Advanced WordPress Tricks and Hacks

Posted on February 13

If you have wandering around the web for a while you must have came across a WordPress blog, or whatever, saw something you liked, and questions like ‘how they did that’, ‘is that a plugin or hack?’, ‘where can I get those cool mods’begin to pop?

Well, it’s really quite normal because many of us, especially those in position as a webmaster, do the same thing. For this article we’ve spent time investigating over a dozen professional WordPress blog, finding out what kinda hacks and plugins they are really looking for to enhance their blog in any aspect. Here’s our outcome of our study, over forty pieces most wanted WordPress tips and hacks, including those you don’t even knew the keywords to search for.

While you are at it, here’s few more WordPress related articles we’ve previously written:

  1. Display categories in horizontal Drop-Down menu – Instead of using your categories in sidebar, you can put them up onthe navigation bar, dropping down the sub categories in second-leveldrop down.
  2. Add Gravatar for post author – How about adding Gravatar to your post titles to highlight the comment author?
  3. Using custom page as homepage – Instead of showing recent entries as main page on your blog, customize it!
  4. Add author bio on every blog post – For multi-authored blogs, adding the bio info of each author at thebottom of their respective posts is a good way to give props to theauthor as well as providing information to the readers as to who thatperson is without having to refer to an about me page.
  5. Display recent post from specific category – Control recent post of any categories you want to display.
  6. Highlight author’s comments – This helps differenciate the author’s comments away from the rest.Useful for commentators to spot which are comments made by the author. 
  7. Create thumbnails for each blog post and displays them – How to create thumbnails for each blog post, use them anywhere you want, make your post more interesting. 
  8. Create and show categories image – How to add some simple PHP code to your WordPress template and makelinked images appear instead of text for your categories in posts.
  9. Format images for feed readers – Get your blog content to display properly, even in feeds. 
  10. Create really cool WordPress date button – Display your blot post’s date in the form of button.
  11. Hiding Advertisements For Single Posts – Quick and easy way to hide advertisements for any particular post by making some minor changes to your theme.
  12. Creating a dynamic sticky – There are some news you just want them to stay on top.
  13. Customize Error 404 page – Create a new Error 404 page of your own.
  14. Protect CSS Mods for ANY WordPress Theme – Implementing a custom stylesheet that simply overrides the styles defined in the theme’s original stylesheet
  15. Make your blog Digg proof – Tweaks and settings to add to your blog to take the Digg effect.
  16. Using WordPress as Membership Directory – Create a moderated membership directory that showcases your member’s information.
  17. 4 Ways to speed up your wordpress blog – Some quick tips on how to speed up your self-hosted WordPress site.
  18. Create mobile version of your blog – Create a mobile version of the website within clicks with Mofuse.
  19. Open links in new windows (by default) – Title’s pretty self-explainatory, make all links open in new window.
  20. Turn WordPress blog into CMS (Content Management System) – Your WordPress blog don’t have to look like a typical blog display. It can be something more fun.
  21. WordPress Thumbnail Size Limit Hack – Don’t like the default thumbnail JPEG quality? Change it.
  22. Automatically post Del.icio.us daily link to WordPress – Get more daily post on blog, from del.icio.us
  23. Create a peel away effect on blog – Very effective way to market products and bring more attention to pages you want visitors to focus. 
  24. Seperate Comments from Trackbacks/Pingbacks – Get a clear view on what are comments, what’s not. 
  25. Blog Alone or Together with Writely – Writely is one of my favorte Web 2.0 apps. It’s a full-fledgedweb-based word processor that you can access from anywhere. Think of itas Microsoft Word for the Web. 
  26. Embed Google Ad in first wordpress post – The leading SEO (Search Engine Optimization) sites will tell youthat placing an ad after the first post in your blog’s home page isparticularly effective.
  27. Creating multiple single posts for different categories – Fast and simple way to assign a specific stylesheet for only one category of blog posts in a WordPress blog.
  28. Using WordPress Custom Fields  – You can do pretty much anything you want with custom fields. Your imagination is your limit.
  29. Creating an Archive Index – Create single page with links to all your archived entries, arranged just so to form the main gateway into your blog’s past.
  30. Wicked WordPress Archives in One Easy Step – Provide specialized archive views that place a premium on scannability.
  31. Place a login form in the sidebar – Put a login on the front page of your WordPress blog.
  32. Protect WordPress post againts hot-linking – Plugin for WordPress that helps prevent image hotlinking as easy as installing and activating it. 
  33. Moving a Static HTML Site to WordPress – How you retain the old URLs after moving static HTML to WordPress.
  34. Build a Techmeme River of News Clone – Building something similar to Techmeme with WordPress. 
  35. Custom login page – This is more significant for multi author blogs, or sites you have set up for clients. 
  36. How to Put Your Best Content Forward – Don’t let your best content get lost in the archives.
  37. Display Twitter messages in WordPress – Cuztomize the Twitter message display on your WordPress blog. 
  38. Add Stripe Ad to boost response / earnings – A new non-obtrusive way of displaying a single line of advertisingmessage, a special note or other information right at the top of yourblog 
  39. How to Display Facebook Statuses on WordPress Blog – Put your Facebook statuses directly on your wordpress blog. Works for both self-host WordPress and WordPress.com bloggers. 
  40. Post text and image count – Counts and display number of words and images (leaving the default WordPress smilies out)
  41. Place content only in RSS Feed – Ever wonder how some bloggers control some content to be shown onlyin RSS feed but not the blog. Here’s the plugin to do that – RSS Footer.

Tags: // Category: Wordpress Goodies.

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19 Responses

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    June 10th, 2009

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    July 3rd, 2009

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    July 3rd, 2009

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    July 9th, 2009

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