Create Custom URL Shortener For WordPress Based Blog In a Five Minutes

last updated in Categories Apache, lighttpd, php

You can create URL redirection service for your blog within five minutes using nothing but web server’s mod_redirect module. For example, when you type or share a url io9.in/t/5159 you will be automatically redirected to http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/my-10-unix-command-line-mistakes.html. In this quick post I will explain how to create url shortener and integrate your wordpress based blog without installing any new scripts.

Upgrade WordPress 2.7 in 3 Simple Steps

last updated in Categories GNU/Open source, Howto, Linux, Shell scripting, Sys admin, Tips, UNIX

Wordpress version 2.7 has been released and can be upgraded easily using UNIX / Linux shell prompt. A few assumptions:

  1. Wordpress database name: wptheosblog
  2. Wordpress directory name: /var/www/html/theos.in
  3. Wordpress domain name: theos.in
  4. Operating system: Linux
WARNING! If you are not comfortable with UNIX shell prompt (IF YOU ARE new to a UNIX/Linux os), please follow traditional way of upgrading wordpress and DO NOT use the three Steps described here.

Download of the day: WordPress 2.7

last updated in Categories Download of the day, GNU/Open source, Linux, Open source coding, php, UNIX, Windows server

Wordpress version 2.7 has been released and available for download. From the announcement page:

The first thing you’ll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we’ve listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that’s just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7 than it did in a previous version.

What is new in Wordpress 2.7

For a visual introduction to what 2.7 is, check out this video (available in HD, and full screen):

Download the latest release of WordPress version 2.7, released on 10 December 2008.

WordPress: Redirecting Old Tag URL to New Tag Location

last updated in Categories Howto, lighttpd, Linux, php

Recently, I had noticed lots of 404 error generated by my wordpress software. My old wordpress tag structure changed from:
/tips/tag/linux_software
/tips/tag/one_two_foo

To:
/tips/tag/linux-software
/tips/tag/one-two-foo

As a result lots of error 404 was dumped into my log file. I wrote a small php code to get rid of the problem.

WordPress 2.5 Released

last updated in Categories Download of the day, GNU/Open source, Linux, UNIX, Windows server

WordPress 2.5 has been released and available for download.The dashboard is cleaner, faster, less cluttered. From the release note:

WordPress 2.5, the culmination of six months of work by the WordPress community, people just like you. The improvements in 2.5 are numerous, and almost entirely a result of your feedback: multi-file uploading, one-click plugin upgrades, built-in galleries, customizable dashboard, salted passwords and cookie encryption, media library, a WYSIWYG that doesn’t mess with your code, concurrent post editing protection, full-screen writing, and search that covers posts and pages.

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(Fig. 01: My Dashboard)

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(Fig. 02: Writing a post)

WordPress comment admin panel: Add comment reply box

last updated in Categories Beyond nixCraft

Update: WordPress 2.7 and above has inbuilt feature to reply, delete and do other things with comment systems.

Recently I found an interesting WP plugin. It modifies the comment page in the admin panel to include a ‘Reply to Comment’ link among the options for each comment. Without this plugin I had to first view the post. This should be part of core wordpress system, IMHO.