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These are my links for July 2nd from 08:00 to 18:54:

Links for late June

Pogue sells me an iPad, new Facebook Page type, can Twitter influence be bought?, iPhone/iPad UI design tools

WordPress 3, better Facebook search, a guide web typography, microformats ala Google

These are my links for March 12th through March 16th:

Find related links for blogging, Best tweets: Search Fest 2010, Compare finances via social, Who links to my site?

These are my links for March 9th through March 12th:

Bookmarks for February 13th through February 20th

These are my links for February 13th through February 20th:

WordPress image uploader not working for version 2.6 with Flash 10

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

Add or remove formatting buttons from the WordPress write post textarea

show more text formatting buttons in wordpress

show more text formatting buttons in wordpress

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.

$mce_buttons = apply_filters('mce_buttons', array('bold', 'italic', 'strikethrough', 'separator',

Now, feel free to remove or add any of the attributes listed on (thanks Lance!) until you’ve made formatting stew.

How to show only your single latest post on your WordPress home page.

Wordpress Settings > Reading - setting the number of posts per pageIn 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.

Happy WordPress Day! Why we heart WP.

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

Updating WordPress plugin Popularity Contest for WP 2.5

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.

Basically, follow the instructions in this article:

You’ll have to edit popularity-contest.php in your plugins directory, as well as add 2 tables to your WP database either by running the included query, or manually with phpMyAdmin.

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