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How to take away global tags and categories in WordPress

July 31, 2008 Leave a comment

Today deserves two posts. What I learned yesterday by applying CSS to my theme was an eye-opener. With very few tricks even the most dull of the WordPress templates can be turned into something fully personal and unique. I also learned one more thing. You don’t have to display the global tags and categories under, over or near your post, you can simply hide them.

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WordPress CSS versus TypePad CSS

July 31, 2008 Leave a comment

Something isn’t right about this blog today…can you see what? If you’re regular reader of this blog, or even if you’re just a regular WordPress user or even if you’re just a regular reader of blogs on WordPress, you will realize that this is not how the Contempt theme is supposed to look like.¬† You’re right. I’ve done something to it. I bought the so-called CSS-upgrade and tried to do some styling. It wasn’t that difficult. But that’s not the whole story…

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Good things about WordPress: Next Page

July 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Here’s a cool little WordPress feature I just discovered recently, the “nextpage”-function, which separates looong posts into page or screen size chunks, making for easy reading. As far as I know TypePad doesn’t have this functionality, but I could be mistaken.
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TypePad versus WordPress: Nested categories

July 29, 2008 Leave a comment

On this blog it may not make much sense, at least not yet, but WordPress has one category functionality that TypePad does not have: nested categories, or parent categories and children categories if you so wish. Dividing your categories into more categories is a very useful feature if you are blogging about topics within a topic. It can give your blog a much better structure than just listing the categories.

On this blog I could for instance make something like this:

TypePad
— Pros
— Cons

WordPress
— Pros
— Cons

where Pros and Cons are children categories of their parent categories, TypePad and WordPress. This is very nice if you want to structure your topics neatly instead of just listing them one by one. Mind you, by default, categories are ordered alphabetically. If you desire a different order, you need to put the categories into a text widget by hand.

So how do you do it?
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Good things about WordPress: Integrated contact form

July 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Why use a contact form?

This day and age, if you have a website, you don’t leave your email-address on it. You use a contact form. Why?

  1. To avoid spam (there are programs designed to crawl websites and look for email-addresses that can be used for spam).
  2. To make contacting you easier (no need to open an email-program, simply type and hit “Send” while still on your site).

In TypePad you need to find and add a script for that. Sure, that should be easy enough, but WordPress has a built-in contact form that saves you the extra work. Is it any good?

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Good things about WordPress: Changing the URL of your post or page

July 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Sooner or later every TypePad user will realize how different TypePad URLs are displayed in the browser address bar compared to how WordPress URLs display. TypePad truncates your post title, WordPress keeps it as is. Some people even say that WordPress is more search engine friendly than TypePad; I don’t know, I have yet to notice a significant difference.

Nonetheless, one of the nicest features in WordPress is the ability to change your post or page URL, without losing the link. This means that if Google or someone else has linked to your “old” post or page URL and you then change your post or page URL in a later edition of your post or page, it will automatically redirect to your “new” post or page. TypePad cannot do any of this.

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Which one has better Google Search Results – WordPress or TypePad?

July 26, 2008 1 comment

File or post naming conventions in TypePad versus WordPress are a hot topic among bloggers. Here comes another one: How your post title displays in Google searches. A typepad.com blog appears different from a wordpress.com blog. That was indeed most surprising to me. Before you read on, let me remind you that I’m not discussing SEO techniques here, I’m merely pointing at how the search results display. Now, I didn’t do a thorough research here, just a few examples, so if I’m wrong here, TypePad will want my head on a plate for sure…

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wordpress.com – not for serious bloggers?

July 25, 2008 3 comments

It’s so funny. A year ago, after testing both systems, I knew very little about everything WordPress, but I fell in love with everything TypePad in an instant. Today I know I should have stayed with WordPress. A year ago I probably would have sided with johnny on his post about TypePad for serious bloggers. Today, I’m actually defending WordPress more than I thought I would ever do, hence my compulsion to leave a long comment on that post.

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Good things about WordPress: Your custom header image is never lost

July 24, 2008 Leave a comment

I just realized one good thing about the WordPress Media Library today: When you upload a custom image header for your blog, the image is stored along with your other photos in your Media Library. Why is this so great?

Well, in my case I use several computers during the day and yesterday I was experimenting with my blog header using my computer at work. Usually, for blogging and storing and uploading images, I use my computer at home. So, after uploading my new header I realized that it didn’t look good at all, and restored my header, but that only brought the default header back. How could I get the old header back?

The Media Library came to the rescue. Looking at my files, I discovered my file was there, with the URL permalink. Unfortunately, WordPress cannot upload directly from  a URL, but I was saved anyway. With the permalink I was able to right-click and save my header image to my office computer, and from there I could upload it back into my theme.

The only thing is, now I have two header images, which means I can delete the “old” one from my Media Library, since WordPress now is using the “new” (most recently uploaded) header image.

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Possibly annoying things about WordPress: CSS in themes

July 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Many of you will already know that I change my theme every now and then. Why? Simply to better understand WordPress and to really see which theme that is best suited to my blogging goals. Today I came across two strange things in the CSS of the theme I am currently using. After a question in the Forum and an inquiry to WordPress support I got the answer why the CSS is causing some hickups in my theme. I would never have found out had I not used this theme, but as it looks like, I’m not sure WordPress is going to do anything about it.

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