A Gory Hack For Removing Tags And Categories From Multiple Posts

The WordPress admin interface provides the functionality to add tags and categories to multiple posts but not to remove them.

To do that you’ve still got to edit each post which is a bit of a chore if you’ve got plenty of tags or it’s something you do on a regular basis.

In this post, I’ll show you how to add the ability to remove tags or a category from multiple posts. But be warned, it’s a hack that’s not for the squeamish.

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Bring The Power of Google Analytics Into Your WordPress Dashboard

WPMU DEV’s Google Analytics + plugin has had a massive update that puts all the important statistics at your WordPress fingertips by adding beautiful charts and graphs to your dashboard and the post edit screen.

Perfect for single sites, it’s even better for multisite network owners with tracking of sub-domains and mapped domains, the ability to view data for your entire network as well as individual sites and full compatibility with our Pro Sites plugin, enabling statistics to be a premium feature.

You can even check out analytics stats on individual posts, right there on a per post basis inside WordPress.

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Showing the Number of Views of a WordPress Post on the Front End

There are all sorts of web statistics plugins and services that will tell you how many views a certain post received. And they certainly have their place. However, sometimes you may just want that information conveniently placed on the front of the post itself.

And so in this post we’re going to go over how you can get that, and also how you can hide that view count from certain viewers while showing it to others if you like.

WP PostViews Plugin
The first thing you will want to do is to pick up the WP PostViews plugin.

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10 Facebook Plugins You Need Before It Dies Off

You’ve no doubt heard about the claims Facebook has spread like an “infectious disease” across the planet and over the next three years will lose a staggering 80 per cent of its users.

We all watched as Myspace crashed and burned (despite Justin Timberlake’s best attempts to revive it) so this news comes as no surprise.

So before users begin abandoning Facebook (and their parent’s embarrassing comments on posts) in droves, let’s make the most of it! This collection of 10 free and premium Facebook plugins for WordPress includes all you need (and then some!) to fully integrate Facebook into your site, from adding a simple Like box to adding advanced functionality with Open Graph.

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How to Link an Email Address in WordPress

Of course lots of people like to use contact forms on their site. But there may be situations where you’d want to provide a linked email address too, either showing the actual email address (like [email protected]) or some text of your choosing (like contact me).

Doing either is pretty easy. You just need to know the simple code.

Creating Email Links
Creating email links is basically just like making a regular link, but instead of putting http://  in front, you would use mailto:

For example, instead of linking [email protected], you would link mailto:[email protected]

The complete HTML for the above would be the following …

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How to Timestamp Your Posts Like Twitter and Facebook

Here’s a handy WordPress script you might not know about.

Did you know WordPress has a built-in function to display relative time in a human-readable format, just like Twitter and Facebook? For example, instead of your posts displaying, “Posted on January 23 at 10.30am,” you could display, “Posted 5 hours ago.”

In this Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to update the Twenty Fourteen theme to take advantage of the human_time_diff() function and change the timestamp on your posts.

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Set the Default Admin Color for Users in WordPress Multisite

When version 3.8 of WordPress came out, it changed a number of things in the admin area. One of those things was the default color scheme.

It used to be that the default color scheme was lighter in color.

Now it’s much darker and looks like this:

Changing the Color for Multisite Users
While it’s easy to go to your profile and change that if you don’t like it, if you run a Multisite Network, then you have all your users to deal with as well.

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WordPress Security Essentials: Obscurity Tactics and Backups

Security by obscurity is by no means a be-all, end-all solution for keeping nasty hackers at bay, but should still play at part in your overall defence plan.

Obscurity as a security measure is the belief that a site can remain secure so long as nobody outside of its implementation is allowed to find out anything about its internal mechanisms.

In the final video in our WordPress Security Essentials series, we look at obscurity tactics and tried-and-true measures for backing up your site.

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The 12 Best Free WordPress Pinterest Plugins on the Market

As Pinterest continues to grow and innovate, it seems only natural that integrating your WordPress site and your Pinterest account is a smart move. And so below we’ve collected the 12 best free Pinterest plugins we could find to help you do just that.

As you might expect, there are number of very different types of  Pinterest plugins out there. And so first we’ll do a quick run-through of the different kinds, and then we’ll give you our suggestions for each type.

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WordPress Security Essentials : Building A Layered Defense

Preventing a hack attack is virtually impossible, so the pragmatic goal of any security strategy is to make any attack as difficult as possible.

If the attack can be slowed down sufficiently then the perpetrators will likely give up and move on to a new target.

In this installment of our WordPress Security Essentials video series, we take a look at layered security or layered defence:  the combining of multiple security controls to protect your WordPress site’s critical files and data.

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