Ins Outside the Directory

Compared with the similar process with themes, it seems to be a little harder to find free plug-ins that are not in the WordPress Plugin Directory. Although the Google search for free WordPress plug-ins generates even more hits than free WordPress themes (87 million versus 49 million), nearly all the top 50 matches point directly to the Plugin Directory, or to developers already in the Plugin Directory. So how do you learn about the best plug-ins Again, look to the community for answers The...

Using FTP to Upload Files

The last piece of the preinstallation puzzle is a means to upload files from your computer to your host. Do this with a program that uses the Internet standard File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Some of the best FTP clients are available free of charge FileZilla Runs on Windows, Linux, and Macintosh http filezilla-proiect.org CyberDuck Macintosh-only http cyberduck.ch CoreFTP Windows-only www.coreftp.com You can even run a basic FTP client from your Windows or Linux command line. For the purposes of...

Power Tools for Better Blogging

You can use several major types of tools to improve your blog. The way you use them varies across WordPress.com and WordPress software-based blogs, with more power made available as you take on more responsibility for your blog. Our intent in this book is to always provide a salmon ladder so that you can learn a moderate amount, improve your blog, and repeat all the way from beginner to power user. You can use HTML in any WordPress blog, including WordPress.com blogs, as described in this...

The Five Minute Hosted Word Press Installation

You have the files uploaded to the correct directory, and you have your database set up. Let's do the famous five-minute WordPress installation 1. Go to http < yourdomainname> blog. If you did everything correctly in the last set of steps, you should see a mostly empty screen with a Create a Configuration File button (see Figure 11.6). Click it. 2. Some more introductory language appears, with a Let's Go button. Click that button.

Using Audio in Your Blog

Audio is a very powerful means of communication. It can be used for primarily musical purposes (with or without words) or primarily for speech (with or without background music). Music is very powerful and evocative. However, when people hear music when they don't expect to, especially from a computer, it can also be annoying and or embarrassing. Given what blogs are for, there's absolutely no need for background music and other sound effects on most blogs. If you're expert with sound or really...

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Many domain name sellers refuse to play such games. One such seller is one of the Web's largest, 123reg.com. This site suggests alternate domain names and otherwise makes the search easier. A domain name search on 123reg.com is shown in Figure 10.3. The domain name search can be exciting. The domain name search can be exciting. If you are ever going to get a custom domain name, then you should, in fact, do it as soon as possible. That's because you want to build up bookmarks, branding, and...

Finding and Installing Themes from the Free Themes Directory

The Free Themes Directory at http WordPress.org extend themes has been around since July 2008. About a year later, the themes and plug-ins directories were incorporated into the WordPress Administration page, thus making finding and selecting themes as easy as clicking the Change Theme button on the Dashboard. You are taken to the Manage Themes page shown in Figure 12.3, where you can choose from three spots to open the theme search engine Click Add New Themes from the Appearance sidebar on the...

Introducing PHP

WordPress is written in the PHP scripting language, and, therefore, much of what users contribute to the software in the way of themes and plug-ins is written in the same language. In this chapter, you'll learn a little bit about the language, along with its relationship to WordPress and the MySQL database. You'll find out where PHP fits in with theme creation. We conclude with writing WordPress plug-ins with PHP and getting them into the WordPress Plugin Directory. PHP is the result of another...

Finding and Installing Plug Ins from the Directory

As with themes, the easiest way to find and install WordPress plug-ins is through the Add New page in the Administration page Plug-ins section of your WordPress blog. This page integrates the WordPress Plugin Directory into your WordPress installation. As of this writing, the Plugin Directory hosts over 7,000 plugins. From the Dashboard, click Plug-ins and then click Add New. The screen offers many ways of discovering plug-ins (as shown in Figure 13.1) Standard search, by Term (keyword),...

Security Considerations When Selecting a Theme for Your Blog

When searching the Web for free themes outside the WordPress directory, be aware that not everyone on the Internet is a stand-up citizen and card-carrying member of the WordPress community. The vast majority of WordPress theme developers, no matter the experience level, are fans and friends of WordPress. You do have to watch out for that tiny minority, however. The popularity, open code, and ease of use in making WordPress themes are attractive to those who use the Web's powers for ill. With...

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