Back On Track!

Some of you might notice that we had heavy problems with our website and our provider last week because of too much traffic. Finally we pulled the plug and acquired our own server to serve our readers with a better performance of our website and without having any downtime. Please let us know if anything is not working after the transfer to the new server.

Sorry to all our readers and advertising partner for any inconvenience and we hope we won't have any problems like this in the future. So we will have more time to write more in depth tutorials, hacks or tricks about WordPress! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks a lot!

Meet You At WordCamp Germany 2010 In Berlin!


Frank, Micha and I are participating right now at the WordCamp Germany 2010 this weekend. We are looking forward to meet old friends and new faces to exchange new ideas, opinions, experiences, knowledge and tips about WordPress. We hope we will meet some of our readers as well. It's always great to meet people in person, especially if you know them only via internet for a long time.

Hope to see you there and if not, we probably will let you know what happened at the WordCamp Germany 2010 next week.

We also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our loyal sponsors and like to introduce them to our readers, if you don't know them already:

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Convert Content of Pre-Tags in HTML-Code

There are two different ways to display a source code instead of executing a source code in a post or page. Depending on preferences which HTML tag is defined in the style sheet and provided with formatting, code fragments are either declared by <code> or <pre>. In some cases, combining the blogger even both tags.

Conversion of special characters

If you want to use the pre Tag, then you have to take care that the code snippets, while parsing, are not executable. HTML-Entity is the solution.

Two options are available: One, manually, such as search and replace before pasting into the editor (HTML-Entities-table). but if you are smart you let WordPress doing the job.

Numerous methods for the simple conversion of the code set between pre-and/or code tags are on the web. But there is one for the direct use in WordPress, which takes over to convert the characters perfectly since WordPress 2.8.

//PHP-Code for functions.php

function pre_esc_html($content) {
  return preg_replace_callback(
    '#(<pre.*?>)(.*?)(</pre>)#imsu',
    create_function(
      '$i',
      'return $i[1].esc_html($i[2]).$i[3];'
    ),
    $content
  );
}

add_filter(
  'the_content',
  'pre_esc_html'
);

Useful links

Guest Post

This post is written by Sergej Mรผller wpseo.org, who created the popular WordPress Plugin to optimize your SEO.

Thank you very much from our part to Sergej.

If you also like to have your interesting post published on our website, please let us know on our contact page. Of course we will appreciate your contribution!

WordPress Plugin Development: Style Your Message Boxes

Displaying a message to the user after he started an action belongs to a good usability. In the era of Web 2.0 applications, the user is expecting such optical signal after his actions. Also WordPress Plugin developer should give the user a result message, if necessary, provided with further information.

The WordPress admin area often likes to show information at the top of the window. For developers, this has a great benefit: Tools for generating the error and information messages are integrated and can easily be implemented in Plugins - without any self-definitions or changes in the style sheet.

Automatically generated information in WordPress

wp_safe_redirect(
  add_query_arg(
    'updated',
    'true',
    wp_get_referer()
  )
);

Manual and more flexible solution to output a message box

<div id="message" class="updated">
  <p>
    Output
  </p>
</div>

Colorful: The availability of CSS classes

Messages within an application have to communicate different informations. For this purpose WordPress has numerous stylesheet classes available, which suits best to the message.

<div id="message" class="updated">...</div>

<div id="message" class="error">...</div>

<div id="message" class="updated highlight">...</div>

<div id="message" class="updated below-h2">...</div>

Recommendation

Don't use your own format. A common and familiar message box provides trust and increases the potential of perception.

Guest Post

This post is written by Sergej Mรผller wpseo.org, who created the popular WordPress Plugin to optimize your SEO.

Thank you very much from our part to Sergej.

If you also like to have your interesting post published on our website, please let us know on our contact page. Of course we will appreciate your contribution!

CeBIT, Busy Times And Thanks To Our Supporters!

Hey folks!

It's been quite busy lately in our daily life. Many projects, family and so on, but no worries, new interesting tutorials, news and tips are already in the pipe! Additionally Frank and I were at the CeBIT last week to meet old friends and built new contacts. Frank, second left on the photo, was there to work at the WordPress-Deutschland booth and help to show how powerful WordPress and BuddyPress is. It was pretty cool to see many WordPress interested people, some were Experts and others didn't know anything at all about WordPress. It was a big unknown for them, but they were amazed about the features, possibilities, userfriendly administration and of course - the price. If you work with WordPress quite a long time and you have other WordPress experts around you, it doesn't happen very often to introduce WordPress to completely novices 20 times a day, who didn't have a no clue what they can expect. It was fun to see their dropping jaw and their big surprising eyes. They were hooked immediately! ๐Ÿ™‚

We also like to thank our supporters on our website, we are still amazed by the great support and like to recommend their services to our loyal readers since they are all WordPress related:

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wpseo
wpSEO is a great Plugin for better SEO on your WordPress installation. Check it out and you will love it as Google will love your blog from now on. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Of course we are using it on WP Engineer too. WP 2.9 ready and with over 70 setting to optimize your blog. Now with affiliate program to participate on the success of wpSEO.


make-better-websites
MakeBetterWebsites is a great gallery with a fine selection of high quality websites. All websites are handpicked and most of them I have first seen on this website instead of the usual suspects, seen on many other websites over and over again. Only high quality websites are seen on this website.


Pagelines-ThemesIf you also want to have a great design for your website, just get a PageLines Theme. They have superior themes for WordPress that make it simple for you to have an awesome, fully-featured website that is easy to set up and manage.


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