Category Archives: Plugins

UTF8 Sanitize

Minnie Mouse

There are times when little problems pop up using WordPress that you just might not expect. Most users don’t know or care about what character encoding their computer and browser are using but when that character encoding is different from what WordPress uses it can lead to some odd problems.

Usually the tell tale sign of a character encoding problem is the appearance of odd characters in a WordPress post. Boxes where there should be characters or quotation marks that look odd. Sometimes there might not be any visible signs of a problem, but certain pages just do not seem to load properly. It can be a frustrating and confusing problem because you just don’t quite know what is going on.

If you have had this kind of problem odds are if you copy the content of your post in text mode over to a plain text editor, my favourite is Bluefish these days, you might be able to actually see the characters that have the problem and fix them. You can then copy and paste the content back to WordPress.

If you don’t want to go through that trouble and you have this problem regularly take a look at UTF8 Sanitize. It is an older plugin but so far it does seem to work still with the new WordPress. It takes the content of your post and tries to remove the non UTF8 characters.

If you do have this problem regularly you might want to check your computer character encoding settings or the editor you usually write in. It can be a hard problem to find the solution to fixing but once you do your WordPress posting will be easy once again.

Spam, Spam and More Spam

As long as there has been the ability to leave comments on websites there has been spam. I recall creating a guestbook for a client once and even though the guestbook used a captcha it did not take long before it started to become overwhelmed with spammy comments. Fighting spam has become so difficult in… Continue Reading

TinyPNG Plugins

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Control Automatic Updates in WordPress

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Lazy Load Images to Improve Page Load Speed

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How to Duplicate a Post in WordPress

A question I get asked fairly often is how to duplicate a post in WordPress. There are many plugins available to do this for you but I like to use¬†Duplicate Post. Duplicate Post is a free plugin which allows you to clone a post or create a draft post based on a previous post (which… Continue Reading

Custom Post Type Sticky Posts

A project I was working on today uses custom post types for part of the content of the website. In this case though some posts in the custom post type need to be sticky. Well the client did not call it that but in the end that is what they described, those posts need to… Continue Reading

Automatically Set Featured Images

I have a love/hate relationship with featured images on WordPress. I love them but I often forget to set them. Usually I am just forgetful and end up publishing posts before I have the feature image set. That is ok for me who knows what I have done and can go back and set the… Continue Reading

Pods Framework for WordPress

I have been really busy this last week so did not get much time to write a post but I wanted to let you know what I have been working on. I have a architecture client that I am moving their current site into WordPress. That is not all that uncommon, but what is interesting… Continue Reading