Adding WordPress like shortcodes to your web applications

One of the cool features of WordPress is its shortcode feature. There may be times one wished to add this capability to your PHP web applications. Recently I found one such library which allows you to add shortcode features to your web apps. The library discussed here implements WordPress style shortcode syntax as a standalone package. Its a small package and so can be easily integrated into you existing applications. Content from editors, databases, etc. can be scanned by the Shortcode Manager and the contents replaced by a custom callback.
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A Complete Guide on WordPress FileSystem Permissions and Ownerships

WordPress is a CMS platform that keeps on dictating the trend for all the obvious reasons. The ease with which it lets users achieve higher goals for their site and embed new capabilities to make it stand out, is something that’s difficult to find in any other CMS out there. But, irrespective of its blockbuster features, WordPress can be easily beleaguered with security attacks. Cyber criminals out there can drive ways to leave out rough spots to cripple the legitimacy of your site. As the tools used to hack a website have evolved, security has become a primary concern for most website owners.
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Create An Embeddable Content Plugin For WordPress

WordPress is one of the most deployed content management systems around. One of the main reasons is the number of plugins available and the ease with which we can use the system. It is not uncommon to find websites using tens of plugins to accomplish various tasks and functions. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could share the site content with other websites?
Read it on Smashing Magazine.

 

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WordPress plugins to check for security threats

With WordPress installations on the rise, security threats are a common concern for users. Below is a small collection of WordPress plugins that I found adequate for use on most WordPress installations to keep security in check. As always security is not 100% achievable, but the following plugins will help you find any loopholes in your site and help you monitor for any security breaches.
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Benchmarking WordPress SQL using FirePHP

firephp_thumbBuilding and running a WordPress site is a simple matter. WordPress is a considerably fast CMS system, until you start to add more and more plugins and one day you notice that Worpdress has started to slow down. It may be the case that SQL queries within some plugins are not optimized and are taking an increased amount of time executing them, this can considerably slow down your site. The first thing you can do to rectify the situation is to find out where exactly the bottleneck resides by analyzing the time each SQL query takes to executes. Some inquisitive people among you may also be interested in knowing in what sequence the WordPress SQL queries themselves are being run. Not that all bottlenecks occur due to unoptimized SQL, most are due to poor coding practices. Whatever the reason; the following post will show you how to look inside the SQL query execution of WordPress.
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Filter your wordpress content by location

Today I’ve released my first WordPress plugin, Country Filter. The Country Filter plugin allows you to control the visibility of WordPress elements depending on the users country of origin. You can hide or show certain elements of a page or some sections of a post from users browsing from a particular country. For example you could have a ‘donate’ button that displays only if the user is browsing from France, India or UK.

Plugin download and installation instructions can be found here.

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Accessing WordPress plugins remotely

With a plethora of wordpress plugins available for every conceivable purpose, there is a huge amount of data that is stored on a typical wordpress installation. We could easily use that data across domains or display them using widgets on the desktop. Take for example the WP-UserOnline plugin that displays how many users are currently online on your blog. We could easily write a proxy to grab that information from the plugin and use it in a Yahoo Widget or in a AIR application on the desktop, so you can see the number of users online without having to visit your site. Or you could use the information on some other site.
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