Tips, tricks, code snip­pets, and oth­er resources for users of the Word­Press self-host­ed pub­lish­ing platform.

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Adding a Website Snapshot Shortcode to WordPress

There isn’t any­thing quite so bor­ing as view­ing web­sites full of links. Link. Descrip­tion. Link. Descrip­tion. Link. Descr— Well, you get the idea. If you have such a list on your web­site, you might seek to spice them up with screen­shots to give a bit of pop to fur­ther encour­age your users to fol­low the links. …

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How to Add a Site Name Shortcode to WordPress

A cos­mic cloud of gas­es con­dens­es under its own grav­i­ty, form­ing a star. Gen­er­a­tions upon gen­er­a­tions of sin­­gle-celled organ­isms lead to mul­ti-cel­lu­lar com­plex life. And your hum­ble blog has grown beyond its sem­i­nal inspi­ra­tion. Change hap­pens, and you don’t have to find your­self in a sit­u­a­tion where if you decide to change the name of …

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How to Avoid Losing Visitors Due to Comment Links

Note: The code in this arti­cle was updat­ed and test­ed to work as of 2015-09-01. If you run a Word­­Press-pow­ered web­site, ask your­self, how many users leave your site by fol­low­ing the links left by com­menters? The answer will no doubt vary great­ly site to site, but if your users are leav­ing your site prematurely …

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Just a Dash: Better Typography through Ems and Ens

I’m still try­ing to learn all the var­i­ous typo­graph­i­cal rules for var­i­ous hyphens and dash­es and so on. Per­haps it isn’t worth my time, but the dif­fer­ence between a minus sym­bol and a hyphen should have been taught in school! (It wasn’t.) Error happened.

Rick Beckman