What’s New in WordPress 3.0 Beta 1

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For all of the fans of the popular WordPress blogging system (myself included), the first public beta of the next generation of WordPress has just been released a few days ago. Besides regular bug fixes, WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 introduces numerous new features including a new default theme, custom post types, and the merge of […]

Limit Unnecessary PHP Queries to Speed Up WordPress

PHP is a very fast server side scripting language that is often used for dynamic content such as blogs including Tech Airlines. However, themes often contain many unnecessary PHP queries, especially those that are publicly distributed. Queries often request information from the database and even though its very fast, excessive requests could significantly slow down […]

Blogger Finally Welcomes Static Pages

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Do you use Blogger? My earlier comparison between Blogger and WordPress showed that Blogger did not support static pages. This was useful for creating, for example, a ‘Contact Us’ page or an ‘About Us’ page.  To create static pages in Blogger, users usually create a post and change the publish date to something really old. […]

Optimize WordPress Contact Form 7 Plugin Scripts

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WordPress has many contact form plugins. The one I use here at Tech Airlines is called Contact Form 7. It’s extremely flexible and easy to use. However, the one thing that has always bugged me was that its 3 scripts (Ajax and 2 jQuery scripts) load on every single page regardless of whether or not […]

Create SEO Friendly CSS Rollover Buttons

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Rollovers are a useful visual effect indicating that something is clickable. In the early days of HTML and web design, the only way to create rollover buttons was through Javascript, which relied on scripts being enabled along with adding a lot of extra code and slowing the entire page down. It’s now possible to use […]

Submit a Full Sitemap for Blogger

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Google offers Google Webmaster Tools for webmasters to submit their site to Google as well as get detailed indexing and keyword information. A similar service is also offered by Yahoo! and Bing. These services allow providing a sitemap(s). Why are Sitemaps Important? Sitemaps help tell search engines, such as Google, what pages exist in your […]

WordPress 2.9 is Now Available!

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Matt Mullenweg has just announced today in a blog post the final gold release of WordPress 2.9 “Carmen”. There are numerous small but significant updates in this release. According to Matt, the “coolest new stuff from a user’s point of view” are: Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or […]

Secure WordPress Configuration File

WordPress uses a configuration file named wp-config.php, which contains your database name and password in it, as well as other data such as your table prefix and your secret auth keys (as of WordPress 2.6). Normally when a user attempts to load wp-config.php directly, they will be faced with a blank page. However, what happens […]

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