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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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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