WordPress Tweaks

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Version 2.0 adds 5 new tweaks, removes 13 outdated tweaks, fixes a few tweaks that broke between WordPress 2.5 and 3.1, adheres to new plugin development best practices that have emerged since WP 2.5, adds an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.”

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!

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!

WordPress Tweaks 1.0

Version 1.0 of the WordPress Tweaks plugin has been released!

With this update, the version number has been moved from 0.1.2 to 1.0. This does not indicate a major update, but rather is a reflection that the plugin is tested and stable.

The 1.0 version focuses on WordPress 2.5 compatibility. The plugin should now work with the plugin auto-updater in WordPress 2.5. In addition, the WordPress 2.3-specific tweaks are now clearly marked as such.


Of course, please let me know if you run into any bugs.

Introducing the WordPress Tweaks Plugin

Have you ever heard of Microsoft TweakUI or similar programs that provide a variety of options to tweak and finetune your operating system? Well, I thought, why can’t something similar be done for WordPress?

Introducing WordPress Tweaks: a plugin that adds a variety of extra toggle-on/off options to WordPress.

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