If you’ve built your WordPress theme to use the Featured Image functionality, your RSS feed subscribers are missing part of your post.
When you use a small thumbnail, you may not think much about it. However, there may be instances where you want to include your post thumbnail. Of course, there are those WordPress theme designs that include a large wide Featured Image that can add a lot to the feeling of a post. Sure, you could simply insert the image at the top of the post, but there are some other functions you can do in WordPress by calling a posts Featured Image.
With this WordPress snippet, you can have the best of both worlds. Here’s how to add your post thumbnail/Featured Image to your RSS feed:
Although WordPress is often used as a full-fledged CMS, it isn’t nativly. Sure, it’s getting closer, but let’s face it — WordPress is still blog centric.
That being said, I really love WordPress and still use it as a basic CMS. Let’s just say, you’re not going to ever find Amazon running on WordPress.
Since WordPress isn’t built as a hardcore CMS out of the box, there are some modificaitons you can do that can mold it into more of one.
Here are five WordPress Administratoin modifcations you’re going to love.
For a very long time, now, WP-PageNavi has been a very popular plugin to use for pagination. It’s well built, easy to customize and easy to add to your theme. Plus, it handles pagination for everything — post pages, comments and post archives.
But, did you know WordPress has this function already built-in? It’s just takin some time for it to be unearthed, and hopefully after learning how to use the WordPress function, you can start using it and give yourself one less plugin to deal with!
If you’re in charge of maintaining a church, ministry or client website, you know how frustrating it can be for someone who has administrative permission to update plugins.
Normally, this isn’t a problem, but sometimes this can lead to a broken site. I’ve had modded plugins updated, before, so you can image my relief when I found I had a backup. Modded plugin update = plugin modification gone!
Another situation arose when a non-profit contacted me with some web issues. Their website was broken. The reason? Plugin updates.
There are obviously a number of good reasons to prevent WordPress form checking if your plugins need updating. I would first try using a user role editor or some other work around to avoid misguided plugin updates, as plugin update notifications are by nature a good idea.
However, there’s always an exception, especially if you have multiple site Admins.
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having your web design cruising along and working great.
… And then you open it up with one of those pesky browsers.
I won’t name any names, I would hate to offend any Internet Explorer lovers out there.
Here’s a nifty way to use the tools built in WordPress to pull browser specific CSS:
Whenever you upload a JPEG image into WordPress, it automatically compresses the image quality.
If you’re a photographer using WordPress as a portfolio website, or a graphic designer for that matter, you may not want WordPress compressing your image or you may want to do the compression yourself and keep WordPress’ hands off the image altogether.
On the flip side of that coin, WordPress’ 90% image compression default could be dialed down a little, thus, saving some bandwidth and increasing site speed.
No matter your reason for changing the WordPress JPEG image compression setting, here’s how:
PHP 5.4 is here!
Before you start thinking about upgrading your server, you should know if it’s worth doing it.
According to Nettuts+, “the latest enhancements significantly improve its elegance, while removing deprecated functionality, resulting in a dramatic optimization of the runtime (up to 20% more speed and memory usage reduction).”
I like the sound of that!
That could effect those on the verge of needing a server upgrade.
Here are a couple other things you may be happy to see:
The cool guys over at MobiFreaks needed an easier way to generate QR codes, so they began to search around for a new solution.
Originally, they would manually create a QR code for each and every article and add them to the post.
With the help of QR Server, they put together an awesome solution.
Check this out:
Yoda Coda Coder Tom McFarlin has dropped a second post over at wptuts+ in a series of posts focusing on the WordPress Settings API.
If you’ve ever wanted to dig into the WordPress Settings API, this is the place to start.
When you first start looking at Tom’s tutorial, it’s a tad overwhelming. When you spend most of your time tinkering with themes and functions, it’s like looking at something completely different.
Don’t worry. This is still considered “beginner level,” so get your elbows dirty!
Here’s what you’ll be covering:
A few months ago, I posted a series on How-To Create a WordPress Church Events Page.
There have been a few updates to the posts and the church website I originally built it for has been cruising along splendidly these past few months.
Recently, I was ask by an awesome ChurchMag reader about how to add a list of link titles, displaying the upcoming events on the front page.
Something like this: