WordPress Themes archives


Styling the intro paragraph

21 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

A few weeks back (actually 18 days), @karelgeenen asked me on Twitter how he could bold the text above the <!–more–> tag in WordPress, like the Dutch site Marketingfacts (which is actually built in Expression Engine). I didn’t know back then and this afternoon I decided to try and solve it for him. It turned »

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WP 2.7 fun: complete hcards

13 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 10 Comments

WordPress 2.7 has an awesome new thing: it turns the comments into hCards by default. An hCard is the microformat version of a vcard, which, with microformat extensions for your browser, you can then save the data of those commenters in your address book. For instance, with the Safari microformats plugin, this looks like this: »

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WordPress functions to supercharge your Theme!

2 December 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 21 Comments

WordPress is well known for its plugins and themes, but not enough people know and love what you can do in your themes functions.php. Chris Pearson showed his love for them back in May, and he did a great job of explaining how you can bring your own functions.php file to each and every theme »

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10 Checks to the Perfect WordPress theme

30 September 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 102 Comments

I’ve seen it happen so often. People have a great blog, and at some point, they decide they need a new look and feel. They then decide to either buy one or use one of the free themes available at wordpress.org. There’s a couple of things they’ll look at, usually in the order: layout / »

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My redesign: the homepage

17 June 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 12 Comments

Quite a few people have been e-mailing me how I managed to get my homepage design done in WordPress, especially with the different featured blocks. So, since this site is all about sharing, let me show you! This is all done in the index.php file of my theme. The first block, the intro, is just »

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Replacing plugins with template code: Gravatars

13 March 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 13 Comments

Lately I’ve been trying to reduce the number of plugins I’ve got loading to speed up my WordPress a bit, especially those plugins that do “stuff” in my theme. I’ve been replacing these plugins with template code, and this is the easiest fix I had so far: I replaced a 40k gravatar plugin with one »

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Speed up WordPress, and clean it up too!

21 January 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 110 Comments

Every once in a while people will ask me to fix their blog, because it’s either slow, or broken. When it’s not something to do with their WordPress hosting, (some hosts are just plain bad and slow), most of the time this is caused by either broken plugins, or broken themes. There are a few »

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Adding a description to your categories

21 August 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 4 Comments

Robbert mailed me today asking with which template tags I used to make the description show up on my category pages. Well, first of all, you can add a description to your categories under Manage → Categories: If you press the edit button there you can edit them like this: The description is what we’ll »

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WordPress theming: pushing trackbacks down

4 July 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

I was playing around with my comments section as I wanted to style trackbacks differently from “normal” comments, and while playing around, I decided to just bump them down. The problem with the trackbacks was that they were interfering with the comment discussion. And as I want to keep that discussion as lively as possible, »

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Fixed category subpage titles and a fix in permalink redirect plugin

30 April 2007 by Joost de Valk » - 5 Comments

Subpages of category archives were improperly 301’d back to the main category page… Fixed that now, so update NOW: the permalink redirect plugin. I fixed the title for category subpages too btw, check how this works:

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