In Online Retail, Usability Is Rated No. 1 – eMarketer – At the very end of this article is an important point. If visitors to your e-commerce site are there for research, you can think of your site like any other non-e-commerce site where the goal is efficient access to valuable information. Good to remember.
Music – AudioJungle – I haven’t bought anything from this music collection yet, but if you’re familiar with the other online options for sound effects or background music for video, you’ll recognize the potential here. Plus, it’s part of Envato, so you can expect quality.
Data Monday: Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Web – Clients are often quick to request we build an app when often a mobile website makes more sense. Then again, Jobs says the future is apps. Here are the user tendency numbers to help you decide.
The Battle of the Men’s Body Washes – WSJ.com – Ms Wells thinks W +K’s Old Spice campaign has the edge for men’s personal grooming because they’re selling to the ladies. For the rest of us, we prefer whatever is already in the shower. I’ll do frilly, especially if it’s convenient.
Blog Smarter | Zemanta Ltd. – Enhance blog posts automatically with related content and images. Gives you tips and advice as you write. Firefox extension. Promote your posts more efffectively. Must try this.
Some people have reported the “Choose files to upload” button being broken when trying to add an image to a WordPress post. The behavior I witnessed was that clicking the button simply did nothing. I have also heard that PC users see a blank white window. The quick fix is to use the Browser Uploader instead.
We’ve noticed the issue since upgrading to Flash 10. It seems the deadly combination to break the WordPress image uploader is WP 2.6 (and maybe lower) and Flash 10. Sites that have been upgraded to WordPress 2.7+ work just fine with Flash 10. See my previous post, What version of Flash Player do I have? to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Big thanks to web guru @joeyyax for sussing this one out, and for pointing out this this thread at WordPress.org.
As I write this, I’m looking at at single row of buttons at the top of this WordPress ‘Write Post’ text area that allows me some basic text formatting options; bold, italic, strikethrough, bulleted list, numbered list, and so on. A few of my clients have asked for more formatting options like the ability to change the font size and color. Most of the options they’re after are actually just hiding. If you’re seeing a single row of formatting buttons, try the last one on the right. It shows the ‘Kitchen Sink’ which is a second row of formatting options like style, underline, justify, text color, etc, and is sure to satisfy the perfectionist blogger.
In WordPress 2.x under Settings > Reading, you can set a number for “Blog pages show at most”. This applies globally, however. I discovered a method to make your home page to show only the latest post, while allowing all other blog pages to respect the “at most” number.
In index.php, just before the loop, I added the following line:
<?php query_posts('showposts=1'); ?>
Basically, that sets up a preemptive query and grabs only the latest post, rather than allowing the loop to query the latest “at most” number of posts.
It’s the day we unofficially celebrate the existence of the WordPress blogging platform. Big thanks to Automattic for forging what has become one of our weapons of choice.
We hearted WordPress right out of the gate for its easy configuration as a simple content management system. As open and streamlined as many CMSs are aimed at being, many “simple” CMSs with good intentions tend to be too bloated for some of our clients. When we started using WP, it was the perfect minimalist shim to wedge in that static XHTML/CSS to simple custom CMS site gap. Continue reading →
I came across a couple WordPress hacks that helped me get tags to behave. The first is a little PHP call to get a tag list to appear if you’ve used get_posts() to pull posts from a specific category, and the get_tags() function isn’t working for you. So, if you’re not using the standard loop, but instead want to have the tags for each post appear in a custom loop, use this function as seen here on the wordpress support forums.
with arguments in this order: resource_ID, taxonomy, before, seperator, after.
If you are restricting your WordPress site to specific users, and want to control the page they are directed to immediately after logging in, use the “redirect_to” argument in the URL string for the link. Also seen here in the forums.
Down at the bottom of this page, you’ll see a list of the most popular posts. It took some doing to get this plugin working on this site. I upgraded to WordPress 2.5 before installing the Popularity Contest plugin.