How To: Different Sidebars for homepage and single page in WordPress blog

BEFORE you read further : Make a backup copy of all your files.  In case you accidentally make a mistake, you will be able to restore the backup files. \ Do you want to have different sidebars in a WordPress blog for different typed of contents? Like different side bars for posts, pages and homepages….

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How to add photos/images in a WordPress post

This is a beginner-level tutorial that shows how to insert an image in a WordPress blog. This tutorial covers only the most basic aspects of uploading and inserting an image. WordPress makes it easy and simple to upload images to the blog. Single image uploading and inserting: A short tutorial on uploading multiple images

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Unicode text turned garbage and ?s in WordPress blog

Our blog – blog.xnepali.com is basically an English site. But, the movies posted there are in Nepali language – so we were posting the name of the movie in Nepali text. Recently for some unknown reason the cache plugin ‘Hyper Cache’ stopped working and I had to play around with the settings. After a couple…

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Top 3 open source CMS for a website – which one is the best for you?

Building a website is much easier these days than ever due to the availability of Content Management Systems (CMS) of different flavors. With a CMS one can create the web content, publish and manage them in easier way. A lot of components can be added in the CMS to make it functional in almost any…

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WordPress Feed XML Parsing Error, solved!

UPDATE The solution mentioned originally did work for a few days and it went back to the same error. In desperate attempts, I removed everything and reinstalled WordPress. When that didn’t change anything, I moved everything from http://blog.xnepali.com to http://xnepali.com/movies. Well, that was the ultimate measure I could have done. But, to my unpleasant surprise,…

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WordPress Rewrite rules – ballooning wp-options table

When xNepali blog grew in size, the database load on the server was huge. We had to move to the Virtual Private Servers to deal with. But, to our surprise, we had to constantly play around with the memory to get the optimum result. There were a lot of times when database ‘max_allowed_packet’ bytes error…

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WordPress – playing with MySQL database

This post is for myself. I usually like to change database and forget the commands. So this is a reference sheet for me while dealing with my WordPress database. There usually are 11 default tables – with “wp_” prefix. wp_options is the one I usually deal with while changing the directory, website address and so…

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Dreamhost VPS and WordPress Cache

WordPress sites can handle large volume of traffic when WP-Cache or WP-SuperCache plug-in is used. The second plug-in, SuperCache, is actually the WP-Cache+ some improvements to help sites deal with caching. When these plug-ins are used, cache pages are usually served to the visitors instead of extracting contents from database for every single visitor. Well,…

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Optimize WordPress for speed and resources

With an experience of running a number of sites/blogs running on WordPress, I feel like sharing some of the issues I have experienced. WordPress if one of the simplest content management system (cms) available. It is easy to install, deploy, and modify when compared to other GPL cms like Joomla, Drupal etc. With a huge…

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