Category: Site Management

Updating Permalink Structure

By , Thursday, 5th July, 2007

Also whilst reading this post on John Wiseman’s blog, I updated the permalink structure for this site.

Originally, I had it set as mrgray.id.au/archives/post-id-number, as in the picture below:

permalinks-old

Now, I have adjusted it to mrgray.id.au/archives/%postname%, as in the picture below:

permalinks-new

Updating Web Browser Page Titles

By , Wednesday, 4th July, 2007

I was reading these Brilliant WordPress SEO Tips for Bloggers and Webmasters and found the tip to improve the format of the page title in the actual browser window.

Originally my page titles looked like these, the default setup:

page-title-original

The code on John Wiseman’s site said to insert the following into the title element of the header.php file:

but I found that provided the following output:

page-title-muddled

Instead, I used this bit of code:

to get the perfect results:

page-title-perfect

FeedBurner “FeedSmith” Plugin

By , Wednesday, 4th July, 2007

I have now signed up to FeedBurner and installed their FeedSmith WordPress Plugin (Version 2.2). The plugin was originally created by Steve Smith. Installation was easy enough, dropped into Plugins directory and activated it. Set the feed addresses from FeedBurner.

It now means that all my feeds will be directed through FeedBurner, which should give me an idea of how many people are subscribing to see what I’ve got to say.

Haris.tv’s site proved to be very helpful on how to set this up. Thanks.

WordPress Version Update – 2.2.1

By , Saturday, 23rd June, 2007

Tonight I have updated to the latest version of WordPress – Version 2.2.1. This has been out for a couple of days now, so I also used this time to change the installation format of WordPress. I did have it as a cPanel Fantastico installation, but was finding that there was quite some time between the newest version being released and the updates being available through Fantastico. I had noticed that for not only this site, but also my personal site, paulgray.id.au.

So I backed up all my files and the mysql database. Deleted the Fantastico installation of WordPress. Created a new mysql database, imported the data from the old database and uploaded the WordPress V2.2.1 files. I made some alterations to the wp-config.php file, and everything worked smoothly, whew!!

I found these sites handy for giving me the instructions on how to do this:

  1. WordPress Codex – WordPress Backups
  2. WordPress Codex – Backing Up Your Database
  3. Tamba2’s Backup with phpMyAdmin
  4. WordPress Codex – Upgrading WordPress
  5. WordPress Codex – Check for Plugin Compatibility
  6. WordPress Codex – Site Maintenance
  7. Lorelle’s Blog Maintenance ideas
  8. Blog Maintenance Checklist
  9. Download Squad’s Complete Post-Install Checklist

WordPress Avatar Plugin

By , Wednesday, 20th June, 2007

Thanks to Ozh for his WordPress Avatar Plugin (Version 1.1) which I just installed.

I edited the location of the default gravatar image in the wp_ozh_avatarpopup.php file, then uploaded it to the Plugins directory and activated it.

Basically, these are the options available (minus the spaces!!), check Ozh’s page for examples:

Avatar Code

EDIT (27/7/07): I have deleted this – I wasn’t really using it, and keeping it meant I just had to remember another thing. 😀

Some Comment Styling

By , Tuesday, 19th June, 2007

This post is simply to do some Comment Styling of the theme and be able to test it. 🙂
Things I’d like to get right are:

  1. Gravatars displayed at full size (80px x 80px), preferably on left hand side
  2. Gravatars displayed in line, ie not indented further into the page as more and more comments are added (see picture below)
  3. Default Gravatar picture changed (see current picture below)
  4. Different coloured background for author (my) comments
  5. Perhaps a number displayed in each comment
  6. Perhaps some stats listed on front page (number of posts, number of comments, etc)

The following sites might be of use for me to get this happening:
Gravatar and the Broken Image Icon
Gravatar Popup Plugin
CSS Styling for Alternating Colours & Author Comment Background
WordPress Codex – Using Gravatars
WordPress Codex – Plugins
Comment Styling
Styling your WordPress Forms
WordPress Author Comment Highlighting
WordPress Support – number on comments
Plugin for my comments
Counting Comments & Trackbacks

Comments being indented:

comments-indented

Unknown Gravatar Picture:

unknown-gravatar

EDIT (11/8/07): Tonight I came across the separate comments & Pings plugin (Version 1.0) which fixed up the problem of counts not being correct. Then followed these instructions to get it all right.

I was also able to use the following sites to help me sort it all out:

  1. Ryan J Parker’s Site
  2. Lorelle’s Site
  3. Noscope’s Site
  4. Tamba2’s Site

Subscribe to Comments

By , Friday, 15th June, 2007

I have now just added the ability for readers to subscribe to comments made after they’ve added a comment – this will help readers keep up with what’s being discussed on the site. To achieve this functionality, I am using the Subscribe to Comments Plugin (Version 2.1).

Installation involved uploading the file to plugins directory and activating it. There were also some options to configure it via Options…Subscribe to Comments.

WordPress phpMyAdmin Plugin

By , Friday, 15th June, 2007

I’ve just added the WordPress phpMyAdmin Plugin (Version 2.8.2).
I think this will help me to manage the database that holds all the information on this site.

Installed into plugins directory and activated. Then go to Manage…phpMyAdmin to do important stuff. 😀

EDIT (24/6/07): I have just upgraded the site, and decided that this plugin wasn’t really necessary – I can use cPanel to do this pretty easily.

Contact Me Form added

By , Thursday, 14th June, 2007

Tonight sees me add a contact form to the site. I am using the Secure & Accessible Contact Form for WordPress (Version B20070414). I installed the plugin in the usual space and followed the instructions to get the form up and running. I think I now need to do some CSS editing, as I don’t like the way my theme puts borders around the various parts of the form (like in the picture below – yes it is a picture below, not the actual contact form, so don’t try to type into it 😀 ):

contact-page-old

So anyway, now you can contact me by clicking on the tab located in the header of this site or by using this link.

EDIT (5/7/07): I have now deactivated and deleted this plugin – see my post regarding the installation of my new contact page.

Nice Categories Plugin

By , Sunday, 10th June, 2007

This is a simple little plugin which will:

display the categories under which an entry is filed in the following way:

Single category: Category1
Two categories: Category1 and Category 2
Three categories: Category1, Category2 and Category3
Four categories: Category 1, Category 2, Category 3 and Category 4

I installed the plugin in the Plugins directory and activated it. Then I just needed to do some minor modifications to my theme files to get it to display the categories nicely.

Picked the plugin up from txfx.net at this page.

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