Customize Your WordPress-Feeds

WordPress offers several different feeds for your reader, but not always is their desired format available.

In some cases the reader has the desire to receive just specific news of a website and not all of them. WordPress is flexible enough to meet these requirements. How you can implement this via function in a theme is very easy. I will show you some code snippets and explain it to you.
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Disable WordPress Feed

A really good feature for many websites and already a standard on many blogs is the possibility to subscribe via feed for new posts.

But if you use WordPress for a specific purpose, for example as a CMS, it's possible that you really don't need that feature because it has no extra value for your users. Maybe because you only have static pages or you just don't want to spread your news this way.

For everybody who doesn't need the feed functionality in WordPress I show you in a little tutorial how to deactivate all formats of a feed in WordPress.
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10 Checks to the Perfect WordPress theme

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This is the title of Joost de Valk post, which I don't agree completely, some points are too stiff and should be considered and well thought through by the author ahead of the actual coding.

I made some thoughts and wrote down how I would start programming a perfect theme. Please don't hesitate to comment and put in your thoughts on this article, which enhance the value of this post.
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Help To Win The Coolest WordPress Competition!

Wordpress Coolest Blog Competition

Yes, our blog is cool enough!

WPengineer participates on the contest for the coolest WordPress is searching for the best blog that is writing about WordPress. Since we are talking quite a bit about WordPress on our blog we thought we give a shot and join the competition.

Big prices are on the table, if we can grab one of them we are happy to give them to our readers in a WPengineer competition. 🙂

  • 1st Prize Winner: $500 Cash (via PayPal) + The Unlimited Video Theme Pack from worth $295 + 6 Months WooThemes Club Single User Subscription for from WooThemes worth $250 + WP Freedom Plan Life Time Hosting Sponsorship worth $100/year.
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  • 3rd and 4th Prize Winners: $125 Cash (via PayPal) + 1 Year WP Freedom Plan worth $100

The Contest will end on November 15th, 2008 and the WP WebHost team will select 20 entries from the submissions and post it after the deadline. And, the public will vote for the winners.

To participate on this competition, this post has to have at least 5 comments. So please leave a comment, so we can enter the contest. Maybe you can tell us why we deserve to win a prize 😉

Add WordPress Dashboard Widgets

Finally WordPress 2.7 is coming along with widgets in the dashboard area, so it will be possible to adjust your dashboard as you like.

For Plugin or theme authors it's even more interesting, since they can give the users additional value to their Plugins. They can offer information from their Plugin directly on the dashboard. The user can decide if he likes to display them or not.

It's easy to integrate and can be controlled like Meta Boxes (explained in detail). The following example shows how you can integrate a widget in a dashboard.
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WordPress FTP Data With Constant

Since version 2.5 it's possible to update your Plugins automatically. It's necessary to input your FTP information before you update your Plugin.

It is very popular and an easy process, but I like to upload the newest version via my FTP client. How sure is the use of your FTP login information in your WordPress Admin? If you like to use another way, you can just put a definition of constants in your wp-config.php. Continue reading …