WordPress Widget-Areas with Description

Using WordPress version 2.9, there is now a possibility that we can write more detailed description for the widget areas. This is especially interesting when you define different widget areas, depending of categories or because the theme author defines various widget areas, that allows adjustments in more areas than just the sidebar. I do this for example in the theme Greyfoto, where the footer area is also equipped with widgets.
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About WordPress Post Thumbnail

This is a complement to our previous post The Ultimative Guide For the_post_thumbnail In WordPress 2.9. In WordPress Version 2.9 probably the most discussed feature is the post thumbnail. Important for this function, it is only working when it is explicitly enabled in the theme. This can be done with the following little snippet in the functions.php of the theme: add_theme_support('post-thumbnails');.

But even with this feature you should check for the existence of the function and offer an alternative. Only then you can leave the user the freedom to choose which WordPress version he wants to use. The functions of extensions, plugins and themes should be checked for their existence, then the functionality of the theme is secured, even if a function is not available. Similarly should it be handled with post thumbnail.

I would like to show two suggestions for alternatives below, and I refer to the detailed article about the topic images in Easier And Better Solutions To Get Pictures On Your Posts.

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Quick View on WordPress Settings

WordPress-Christmas-18In all versions of WordPress, there is the possibility to view all settings within the admin area of WordPress, but a menu link doesn't exist. The page options.php enables to have a quick look at various options and also allows you to save settings.
However, it must be said, WordPress stores more data in serialized form, which also is a good thing, but those you can no longer edit on this page.


Nonetheless, certainly worth a look and now and then a help to quickly look into the settings of the blog. Alternatively, the plugin WP Developer Assistant can help here, because it also allows a glimpse into the serialized data.

Example-URL: http://example.com/wp-admin/options.php

Alternatively you can also add a menu link. Add the following snippet in to the functions.php of your theme or create a Plugin.

function all_settings_page() {
	add_options_page( __( 'All Settings' ), __( 'All Settings' ), 'administrator', 'options.php' );
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'all_settings_page' );

Optimize Syndication Frequenzy

WordPress-Christmas-20Today a standard becomes 9 years old. But hardly ever noticed: The Syndication-Module 1.4.1 of RDF Site Summary 1.0.

What is it good for?

Apparently some of you publishing posts less than 10 times per day. Shame on you ... not!
WordPress, however, assumes that you can not even stop, so write it in the RSS feed:


In plain English: Every feed reader should check once an hour, if you finally wrote something again.

Anyone who wants to relieve his server from such a thing, can change that. In the functions.php you write this two lines:

add_filter( 'rss_update_period',    create_function( '', 'return "daily";' ) );
add_filter( 'rss_update_frequency', create_function( '', 'return 4;' ) );

A few feed reader keep it by that but other don't. But even if there is only one: You've saved a few resources that you can use somewhere else.

Guest Post

This post is written by Thomas Scholz - toscho.de and is a post in our Advent Calendar on WP Engineer about WordPress.
Thank you very much from my part to Thomas.
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