From November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans out there from Jeff and I here at ThinkPress. This year, the developer in me knows to give thanks to the best personal and professional publishing system around, WordPress. We’ve been implementing it for our clients for a couple of years now and we couldn’t be happier with how the platform has matured. Thank you WordPress for all the heavy lifting that you do out of the box. Thank you for your pretty urls. Thank you for your extensibility. And most of all, thank you for your belief in the open source movement. We promise to continue giving back to the community. Now go, eat your turkey and tofurkey and be full. Oh, and don’t forget to unplug and enjoy your families too. We wouldn’t be here without them.

Speed Up and Back Up Your WordPress Site

Two of the biggest problems you can have with any website is a slow site or a lost site (due to hacking or accidental deleting…). Luckily both of these issues can be solved with one great plug-in. WP-DBManager by Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan will both back up your site’s database (and email it to you) and optimize all database tables to ensure fast database performance.  Best of all, you can set up the plug-in so these actions are performed automatically and on a regular basis. Read more

(Plugin) SpamShiv Lite

It’s now official. Our “Lite” version of the SpamShiv plugin is now hosted by the WordPress plugin directory. If you’re coming here to find out more about the plugin, take a minute to sign up for our mailing list. In exchange for your trust in us, we’ll give you your very own copy of our full featured paid plugin for FREE! Just fill out the form on the top right of this page. Check back with us soon. We have a couple more plugins and widgets currently in development that we think you’re going to love.

Gravatars – Be Somebody!

Are you tired of literally being a faceless commentor in the crowd?  Much like Navin R. Johnson you want to “be somebody!”  Since WordPress version 2.5, creating an avatar for yourself has become quite easy.  Currently, if you do not have a gravatar set up, you are given the generic avatar icon ().  But imaging having a custom image follow you all around the blogosphere.   Read more

Order Posts by a Custom Key

Just recently, we completed a website using WordPress for a realtor named Jon Dishon. One of his requests was to have his listing be ordered by price. Since we created his listings from simple posts with WordPresss’ Custom Keys, it was difficult for us to do this since Price is one of those keys. We wrote some special code to join the custom keys to the query being run for a specific page. Read more

WordPress 2.6.3 ships with a broken jQuery?

We’ve been adding a custom panel for the write post page for one of our clients and having the hardest time diagnosing the errors that we’ve been getting. It turns out that using the built-in jQuery library that ships with WordPress was the problem. We ended up having to download the library from the jQuery site and use some WordPress magic to make it use our library instead. Below is the code to use your own jQuery file. Put it in your theme’s functions.php (<your-blog-url>/wp-content/themes/<your-theme-name>/functions.php) page.

add_action("init", "install_jquery_scripts");
function install_jquery_scripts() {
	wp_register_script("jquery", "/path/to/your/jquery-1.2.6.min.js", array(), "1.2.6");

We had this issue with WordPress version 2.6.3 and just about any plugin we tried to run utilizing jQuery 1.2.6.