Remove “Plugins” and “Other News” widgets from WordPress dashboard

September 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

If for some reason you don’t like to see the “plugins” and “other news” dashboard widget, here’s a way to remove them using some easy WordPress hooks.

Simply paste the code below in your functions.php file. Once you saved the changes, the “plugins” and “other news” widgets will not be shown again.

//Remove unwanted widgets from Dashboard
function remove_dashboard_widgets() {
	global$wp_meta_boxes; 
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['normal']['core']['dashboard_plugins']);
	unset($wp_meta_boxes['dashboard']['side']['core']['dashboard_secondary']);
}
add_action('wp_dashboard_setup', 'remove_dashboard_widgets');

Thanks to WP Guru for the code!

WordPress hack: Efficient SEO without a plugin

September 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Sure, there’s lots of great WordPress plugins to help you with SEO. But in case you don’t want to use a plugin, here’s a super efficient code make your blog SEO friendly.

Let’s start by pasting the code below into your functions.php file:

function basic_wp_seo() {
	global $page, $paged, $post;
	$default_keywords = 'wordpress, plugins, themes, design, dev, development, security, htaccess, apache, php, sql, html, css, jquery, javascript, tutorials'; // customize
	$output = '';

	// description
	$seo_desc = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'mm_seo_desc', true);
	$description = get_bloginfo('description', 'display');
	$pagedata = get_post($post->ID);
	if (is_singular()) {
		if (!empty($seo_desc)) {
			$content = $seo_desc;
		} else if (!empty($pagedata)) {
			$content = apply_filters('the_excerpt_rss', $pagedata->post_content);
			$content = substr(trim(strip_tags($content)), 0, 155);
			$content = preg_replace('#\n#', ' ', $content);
			$content = preg_replace('#\s{2,}#', ' ', $content);
			$content = trim($content);
		} 
	} else {
		$content = $description;	
	}
	$output .= '<meta name="description" content="' . esc_attr($content) . '">' . "\n";

	// keywords
	$keys = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'mm_seo_keywords', true);
	$cats = get_the_category();
	$tags = get_the_tags();
	if (empty($keys)) {
		if (!empty($cats)) foreach($cats as $cat) $keys .= $cat->name . ', ';
		if (!empty($tags)) foreach($tags as $tag) $keys .= $tag->name . ', ';
		$keys .= $default_keywords;
	}
	$output .= "\t\t" . '<meta name="keywords" content="' . esc_attr($keys) . '">' . "\n";

	// robots
	if (is_category() || is_tag()) {
		$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
		if ($paged > 1) {
			$output .=  "\t\t" . '<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow">' . "\n";
		} else {
			$output .=  "\t\t" . '<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">' . "\n";
		}
	} else if (is_home() || is_singular()) {
		$output .=  "\t\t" . '<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">' . "\n";
	} else {
		$output .= "\t\t" . '<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow">' . "\n";
	}

	// title
	$title_custom = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'mm_seo_title', true);
	$url = ltrim(esc_url($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']), '/');
	$name = get_bloginfo('name', 'display');
	$title = trim(wp_title('', false));
	$cat = single_cat_title('', false);
	$tag = single_tag_title('', false);
	$search = get_search_query();

	if (!empty($title_custom)) $title = $title_custom;
	if ($paged >= 2 || $page >= 2) $page_number = ' | ' . sprintf('Page %s', max($paged, $page));
	else $page_number = '';

	if (is_home() || is_front_page()) $seo_title = $name . ' | ' . $description;
	elseif (is_singular())            $seo_title = $title . ' | ' . $name;
	elseif (is_tag())                 $seo_title = 'Tag Archive: ' . $tag . ' | ' . $name;
	elseif (is_category())            $seo_title = 'Category Archive: ' . $cat . ' | ' . $name;
	elseif (is_archive())             $seo_title = 'Archive: ' . $title . ' | ' . $name;
	elseif (is_search())              $seo_title = 'Search: ' . $search . ' | ' . $name;
	elseif (is_404())                 $seo_title = '404 - Not Found: ' . $url . ' | ' . $name;
	else                              $seo_title = $name . ' | ' . $description;

	$output .= "\t\t" . '<title>' . esc_attr($seo_title . $page_number) . '</title>' . "\n";

	return $output;
}

Once done, replace the $default_keywords (line 3) with your own and add the following code into your header.php file:

<?php echo basic_wp_seo(); ?>

Then, don’t forget to check the source of your pages and fine tune the code if needed.

Big thanks to Jeff Starr for this amazing code!

How to automatically add Gravatars for the post author

September 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Would you like to be able to automatically add the author gravatar to each post? It is really easy to do with this handy recipe.

Simply paste the following code where you’d like the author Gravatar to be displayed. Please note that this code must be used within the loop.

<?php echo get_avatar( get_the_author_email(), '80' ); ?>

Thanks to Emoticode for the tip!

How to load jQuery from Google CDN

August 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

By default, WordPress load its own copy of jQuery in your theme. But what about loading the library from Google CDN? Here’s an easy way to do it.

Paste the code below into your functions.php file:

function jquery_cdn() {
   if (!is_admin()) {
      wp_deregister_script('jquery');
      wp_register_script('jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.3/jquery.min.js', false, '1.8.3');
      wp_enqueue_script('jquery');
   }
}
add_action('init', 'jquery_cdn');

Once you saved the file, WordPress will load jQuery from Google CDN.

Thanks to WP Tips.ru for the recipe!

WordPress tip: Email alert for 404s

August 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

As a conscious web developer/website owner, you probably want to keep track of 404 pages on your website or blog. Instead of having to manually dig in the log files, what about an automatic script for reporting 404 errors via email?

To implement, simply include this script at the top of your theme’s 404.php file. If your theme don’t have a 404.php file, then create it.

<?php // WP 404 ALERTS @ http://wp-mix.com/wordpress-404-email-alerts/

// set status
header("HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found");
header("Status: 404 Not Found");

// site info
$blog  = get_bloginfo('name');
$site  = get_bloginfo('url') . '/';
$email = get_bloginfo('admin_email');

// theme info
if (!empty($_COOKIE["nkthemeswitch" . COOKIEHASH])) {
	$theme = clean($_COOKIE["nkthemeswitch" . COOKIEHASH]);
} else {
	$theme_data = wp_get_theme();
	$theme = clean($theme_data->Name);
}

// referrer
if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER'])) {
	$referer = clean($_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']);
} else {
	$referer = "undefined";
}
// request URI
if (isset($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']) && isset($_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"])) {
	$request = clean('http://' . $_SERVER["HTTP_HOST"] . $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]);
} else {
	$request = "undefined";
}
// query string
if (isset($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING'])) {
	$string = clean($_SERVER['QUERY_STRING']);
} else {
	$string = "undefined";
}
// IP address
if (isset($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'])) {
	$address = clean($_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']);
} else {
	$address = "undefined";
}
// user agent
if (isset($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'])) {
	$agent = clean($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']);
} else {
	$agent = "undefined";
}
// identity
if (isset($_SERVER['REMOTE_IDENT'])) {
	$remote = clean($_SERVER['REMOTE_IDENT']);
} else {
	$remote = "undefined";
}
// log time
$time = clean(date("F jS Y, h:ia", time()));

// sanitize
function clean($string) {
	$string = rtrim($string); 
	$string = ltrim($string); 
	$string = htmlentities($string, ENT_QUOTES); 
	$string = str_replace("\n", "<br>", $string);

	if (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) {
		$string = stripslashes($string);
	} 
	return $string;
}

$message = 
	"TIME: "            . $time    . "\n" . 
	"*404: "            . $request . "\n" . 
	"SITE: "            . $site    . "\n" . 
	"THEME: "           . $theme   . "\n" . 
	"REFERRER: "        . $referer . "\n" . 
	"QUERY STRING: "    . $string  . "\n" . 
	"REMOTE ADDRESS: "  . $address . "\n" . 
	"REMOTE IDENTITY: " . $remote  . "\n" . 
	"USER AGENT: "      . $agent   . "\n\n\n";

mail($email, "404 Alert: " . $blog . " [" . $theme . "]", $message, "From: $email"); 

?>

Thanks to WP Mix for this useful snippet!

Giveaway: 3 premium themes from ThemeFuse

August 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

It’s been a long time without a giveaway here at WPRecipes! So today, I have 3 awesome premium WordPress themes from our partner ThemeFuse for you to win. Joining the giveaway is free and easy, so come in!

A word about ThemeFuse

ThemeFuse is one of the most popular actors in the premium WordPress themes market. They provide lots of themes with a great design and solid code.
They have lots of different designs for lots of different needs, so you should definitely have a look to their website!

How to join the giveaway?

Joining the giveaway is free and easy. First, have a look to ThemFuse themes and find the theme you’d like to win. Then, simply leave a comment below to let me know which theme you want.

In one week (thursday 22) I’ll randomly pick 3 winners. They’ll receive the chosen theme directly from ThemeFuse staff.

Good luck everyone!

WordPress tip: View all WP query variables

August 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

When coding a WordPress theme or plugin, it may be very useful to be able to output all WP Query variables. Here is a short code snippet to do it easily.

Paste the code below on any files, where you’d like to display the WP Query variables.

global $wp_query;
var_dump($wp_query->query_vars);

Thanks to WP Mix for the tip!

WordPress tip: Conditional tag for blog-related pages

July 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm

If you’re using WordPress both as a blog and as a more traditional website, you might need to be able to detect when you’re currently on a blog-related page. Here is a custom conditional tag to do so.

Copy the function below and paste it into your functions.php file:

function is_blog() {
	if (is_home() || is_singular('post') || is_post_type_archive('post'))
		return true;
	else return false;
}

Once done, you can use the function to detect if you’re currently on a blog related page:

<?php
if(is_blog()) {
    //the page is blog related
}
?>

Thanks to Nathan for the tip!

WordPress function to check if the current post is a custom post type

July 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Introduced in version 3.0, custom post types allows you to hold and display many different types of content. Today’s recipe is super useful for those who frequently work with custom post types: a function to check if the current post is a custom post type.

Simply paste this code into your functions.php file:

function is_custom_post_type() {
	global $wp_query;
		
	$post_types = get_post_types(array('public'   => true,'_builtin' => false),'names','and');
	
	foreach ($post_types  as $post_type ) {
		if (get_post_type($post_type->ID) == get_post_type($wp_query->post->ID)) {
			return true;
		} else {
			return false;
		}
	}
}

Once done, you can use the function as shown below. Please note that the function can be used outside the loop:

if (is_custom_post_type()) {
    //Current post is a custom post type
}

Thanks to Jonas Ethomsen for the function!

WordPress SEO: Automatically remove short words from the URL

July 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

By default, WordPress generate the slug (url) from your post title. It do not remove any words, even shorter ones which don’t add any value to your seo. Here’s a super useful tip to automatically remove short words from your urls.

Paste the code below into your functions.php file. Once you saved the file, WordPress will automatically remove short (less than 3 characters) words from the generated permalink.

add_filter('sanitize_title', 'remove_short_words');
function remove_short_words($slug) {
    if (!is_admin()) return $slug;
    $slug = explode('-', $slug);
    foreach ($slug as $k => $word) {
        if (strlen($word) < 3) {
            unset($slug[$k]);
        }
    }
    return implode('-', $slug);
}

Thanks to Kevin Chard for this awesome piece of code!