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Styling for Mobile

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 […]

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Custom Fields

WordPress has the ability to allow post authors to assign custom fields to a post. This arbitrary extra information is known as meta-data. This meta-data can include bits of information such as: Mood: Happy Currently Reading: Cinderella Listening To: Rock Around the Clock Weather: Hot and humid With some extra coding, it is possible to […]

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Dynamic Menu Highlighting

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 […]

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Settings Discussion SubPanel

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 […]

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Separating Categories

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 […]

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Post to your blog using email

WordPress can be configured to use e-mail to post to a blog. To enable this functionality, you need to: Create a dedicated e-mail account to be used solely for posting to your blog, Configure WordPress to access that account, and Configure WordPress to publish messages from the e-mail account You can blog by e-mail using […]

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Using Smilies

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 […]

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Restoring Your Database From Backup

Using phpMyAdmin phpMyAdmin is a program used to manipulate databases remotely through a web interface. A good hosting package will have this included. For information on backing up your WordPress database, see Backing Up Your Database. Information here has been tested using phpMyAdmin 2.8.0.2 running on Unix. Restore Process Login to phpMyAdmin. Click databases, and […]

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Comment Moderation

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 […]

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What is Ajax?

Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) is a technology that allows a web page to perform actions or update dynamically, without completely reloading. The idea is that by using Ajax technology, a web site can be more responsive and interactive than a non-Ajax site. For instance, without Ajax, Google Maps might require you to click a […]

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