Jetpack Related Posts are great. You should use them!
They are also customizable; we added a lot of filters to allow you to customize the output of the Related Posts. You can find a lot of examples here: Customize Related Posts (Kudos to Xiao for all the great work he’s done with Jetpack Related Posts).
The module also includes an option to “use a large and visually striking layout”. When that option is active, Jetpack will look for a large image (at least 350*200px) in your posts, and use that image when displaying Related Posts. It looks great, and I use it on this site:
What doesn’t look that good, however, is when some of the Related Posts don’t have any image.
There are 2 ways to solve this small issue.
WordPress 3.0 introduced a very useful feature: custom menus: if your theme handles it, you can add menus in different areas of your theme, without having to dive into code or install any plugin.
There is only one limitation to this: your menu is often added to your theme’s header or footer and the menu items remain the same on all pages of your site.
Let’s see how to work around this problem, and have different menu items depending on the page you’re on.
Let’s dig into this small tutorial!
When WordPress 2.8 came out, we all discover the wonders of taxonomies, and how we could add extra information to our posts and custom post types really easily.
However, it turns out taxonomies have existed for a long time and are not just available for posts, but for all object types. I for one had no idea about this!
Luckily, Justin Tadlock is here! In this tutorial, he covers the basics and examples of what you can do with custom user taxonomies in WordPress; a must-read, as with all tutorials from Justin.
Read the tutorial here: Custom user taxonomies in WordPress.
WPvibe proposes a quick way to exclude categories from your RSS feed, and thus display them only on your site, and not for your RSS subscribers.
Careful though, if you use Feedburner, this modification will apply only to your WordPress feed (http://mywordpresssite.com/feed/)
How to Exclude Categories from your RSS Feed.
Westi proposes a simple way to show the new 3.1 admin bar to all users, and thus have a log in button and a search bar on all pages.
Have a look!
Always show admin bar « follow the white rabbit.
We have all grown so used to CMS, blogging softwares and the like, we may have forgotten all the magic that happens behind the curtains, on the server side.
Here is a little reminder with a great description and decomposition of how a page request is translated to a MySQL query. Courtesy of ozh, of course. A must-read!
WordPress Query Overview: How a Page Request Is Translated To a MySQL Query – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org.
A few weeks ago, I introduced the WooTumblog plugin developed by Woothemes and their iPhone application, Express App.
Since this plugin only works with compatible themes, you may have turned down that possibility altogether. However, the Wooteam has made it really easy to adapt your theme to use the plugin. A few lines of code to edit, and you’re ready to micro-blog!
The article below details all the necessary steps to adapt your theme.
How To Create A Tumblr-Like Blog Using WordPress.
As usual, Jutin Tadlock produces great tutorials to explain us how to use WordPress functions properly.
Today, it is about how to register and use your sidebars: there is a simple way to register and include different sidebars into your theme, much better than what you can find in numerous WordPress themes today.
Head over to the article for a very interesting read!
Sidebars in WordPress
When users take the time and effort to add a comment to one of your posts, wouldn’t you like to thank them about it? Here aretwo different methods to thank your users after they commented.
In a comment on my older post explaining how to integrate Facebook Like button into your WordPress theme, Mike was asking how to add the button into pages, instead of posts like I had explained. In that post I will propose a solution to solve that issue.