Hackety-Hack, Don’t Come Back

Well, this has been a first for me. I was recently hacked on this very blog; or at least it was brought to my attention recently. I suppose it could have taken place a while ago. My hosting provider started sending me notices that my webspace account was generating large amounts of spam mail while …

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Upgrade Time : WordPress 2.9 and MySQL 5

WordPress 2.9 was release somewhat recently and so like a good WP minion I logged into my site and clicked the update button. Error… uh oh. Apparently WordPress 2.9 requires a more recent version of MySQL (>= 4.1.2). My host installed MySQL 5 ages ago but I’ve never bothered with migrating to the new version because I didn’t have a reason to. Now I do. So here’s how my upgrade went.

First I made a full backup of both the web content and the MySQL database. The MySQL database backup was just a mysqldump command like so:

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A WordPress Plugin – Hello XML-RPC World

In a previous post (How Can I Modify The WordPress XML-RPC System?) I outlined how one might create a plugin that adds functionality to the WordPress XML-RPC server. I’ve had some questions from some readers arise so I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a more concrete and usable example. WordPress Plugin First you …

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How To Manually Merge WordPress Tags

With the advent of “tags” in the WordPress blogging platform there have been several very good plugins introduced which can handle management of your tags. This includes merging tags. Why Would I Want To Merge Tags? One word… duplicates. In my case I created a tag for my Friday Song Of The Day posts. The …

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Inserting A Picture Into Your WordPress RSS 2.0 Feed

I use NetVibes for my browser home page and RSS feed reader and I’ve noticed over time that some of the feeds that I subscribe to have pictures embedded within their feed summary. Why doesn’t my feed have a picture in it? I thought that this was really neat because it gives you a quick …

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Looping Through Pages In WordPress

In a recent article I outlined how to modify the output of the wp_list_pages() template function in WordPress. Later on, however, I found that having the <span> tags that I added in every single title was not desirable. So instead of using a filter I wrote a small bit of custom code to iterate through …

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Writing A WordPress Filter To Modify Post/Page Titles

I was recently working on a new WordPress theme when I had need to modify the title of pages before output. The style I was attempting to use involved wrapping <span> tags around the title (inside of the href tags). The wp_list_pages() function returns pages (which are basically the same as posts) and has several …

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Where Did My Categories Go?

To tag heaven. Ah, yes… tags. The teacher’s pet of Web 2.0. The category list on this blog had become rather unwieldy as I just plugged in new categories whenever I did not feel like putting any thought into organization. I never really liked that method and so when WordPress implemented tags I figured I’d …

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How Can I Modify The WordPress XML-RPC System?

One of the great things about WordPress plugin development is the abundance of open source content to learn from. Ever see a plugin in action and wonder, “how does that work?” or “How can I modify the WordPress XML-RPC system?” Well, all you have to do is download it and see! Most plugins are licensed …

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