One of the differences between WordPress Pages and Posts is that Posts can have a category assigned to them, whereas pages cannot.  Frankly, I think that is just dumb… why shouldn’t pages have the ability to have categories assigned.  Well, I’m not the only one that think pages should have categories and there are several plugins that provide the capability.  One that I’ve used for a long time is Map Categories to Pages, and I’ve used it very successfully on several blogs and client sites.  It provides a valuable feature, albeit, deceivingly simple.  Once installed there is a category field…

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Duplication of effort is, well, duplication.  And when it comes to effort, who needs that?  Well that’s what many of us who have both a WordPress blog and a FaceBook Page are faced with…. Whenever we make a post on our blog we have to make a similar entry on our FB Page Wall.  Makes you want to have your blog posts automatically show up on your FB page, doesn’t it? Well, that’s what this post is all about… one of the ways to have WordPress posts atomatically post to your FaceBook page (the wall or a tab app.) Why…

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Creating a sign-up form for the MailChimp email service is pretty easy with the MailChimp List plugin, unfortunately there are also several limitations that you either have to live with or find a way to work around (and I haven’t found a workaround yet.)    After installing the MailChimp List Subscribe Form you will have to configure it.  The first thing you will need to have is the MailChimp API key (which you get from your MailChimp > Account > API Keys.)   After entering in a valid API key you will need to select the list that you want to…

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Here’s a situation for you… let’s say that a visitor has a Gravatar profile set up to display a picture whenever they author or comment on a WordPress site.  That generally works quite well and makes your site more personable.  But what if either you, as the site owner, or the visitor, want to have a different picture displayed for a specific site?  What do you do then?  Your could set up a separate email address and register that with Gravatar.com, but often times that is an administrative headache. A nice solution for local avatars There is a nice little…

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Here’s a neat little addition to your WordPress site that should help make your site a little more personable – display someone’s Gravatar (what is a Gravatar?) on your site when they visit and leave a comment.  This post isn’t about how to display those nice little pictures as that is covered elsewhere.  But what we do want to do is encourage people to have one of those pictures to display in the first place. Making it easy to get a Gravatar My guess is that the vast majority of people and commenters on your site do not know how…

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Alternatives and Enhancements to the WordPress TinyMCE Editor Love it, or hate it… The editor in wordpress sure does have it’s frustraiting behaviors.  WordPress uses a custom version of the TinyMCE editor, and they seem to have really hacked it up in many ways.  It is very frustraiting to have formating stripped away from something you’ve written…. or have html code that you’ve placed on a page just get thrown in the incinerator with no recovery possible.   I’ve been battling this with WordPress for some time now trying many different alternative plugins.  Actually, I’ve confussed myself.  I’ve tried many different…

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Visual Form Builder The Visual Form Builder is just like the name implies; it is a form builder that is much more visual than any of the other form builders that I’ve tried.  It also has a great set of features and seems to work quite well.  It seems to be the visual brother of cForms II.  While cForms II definitely leans toward parametric design, Visual Form Builder leans toward the visual design aspect.  There aren’t as many features for a form in Visual Form Builder, but it is still a very capable forms plugin.  In many ways it is…

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cForms II cForms II is a nice blend of drag and drop design with parametric design.  You can assign a very good range of values to various field and form design parameters including the ability to assign variable information such as user name, form name, and email to any field’s default value.  There is a good selection of validation checks and layout parameters.  cForms II also has a limited drag and drop capability for designing the form, which from what I can tell, is limited to changing the order of the fields presented on the form. Another nice thing about…

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Custom Contact Forms The Custom Contact Forms plugin has a lot of settings for you to modify.  It is a very parametric driven forms generator with no drag and drop that I could find.  It does appear to allow you control over just about every aspect of the forms appearance, and for those of you familiar with databases, allows you to create fields in a somewhat familiar way.  On thing I could not find in terms of features is the ability to use variables for field defaults.  For example, if there is a field on the form called email where…

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