Not Everyone Needs a Blog

Most people I know haven’t the desire to stand on a soapbox and blog. All they want is a web site that provides basic information which they can update from time to time. WordPress makes an ideal platform to do this.

The purpose of this article is to show how easy it is to make a simple non-blog web site using WordPress and a few useful plug ins.

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Scan your theme for suspect code

Here is a useful WordPress plug in for alerting you to suspect code in theme files. It’s from builtBackwards. If you’re like me I go exploring and download lots of interesting themes. Most times I don’t have time to examine the files minutely. So, this plug in is really helpful for scanning all the files in a theme.

TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker)

Scan all of your theme files for potentially malicious or unwanted code. Be aware of advertisements or dangerous JavaScript inserted into legitimate themes by third party theme download sites.

http://builtbackwards.com/projects/tac/

Setting the ALT tag in WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 introduced changes to image and media handling. One thing that might not be easily evident is the matter of ALT tags for images.

susanj at GIRLZWITHURLZ said this:

I also don’t feel good about deleting the caption (although I did that) as WP says that it also serve as the img’s alt tag, and I want to provide alt tags for ADA compliance, not just to be descriptive.

Well, I think you can have your cake and eat it, too.

WP 2.6 provdes another way to ALT an image under the Advanced Setting tab.

In the Advanced Image Settings section under this tab enter your text into the field, Edit Alternate Text. That will do it.

I tested this when I posted my photos of Willie K and Augie T from last night at my photo site: http://www.surfbreak.com.

To create this gallery of nine images I set the thumbnails to 150×100 (original size 640×427). I also set the vertical and horizontal spaces around the image to 3. I did these two items as well as set the ALT text under the Advanced Settings tab. I found the need to set thumbnails in the Advanced Settings tab because when the original is too large, WP does not automatically resize the thumbnail under the Edit Image tab.

The lightbox effect is done with this plugin:

http://www.laptoptips.ca/projects/wp-shutter-reloaded/

Permalinks bug in WP 2.6

Many people have reported that the links to their posts get a 404 not found error message after upgrading to the latest WordPress version, 2.6. This is indeed a verified bug and has been reported. There is an easy fix to apply until the bug is fixed in 2.6.1.

Here is the link to information about the bug and the easy fix.