Tips and Tricks

Creating a Sign-up Form with MailChimp List Setup

Creating a sign-up form for the MailChimp email service is pretty easy with the MailChimp List plugin, unfortunately there are also several limitations that you either have to live with or find a way to work around (and I haven’t found a workaround yet.)    After installing the MailChimp List Subscribe Form you will have…

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Simple Local Avatars

Here’s a situation for you… let’s say that a visitor has a Gravatar profile set up to display a picture whenever they author or comment on a WordPress site.  That generally works quite well and makes your site more personable.  But what if either you, as the site owner, or the visitor, want to have…

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Gravatar Signup Encouragement

Here’s a neat little addition to your WordPress site that should help make your site a little more personable – display someone’s Gravatar (what is a Gravatar?) on your site when they visit and leave a comment.  This post isn’t about how to display those nice little pictures as that is covered elsewhere.  But what…

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What’s a WordPress Gravatar

If you have noticed, some web sites and blog sites show a picture of the author somewhere near the post.  And in addition, pictures of people that leave comments somehow show up by magic.  How is this done? The Magic of Gravatar Pictures Those little pictures that you see are called “Gravatars” and they are…

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Configuring WordPress Installation Location

As you are probably aware, WordPress can be installed either to the root folder of your domain (i.e. mydomain.com) or into a sub-folder of the domain (i.e. mydomain.com/wordpressfolder).   There are some advantages and disadvantages to each, but in general I believe installing into a sub-folder is the best choice for the majority of WordPress installations. …

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WordPress Plugins for the TinyMCE Editor

Alternatives and Enhancements to the WordPress TinyMCE Editor Love it, or hate it… The editor in wordpress sure does have it’s frustraiting behaviors.  WordPress uses a custom version of the TinyMCE editor, and they seem to have really hacked it up in many ways.  It is very frustraiting to have formating stripped away from something you’ve…

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Formidable Forms

Formidable WordPress Forms Plugin Formidable is a drag and drop forms designer for WordPress blogs.  The interface is well laid out and very logical.  To create a form you can start from scratch, or select an available template as a starting point.  To add fields to a form simply drag one of the available field…

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Visual Form Builder

Visual Form Builder The Visual Form Builder is just like the name implies; it is a form builder that is much more visual than any of the other form builders that I’ve tried.  It also has a great set of features and seems to work quite well.  It seems to be the visual brother of…

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