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Maintain WordPress Coding Standards with Coda and TextWrangler Editor

One of the most popular text and code editors for Mac OS X certainly is Panic’s Coda. Sadly Coda isn’t 100% compliant with the WordPress coding standards and neither is TextWrangler.

Luckily not much is needed to make both editors compliant with the WordPress coding standards and in an entry over at Magp.ie Eoin Gallagher, Polldaddy developer, explains how to configure Coda – and TextWrangler – to meet the WordPress coding standards.

Discover how here.

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3 WordPress Habits That Make Hackers Happy

Despite rumors proclaiming the contrary, WordPress is actually a very secure CMS platform utilized by millions of users around the world.

Unfortunately its immense popularity makes the software a prime target for hackers, similar to how Facebook and Twitter are prime targets since “everyone” is using them.

While there are more advanced measures that users should take when securing your WordPress site, here are the 3 most common habits I see practiced by some WordPress users that may set ones blog up to be hacked. Read More

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Is Blogetery A WordPress Blogger’s Best Friend?

When it comes to choosing a WordPress host, many users select freemium hosting companies like WordPress.com (by Automattic) or Blog.com due to low risk (at least financially speaking).

While WP.com and Blog.com are great ways to experience WordPress without putting a hole in your wallet, they are also very restrictive on what features (think plugins) you can install upon your site.

For those of you seeking a more flexible solution to WordPress blogging, they may want to check out Blogetery who provides users with the conviences of WP.com without sacrificing too many freedoms. Read More

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Which WordPress Host Is Right For You?

If you were to survey the vast majority of WordPress compatible hosting companies, you would find that most (if not all) of them could be classified into one of four different categories.

While each category has its own advantages and disadvantages, users should careful to choose the host that best fits their needs (whether those be financial, security, freedom, etc.) before launching your blog to the world.

Although everyone has their own bias (including yours truly!) over which option is the best, here is a “brief” guide to help those of you new to the world of WordPress, as well as for the many considering adopting it as your preferred platform. Read More

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3 Things I Learned About WordPress In 2010

With 2010 coming to a close and many bloggers reflecting on their top 10 lists, I thought it would be nice to share 4 things I learned about WordPress this year that I wish I knew in 2009.

Granted some of these services didn’t exist in 2009 (as you’ll see below), however many of their alternatives did.

Although there were numerous other things I learned about WordPress ranging from security to various SEO tips, here are the top 3 things that stood out this year to me in 2010. Read More

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3 Blog Pages Every WordPress User Should Have

When it comes to blogging many users quickly master the art creating content, utilizing social networking or even monetizing ones site.

However one item often neglected by new bloggers is pages (or rather the creation of them).

Unlike blog posts which are frequently updated and more “newsy,” pages are for the most part edited infrequently and usually receive far more attention from readers than the authors themselves.

While bloggers are only limited by their imagination as far as what types of pages they should create as well as how many, here are 3 page types every blogger should consider have regardless how long one has been blogging.

Note: While these tips can be applied to blog platforms of all types, the second one is geared more towards WordPress users as you will read in the explanation below. Read More

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Should WordPress Bloggers Use Blogger As A Backup?

No, I’m not referring to using Blogger (aka Blog*Spot) as your backup, as you should already be using a dedicated service designed to backup your blog.

Rather I am referring to using Blogger to host a replica of your site online (technically referred to as a mirror site by professional geeks) just in case your blog site goes under due to heavy traffic, hackers or (worse) a renegade plugin that is not up to date.

While the idea of using Blogger as an online backup may not suite everyone (as you will see from the reasons below), certain bloggers sporting WordPress users may need to consider creating a subdomain (or even leaving the “.blogspot” on) if your site falls underneath these criteria. Read More

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Retrieve Your Twitter Followers Number Without API Issues

In this WPShout entry Angela Giese provides the code to use and retrieve the number of your Twitter followers without being hit by the Twitter API restrictions, which popular bloggers can suffer from. This work around is mainly aimed at popular sites not using the Twitter widget.

Once you have added the code to your functions.php you can easily implement the number of Twitter followers anywhere in your theme or design.

Read the tutorial, completely with copiable code, at WPShout.

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Why WordPress Bloggers Need A Tumblr Account

I know what you’re thinking: “Why would I need a Tumblr blog when I’m already using the greatest web platform known to geek-kind?”

While I won’t dispute your blog or convince you to embrace Tumblr as your primary platform, refusing to create a complimentary Tumblr blog could cost you in the future (literally).

Despite the fact that WordPress will be embracing many Tumblr like features in the future, here are 3 reasons why you should seriously consider opening a Tumblr blog to compliment your WordPress wonder. Read More

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Correct Coding for WP Sidebars

Great entry by Justin Tadlock, of Hybrid Theme fame, on the correct way to integrate sidebar into WordPress themes. Also contains a very detailed explanation of the term sidebar and its possible uses in WordPress Themes.

A must read for anyone who want to develop themes for WordPress: Read Justin’s entry here.

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