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.