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Understanding HTML, XML and XHTML

October 16th, 2006

Here is a helpful overview on Understanding HTML, XML and XHTML. (sighted on alexking.org)

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Ministry Blog Beginner: Pings and Trackbacks

October 10th, 2006

Blog ministry has a nice Introduction to Pings and Trackbacks. Even though pings and trackbacks operate largely automatically with WordPress, it is good to have a basic understanding of what they are all about.

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10 ways to become a better blogger

October 5th, 2006

Here is a helpful list of 10 ways to become a better blogger (sighted on Blogging Pro).

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Creating a Custom Header

October 2nd, 2006

Blog ministry has a good introduction on how to create a custom header for your blog.

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Five Reasons to Use WordPress as a CMS

August 29th, 2006

Blogging Pro has an article on 5 Reasons to Use WordPress as CMS by Blogging Pro, including some links to tools useful to those using WordPress as a CMS.

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101 Fabulous Freebies

April 17th, 2006

PC World Magazine has a list of 101 Fabulous Freebies. This is a list of some high quality, free software.

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Testing Croissanga Xanga cross-poster

April 15th, 2006

I have been testing the Croissanga cross-poster for posting WordPress articles to Xanga. It seems to work perfectly, and does not create a duplicate when you edit a post as the Xanga Crossposter does. If you delete your WordPress post, the plugin will delete the Xanga cross-post as well.

The only trick to installing it is that you have to manually create a table in the SQL database. My host is Bluehost.com, and they provide phpMyAdmin in the control panel. So adding the table is simple. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go into phpMyAdmin and open the database for your WordPress installation. You do this by selecting the appropriate database from the drop down box on the left side. If you installed WordPress via Fantastico, it is probably named something like _wpdp1.
  2. In the database, select the SQL tab at the top of the page.
  3. Go to the file named croissanga.sql that came with the plugin. Open it up and copy out the CREATE TABLE command (you can omit the two comment lines starting with “–“). The command is on several lines, so be sure not to leave anything out.
  4. Go to the “Run SQL Query” box and clear out whatever is in there, then paste the CREATE TABLE command in there, then click on “Go.”
  5. If everything works correctly, you should see a message saying that the table has been created

That’s the only tricky part. Now you just need to open up the file croissanga.php and put in your Xanga user name and password in the place indicated near the top of the file. Then just upload the file and activate the plugin.

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dmry tree menu plugin mods

March 28th, 2006

I have customized the dmry tree menu plugin by Hakan Demiray so that it will do what I want. It’s a great plugin, but I needed it to work a little differently. I wanted it to automatically open the child nodes of the selected menu item, so that users can see what is there.

I have submitted my modifications to the plugin for possibly inclusion in the next version. In the meantime I will make my version available for download here.

Update: Here is some code to add OpenAll and CloseAll links (in response to the comment by Alby below).
[code lang=”html”]Open all
Close all[/code]

Just put this code after the menu call in your page template (mine is in sidebar.php). If you want to you can use images or buttons instead of simple text for the link.

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WordPress as a CMS (Part 1)

March 9th, 2006

My church site is now on line using WordPress as a CMS. Although we are still making improvements, there has been enough progress to begin to share some of what I have learned.

In order to use WordPress as a CMS, there are several needs that have to be met. Some of the ones that come to mind are:

In this post I want to share what I have learned about navigation. To make the site user-friendly it is important to put navigation controls where users expect to find them, which is normally either a horizontal menu bar at the top or a menu in the left side bar. I opted to use both. (You can try them out at the church site.)

To make the horizontal nav menu I have seen WP themes that hand code the links, but I wanted to have top level pages automatically appear in the menu. Here is the code I use:

[code lang=”html”]

[/code]

Then you need to define the “topnav” list style to use an in-line list. Here is what I have in my style sheet:
[code lang=”css”]
#topnav
{
list-style: none;
font-size:1.0em;
margin: 0 0 0 178px;
padding: 3px 0px 3px 0;
text-align: left;
font-family: Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif;
font-weight: bold;
}

#topnav ul
{
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
color: #BBC4A3;
}

#topnav ul li {
display: inline;
margin: 0;
}

#topnav li a:link, #topnav li a:visited
{
text-decoration:none;
color: #BBC4A3;
margin: 0;
border-color: #BBC4A3;
border-left: thin solid;
padding: 0 10px 0 10px;
}

#topnav li a:hover, #topnav li a:active
{
color: #F7F3ED;
}

[/code]

There are probably a few places that this could be cleaned up, but anyway it works!

Next time I will write about the sidebar menu. . .

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Hit by comment spam

February 27th, 2006

Both of my blogs were hit today by comment spam. I have now installed Spam Karma, so hopefully that won’t be happening again. I have received a number of spam comments in the past, but they were all sent to moderation because they had more than 2 links. This one had only 1 link, and it showed up in about 10 posts.

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