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How to paste from Word in WordPress

January 28th, 2013

WordPress contains a useful tool that can help resolve many of the display issues that occur when pasting a Word document into a WordPress post/page.

On the second level of the WordPress editor toolbar (show by click on the end button ‘Show/Hide Kitchen Sink’ – or press Alt + Shift + Z), there is a button that is called ‘Paste from Word’.

If you click on this button, it will pop up a box that will allow you to paste in the contents of your Word document.

WordPress: paste from Word

 

However, be aware that WordPress strips out a lot of the Word formatting (think paragraphs, bold, italic, bullets), but it will give you a starting point to import your document into Word.

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Changing a WordPress site’s domain name

September 10th, 2012

If you want to change a WordPress site’s domain name (or base URL), which will often happen when you’re copying a site from staging to production, or from local to live, there are a number of steps to following, outlined at http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress.

However, here is a shortened summary of how I run this on non-multisite sites (multisite sites are a pain!):

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Extending WP-Members plugin: hiding private posts from non-logged in users

March 6th, 2012

I’ve been using the excellent WP-Members plugin, to extend the Swansea Community Church website, and have been pleased with its ability to offer all the membership/registration functionality that I need to add a membership section.

However there a couple of elements that I wanted to add to it to focus it for my needs.

  1. Firstly, to set a post as public or private (overriding the default ‘block all’ or ‘allow all’ settings), I needed to add a custom field to that post. This is fine for me as a developer, but as the admin of the site is not a developer, I wanted to make it more user friendly.
  2. Secondly, I want to be able to remove private posts from the loop (and this covers posts, podcasts, and things like the Recent Posts plugin, etc) when a visitor is not logged into the website, but then show everything to the logged-in user.

This blog article is the second of two articles. Find the first here: Extending WP-Members plugin: Add meta box for public/private

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Extending WP-Members plugin: Add meta box for public/private

March 5th, 2012

I’ve been using the excellent WP-Members plugin, to extend the Swansea Community Church website, and have been pleased with its ability to offer all the membership/registration functionality that I need to add a membership section.

However there a couple of elements that I wanted to add to it to focus it for my needs.

  1. Firstly, to set a post as public or private (overriding the default ‘block all’ or ‘allow all’ settings), I needed to add a custom field to that post. This is fine for me as a developer, but as the admin of the site is not a developer, I wanted to make it more user friendly.
  2. Secondly, I want to be able to remove private posts from the loop (and this covers posts, podcasts, and things like the Recent Posts plugin, etc) when a visitor is not logged into the website, but then show everything to the logged-in user.

This blog article will address (1), and I’ll focus on (2) in a second post.
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Setting the meta description in the All in One SEO plugin

January 10th, 2012

A little tip to save you the time it took me to work out what was going on with the All in One SEO plugin for WordPress, and why a site I recently converted from static to WordPress lost its Google ranking for a while. Each page had an optimised title and meta description, yet when I googled the site, the meta description wasn’t showing up in Google.

With the All in One SEO plugin, you are able to set an optimised page title, and a meta description. This is done from the Edit page screen for the pages in question. I’d set this information for the Home page (which was a static page), so why wasn’t it shown up?

It turns out that the All in One SEO plugin doesn’t use the title and description set on the ‘Home’ page’s Edit page screen, even if it’s been set. Instead it looks at the Settings -> All in One SEO page instead, which has two fields: ‘Home Title’ and ‘Home Description’. I would argue that this is not an obvious place to store this information, and that the plugin should be implemented to look at the Home page’s ‘Edit page screen’ details, if it’s not set here.

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How to prevent WordPress from requesting FTP details to download themes or updates

October 11th, 2011

WordPress will by default request your FTP details when downloading any of the following:

  • Plugins (and updates)
  • WordPress core updates

This can cause problems with your site if someone changes the details by accident, or loses the FTP password. If you don’t have an FTP client on your server this will prevent you downloading such updates or plugins via the admin.
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How to order your custom post type edit screen by ‘menu order’

September 30th, 2011

The problem

If you’ve created a custom post type, and enabled the post_attributes meta box, to allow users to adjust the ordering of the posts within your post type, you may expect the WordPress Admin Edit screen to list the posts by the menu order you’ve set, as per the Edit Pages screen.

However, instead, it continues to display the menu items by date order, with most recent first.

How do you order your post type Edit screen?
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Mobile Smart reviewed on wpmods.com

September 27th, 2011

I’m pleased to see that my Mobile Smart plugin has recently been included in a review of “3 WordPress Plugins that make your site more mobile friendly“. Thanks for the coverage, much appreciated.

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WordPress: How to change the Edit Category / Taxonomy admin panel

December 1st, 2010

I hunted high and low over the web to try and find a tutorial on how to modify the headings (and data) shown in the Edit Category (or Edit Taxonomy if you’re using a custom taxonomy) admin panel. This is useful if you’re using custom meta data in a category, or if you want to hide certain fields (e.g. the description).
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