Did you know that you can embed HTML tags in the titles of your posts? I didn’t until I wanted to create a two-line title the other day. But now, after my “D’oh” moment, I suspect I might be making frequent use of this little feature.
For example, the title of this post has two lines and italic text. The HTML I used is as follows:
WordPress Quick Tips #1:<br/><em>Embedding HTML in Post Titles</em>
Just remember that your permalink (the URL of your post) may look a bit screwy if you don’t edit out the HTML. This is what WordPress did to the permalink of this post:
The HTML brackets are removed but the tags themselves remain, mangling the text. So don’t forget to tidy up your permalinks before publishing your HTML-enhanced titles.
If my enthusiasm for blogging has legs (and it’s still early days yet), then I will be posting a good number of articles on WordPress over the next few weeks and months. Hopefully they will cover a wide range of subjects from ways to make WordPress blogging easier all the way to hardcore plugin development discussions.
Obviously, not all posts will be of interest to all types of WordPress user, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a cool way to let people know if a particular post is for them. And so, in the wee hours of last night I came up with four classifications for WordPress users:
- Bloggers — no big secret here, users who are active bloggers. That’s probably most of you, but there’s got to be at least a couple of WordPress plugin developers who haven’t got their own blogs… right?
- Tweakers — bloggers who feel the urge to tweak their blog’s appearance and functionality until it’s “just right”… except that it never is. Come on, admit it. You know exactly what I mean!
- Themers — theme developers. The people who deserve your undying gratitude and respect for making your blog look so wonderful.
- Pluggers — plugin developers. Those who have delved into the inner workings of WordPress, PHP, and MySQL in their quest for bringing you all the latest and greatest blogging features.
Now, there is obviously a great deal of overlap between the four classifications — I am a blogger, a tweaker, and a plugger, for example. So just because you might consider yourself a hardcore plugin developer, that doesn’t mean you won’t find something of value (I hope) in a post aimed at tweakers.
Oh, and feel free to shamelessly steal the classifications and the icons for yourself (if you don’t think they’re just ridiculous, of course). An acknowledgment and perhaps a link back to this post is all that’s necessary.
I mentioned in a previous post that I have been helping a friend with his own blog (Brandon’s Buzz) over the past few weeks. Well, everything’s just about sorted, but we discovered something strange yesterday when playing with Google. In a Google search for “Brandon’s Buzz”, there were no results for his site anywhere to be found.
Well, since the site’s been around for a good while now and other searches for terms on his site are working fine, why not “Brandon’s Buzz”? Then it struck me. WordPress, the blogging software, has this habit of prettying up your titles and posts by converting plain old boring, straight-up-and-down, single and double quotes into fancy, curly quotes like the ones used by publishers in books and magazines. You can find them in this post too.
Announcing the AZIndex Plugin, a flexible WordPress plugin for generating alphabetical indexes of your weblog’s posts.
Enhance your WordPress blog by creating multiple, three-level alphabetical indexes of your posts based on any combination of post title, author, extract, or custom fields of your choice. Select which posts are included in your indexes using a combination of categories and tags, display them in up to four columns on a single page or over multiple pages.
Visit the AZIndex Plugin page for more information and downloads.
This blog is powered by a little open source beastie called WordPress (not that you really wanted to know that), and I have been fiddling around with WordPress themes and plugins in an effort to help get the blog of a friend of mine off the ground. (We can’t make him finish his novel, but we sure cure lure him into this blogging lark to keep him scribbling!)
The end result, after, er, copious hours of tweaking, is Brandon’s Buzz, which I hope you will agree is a worthy effort. I am no graphic designer, so I take no responsibility for the theme or the graphics, and the writing is entirely the work of the loquacious Brandon, but there were a lot of fiddly bits in between that needed attention to get the overall effect just right.
Anyway, during the fortnight-long struggle with bits and bytes, I’ve learned thing or two about WordPress and plan on sharing some of them in the near future, in the hope that I can be of some minor assistance to my fellow WordPress bloggers as they have been to me. I am also in the middle of writing a plugin for WordPress which may well draw a somewhat larger crowd when I make it available.
So, hopefully, there will be one or two new folks popping up around here over the next few weeks. Unlike Brandon, I have no plans for world domination, so I will attempt to keep the normal flow (trickle?) of blog posts coming whenever something appeals to my whimsy. But if the very idea of blogging software is like lead weights on your eyelids, feel free to skip over anything categorized as “WordPress”. You won’t know what you’re missing, but I’m guessing that you won’t really care!