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Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

In addition to www canonicalization, you can also canonicalize the HTTP protocol, redirecting HTTP to HTTPS (or vice versa) with .htaccess.

WordPress 404 email alerts

Here is a customized plug-n-play PHP script for reporting 404 errors via email. No editing required, just clean email alerts for each 404 error.

Maintenance mode via .htaccess

For WordPress users there are at least three great plugins that make maintenance mode just dead-simple. Even so, here is how to do it with .htaccess.

Protect Plesk stats

An important aspect of website security is protecting sensitive data such as your server statistics. Here is an important security tip for Plesk users.

Fade in page content with jQuery

Here are two simple techniques to fade in page content with jQuery. The fade-in effect isn’t for everyone, but it’s a nice tool to have in the box.

Redirect URLs with .htaccess

Here is a quick cheat-sheet for redirecting URLs with .htaccess.

Disable external URL requests

During development there may be situations where you want to prevent WordPress from making URL requests to external websites. Here is a simple way to disable external URL requests during development.

Break Out of Frames for WordPress

Quick JavaScript snippet to prevent scrapers and turds from framing, defaming, and/or stealing your precious content..

Disable caching with .htaccess

Quick .htaccess snippet to disable browser caching by modifying Cache-Control, Pragma, and Expires headers. Strictly plug-n-play.

View all WP query variables

Micro Tip for the day: slice of PHP code for viewing all WordPress query variables. Very useful for figuring out custom loops and such.

PHP Get Absolute Path, Document Root, Base URL

Depending on your server configuration, getting correct path information can be challenging. For example, PHP does not provide a variable that will return the the base URL of your site. To help out, you can use the following code snippets to get the absolute path, document root, and base URL, respectively.

Set attachment as featured image

Here’s how to set the first attachment as the featured image for posts in WordPress. This is useful for User Submitted Posts, which attaches uploaded images to each submitted post.