Authorship Markup rel=”author” tag coming with WordPress 3.2 in Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven Themes and Core

Google has announced that they are going to support authorship markup i.e. rel=”author” tag in website’s html. It will be a way to tell the search engine about the author of the content. Based on the data, Google can organize the author’s content in their index system and let people browse that from search results. Google is also going to use this data in finding out the originality of the content. You can add this rel=”author” tag in WordPress theme template to showcase the author’s page. WordPress team has also started working on this task to add the tag by default in Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven themes. These two themes are the default theme of WordPress. Twenty Eleven is coming with WordPress 3.2 where you will also see the Twenty Ten theme. WordPress is also going to add this tag in core files so that users can use the same in other themes. You can find the ticket on WordPress Trac for this task. It is still not clear whether this authorship markup is going to help in recovering from Google Panda update, but still it will be a good practice to add this markup in html. Are you a frequent guest blogger? If you are a frequent guest blogger and write for other websites too, then you should use rel=”me” on the guest blog site and provide the link to your website. Now use rel=”me” on your website’s profile page and provide the URL of the guest post saying that you have written this past as well. This way Google will know that the post was written by you only. Where to add the Markup in Theme? Wherever in the article you are mentioning the author’s name, just add the rel=”author” tag. For posts, the most common template file is single.php file. Try finding “author” in that template file and then you can add the rel tag over there. Now the link attached with the author’s name should go to the page where people can read something about the author and can also find posts written by the same person. The link should be from the same domain...

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What is Clickjacking Protection in WordPress?

WordPress 3.1.3 is released with lot many security fixes and enhancements. One of the added security feature is Clickjacking protection for modern browsers. So what is Clickjacking protection and how this added security is going to help WordPress users? Here is how you are going to get a security layer in your favorite blogging platform because of this Clickjacking protection. Clickjacking is a trick performed by hackers to get confidential information or to cheat users and force them to perform action which they don’t want to do. For example, they add a transparent layer on the webpage and user will not see the actual button available. He or She will click the button to perform certain action but as the hacker has used Clickjacking and added another button above that and will get what He or She wants. For example, even by clicking a video play button on Facebook, you become a member of certain community or unintentionally like certain page which you don’t want to like. According to Wikipedia, A clickjacked page tricks a user into performing undesired actions by clicking on a concealed link. On a clickjacked page, the attackers show a set of dummy buttons, then load another page over it in a transparent layer. The users think that they are clicking the visible buttons, while they are actually performing actions on the hidden page. To avoid this kind of hacking on WordPress login and admin pages, WP team had added Clickjacking protection for modern browsers. WordPress community should welcome this kind of security updates and upgrade to the latest version of WordPress to have protected...

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Upgrade to WordPress 3.1.3, Download WordPress 3.2 beta 2

WordPress team is really working hard to fix the security issues and is also keep an eye on the future release. They have released the security update as version 3.1.3  with few enhancements and also released the beta 2 version of WordPress 3.2. We had reported about the availability of WordPress 3.2 beta 1 and also shared few screenshots of the new admin and features. The most sought feature of WordPress 3.2 is the distraction free full-screen writing panel. Anyways, you can go ahead and download the WordPress 3.2 beta 2 and take a look on new features. If you are having WordPress a blogging platform on a production site, then I would recommend to upgrade that to the latest version. As 3.1.3 is a security fix, it will help you in data protection as well as securing your site admin. WordPress 3.1.3 is having security enhancements, Taxonomy query hardening, media security fixes suggested by Microsoft team, file upload security improvements for not much reliable hosting servers. This version is also doing some clean up work by cleaning up old WordPress import files for which the import didn’t complete successfully. WordPress 3.1.3 is also having “clickjacking” protection to avoid admin credentials revelation to others on modern web browsers. Go ahead and upgrade to WordPress 3.1.3 from auto-upgrade option or download the latest version from this...

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WordPress 3.2 beta 1 with new Admin UI, new Full Screen Editor and Improved Performance

WordPress is getting popular each day and on every update, it is getting new features and options. After few months of WordPress 3.1 release, team has released the first beta of WordPress 3.2 which is having new Admin UI and lot many performance updates. Once we got the copy of first beta of WordPress 3.2, we started testing the new additions and features. Apart from improved performance and speed, here is what you are going to get in WordPress 3.2. New Admin UI with sleek look and design Smooth full screen editor which is 100% distraction free. It works with visual as well as HTML editor as well. You can switch between them by just a single click. New theme named “Twenty Eleven” with cool JavaScript implementation and rich look More control added on Admin bar WordPress team has also raised the minimum requirement for installing the setup on host server. Now it requires PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0 to install WordPress. We recommend best in class hosting servers for your WordPress blog where you can quickly install WordPress and have a peace of mind. HostGator and BlueHost are really good with proper support and easy installation for WordPress. DreamHost is also a reliable hosting solution for WordPress installation and hosting. You can download WordPress 3.2 beta 1 and take a look at new features. It is not recommended to install the beta versions on live sites as you may find some...

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Install Jetpack to get WordPress.com features on self hosted WordPress

WordPress.com is the blog hosting platform by Automattic where self hosted WordPress is open source fully customizable platform available for free. Some of the added features which where available in WordPress.com sites were available on self hosted WordPress through Plugins. Now Matt Mullenweg of Automattic has launched a single plugin to get all those added features on self hosted WordPress. This way one will get rid of at least 5 – 6 plugins. Jetpack is that single plugin which will bring all the WordPress.com features like Stats, Gravatar Hovercard, Twitter Widget, WP.me shortlinks, Sharedaddy, LaTex, After the Deadline, Shortcode Embeds etc. By using this single plugin, you will get all these features on your self hosted WordPress blog. Blackbird Pie is the feature which doesn’t come under Jetpack yet. There are few slots open for upcoming features as well. So with the update of Jetpack, you will get added feature sin future as well. WordPress hosting partners like Blue Host, Dreamhost etc. are already providing Jetpack installed on script based installation of WordPress. If you are already hosting your WordPress on a hosting server, you can download the Jetpack plugin from WordPress directory and install the same. So Jetpack is just an accumulation of lot many other plugins by Automattic and will provide the added features in...

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How to Hide Broken Shortcodes in WordPress Post Content

Now-a-days almost all WordPress plugins and some of the advanced themes are offering ready to use and handy Shortcodes, that can be used in the post content to insert some formatted content. The content is either dynamically generated using the Shortcode attributes or  is provided by us when we use enclosing Shortcodes. An example of simple shortcode could be [ gallery id=”5″ ] (Note: There is a space after the opening square bracket and before closing square bracket. The actual shortcode will not have this space) The Need [ad id=’9′ style=’float:left;margin:0 10px 10px 0′]Often we use such plugin for a certain time period, use the Shortcode provided by the plugin in the post content and after some days we get some better alternative rather than using this plugin and now we wish we could deactivate the plugin and stop using it. But then what will happen to all of the shortcode insertions in the post content specific to this plugin? If we deactivate this plugin, these shortcodes will become naked and visible to normal visitors of the site, which is not acceptable and would leave a bad impression on the readers. So before stopping to use the plugin, you will have to individually visit all the affected posts, remove the not to be used shortcode, implement the newly discovered alternative there and then deactivate the plugin. This could be an exhaustive procedure if you have a lot of such posts or if you have to search such posts from hundreds of the blog posts. So it would be a very good option to hide all the broken shortcodes in the post content rather than searching for them and deleting them. For example, you have inserted YouTube videos in the posts using the [ youtube ] shortcode provided by a certain plugin. There are many such posts on your blog with such videos. Now if the plugin has broken for the latest version of WordPress or if there is a better plugin that you have found out or if the plugin is not upto standards, you might want stop using it. Once you deactivate it, all the [ youtube ] shortcodes will now appear as text in the post content, making the visitors to think what you wanted to put there. The Solution So, in order to hide the broken or naked shortcodes you can use a very lightweight plugin named ‘Hide Broken Shortcodes‘ by coffee2code which will not show all the broken shortcodes that rather than inserting formatted content, just appear as the text inside the post content. To use this plugin, just download the plugin zip file, unzip it, upload the plugin folder to the wp-content –> plugins folder of your...

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Download or Upgrade to WordPress 3.1.1 Security Update

WordPress 3.1.1 is available to download or upgrade for self hosted WordPress package. This is a security and maintenance update covering around 30 issues and tickets raised by users. After WordPress 3.1 update, few people were seeing 404 error for posts using category in the permalink. And some users also reported issues with the newly added admin bar in WordPress 3.1. You can download the latest version i.e. WordPress 3.1.1 from the official download page or you can upgrade from the dashboard as well. If you are doing it manually, then you will have to replace all the existing files of WordPress with latest version. In case of auto-upgrade, you just need to hit the “Auto upgrade” link available on dashboard. WordPress 3.1.1 is having solution for the security issues related to media uploads. It will also boost the site performance. There are few fixes related to IIS6 support, taxonomy and PATHINFO permalinks. Upgrade your WordPress blog to the latest version to keep it safe and secured. Download WordPress...

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HTML Tags to Change the Location of Minified JS and CSS by WP-Minify WordPress Plugin

If your WordPress blog is loading lot many JavaScript and CSS files in the header area of the blog, it is recommended to use WP-Minify WordPress plugin. It will reduce the DNS lookup, JS and CSS sizes and will load your website much faster. But the problem with WP-Minify is that it loads the minified JS and CSS at the top. That means, when you will see the HTML source of your blog page, you will find minified JS and CSS loading even before the title and description meta. It is totally fine with the users but in case you are serious about throwing title, description, keyword meta data at the top of the page for SEO purpose, then I would suggest you to use HTML tags. The developer of WP-Minify plugin named Thaya has added html tags from the version 0.8.0. Here is the template tag of the plugin. <!-- WP-Minify JS --> <!-- WP-Minify CSS –> Paste the above code in the HTML template file i.e. header.php to place the minified JS and CSS at a location as per your need. I would recommend to add them just below the normal CSS and JS call in the header section of the template file. This way you can place minified JS and CSS on your blog to let them load as per your choice. This will give you more control on the object loading for your blog as well as will let you serve SEO related meta data at first to the search engines like Google and Yahoo. Did you find this post helpful? Do you think minified JS and CSS placement is...

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Customization Guide for W3 Total Cache WordPress Plugin

To load your WordPress site pages faster, one should install caching plugin. There are lot many caching plugins available for self hosted WordPress, but the popular ones are W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache and Hyper Cache. Here I will talk about the most downloaded and widely used W3 Total Cache plugin and will detail out the customization and features available in this plugin. By the end of this post, you would be able to understand the purpose and functioning of W3 Total Cache plugin. I am pretty sure that you will see change in your WordPress site’s load time after installing this kind of caching plugin and proper customization. Install and Activate W3 Total Cache Download the plugin from plugin repository and install on your WordPress site hosting server. Installation is as simple as other plugin installation. You just need to copy the unzipped folder into wp-content/plugins folder in your site’s root. Now go to the dashboard ==> plugins menu, and activate “W3 Total Cache”. If plugin gets activated without any problem, its fine. In case you are getting error saying that some changes required in the wp-config.php file, then you need to find the wp-config.php file in the root folder of the site and make required changes over there. Or you can make the wp-config.php writable to let the plugin make changes automatically. Plugin Activated, now Customization Alright folks, W3 Total Cache is successfully activated. Here is the first screen of W3 Total Cache which can be accessible from the new menu section named “Performance” which you can find below the “Settings” menu on Dashboard. Go ahead and click on “General Settings” to take a look at the common settings (default” done for your WordPress site. By default, you will see following caching enabled. Page Cache Minify Database Cache Object Cache Browser Cache They are enabled but not customized. You need to customize them as per your need. Other than above options, CDN (Content Delivery Network) option is also available in W3 Total Cache which can be customized to serve static contents like images, JavaScript etc. much faster from different network or sub-domain on your site. Page Cache Customization You can manage your site’s pages caching from this particular option available under “Performance” tab. You can exclude any specific page from caching or even exclude cookies from caching as well. Set the cache expire time on this page. Default values are fine for normal sites with up to 10,000 visits per day. If you are seeing huge traffic on your site, then you may choose to reduce the value from 3600 seconds to lower. Prime cache is also available in W3 Total Cache on Page Cache page....

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Compare Self hosted WordPress and WordPress.com as Free Blogging Platform

Are you planning to start a blog? I would highly recommend WordPress as blogging platform for non techie as well as tech savvy people. Matt Mullenweg and few other folks created WordPress back in 2003 which is now the best CMS platform awarded by reputed organizations. WordPress comes in two different versions, one is available online at WordPress.com where you don’t need to worry about hosting, domains as your content will be hosted by Automattic (the parent company of WordPress) and even you will get a domain like yourblog.wordpress.com. The other version of WordPress is a complete package which you can download and install on your rented server and of course can make changes in the vanilla code of WordPress as per your need. Whether you should choose self hosted WordPress package or hassle-free WordPress.com, we will try to help you in making this decision. WordPress.com – Advantages and Disadvantages In this comparison post, first I will talk about WordPress.com which is already hosting more than 10 million websites. Here you just need to register yourself using the signup window and provide few details about your blog, sub-domain name choice etc. and your blog will be ready in no time. You can start blogging in less than 5 minutes. There are lot many theme templates available for free, you can choose any one of them for your blog and once selected, the theme will be visible on your blog. Isn’t it so easy to manage and start a blog without paying a single dollar? Of course it is as easy as buying a baby diaper from store. In WordPress.com, you can browse other blogs hosted on the domain by using tag surfer and can have a community feeling as well. WordPress is also having a community platform named BuddyPress which is a dedicated platform for building community sites, but here you will get a feeling of being part of a huge platform and browse great articles by other users. But as WordPress.com is managed by Automattic team, you get very less customization options. For example, you can’t edit the theme files to customize them as per your need. You can edit the CSS to change width, background color, fonts etc. but can’s add things directly into the code. You have widgets to use but then your selected theme should be widget ready. Your blog will be hosted on WordPress server, they are fast and reliable servers but still you don’t have caching feature to load your pages much faster than normal loading. Self Hosted WordPress – A Complete Package To overcome these restrictions, you can try self hosted WordPress package. You need to download the latest version of WordPress...

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