Tag Archives: WordPress

How To Change The WordPress Post Template Via URL Parameter

| Created: July 27th, 2011
WordPress Development 25 Comments

Have you ever wanted to be able to serve up an alternative version of your posts, perhaps tweaking the layout or even the content of the posts? Not all the time, just in certain circumstances?

I’ve had two cases recently where I’ve needed to do this. My solution: to change the post template when a certain URL parameter is added to the URL. Continue reading

How To Add Site Speed For Google Analytics In WordPress

| Created: May 5th, 2011
WordPress Hacks 11 Comments

Yesterday, Google announced the addition of Site Speed to Google Analytics, which adds a page load time dimension across a range of reports. Great! Lets get it working with our WordPress sites.
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Thoughts On The New WordPress Podcast – daWPshow

| Created: February 9th, 2011
WordPress Opinion 2 Comments

In case you missed it, there’s a new WordPress podcast in town: daWPshow. Fantastic! I think it’s great that people are willing to put their time into creating content about WordPress! Now, with that out of the way, I’m going to lay down some tough love for the show.

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Shorter Shortlinks – If You Have WWW In Your Domain

| Created: September 17th, 2010
WordPress Hacks 3 Comments

Earlier today, I read a post by Stephanie Leary about the shortlink functionality introduced in WordPress 3.0. Afterwards, I felt I should share the code snippet that I use to make my shortlinks even shorter.

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Practical Theme Support For WordPress 3.0 Menus

| Created: June 21st, 2010
WordPress Development 7 Comments

I’ve read quite a few articles on theme support for the new Menu functionality introduced in WordPress 3.0. However, these have all been theoretical rather than practical. I wanted a real life, working example, including support for users on older versions of WordPress. In the end, I wrote it myself.

WordPress Theme developers, listen up! When updating your themes to work with the new menu functionality, you need to make sure that it still works with older versions of WordPress.

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The Solution To The Lack Of WordPress Beta Testing

| Created: February 11th, 2010
WordPress Opinion 30 Comments

While catching up on some old podcasts, specifically Episode 82 of WordPress Weekly, I came across a discussion about WordPress beta testing. The discussion centers around the problem of bugs not being caught during beta testing because there just aren’t enough beta testers.

To me, the solution seems straightforward – but that may be because I worked in the software industry for 10 years and have experience in software release management, so I’ll take the long path and set the scene properly.

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Advanced WordPress Admin Tip: Posts By Category

| Created: January 7th, 2010
WordPress Hacks 10 Comments

Go to Posts -> Edit in the WordPress Admin area and you’ll see a list of all the posts you have. There is a dropdown list called View all categories, which allows you to select a single category to view posts from. But…

What if you want to view posts from more than one category, or better yet, want to exclude posts from certain categories? Can’t do it right? Well not through the WordPress interface, but you can do it through URL parameters.

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2009 On More Than Scratch The Surface

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Happy New Year to all! A year ago, after looking at my Google Analytics stats for the year, I wrote a post reviewing 2008. I figure I may as well do it again for 2009 and also take the opportunity to explain the direction of this site.

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WordPress Taking Out The What?

| Created: August 20th, 2009
WordPress Opinion 10 Comments

After listening to recent episodes of the WordPress Weekly podcast (episodes 67 and 68), I was surprised to learn that in future versions of WordPress, the Delete link will be replaced with Trash. Continue reading

WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner’s Guide)

| Created: July 22nd, 2009
WordPress Reviews 5 Comments

This is perhaps my most overdue post ever – a review of Vladimir Prelovac‘s book, WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner’s Guide) Continue reading