Posts tagged: Development

WordPress Spam - Plugins to Fight Comment Spams

Soon after I launched this blog, I started to receive heavy amount of spam comments, mostly from some Russian sites. It's not only that I can't read their comments in Russian, but some of their comments are extremely long. I think this overloads the database even though its impact may be minor. Luckily, there are many plug-ins to fight spams for your WordPress blogs. Here are a couple of popular and effective solutions. 1. Akismet is a great anti-spam plug-in that comes installed by default. You just need to turn it on by clicking 'Activate'.* With Akismet, you can set comment blacklist.** ...

CSS vs. Tables, advantages of CSS layouts

Why CSS is better than Tables? CSS vs. Tables There have been many articles written regarding CSS based design versus Table based design. Here are a few advantages of CSS layouts: 1. You don't need to worry about nested table tags when you use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). 2. CSS is very flexible in positioning elements in website pages. 3. CSS based pages load faster than Table based pages. It may take similar time to load CSS based page at first. But once included CSS file is cached to the browser, subsequent pages load faster than regular Table based pages. 4. Using external CSS ...

CAPTCHA - Protect Forms from Web Spam Bots

CAPTCHA , Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, is a web security technique to protect HTML forms from web spammers. CAPTCHA dynamically generates security codes for sign-up, subscription submission or checkout forms to make sure that forms are not submitted by spam bots. Because the generated password on a distorted image is a part of the image, users can't copy and paste it. This way, it verifies that it's an actual human that submits a form, not any kind of automated software including spambots. The security codes that CAPTCHA generates are usually a combination of letters or ...

Add a Search Engine on Your Site

Having a well organized menu on your site is very important because visitors will find easily what they're looking for from your site. However, the navigator menu is not everything. Some Internet users are more used to use search engines and they are more likely to find any content using a search tool instead of a menu. This is why it's also significant to have a search engine on your site. Benefits of Adding Search on Your Site - When you have many products or services listed on your site: When your e-commerce site has a great number of products, the menu is ...

WordPress Category Order and Category Hierarchy

Category Hierarchy I have a personal WordPress blog where there are some sub categories under top categories. Its theme is non widgetized, and the sidebar function to display categories is "wp_list_categories(show_count=1&hierarchical=0)." By default, WordPress displays all categories at one level regardless their hierarchy. Fortunately, I found out a simple modification would fix the way to display categories in regard to hierarchy. Change the value of the argument 'hierarchical' to '1' from '0'. Before: wp_list_categories(hierarchical=0) After wp_list_categories(hierarchical=1) Category Order I also have another blog where I want to control over category display order. The default display of categories in WordPress is by their alphabetical order. ...