When renaming your WP admin user, don’t neglect your comments

A few months ago, popular people in the WordPress community (including Matt) made a push to stop using the user name “admin.” A considerably-sized brute force attack targeted this user name specifically since so many users never change or create an administrator with another name. I followed the wisdom of the crowd and this post… Continue reading When renaming your WP admin user, don’t neglect your comments

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Clobber spam users WordPress plugin

I’ve built another plugin for WordPress websites with open registration. This plugin makes it easy to prevent spam accounts from publishing posts. Frequently asked questions What does this thing do? This plugin adds an item to the Users menu of your administration dashboard. Click the “Clobber Spam” link and you will see a page that… Continue reading Clobber spam users WordPress plugin

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Top users WordPress plugin

I wrote a new plugin to list the contributors to a WordPress website. The comment and post counts are added together, and the top X users are listed in a simple table alongside the counts. See this plugin in use at http://www.fightthescams.com/thanks-for-commenting/ Download top-users-by-comment-plus-post-count.zip. Installation instructions Upload the `top-users-by-comment-plus-post-count` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory Activate… Continue reading Top users WordPress plugin

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Export comments WordPress plugin

I launched a new WordPress plugin to export a blog’s comments. Specifically, this plugin creates a tab-delimited text version of the wp_comments database table. Options include approved, pending or spam (or any combination of) comments. This page will soon expand. For now… Download this plugin from WordPress.org

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WordPress comment paging creates duplicate content

I learned something today about WordPress that I would like to share. The “break comments into pages” feature can create duplicate content for all posts that have only a single page of comments. I made this graphic to explain exactly what happens.

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WP Plugin: Recent comments widget with excerpts

I wrote a WordPress plugin to modify the behavior of the recent comments widget. Since WP version 2.8.0, popular widgets have been included as core functionality. I don’t like how the recent comments widget works, so I changed it. Instead of displaying the post titles that received comments, my plugin shows comment excerpts. I made… Continue reading WP Plugin: Recent comments widget with excerpts

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