WordPress – An Outlook For 2009

wordpress-2009 So far, the users with the current version are very happy, even if WordPress abandons a certain circle of users. Since version 2.7 users with a small web package and not enough RAM are getting in trouble. The new functionality and comfort in the new backend is fairly highly loaded, so that users with RAM smaller than 32 MB will either have some problems or have to upgrade their webspace.

Also the new year will bring many new features to WordPress. Here is a quick peek at the up and coming next steps in WordPress development. Continue reading …

Update Informations Only for Admins

If you only want to let users, who are privileged to receive information about updates and plugins, you should copy the following code to your functions.php of your theme. These users have to have the right "edit plugin" (edit_plugins) to receive updates.

Alternative: use the plugin Secure WordPress, the plugin has inside the function to active this possibility.

/**
 * remove core-Update-Information
 * @rights: http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities
 */
if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_plugins' ) ) {
	// core update
	add_action( 'init', create_function( '$a', "remove_action( 'init', 'wp_version_check' );" ) );
	add_filter( 'pre_option_update_core', create_function( '$a', "return null;" ) );
	// plugin update
	add_action( 'admin_menu', create_function( '$a', "remove_action( 'load-plugins.php', 'wp_update_plugins' );" ) );
	add_action( 'admin_init', create_function( '$a', "remove_action( 'admin_init', 'wp_update_plugins' );" ), 2 );
	add_action( 'init', create_function( '$a', "remove_action( 'init', 'wp_update_plugins' );" ), 2 );
	add_filter( 'pre_option_update_plugins', create_function( '$a', "return null;" ) );
}

Adding A Private Page Into The Navigation

WordPress Themes

If you use pages which have the state private, they will not be shown in the navigation. Nevertheless it can make sense to show this specific page in the navigation, if you want to provide easy access to this page for your users. The page should only appear to privileged users for sure. I will show you a little hack, which will let you exactly do this.

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Change Your WordPress Backend

The new version of WordPress 2.7 is out - that has certainly noticed everyone. But still, people thinking if they even like to upgrade, since the admin area is totally different now and missing its usual navigation. But there is no need to hesitate, you can get your trusted admin interface back or you just adjust the interface as you like. WordPress is very flexible to do so.

The following will show you with the help of some pictures, how easy it is to adjust your admin interface.
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Antispam Bee WordPress Plugin

My friend Sergej Müller, Author of wpSEO, published a new WordPress Antispam Plugin . I had the pleasure to try out this little bee in a beta version on WPengineer.com. Since the installation on December 31st 2008 we didn't have one spambot!

His solution is very simple but genius, this little Plugin goes a complete different way than other Antispam Plugins, it just replaces the comment field, but he won't give away any more details... 😉

The installation is very easy: Upload Plugin, activate and done! To be sure, write a test comment, since this Plugin exchange your comment field. I didn't have any problems with it.

Download the Plugin from Sergej Muellers Homepage

So far the documentation is only in German, but I'm sure that will be changed soon. 🙂

Try it out and say goodbye to Spam!