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Private URLs with .htaccess

With WordPress and other publishing software, you can create “private” and “password-protected” posts, but the URL is still going to be discoverable via search engines and visitors. This technique using .htaccess makes the post and URL accessible only to the specified IP addresses.

.htaccess for cookie-less image domain

Here is a choice collection of .htaccess directives that I use when hosting images on a subdomain. When doing so, it’s best for performance to make sure the domain or sub-domain is “cookie-less”, so there is no time wasted sending cookie data back and forth between the server and client. Other optimizations are included to […]

WordPress Image Gallery Loop

This post shares the custom-loop code referenced by the image gallery tutorial. Basically what we’re doing here is creating a custom loop for displaying images that are attached to the current post (i.e., in the WP Loop). This technique is used for the Responsive Image Gallery.

PHP List All Directory Files

Here are three ways to list all files in a directory via PHP: via iterator class, file function, and while loop (in order of preference).

18 Sweet WordPress Functions

Here is a collection of 18 sweet WordPress functions that can be used to improve the functionality of any WordPress-powered site. Enjoy!

WordPress Random Post Class

Here is a simple plugin that you can use to include a random post class for each post. With a slight modification it can be used to include a random body class. This function can be useful for applying random colors and styles to your blog posts. Or whatever.

Get child or parent theme URI & path

These days, WordPress provides numerous ways to get the path and URI for the current theme directory. This post is reference for WP developers who need to get the URI and/or path for the current child or parent theme. Just grab, gulp, and go..

Canonical www via .htaccess

Creating canonical URLs for your site is an important part of good SEO. In this quick post, we’ll look at several .htaccess techniques for removing and requiring the www prefix, and additionally we’ll see how to remove any index.php appendage from all URIs.

Allowed HTML tags for wp_kses()

Developing WordPress plugins, I frequently need to specify an array of allowed HTML tags and attributes for wp_kses(). The collection of allowed tags has grown over time, and so I’m posting it here at WP-Mix for future reference. Just makes my life easier, hopefully it helps you too.

Some Useful WordPress Shortcodes

Here is a nice collection of useful WordPress shortcodes, including cool functionality like displaying author lists, automatic links, subscribe links, current date, and more!

All WordPress Login Parameters

Here is a list of all the query string parameters used on the WordPress Login Page. Knowing these can be useful when you are customizing the Admin Area and related functionality, so you can be sure to cover all the bases.

Dead Simple Tooltips

Finding a decent tooltip script takes a lot of work, searching, testing, fiddling. Often, it’s much quicker and easier to simply roll your own, maybe starting from something very basic and simple. The problem is that finding a super simple starting point for tooltips is next to impossible; the few scripts that are available aren’t […]