Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin

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To learn the anatomy of a WordPress plugin and how plugin works, we will start looking at a simply plugin, a plugin that comes pre-install with WordPress.  It is the “Hello Dolly” plugin.  In fact this plugin is there to show you an example of how to do a WordPress plugin.

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How to Style Contact Form 7 Forms in WordPress

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Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms in WordPress, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

The biggest downside is that the out of the box forms you add are very plain looking. Thankfully, Contact Form 7 can be easily styled using CSS in your WordPress theme. In this turorial, we will show you how to style contact form 7 forms in WordPress.

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Play Background Audio on your WordPress website

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Sometimes it is nice to low ambient sound effects in the background of your website, to set a mood or for some other purpose. There are plenty of websites where you can download such files, or you can make your own. It’s best to go for something that seamlessy loops and is not to distracting to the user.

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How to Create a List of Forbidden Words for WordPress Titles

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If you manage a multi-author blog and want authors to avoid using certain words or phrases, then this will come in handy.  If an author has publishing rights, then the unwanted words can go live on your website. You can prevent this by taking away publishing privileges from users, but this means more work for you as you will have to review and publish posts yourself. So in this tutorial, we will show you how to create a list of forbidden words for WordPress titles.

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How to Include Category and Subcategory in WordPress URLs

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WordPress comes with two built-in taxonomies to sort your content. They are called categories and tags.

As you probably know, categories are typically used for more broader topics and can have subcategories.  However, if you are using the default WordPress URL structure, then your categories and subcategories are not included in the post URLs by default.

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How to Link to External Links from the Post Title in WordPress

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Do you want to add an external link as post title in WordPress? Sometimes you may just want to share a link with your users. Instead of sending them to a post, you may want the post title to link to the other website. In this tutorial, we will show you how to link to external links from the post title in WordPress.

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Manually Create a Sticky Floating Footer Bar in WordPress

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A sticky floating footer bar allows you to prominently display your important content to users. This bar remains visible to users at all time, so they are more likely to click on it and discover more useful content.

This method requires you to add code in your WordPress files, so we will be using the File Manager plugin, already installed on the DkIT WordPress servers.

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Getting Started with the Computing Department WordPress Infrastructure

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The Department of Computing & Mathematics at DkIT has a very advanced WordPress Infrastructure for use by students in their class work and end of year projects.  We use a Viglen IX2300 (2 x Quad Core Xeon CPUs, 12 GB RAM, 2 x 146 GB SATA disks) for the primary web server, and two Viglen HX2220i units provide MySQL Database Replication, failover and load balancing services to the master web server. These servers are all powered by Debian Linux.

Also, traffic to the servers is cached at the college’s main reverse proxy server (regardless of source). The result is a very fast setup indeed!

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