Plugins

WordPress Tweaks 2.0 Released!

I recently rewrote my WordPress Tweaks plugin and have launched the new edition as version 2.0. The previous version of WordPress Tweaks (version 1.8) was released 3 years ago (back when WordPress was at version 2.5), so the plugin was definitely in need of an upgrade!

Version 2.0 adds 5 new tweaks, removes 13 outdated tweaks, fixes a few tweaks that broke between WordPress 2.5 and 3.1, adheres to new plugin development best practices that have emerged since WP 2.5, adds an instant search bar, and ups the minimum WordPress requirement from 2.1 to 3.1 (quite the jump!).

For those who aren’t familiar with the plugin, WordPress Tweaks gathers a plethora of assorted options into a convenient list of checkboxes and dropdowns. (WordPress Tweaks is in the same vein as Microsoft’s abandoned TweakUI program, for those who remember it.)

Here’s the current list of supported tweaks:

  • Admin
    • Automatically scroll to the post editor
    • Disable the admin bar
    • Disable the Dashboard
    • Disable the “Search Engines Blocked” notice
    • Disable tag autocomplete
    • Disable WordPress’s admin footer text/links
  • Comments and Pings
    • Disable self-pinging
    • Dofollow comment author links
    • Dofollow comment body links
    • Open external comment links in new windows
  • Media
    • Disable the Flash uploader
    • Default media inserter tab
      • From Computer
      • From URL
      • Gallery
      • Media Library
    • JPEG Quality
  • Posts
    • Disable post revisions
    • Force excerpts on archives
    • Open external post links in new windows
    • Add a “Continue reading” link to excerpts

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Ready to start tweaking? Log in to the admin section of your WordPress blog, go to Plugins > Add New, and search for “WordPress Tweaks.”

Tip for Plugin Developers: Inline Changelogs

Recently, the Dev4Press and Weblog Tools Collection blogs made posts about integrating plugin changelogs into the Plugins dashboard. This functionality was something I was already doing in the SEO Ultimate plugin, so I thought I’d share my technique for doing this. (My method is different because it’s simpler and it integrates directly into WordPress’s update message.)

Here’s what an inline changelog looks like when implemented:

Example of inline changelog from SEO Ultimate

As you can see, a small notice like this helps users know at-a-glance what’s new in your plugin update.

Here’s the code you can incorporate into your plugin:

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Announcing the “SEO Ultimate” Plugin

Normally when I set up plugin-level SEO on a WordPress blog, I’ll need 5-8 plugins to provide all the desired SEO functionality. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was one plugin that incorporated all that functionality and more into one easy-to-use suite?

That’s the goal of SEO Ultimate, which is a free plugin I’m developing on behalf of SEO Design Solutions.

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WordPress Tweaks 1.8

Version 1.8 of the WordPress Tweaks plugin has been released! Here are the changes for this version:

  • Added the “Automatically scroll to the post editor” tweak (based on the WriteScroll plugin)
  • Removed unnecessary JavaScript HTTP calls (hat tip to user Doug)
  • Removed unused code
  • Added a POT file to the plugin distribution
  • Fixed a WordPress 2.6 compatibility bug (reported by user Chris)
  • Other minor enhancements

Learn more about WordPress Tweaks or download the latest version here!

Top 3 Underrated WordPress Plugins

There are a ton of WordPress plugins out there, so it’s no surprise that many are lost in the crowd. Here are three great plugins that I think deserve more attention (inspired by this post from a year ago):

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WordPress Tweaks 1.7

Version 1.7 of the WordPress Tweaks plugin features the following under-the-hood changes:

  • Internationalization support for all strings
  • Nonce support for the administration interface to guard against unauthorized changes
  • Other minor enhancements and fixes

For those who aren’t familiar with WordPress Tweaks, it is a multi-purpose plugin specializing in simple toggle-on/off changes. It adds many useful settings pertaining to comments, posts, SEO, security, the administration back-end, and much more.

Learn more or download the latest version

WordPress Tweaks 1.6

Version 1.6 of the WordPress Tweaks plugin adds 2 new tweaks:

  • Admin: Disable the Dashboard
  • Security: Disable directory listing for my plugins folder

WordPress Tweaks now includes a total of 23 toggle-on/off settings spanning SEO, administration, security, posts, and comments.

Download the latest version here

WordPress Tweaks 1.5

Version 1.5 of the WordPress Tweaks plugin has been released! This version boasts 9 new tweaks and a variety of other improvements. View the release history on the plugin page for more information.

Download the latest version here

If you run into any bugs, let me know in the comments!

How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

WordPress makes plugin deactivation simple enough — just go to the “Plugins” section, find the plugin, and then click “Deactivate.” But what if you want to get rid of a plugin for good? Here’s how:

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What to Do If Plugin Deactivation Breaks Your Blog

Say you just disabled a plugin, and now your WordPress blog’s front-end says “Fatal error: Call to undefined function.” Part of your site may even be missing.

The problem is that your theme is calling on the plugin you deactivated. However, since that plugin is gone, the site displays an error and then stops rendering the rest of the page.

Here’s what to do:

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