10 tricks to make your WordPress theme stand out

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There are a ton of WordPress themes out there these days, so it can be hard to get your theme noticed. The solution? Use the ten tricks listed in this post to make your theme stand out from the crowd.

Guest post by Alex Denning, a Twitter fan who recently launched his new blog, Nometech.com, where he blogs about WordPress, blogging and web design.

After just releasing my first WordPress theme, NomeBlog, I thought I’d share the experience I’ve learnt with you guys on CatsWhoCode.

The problem: there are so many WordPress themes out there these days that it is hard to get noticed and stand out from the crowd.

The solution: create a WordPress theme that has so many unique features users will be bending over backwards to get hold of it! In this post I’m going to show you ten tricks to make your theme stand out from the very large crowd.

1. Show latest posts in the sidebar

This is something that is quite easy for the user to do themselves, but I find it a very useful feature to build into any theme. It is also very simple and easy to do. Just open up the sidebar.php file and insert the following code to display the four latest posts in an unordered list:

<ul>
<?php wp_get_archives('type=postbypost&limit=4'); ?>
</ul>

2. SEO your <title> tag

Making your theme ‘SEO ready’ is another necessity. One of the ways you can make your theme more ‘SEO friendly’ is be customising your <title> tag. The code below will make your <title> tag dynamic, changing depending on which page you’re on. For example, if you’re on the home page it will display ‘Blog Name | Blog Description’, on a blog page: Post Name | Category Name | Blog Name or on an archive: Blog Name | Archive | Month, Year. That is just naming a few. Check out the source below for the full list.

<?php if ( is_home() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | <?php bloginfo('description'); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_search() ) { ?>Search Results for <?php /* Search Count */ $allsearch = &new WP_Query("s=$s&showposts=-1"); $key = wp_specialchars($s, 1); $count = $allsearch->post_count; _e(''); echo $key; _e(' — '); echo $count . ' '; _e('articles'); wp_reset_query(); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_404() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | 404 Nothing Found<?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_author() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | Author Archives<?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_single() ) { ?><?php wp_title(''); ?> | <?php $category = get_the_category(); echo $category[0]->cat_name; | <? bloginfo('name'); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_page() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | <?php $category = get_the_category(); echo $category[0]->cat_name;  ?>|<?php wp_title(''); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_category() ) { ?><?php single_cat_title(); ?> | <?php $category = get_the_category(); echo $category[0]->category_description; ?> | <? bloginfo('name'); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_month() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | Archive | <?php the_time('F, Y'); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if ( is_day() ) { ?><? bloginfo('name'); ?> | Archive | <?php the_time('F j, Y'); ?><?php } ?>

<?php if (function_exists('is_tag')) { if ( is_tag() ) { ?><?php single_tag_title("", true); } } ?> | <? bloginfo('name'); ?>

3. Change the default gravatar

This hack will really make your theme stand out. Give your users the option to change the default gravatar that is shown to users without a gravatar.

You’ll need to tell your theme’s users how to get this set up. Check out the NomeBlog release page for details how to. It isn’t too complicated, it is just this post is getting long enough anyway! In a nutshell, you need to upload a .gif image, of about 100px by 100px to your theme directory.

Open up your functions.php file and paste the folowing code:

<php if ( !function_exists('fb_addgravatar') ) {
	function fb_addgravatar( $avatar_defaults ) {
		$myavatar = get_bloginfo('template_directory').'/gravatar.gif';
                //default avatar
		$avatar_defaults[$myavatar] = 'Exciting new gravtar';

		return $avatar_defaults;
	}

	add_filter( 'avatar_defaults', 'fb_addgravatar' );
}

Source – (I’ve customised it a tad, originally from) WPEngineer.

4. Display related posts

This is a great little feature to have in your theme that saves the theme user using yet another plugin! It displays related posts based on tags, simply disappearing if there are no tags.

<!-- this displays related posts, based on tags. If there are no tags, then it'll disappear. Magic!-->
<?php if( function_exists('the_tags') )

//for use in the loop, list 5 post titles related to first tag on current post
$tags = wp_get_post_tags($post->ID);
if ($tags) {
echo '<h2>Related Posts</h2> ';
$first_tag = $tags[0]->term_id;
$args=array(
'tag__in' => array($first_tag),
'post__not_in' => array($post->ID),
'showposts'=>5,
'caller_get_posts'=>1
);
$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {
while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post(); ?>
<ul> <li><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li></ul>
<?php endwhile; }}?>

Source – customised for the  NomeBlog theme, originally from WPRecipes.

5. Display ‘login’ tab to only users logged in

This hack will make your like easier, whether you’re building a theme or not. What we’re going to do here is display a login tab on the navbar to users logged in. You’re probably thinking that is totally pointless, but bear with me, it isn’t. When I say login, I mean a link to /wp-admin/, not wp-login.php. As long as you stay logged in via a cookie, this little hack will give you quick access to the admin backend. You can take this further than just the admin section – say you only want to show yourself the feedburner stats, then wrap the feedburner code with the code below and only you will be able to see it. The things you could do are endless.

To clear up: this code will display display a link to the /wp-admin/ section to users already logged in.

<?php if (is_user_logged_in()) { ?><a class="hoverBtn" href="<?php echo get_option('home'); ?>/wp-admin/">Login</a><?php } ?>

Source - NomeBlog theme

6. Twitter support

With Twitter’s exploding popularity,even if you’re not on Twitter (I am!) Twitter integration is quickly becoming essential to include in any theme. With this next hack we’re going to create a TinyURL link and then add a ‘share on Twitter’ link to put at the bottom of blog posts. After that we’re going to display our latest Tweets in the sidebar.

First thing to do is create the TinyURL. To do this, we’l need to add the following lines to the functions.php file:

function getTinyUrl($url) {
    $tinyurl = file_get_contents("http://tinyurl.com/api-create.php?url=".$url);
    return $tinyurl;
}

Next, we’re going to create our ‘send to Twitter’ link, integrating the TinyURL we’ve just made, which we can do with the following code:

<?php
$turl = getTinyUrl(get_permalink($post->ID));
echo 'Share on Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Reading this -  '.$turl.'" title="Send a link to this article on Twitter" target="_blank">Send a link to this on Twitter</a>
'
?>

Finally, we’re going to display our latest Tweets in the sidebar. To do so, we just need the following code (you’ll need to customise it so it fits with your theme):

<?php

// Your twitter username.
$username = "TwitterUsername";

// Prefix - some text you want displayed before your latest tweet.
// (HTML is OK, but be sure to escape quotes with backslashes: for example href=\"link.html\")
$prefix = "<h2>My last Tweet</h2>";

// Suffix - some text you want display after your latest tweet. (Same rules as the prefix.)
$suffix = "";

$feed = "http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from:" . $username . "&rpp=1";

function parse_feed($feed) {
    $stepOne = explode("<content type=\"html\">", $feed);
    $stepTwo = explode("</content>", $stepOne[1]);
    $tweet = $stepTwo[0];
    $tweet = str_replace("&lt;", "<", $tweet);
    $tweet = str_replace("&gt;", ">", $tweet);
    return $tweet;
}

$twitterFeed = file_get_contents($feed);
echo stripslashes($prefix) . parse_feed($twitterFeed) . stripslashes($suffix);
?>

Source – WPRecipes – 1, 2 and 3.

7. Auto-image resizing with shortcodes

This next trick is a user favourite. It really is essential, and is also very easy to do. To resize images, we’ll need an image resizing script. There are two main options: one is the one used in Darren Hoyt’s Mimbo (Pro), timthumb or the (more advanced) script on which timthumb is based, phpthumb. Personally, I’d go with phpthumb for the more advanced features. Check out the demo page to see everything it can do.

Now you’ve chosen your script, we’re going to create a shortcode so that users can easily make use of the auto-image resizing. Assuming you’re using phpthumb, you’ll need to open up your functions.php file and paste the following code:

function imageresizer( $atts, $content = null ) {
return '<img src="/THEMEURL/phpthumb/phpThumb.php?src=' . $content . '&w=590" alt="">';
}
add_shortcode('img', 'imageresizer');

What this code does is create a shortcode that will resize an image, using phpthumb to 590 pixels wide. Now we’ve created our shortcode, to resize an image in a post, we can use the function we just created:

[img]IMAGE URL[/img]

. It is easiest if you just upload an image the way you normally do into a post and then enter the html view and copy the image source into the shortcode.

Source: Nometech, WordPress Codex

8. Get homepage images without a custom field

When the first magazine themes arrived a couple of years ago, custom fields were the big thing that drove them. Trouble is, everyone hates filling them out. Thankfully, it is very easy to circumnavigate the need for custom fields with a piece of functions.php code. We’ll also be resizing the image, using phpthumb, the which was used in the example above.

// Get URL of first image in a post
function catch_that_image() {
global $post, $posts;
$first_img = '';
ob_start();
ob_end_clean();
$output = preg_match_all('/<img.+src=[\'"]([^\'"]+)[\'"].*>/i', $post->post_content, $matches);
$first_img = $matches [1] [0];

// no image found display default image instead
if(empty($first_img)){
$first_img = "/images/default.jpg";
}
return $first_img;
}

All that is left to do is display the image on the homepage, which we can do with the following code:

<img src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/phpthumb/phpThumb.php?src=<?php echo catch_that_image() ?>&w=200" alt=""/>

The image will be resized to 200 pixels wide.

Source – WordPress Support Forums

9. Enhance and auto complete search

Theme developers often overlook search, so make sure you don’t!

First thing we’re going to do is display the number of results for the search, which we can do with the following code:

Search Result for <?php /* Search Count */ $allsearch = &new WP_Query("s=$s&showposts=-1"); $key = wp_specialchars($s, 1); $count = $allsearch->post_count; _e(''); _e('<span class="search-terms">'); echo $key; _e('</span>'); _e(' &mdash; '); echo $count . ' '; _e('articles'); wp_reset_query(); ?>

Next thing we’re going to do is auto complete search. This is a great little feature to have in your theme, so it is well worth aking the time to implement it (plus make sure you read CSSJockey for the full details. Link below). First thing we need to do is get hold of jQuery and the jQuery auto-complete plugin. You can get them from jQuery.com and Bassistance.de. Upload them to your theme directory and add the following lines of code to the header.php file:

<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/jquery.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/jquery.autocomplete.pack.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/jquery.autocomplete.css" media="screen" />

Next thing to do is attach some jQuery to the search box and that is it!

<script type="text/javascript" src="<?PHP bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/jquery.autocomplete.pack.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/jquery.autocomplete.css" media="screen" />
<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function(){
var data = '<?php global $wpdb; $search_tags = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT name FROM $wpdb->terms"); foreach ($search_tags as $mytag){ echo $mytag->name. " "; } ?>'.split(" ");
$("#ID_OF_SEARCH_INPUT_BOX").autocomplete(data);
})
</script>

Make sure you insert the ID of your search box.

Source – ProBlogDesign, CSSJockey

10. iPhone support

I’ve had a couple of people email me saying how much they like the iPhone integration in NomeBlog, as it isn’t something you’d normally expect to find in your theme. Lucky for you guys, I’ve done the hard work for you! It is a bit harder to implement this directly into your theme, but I’ll run you through this anyway.

First thing we need to do is tell WordPress that iPhone/iPod Touch users need to see the special version of your site, and to do this we’ll need the iWPhone plugin, from ContentRobot. But we won’t actually use the download from their site – instead head over to Nometech, where you can download the customised version and customised theme. You could integrate the plugin into your function.php, but I’m against that for features not everyone is going to use – it could slow down the site and if something goes wrong the user might not think to look in the functions.php file.

Whichever way you do it, plugin or functions.php, we’ve now directed iPhone/Touch users to a special version of our site, located at /wp-content/themes/inomeblog/. All that is left to do is upload the iNomeBlog theme to the /themes/ directory and it’ll work. The theme that comes with the plugin as standard doesn’t look too great, so I’ve customised it a bit so it looks nicer. Head over to Nometech for a couple of screens.. iPhone support isn’t totally integrated into the theme, but easy enough for the user to do. Add this feature to your theme and it’ll really make your theme stand out.

Source (which you’ll need for the download) – Nometech

And finally…

The only thing you need now is a theme with most of that built in! That is what I’ve done: check out my new (free) theme, NomeBlog.

If you’ve enjoyed this post then please do take a look at Nometech.com, by new blog. If you’re on Twitter too then new followers are always welcome!

Have you released a new theme or integrated some of the features above? Leave a comment and tell the world!

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  • http://archshrk.com archshrk

    Regarding tip #5 this is very useful and convenient but you might want to consider using this on your blog’s description. Your blog title will typically link back to your home page, make your blog description link to the admin page as described in tip #5.

  • http://www.webstractions.com Webstractions

    I think archshrk meant to say tip #2 ;)

    Regarding tip #5 and how confusing the link text displaying the word “login”, which is misleading. The linking text should read “Site Admin”, “User Admin”, or even the users logged-in name (which is kind of customary).

    To add to this tip, if the user is NOT logged in … then a link to the login page could be displayed with a simple if/then comparison.

  • http://justintadlock.com Justin Tadlock

    Shouldn’t #1 simply be:

    <ul>
    <?php wp_get_archives('type=postbypost&limit=4'); ?>
    </ul>

    I just prefer 3 lines of code over 6 and not throwing off the entire page query.

  • http://nometech.com Alex Denning

    @Webstractions – if you’ve got a ton of people logging in, then sure they might find it a bit misleading, but personally, I find it really useful to be able to quickly access wp-admin from any page of my blog. As it is just me, I know what it is, but I take your point.

    @Justin – yeah. Thanks for the tip – I’ll get the post updated.

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  • http://smashill.com smashill

    This is one friggin awesome list. You have any tips on how to create a random feature on the sidebar with about 3 posts out of a pool of maybe 10 articles, showing headline & a short extract?

  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com/ P@r@noid

    Great list friend..Stumbled

  • http://nometech.com Alex Denning

    @Smashill – the easiest way would be to create a new category, and then pull ten random posts from that – there’s something on the WP Support forums that’ll point you in the right direction – http://wordpress.org/support/topic/164061. See one of my earlier posts about the_excerpt_reloaded which you can use to display a certain number of in the_excerpt.

  • http://www.hasen-farm.de HASENFARM

    Regarding the #6 – “Twitter-Support” there is an coding-error in the line “….Reading this – .$turl.” title…..”. It has to be correct like this one: “…..Reading this – ‘.$turl.’ ” title…..”

    So it´s working for me very well!

    Great tipps by the way!

  • http://www.hacktrix.com Mayur Somani

    Great List.

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  • http://www.wptavern.com Jeffro

    Great list of tips that WPTavern.com is using in one way or another. Also, good way to market your theme considering it has most of these tips inside of it :)

  • http://www.pakistans.com Sulumits Retsambew

    it is really great list you shared

    thanks for that

  • http://www.jleuze.com/ JLeuze

    Your iPhone theme has a little problem, the pre/code blocks are breaking out of the div, stretching across the screen. I have to zoom way in to read you site.

    You need to set the overflow to scroll or hidden to keep that code under control!

  • http://www.nickifaulk.com/ Nicki

    Hey, FYI on #6: you need to enclose .$turl. in single quotes. (in the ‘send to Twitter’ link)

  • http://www.themolitor.com THE MOLITOR

    The related posts tip causes the comments to display for the last post listed instead of the main post???

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  • http://nometech.com Alex Denning

    Hey everyone.

    Jean’s on holiday atm, so if you’re wondering why your comment hasn’t appeared, he isn’t around to approve it.

    I can’t update the post, but thanks to the people who have pointed out the error in tip #6 – the $turl on reading this needs ‘ ‘ around it, so it should ‘.$turl.’

    Also see Justin’s tip above for a better option than #1.

    And finally, thanks to everyone on delicious.com – this post hit the front page yesterday :D

    -Alex

  • http://www.jimwestergren.com Jim Westergren

    Thanks for this, I have bookmarked it.

  • http://berkahlangkah.com dNoxs

    Thanks…

    nice content, i have bookmarked it… :D

  • http://www.marketing4site.com sean

    Excellent list.

  • http://www.ediyang.com eddie

    very useful! Thanks

  • http://blog.insicdesigns.com insic

    wow! nice article. This trick should apply in my next free theme.

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  • http://malteseo.com Maltese SEO

    I was looking for a related post plugin for my SEO blog and the php code above done the trick. Great tips in general, thanks a lot.

  • http://www.wprecipes.com Jean-Baptiste Jung

    Hacks 1 and 6 has been updated according to what readers suggested in comments.
    Thanks to everyone who saved the post on Delicious, and of course, thanks to Alex for the best ever guest post on Cats Who Code!

  • http://ashishlohorung.com.np Ashish Lohorung Rai

    Should learn all these things… tagged in delicious…

  • http://nometech.com Alex Denning

    @Jeffro – yeah, that was part of the plan :P

    @ the molitor – works fine for me and everyone else I know.

    @ Jean – np :D

  • http://www.tnk.cl TNk

    Great content!.
    i’m having some problems with related posts (#4). for ex. if i have 3 posts with this tags:
    Post1: house, tree, white
    Post2: house, tree, white
    Post3: aeroplane, house, tree, white

    Post 3 doesnt show Post1 & 2 as related just because it have an aditional tag before the “common” tags used.

    any ideas how to make this work?
    Thanks.

    p.s: a second doubt “If there are no tags, then it’ll disappear. Magic” it still shows the tittle, xD

  • http://www.visual-basic-forum.de Viktor

    I love the idea with the iPhone support. The whole article is very useful.

  • http://www.moraywebsolutions.com MorayWeb

    Great post, very useful!

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  • http://getmoneywithjay.com Jason Colon

    Thanks for the quality in this post, Im actually going to tweet this.
    2 thumbs up.

  • http://nometech.com Alex Denning

    @TNK – it works fine for me with multiple tags. The post title will display if the post has tags. If it’s still displaying, put the title in a separate if statement.

  • http://justtellmewhy.com Cristian Eslava

    It´s just amazing the flexibility of WordPress, it´s more than a blogging CMS. As you point here there are toom many ways of customization.

    I´ll try some of your tricks !!!

    Thank you

  • http://russ-reynolds.com/blog/ Lester Cafe

    This is my first visit and try to apply this method if it is really worth it. And thanks for this tip, I wanna hear more from you though. Then share more of your ideas!

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  • Awxus

    Tips are very effective, Regarding link text displaying the word To add to this tip, if you’ve got people, personally I find it really useful to be able to quickly access, You have any tips on how to create a random feature on the sidebar

  • http://www.getpickuplines.com Hank

    Nice list, thanks

  • http://www.webtlk.com Web Talk

    Great tips. By the way, nice post…ideal to go viral! ;)

  • http://thestateofflux.com the State of Flux

    I am having the same problem The Molitor mentioned in reply 14. The related posts script is somehow messing with the comment functionality of WP 2.7

  • http://www.bloomhouse.com.my/ david@ malaysia florist

    if you got all these 10 tricks, i think you really can have outstanding wordpress theme

  • http://www.cosmedical.ca Toronto Plastic Surgeon

    I love the twitter one.

    Is there anywhere where twitter isn’t at the moment?

    Might as well be in your blog as well…. ;-)

  • http://www.ridex.pl Firany

    The Latest Posts widget is very important. Especialy if your front page is not very clear (which is often the case if you write long, complicated posts). This helps people get access to new posts easily, without sifting through all this graphics an headers on the front page.

  • Awxus

    I cant comment with url, Any suggestions??

  • http://www.hasen-farm.de HASENFARM

    After two hours of trying to get the intelligent search-feature implemented I have to give up. No idea what´s going wrong. Everything seems to work fine: the tags are extracted but not displayed in the search-field.
    Can anybody help me???

  • http://www.resumetemplates-usa.com/resume-templates/ Resume Templates

    Some great ideas, can’t wait to get cracking on one of them especially, great post thanks! fleur

  • http://www.cosmedical.ca Toronto Plastic Surgeon

    @Firany – you’re right.

    the recent posts list gives a good indication if it’s the kind of blog you’re likely to want to read.

  • http://DollarADaySystem.com Dollar A Day System

    I especially agree with #4. I’m always hacking themes because there’s always something I want that’s not there. And trying to find the right spot to add some code gets a little tricky sometimes for those of us who aren’t coders.

  • Laurent

    Hi!

    I would have a small question here… I still don’t know everything about wordpress…

    For #5, in what file, and where in that file, am I supposed to add the code?

    Thanks a lot!
    Laurent

  • http://cashingonline.com Cashing Online

    WOW … awesome. I used few of the hacks and it’s great … Thanks for the help.

  • http://bedavam.net Bedava indir

    I love the idea with the iPhone support. The whole article is very useful.

  • http://howto-approachagirl.com Geoff

    Excellent tips there – I rally appreciate your advice. It has helped me enormously.

  • http://www.maxreduce.com  Max

    These are indeed useful tips. Thanks for sharing it to us

  • http://www.affiliatesoncrack.com Nicoe Girl

    Thanks for the tips. I am not a wordpress expert so this article really helps me a lot. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.serradinho.com George Serradinho

    Some great tips you have listed here, I’m going to try some of them out.

    Thanks for giving the php code as well, it makes it so much easier for some of us.

  • http://www.thecheapguitars.com clayton

    great tricks.. thanks for the info.

  • http://www.mogo-media.com/ Website Design Conferences

    good tips, i think that changing the default gravatar picture really does make a difference, it shows that you’re different. i think that people who are commenting see that and know that you’ve done something to make your site unique.

  • http://www.seosocialbookmarking.com SEO Bookmarking

    Thanks for the article. I’m always looking for WordPress Tips and tricks which this article just taught me one. I have bookmarked this article over at the SEO Social Bookmarking website.

  • http://www.quizzpot.com Hazel Q.

    great tips! As always, making good articles! Thank you very much :D

  • http://nfsec.pl Agresor

    rox!

  • http://www.risinghot.com RisingHot

    it is really great list you shared

    thanks for that

  • http://smartboydesigns.com Smart Boy Designs

    Great tips. Support for Twitter and Related posts are great features to start involving on a blog. It’s a great way to start building interactivity between readers and bloggers.

  • http://www.getlinkspro.com Jeet

    Great tips. It was very generous of you to share individual tips like this. I am not too sure about generating tinyURL in php. I will put unnecessary burden on your server and slow down loading. Instead it should be done using AJAX.

  • http://mimi-goodies.com Mimi

    Honestly the first 6 tips are so common nowadays, I hardly see how it would make your theme stand out. I see those everywhere, all the time, even on the lowliest of sites. The last few are interesting, though.

  • http://www.lastminutereisen.co.at Billig Fliegen

    Great list your 10 tips – specially the Twitter point (number 6) I like very much and it shows me that you are up to date :-)

  • http://www.alfredre.com Alex

    I’m embarrassed that my blog only only follows 5 of the rules… time to get to work, I guess.

  • http://smashill.com smashill

    I have been searching for some good non javascript random featured post, do you have any suggestions on where to find that or how to create one yourself?

  • http://www.rikt.us smashill

    Nice tips…. thanks

  • http://www.flightnetwork.com AA @ Discount Airfares

    @Billig – I like the twitter one too.

    That’s a great idea!

  • http://lowongankerja.me lowongan kerja

    it is really great list & very useful post & nice wp themes to share
    thanks

  • http://www.letsknowabout.com Letsknowabout

    i think that wordpress themes are simply wonderful , i thank all those who create them , they are making it really easy to us who don’t that much about coding :)

  • http://www.thebabysgift.com Baby Boy Gift

    You can take the content from your existing portfolio page and create a wordpress page with the same content. When you click “Write” inside the wordpress admin dashboard, it defaults to a new post. You can click “Page” just below “Write” to create a new page instead of a post. When you publish the page it will become part of the sites main navigation bar, too.

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  • http://forexroadmap.blogspot.com zappolo

    Great suggestions….thanks!!!

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    I love those tips and tricks which change the title, Changing Gravatar Image, and Showing 4 latest posts on sidebar. I think nobody added these functionality ever in a free theme. Although it is very difficult to find good free theme but I think that we can easily edit one to make changes.

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    Very helpful information sharing. I will use these scripts in my blogs and tip #2 is very useful to me. Thanks.

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    I didn’t notice it before but I like those links which you gave as references with each tip. I find some very good tips and tricks for wordpress.

  • http://www.lanationalbank.com Online Forex Brokers

    Well I think your tips are great. Yes, I’ve seen some of them turned into plugins too, but here is way to cut down on all that clutter.

    I was actually looking for the way to do #2. I saw it on one blog and liked the way it looked.

    Not only did I bookmark this page but I copied the code to a text file and put it in my wp directory so I can actually find it when I need it!
    :)

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    Great guide, I do all these things, so luckily I don’t need to do any work

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    Thank you for sharing the tips. Wow! lots of thing to learn. As a new blogger, a little confuse. I have bookmarked it. Thanks again.

  • http://dofollowsearchengine.com Chris @ DoFollow Backlinks

    Great tips again. You’re a goldmine of information.

  • http://bloggingposts.com Blogging Posts

    Great write code, I can add the dig code easy to my blog. I think it’s fix to add bellow coutent.

  • http://www.artistick.ro Marian

    I have the same problem with #5. The comments displayed are from the last post in the similar posts list. Any solution for this?

  • http://www.thehotstickers.com/Tail_Light_Tint.php Marty

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • http://www.artistick.ro Marian

    I found the solution here: http://www.3mind.at/2009/05/06/code-highlighting/

  • Marisa George

    Thanks!! Especially for the iPhone bit.
    -RisaRamey

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    I want to keep my regular subpages on my site (example: mysite.php portfolio.php,) but I want to use wordpress as well for the theme and use my own subpages instead of the wordpress pages.

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    You can take the content from your existing portfolio page and create a wordpress page with the same content. When you click “Write” inside the wordpress admin dashboard, it defaults to a new post. You can click “Page” just below “Write” to create a new page instead of a post.

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    nice tips,i will apply it to my blog thanks

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    very expert,you inspired me to do so.i will these tricks on my blog,thank you

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  • River7

    Thanks for this tips. Great for a not-so-expert like me. River

  • http://reinvaldez.wordpress.com/2009/05/15/eriuqs-spires-healthy-recreation/ Eriuqs Spires Recreation

    Thanks so much for the free Theme. Really powerful. !

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    Sir,

    I need your help about the SEO.. I did not understand..pls help me..

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    Thanks for sharing your tips! I would surely apply this to my blog :-)

  • http://www.curiouslittleperson.com Curious Little Person

    great 10 tips.. these are very helpful for someone new in the blogging field

    Cheers!
    Sandeep

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    Nice post, I would hired someone to custom made if I wanted a wordpress theme that looks outside the box, custom is the best.

  • http://www.facavocemesmo.net Felipe

    Hi,
    Thanks for the tip.
    I work with wordpress but i’m new. And every help is welcome. Thanks a lot.

    Best regards,
    Felipe

  • http://beephone.hkactivity.com/ Duncan

    I am having the same problem as “The Molitor” mentioned in the 14th reply. The related posts script is messing with the comment functionality of my wordpress.

    Other than that, this is great list of modifications any user could use to improve their wordpress theme. I better get to work on my boring boring theme.

  • http://www.celebrityness.com celebrity

    Thanks for this great tips, I really like your blog. I have learned a lot from it.

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    There is a theme that is made to be viewable for the iPhone. If you search ‘iPhone theme’ in wordpress it would be one of the first ones that come up

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    Embed photos and illustrated images, some flash too.

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    I absolutely love the iphone plug-in tip. As a WP newbie, all the tips are helpful…but the whole iPhone idea seems like a home run. Instead of creating an iPhone app talking about my company, I can see how it would be a lot easier just to use a WP plugin. I’m hoping this will be a huge time saver – as well as not having to hire an iPhone app developer.

  • http://www.curiouslittleperson.com Curious Little Person

    great tips, have read them all and need to implement a few.. will be back to refer this post

    Cheers
    Sandeep

  • http://dofollowsearchengine.com Chris @ DoFollow Backlinks

    Thanks for the tips on improving the WP coding. I’m learning slowly but surely!

  • http://www.hotelabis.pl Kotlina Klodzka

    Changing the default gravatar takes like 2 minutes and instantly makes you look more professional in the eyes of other bloggers.

  • mercime

    Thank you for your post – especially #8 – worked on the first try. Cheers.

  • http://hemorrhoidshemroids.org/ Cornelia Cunningham

    Thank you for being generous and sharing tricks like these. I am learning a lot through this blog.

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    I’ve been looking to use a plugin that handles the #4 for me, I am a coder so I can easily copy\paste the code in the wordpress theme I have designed for my personal website, but what I wonder is… what time do you gain from hard-cording vs using the plugin to handle the Display related posts. I just wonder how much more stress does it put on the page loading using the plugin vs not.

    -Randy

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    The iPhone support is a pretty cool one. I had a theme which was made for the iPhone but it doesnt do anything to the PC version which kinda sucked…

  • http://twitter.com/SilverFirefly Silver Firefly

    Thanks for sharing. However, they won’t make your theme stand out from the crowd because lots of theme designers already implement most of these tips in their themes.

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    I agree to the ten points in general. However I am not sure if #7 (auto image resizing) and #10 iphone support should be emphasized. Definitely we need decently sized images/thumbs and mobile browser support (not just iphone)

    Great post any way.

  • http://www.thepsdcoder.com The PSD Coder

    Although the iPhone has a considerable market share in terms of mobile browsing – I don’t think designers should necessarily ignore all other mobile browsers.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Is there a way to enable image cache on #7 and / or #8?

    Been trying to figure it out but having no luck, and I notice that the phpthumb script will build the thumbnails each time its called.

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  • http://www.kia-world.net Kia

    I’m new to coding, so I like reading about any kind of tips and tricks that one can learn. Keep up with the the great work!

  • Shine

    Thanks for all the great tips. I’m very new to coding but I was able to follow your suggestions and have had good results. One question. I have embedded links to youtube and blip in my posts. iWphone doesn’t recognize the links. Is there anyway to have that media show up in the iWphone theme or even just the links?

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    Great tricks. Thank you!

  • http://www.projecth2o.org/bzhuo Sanami

    Great list I am in the process of designing a new theme, this will help a lot
    thanks

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    it is really great list you shared, thanks.

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    Thanks for the lesson, i learn alots here.

    Dav

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    This code will make some nice additions to my site. Thank you.

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    Thank you very helpful article for all readers, hopefully useful

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  • http://www.theconservativeblog.co.uk Yasin Akgun

    thanks for this, have used tip number 5

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    Great Tricks for wordpress users. Stumbled :)

  • http://www.tallynine.com Mahendra

    A very cool list and helpful to those who don’t want plugin

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  • http://www.thebeadstalk.co.uk Beading

    If the latest posts are shown on the sidebar does that cause duplicate content problems.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5fWPcmo6uk Jamie

    This is very helpful. WordPress blogs tend to look similar with each other so every user must really work it out to make their blog interesting. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    Great Tricks for wordpress users

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    Timeless classic tips but it’s 2010 now and there is a plugin for most of the things mentioned here..

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