Hacks

How to Secure uploads, upgrade and other directories with .htaccess

It sucks, but a lot of plugins require certain directories to be set at CHMOD 777 for its file permissions. Of course, you should not use any plugin that requires 777 directories, but if you absolutely must, you can help protect the folder by adding a thin slice of htaccess. This works great for any directory requiring “loose-ish” permissions (i.e., anything greater than 755), and may…

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How to Add an Admin User to the WordPress Database via MySQL phpMyAdmin

Few days ago, we ran into an issue where a user’s site got hacked and their admin account was deleted from the database. This locked them out of their site without any other entry. We went in to the phpMyAdmin and created a new admin user to grant them access. In this article, we will show you a step by step guide on how to create an admin user in WordPress Database via MySQL…

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How to Translate WordPress Themes and Plugins: Advice and Resources

I have learnt from selling WordPress plugins that the WordPress user-base is more than just us english-speakers, the demand for translatable themes and plugins is huge. If you are going to be releasing a theme publicly, then you should take localization into account. Translations are carried about by using some special code in your theme where the translatable text…

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How to Publish Posts to RSS at a Later Time

This hack delays posting to the RSS feeds for 10 minutes (you can customise it). This can be useful as it gives you some leeway to re-read the live post and make any minor changes before it goes to the RSS feeds. Using this hack you can also keep content exclusive to your site for a day or a week before pushing it out to your RSS readers…

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How To Add a forum to WordPress with the bbPress plugin

bbPress has been around for ages, it was a standalone forum script from the creators of WordPress. The other day it took a big leap forward and became available as a standard plugin for WordPress so now you can use it to add-on a forum to your existing blog. It’s still currently in beta version but its functional and available to download from the repository now so I thought Id take a look at it and show you how to install in your site.

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How to add images and styles to a WordPress custom default menu

There are lots of good plugins out there for displaying social media profiles on your site, but what if you want to use your own icons? And you want your client to be able to easily manage the links to these social profiles? The solution is to create a custom menu in WordPress with unique CSS styles assigned to each of those menu items. But how?

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How to Create a Table of Contents for Your WordPress website

Creating a table of contents for your WordPress website can not only help the search engines find your pages and post more easily, it can also make life easier for your visitors as well. If you have just a couple of blog posts, you probably can do the job without needing a script. But that is not the most efficient way to do it for large sites. Table of Contents Creator lets you add a dynamic table of contents to your WordPress blog. Not only it can save you time organizing your existing blog posts, it also keeps track of the new ones…

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BuddyPress The Ultimate Starting Resource for Beginners

If you’re just getting started with BuddyPress, you probably have a lot of questions. The good news is that there are dozens of excellent resources out there – you just have to know where to look. I’ve prepared this guide that will hopefully help to answer your questions and put you in touch with the resources you need to build your very own open source social network with BuddyPress…

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The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Taxonomies

Taxonomy is one of those words that most people never hear or use. Basically, a taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, a “taxonomy” is a grouping mechanism for some posts (or links or custom post types). WordPress 3 has introduced the ability to create custom hierarchical taxonomies, and due also to the addition of Custom Post Types the usefulness of custom taxonomies has increased…

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How To Add Post Ratings to WordPress

Post ratings are a great way to get feedback from your readers about your posts, you can see which ones are popular and tailor your content to include more of these types. Post ratings are also used for other purposes such as image galleries powered by WordPress, review blogs etc. One of the best (and free!) plugins for this purpose is WP Post Ratings, in this post I will show you how to install and setup this plugin…

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