Archive for the ‘WordPress’ Category

WordPress Meet Up In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted on December 2006 at about 8:43 PM by hwa

God damn it i missed out this one!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก Today only i knew there’s this WordPress meeting on 16th December at Starbucks in Berjava Times Square but it’s too late!! This is sucks man, for i missed out the chance to see other local WordPress community.

I wonder when there will be another meeting for local WordPress community… ๐Ÿ™

More Spams Than Ever!!

Posted on December 2006 at about 2:34 AM by hwa

Recently i had been getting more and more spam than ever, before this it was only like 100 spams per day, but now i get more then 300 spams, and just now i cleared all the spams caught by Akismet, after two hours i’m getting another 72 spams!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Akismet is doing fine in catching all the spams in my blog, but these spammer just hammering my server too much! Look at the statistic by SlimStat below, they are just keep on sending spams to wp-comments-post.php every minute every second!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

SlimStat statistic
Spammers should just die!!!

However i found out that i’m not the only one who experience this problem, there are many other people also having the same problem too, especially Mark who has been really pissed of by these spam floods. ๐Ÿ˜†

PS: I get another 30 spams after i finished writing this post, DAMN!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก

WordPress Admin Menu Plugins

Posted on December 2006 at about 9:56 PM by hwa

This morning when i login to my WordPress, i saw this interesting plugin from Weblog Tools Collection, the Custom Admin Menu by Barun. This plugin allows the WordPress admin to customize their admin menu, including hiding some of the links that’s barely used, but that’s not all, you may watch this nice little presentation on what this plugin can do at the plugin website.

Speaking of admin menu plugin, i’m now using another admin menu plugin by Andy Staines, it’s the Admin Drop Menus WordPress plugin, it’s a plugin that will change all your WordPress admin submenu into drop down menu, this allow you to quickly access to the submenu with just one click instead of clicking the main menu and then to the submenu.

I not yet try the Custom Admin Menu but soon or later i know i will, because i started to feel my admin menu is a bit too messy. But i strongly recommend the Admin Drop Menu, it’s a great piece of software and it will save you a lot of time, especially when you are on a very slow Internet connection.

WordPress MU Review

Posted on November 2006 at about 3:07 AM by hwa

Remember that few days ago i mentioned about playing around with WodPress MU? Now i have a very simple yet straight forward conclusion on how i think about WordPress MU.

Honestly and seriously, i’m kind of disappointed with WordPress MU 1.0, it’s not because of the features, WordPress MU has all the features that a blogging software need to have, my brother even says that it’s better then Blogger.

But the thing i’m disappointed about WordPress MU is because it’s too rely on the administrator’s server skills. If you are going to host WordPress MU, you need to have a lot of control over your server, and know your server very well, for example if you want subdomain for all your users, then you have to enable Wildcard DNS, to do this you have to gain access to alter the httpd.conf, which to me is impossible because my hosting is shared hosting. ๐Ÿ™

I really hope that there will be a workaround for this, or better solution in the future release, to me WordPress is the best piece of software for blogging purpose, and i hope that i can share the best part of WordPress together with my friends and my family. But for now, one thing for sure is that WordPress MU aren’t meant for those who want to manage a small size multiuser blogging service just for the sake of having fun with it.

Playing Around With WordPress MU

Posted on November 2006 at about 8:52 PM by hwa

Been setting up and played around with WordPress MU for the pass few days, after a few attempts to install WordPress MU, finally i got it running in my web directory.

So far WordPress MU is running great in my web directory, the only problem i found after my last install is i can’t logout after i go into one of my user’s backend account to check some setting, i have to clear my cookies in order to logout, other than that everything seems to be ok.

If everything runs well, i might consider of getting a domain and offer this service to the public, but i’m still not sure yet, a lots of things i need to do and make sure, even the WordPress MU it self also not very stable, or is it i’m not familiar with the system??

AdSense-Deluxe And ButtonSnap Fix

Posted on November 2006 at about 1:23 AM by hwa

If you are using AdSense-Deluxe together with other WordPress plugins that is using ButtonSnap Class Library to create Quicktags button for WordPress Editor, then most probably the buttons created by ButtonSnap won’t show up.

However, after playing around with the JavaScipt inside AdSense-Deluxe (shame to say that i’m not very familiar with JavaScipt ๐Ÿ˜ณ ), finally i came out a solution that’s extremely easy and still maintain the AdSense-Deluxe drop down option in WordPress Editor.

Follow these simple step to do the AdSense-Deluxe and ButtonSnap fix:

Step 1: Open up adsense-deluxe.php with your favorite editor, then search for the following two line.

  1. if (document.getElementById('quicktags') != undefined){
  2. document.getElementById('quicktags').innerHTML +=
  3. ...

Step 2: Then replace the quicktags with ed_toolbar, become like this.

  1. if (document.getElementById('ed_toolbar') != undefined){
  2. document.getElementById('ed_toolbar').innerHTML +=
  3. ...

After that you are done, the button created by ButtonSnap should appear together with AdSense-Deluxe drop down option.

Notes: I tried this plugin in WordPress 2.1 Ella but it doesn’t work for me, so i guess this fix doesn’t apply to WordPress 2.1.

Search And Replace In WordPress Post

Posted on November 2006 at about 12:29 AM by hwa

Upon trying to achieve XHTML 1.0 Strict, one of the thing i found out that i had been doing wrong all this while is that i put target=”_blank” HTML tag in most of my post link, this is not a valid XHTML for Strict and it won’t pass the validation, but i had been doing this since the very first day i blog! It will be troublesome if i’m going to search for every post and take away the target=”_blank”!! So i guess the only way to do this easily is by using the MySQL query, i went to Google around and found this very useful SQL query in Lorelle’s blog.

Before proceed to make any changes to your WordPress database, it’s always a good idea that you backup your database first, who know you might missed out something and screw up your database, it’s always better to prevent than cure right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Continue with the search and replace, in order to do search and replace in WordPress database, you can use the REPLACE syntax in SQL query, the full line would like the following:

  1. UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE (
  2. post_content,
  3. 'Item to replace here',
  4. 'Replacement text here');

Where wp_posts is your WordPress database post table and post_content is your post content table field, most of the time you don’t need to change this two value.

The thing you need to change is obviously the Item to replace here, which is the text you want to search, it can be multiple string as long as the string is within the single quote, and Replacement text here is the text you want to replace, also can be multiple string as long as it’s within the single quote.

So in my case, i want to strip away target=”_blank” and replace it with nothing, so i do this:

  1. UPDATE wp_posts SET post_content = REPLACE (
  2. post_content,
  3. ' target="_blank"',
  4. '');

Note that the i didn’t put anything for replace string, because i want to delete target=”_blank”, it’s a two single quote.

Again i would like to say, it’s a good practice that you backup your database always, once you screw up your database there is no turning back, and i will take no responsibility if something happen to your database, so do this at your own risk! ๐Ÿ™‚

WordPress 2.0.5 Server 500 Error Fix

Posted on October 2006 at about 11:26 PM by hwa

WordPress 2.0.5 released three days ago, while most of the WordPress user are now writing their blog with peace of mind, some of them are having the server 500 error. According to Mark Jaquith, it’s due to the bug that was reported for WordPress 2.1.

Fixing this error is some what easy, for it’s fixable just by installing a plugin, below are the step to fix this error.

  1. Download this plugin.
  2. Upload it to your WordPress plugins folder.
  3. Activate the plugin.

However if you get an error message after logging in to your admin panel and cannot click the Plugins tab, just type “{WPDIR}/wp-admin/plugins.php” into your address bar and press enter, and this should fix the problem.

WordPress 2.0.5 – Ronan

Posted on October 2006 at about 7:31 PM by hwa

The moment of truth, WordPress 2.0.5 is finally released about 12 hours ago!! The latest WordPress, coded named Ronan to congratulate Ryan Boren on his new son, awww how nice~~ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

There are around 50 bugfixes in this release, and WordPress user is advised to upgrade into this version since there are quite a lot of security fix in this one, and you may go to Mark’s blog to know more about the changes in WordPress 2.0.5.

This is the last version of WordPress 2.0, next the WordPress team will continue to develop the brand new WordPress 2.1.

Update: Just updated to WordPress 2.0.5, so when is your turn? ๐Ÿ˜‰

WordPress Multi User

Posted on October 2006 at about 10:58 PM by hwa

Fresh from oven!! WordPress Multi User or known as WordPress MU 1.0 just released today!!

WordPress MU is a multi user version of WordPress, the famous blogging software, it’s suitable for those who like to host WordPress with many user, for example like a blogging networks or something, and it’s actually the software that run for all this while.

According to Matt, to install WordPress MU is a little bit more complex than the usual 5 minute install of regular WordPress, sorry to say that i’m not very sure how complex the installation is, but WordPress MU had gone through more than a year of heavy development before it’s stable enough to release to the public.

Other than that Matt also announce the release of bbPress, a very lightweight forum that is totally supports complete user and login integration with WordPress.