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Introduction GUsually, plugin and theme authors need to provide access to a settings (options) screen so users can customize how the plugin or theme is used. The best way to present the user with such a screen is to create an administration menu item that allows the user to access that settings screen. This article explains how plugin authors can add administration menus and screens. Note: the following information assumes a knowledge of the basics of Writing a Plugin and using the Plugin API of Actions and Filters. Every Plot Needs a Hook To add an administration menu, you must do three things: Create aRead More →

Styling for Mobile devices (cell phones, some PDAs, etc) can be accomplished in much the same way as you can customize the style for printed pages. The main difference between the two is that instead of using a media type of “print”, you will use a media type of “handheld”. User agents (web browsers) decide which CSS media type to use based on what they are doing. Much like the “print” media type is used by browsers whenever they print a document, the “handheld” media type is used by many different small-screen browsers, when present. One of the things you might consider doing for smallRead More →

When you lean towards someone and tell them a little bit of information, you are making an “aside” comment. In blogs, you can do that on your blog by passing on small bits of information to your readers called Asides. Also known as remaindered links or linkblog, Asides were originally implemented by Matt Mullenweg, developer of WordPress, and it soon spread far and wide and became a very popular method of adding little bits of information to your blog. Asides can be run from within your WordPress site, and do not require installation of another blog. All you need is a few lines of code,Read More →

What Are Smileys? Smileys, also known as “emoticons,” are glyphs used to convey emotions in your writing. They are a great way to brighten up posts. Text smileys are created by typing two or more punctuation marks. Some examples are: To learn more about emoticons and their history, see the Wikipedia entry on Emoticons. How Does WordPress Handle Smileys? By default, WordPress automatically converts text smileys to graphic images. When you type 😉 in your post you see when you preview or publish your post. To Turn off Graphic Smileys If you turn off graphic smileys, whatever you type in plain text will remain, andRead More →

ynamic menu highlighting is a way to give users a reference point with which to navigate. It is like the dot on the map that says “you are here”. WordPress.org has utilized dynamic menu highlighting. This image illustrates that the user is currently looking at a page under the menu “DOCS”. By looking at the menu list you can, due to the use of the dark thick line easily ascertain that you are currently on a page within the “DOCS” or documentation section of the site. This article will explain how to go about making a navigation menu that dynamically highlights the currently displayed page,Read More →

Your posts are filed in different categories. Category information is freqently displayed in the post meta data section near your post or under the heading title. Different WordPress Themes highlight the post meta data section in different areas. The display of the post categories is generated through the use of the the_category() template tag. And you have the ability to style how these categories are displayed. Finding Your Categories Tag The placement of your categories tag may be in one place on the front page and in one or more different places in your single post page, so you may have to do some huntingRead More →

Horizontal Menus are an excellent way to create a menu of categories or Pages, highlighting specific areas of interest within your website. Many web designers place a horizontal menu under the header, where they draw the eye. Horizontal menus are created with the HTML List feature. Yes, while they are horizontal instead of vertical, like typical lists, they are still a list. CSS presentation styles allow us to set the list to run on one line instead of a separate line for each list item. Since horizontal menus are simply lists in a horizontal line, lets start the process with a list. Contents [hide] 1Read More →

Settings Discussion The Settings Discussion SubPanel allows you to set the options concerning comments (also called discussion). It is here the administrator decides if comments are allowed, if pingbacks and trackbacks are acceptable, and what constitutes Comment Spam. On this SubPanel you also control the circumstances under which your blog sends you e-mail notification of certain events at your site. Discussion Settings Default article setting These settings may be overridden for individual articles. Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article (slows down posting) – If you check this box, WordPress will send out a ping to a site or article you haveRead More →

What is a Gravatar? Gravatars are Globally Recognized Avatars. An avatar or gravatar is an icon, or representation, of a user in a shared virtual reality, such as a forum, chat, website, or any other form of online community in which the user(s) wish to have something to distinguish themselves from other users. Created by Tom Werner, gravatars make it possible for a person to have one avatar across the entire web. Avatars are usually an 80px by 80px image that the user will create themselves. Gravatars in blog post comments A Gravatar is essentially the same thing, but they are all hosted on aRead More →

Comment moderation is a feature in WordPress that allows you to prevent comments from appearing on your site without your express approval. Moderation can be very useful in addressing Comment Spam, but it has more general applications as well. If you would like to learn more about comment spam, see Fighting Comment Spam. How Moderation Works WordPress runs a number of tests on each new comment before posting it to your blog. If a comment fails one of these tests, it is not displayed immediately on the site but is placed in a queue for moderation, the process of manual approval or deletion by theRead More →