Posts Tagged ‘WordPress Themes’

LinkWithin: Display Related Posts in a Fresher Style

Posted 05 Aug 2009 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

linkwithin_logoMost related posts plugins for WordPress work about the same. They generate a list of possibly related posts based on keywords and categories and display them simply at the end of a blog post.

Everyone loves graphics nowadays, so why not combine photos and your related posts into clickable related posts that will grab a reader’s attention and keep them clicking for more? LinkWithin does just that by generating 3 clickable related posts thumbnails based on relevancy, popularity, and date of publication. The WordPress widget requires no code modification of your theme files. The images and links display underneath your post on single post pages. LinkWithin also works with TypePad and Blogger. You can also get the widget code yourself and set it up on other blogging platforms, if necessary.

What to do when your WordPress blog won’t load

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Posted 29 Jun 2009 — by Ellie
Category WordPress


I just upgraded my WordPress installation, and lo-and-behold, my blog wouldn’t load after I upgraded! The administration panel loaded just fine, so I knew that it wasn’t a database error. So, I did a little poking around to see if I could find the cause of this error.

First, I checked out my plugins – it is possible that plugins may be incompatible with an updated version of WordPress. I disabled each one, then reloaded my website. No dice. Page still doesn’t load.

Now, on to re-enabling all of my plugins.

Improve your WordPress Theme with Snippets of Code

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Posted 18 Mar 2009 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

I love WordPress because it is so easy to modify to fit your needs. Some tweaks can make your theme more personal, others add functionality to tell your visitors more about you as a blogger. Take these four tweaks, add them to your WordPress blog, and see how it improves your blogging experience!

Add the number of posts to your sidebar:

$my_query = new WP_Query('post_status=future&order=DESC&showposts=5');
if ($my_query->have_posts()) {
    while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?>
        <?php the_title(); ?>
    <?php endwhile;

Add “Tweet This” to your posts by placing this code in “The Loop” in single.php

What is YOUR favorite WordPress Plugin? [Contest]

Posted 10 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysOver the next 24 hours, let us know what your favorite WordPress plugin is – and you’ll be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate!

The winner will be selected randomly and announced on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 12:00 pm EST!

Congrats, John Lessnau and to all who entered. John, you will receive your gift certificate today, and I would like to THANK all of you for entering!

WordPress Wednesdays features posts about plugins, themes and general usage of WordPress, the world’s most popular content management system!

Avoid These Serious Blog Design Mistakes!

Posted 01 Oct 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysEveryone has their preferences when it comes to what their blog or the blogs they visit look like, but these are several blog design mistake that you can avoid – gaining you a larger audience and happier readers.

Use partial feeds. Everyone loves having to visit a website to get update. Especially when they have 100 to 200 feeds they read daily. Do yourself and your readers a favor and install a plugin like Full Text Feed and say goodbye to partial feeds forever!

Blogging is about YOU – the Author!

Posted 24 Sep 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysWhen your blog template isn’t working, change it! I know I have said a lot of things in the past about blogging and how to please your visitors, but at the end of the day, blogging is about what makes YOU happy!

I blog here because I enjoy sharing knowledge and challenging myself by coming up with blogging ideas every week. However, I cannot forget my obligation to myself to enjoy life – even blogging!

Stop Using WordPress Plugins – Top 3 WordPress Hacks

Posted 03 Sep 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysThere is some evidence that the more plugins you use on your WordPress installation, the slower your website will load.

So, ditch some of those plugins and use these three WordPress hacks to get the same functionality and at the same time improve your page load time!

First up is Gravatar, the globaly reconized avatar that ‘follows’ you no matter where you go online. Yes, there are WordPress plugins available that make adding Gravtars oh so simple, but be adventurous and set up Gravatars on our own!

To begin, navigate to Design > Theme Editor > comments.php

Plugin Deactivation Broke Your Blog?

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Posted 06 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysInstalling a plugin reccomended by a fellow blogger sounded like a great idea until you relaized that you didn’t need or want it on your WordPress site. So, you deactivated the plugin via the Plugin panel, but now your blog is broken!

You are getting an error “Fatal error: Call to undefined function.” and part of your blog’s content is missing!

Fortunately, there’s a fix for the plugin deactivation error issue – it just takes a little detective work and some patience.

Handle Images Easily with a Quick CSS Update

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Posted 30 Jul 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysThe latest in the WordPress software, 2.6, has some nifty features, but the image controls is not one of them, if you have a theme that does not appreciate the new coding and alignment code.

The solution is simple, and hopefully other thememakers will take notice of this change; and include this code in their new templates.

Insert the following code:

img.alignleft, div.alignleft {
margin:0 0.5em 0.5em 0;
img.alignright, div.alignright {
margin:0 0 0.5em 0.5em;
img.aligncentered, div.aligncentered {
margin:0 auto;

anywhere in your .css file, and save. Now your images should align properly!