Extend WordPress search to include custom post meta

After receiving numerous requests to allow the SubHeading value in my plugin to be searched when carrying out a default search, I turned my attention to finding a method to achieve this in WordPress 2.9.x.

The plugin stores a custom post meta entry for any post or page that requires a subtitle, in order to append this field to the search query I required the use of two actions. Continue reading “Extend WordPress search to include custom post meta”

WordPress exclude categories from homepage

If you use posts within WordPress to generate content, such as Frequently Asked Questions or Help Guides, it’s quite often the case that you don’t want these to appear on the posts page of your blog.

Instead of having to re-create the whole query, you can append a comma separated list of category ID’s  that you want to exclude to the end of the original query and fetch the new data set to be used. Continue reading “WordPress exclude categories from homepage”

An attempt to write a blog post a day for a whole year

Over the past few days I’ve been setting up a small and simple, yet long term project in which I intend to write at least one blog post a day for entire year, starting with the first post on 1st January 2010.

The project preparation started on the 24th December when I registered the domain name yearblog.co.uk (a little dull, but to the point). Once that and the hosting side of things were ready I installed the latest version of WordPress (2.9) and began coming up with a few ideas for simple theme. Continue reading “An attempt to write a blog post a day for a whole year”

WP SubHeading Plugin (1,000 downloads)

The WordPress SubHeading plugin allows you to add sub titles to both your blog posts and pages. Last night it followed in the footsteps of my Page Meta plugin by reaching the 1,000 downloads mark.

Yesterday saw over 100 downloads as a result of numerous modifications and updates, some of which due to mistakes on my behalf which was mildly irritating. The main reason behind all the updates was to cater for numerous feature requests and bugs reported by users of the plugin. Continue reading “WP SubHeading Plugin (1,000 downloads)”

WP Page Meta Plugin (1,000 downloads)

The WordPress Page Meta plugin was initially written as a simple solution for adding meta descriptions to pages on a site I have been working on, as this is not available by default. Today it broke through the 1,000 downloads mark.

The plugin quite quickly evolved into a solution that allowed for keywords as well as descriptions to be added, as well as the ability to set a custom page title. If required the page title can even be defined in your page template, allowing for dynamic pages / templates to have specific titles. Continue reading “WP Page Meta Plugin (1,000 downloads)”

WordPress hosted plugins and Tortoise SVN (Windows)

Plugins are used to extend the core functionality of WordPress, allowing you to create almost anything you could possibly require. The Plugin Directory contains thousands of community contributed plugins that you can download, rate, and comment on.

If you’re looking to create your own plugin and want to get it noticed, it’s recommended that you publish and host it in the directory. Here’s a quick guide to take you through the steps of publishing a plugin on a Windows based system. Continue reading “WordPress hosted plugins and Tortoise SVN (Windows)”

Extending the WordPress mod_rewrite rules

If you have written a WordPress Plug-in, or a highly customised page, and you want to add a custom rewrite rule then this is article is definitely the one for you.

We all know that WordPress is a powerful and pretty impressive blogging platform, and contains many useful features. The problem is finding the features you need / want. Most of the time they are available – somewhere. Continue reading “Extending the WordPress mod_rewrite rules”

Using WP-Syntax and the visual editor

Many of the blog posts I write tend to be about web development related topics and will often include a number of code snippets. My current choice of syntax highlighter is WP-Syntax, which supports a wide range of popular languages and has the ability to also include line numbers.

The problem with using this plug-in is that the WordPress WYSIWYG Editor (TinyMCE), will remove any tags and attributes that it believes to be invalid according to it’s configuration. As two of the attributes used by this plug-in are custom attributes (escaped/line) they are removed, causing some unexpected output. Continue reading “Using WP-Syntax and the visual editor”

WP – Enable read more links for pages

When listing pages using the_loop(), the latest version of WordPress (2.8.4) does not allow for a “Read more…” link to be appended to a list of pages using the_content() along with the <!–more–> quicktag.

Although it wasn’t immediately obvious to me, read more links can be enabled by over-riding the global $more variable and setting it to false, before looping through the result set, for example: Continue reading “WP – Enable read more links for pages”