WordPress 2.3+ official support for custom database error page

  • February 11th, 2008

Some time ago a tutorial was posted on 5ThirtyOne which addressed customizing the DB Error page rendered whenever visitors landed on heavily trafficked WordPress site. Since then, the method has been proven "useless", ushered away by recent updates to the WordPress code base; more specifically with the release of WordPress 2.3.2 (current release is 2.3.3). […]

Do not download WordPress themes distributed by 3rd party sites

  • November 25th, 2007

Warning for new and existing WordPress users: DO NOT download WordPress themes from 3rd party "galleries". Identify the original source of the theme and download directly from the authors website. As WordPress – both hosted and self-hosted – continues to enjoy explosive growth, exposure to malicious activity and code will increase. Sadly, this applies to […]

Quick custom blogs: Typo › WordPress

  • August 10th, 2007

Having built a number of websites using WordPress as the core (backend), I assumed that WordPress was the easiest and quickest platform to work with. Surely, there was nothing that could be easier… Right? I proved myself wrong while creating a custom Quire blog (powered by Typo) to match the recently re-launched public facing pages […]

WordPress & Joomla theme users beware!

  • August 1st, 2007

Thanks to Milo for giving me the heads-up concerning the discomforting news which targets WordPress & Joomla users. Templates Browser is re-distributing public blog themes which are modified in such a way as to exploit the end user by inserting hidden spam or malware links. A quick search concerning the website pulls up the following […]

WordPress Grid Focus

  • May 13th, 2007

After much personal debate and the incident concerning the WP China Forums, I’ve decided to release the WordPress Grid Focus as a "theme". The decision was made after receiving a considerable number of emails requesting that a variant of the theme be made available for public use. I’m not expecting as much fanfare as the […]

WordPress; manage, reduce, and prevent comment spam

  • May 6th, 2007

An ideal blogosphere would be free of comment spam – solicitations for enlarging your manhood with knock off drugs, wooing the lady with tried and true sex tips, or drug pedaling bots which believe that BBCode is a compatible comment format for WordPress blogs. The WordPress Discussion Options SubPanel offers a Comment Blacklist filter: When […]

How-to style WordPress author comments

  • March 9th, 2007

Motivated by email requests from a few readers, I’ve thrown together this simple tutorial on how-to style author comments under WordPress without the need for extraneous plugins. What we’re going to do is instruct WordPress to identify specific author emails and assign a unique class name to each. Using the flexibility of Cascading Style Sheets […]

Refreshed: Grid Focus

  • March 4th, 2007

UPDATE #2: A variant of the Grid Focus is now available for download. Feel free to visit the project page for details. UPDATE #1: I’ve since updated. Feel free to see a preview of Gridded Focus on Flickr. I spent some time today today making use of some new Moleskine Gridded Journals, a mechanical pencil, […]

Update: Widgetized October Special WordPress theme

  • November 5th, 2006

October Special, previously recognized as the Pink October WordPress theme released early last month, is a widgetized release which allows users to manipulate sidebar content – both top and bottom – using convenient drag ‘n drop “widgets” within the Presentations Dashboard preferences pane. About & Legal Although there are no monetary requirements needed in order […]

Download: Pink October WordPress theme

  • October 8th, 2006

11/05/06: The Pink October theme has been updated. Please see the October Special download page for a widgetized version including miscellaneous HTML/CSS tweaks. Comments are now closed. Seeing as though my initial motivation to go “pink” for the month of October was brought about by the announcement of the Pink for October initiative, I thought […]