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Lock Pages 2.0

I’ve just released a new version of my Lock Pages plugin for WordPress. I think it’s long overdue, and the plugin feels much more satisfactory to me now. Of course, any major revision brings the potential for new bugs, so do let me know about any glitches!

Improvements include:

  • Updated check for page edit screen for WP 3
  • Improved removal of Quick Edit functionality
  • Removed edit permalink elements, slug meta box, parent drop-down, status and password fields for locked pages
  • Added locking for page status and password protection
  • Created POT file for translations
  • Added Spanish translations (thanks to Javier G√≥mez Pose!)

You can install / upgrade via the WP plugins admin screen, or head over to the wordpress.org plugin repository.

A new breed of spam

In the past few weeks, this site has seen a drastic increase of comment spam.

Well, there’s always a lot of spam, most of which gets filtered well by Akismet. However, this recent round is insidious. In fact, it successfully blurs the line between spam and legitimate comments.

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File Select plugin

My Custom Fields WordPress plugin recently added the ability to select files from the Media Library into custom fields. To provide this functionality, I created a separate plugin, which can also be used in other contexts, e.g. a theme settings page.

File Select is available download. Let me know how it works for you!

Disabling WordPress plugin deactivation and theme changing

Someone asked in a comment here recently whether a WordPress plugin I’d posted could be adapted to work as theme code. The reasoning was that a client might deactivate a plugin, breaking some of the site’s functionality.

Careless clients clicking around in the admin interface can be a concern for a responsible developer. Of course, the primary way of limiting this kind of risk is to assign clients to appropriate roles. If the pre-defined roles don’t quite fit, Justin Tadlock’s excellent Members plugin can help you get it right.

But say you have a client to whom you want to give plugin activation / deactivation capabilities (so they can add new plugins themselves), but the site you’ve built includes certain plugins that really shouldn’t be deactivated. What then?

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Intercept WordPress 404s

So, I’ve got a WordPress site with a bunch of custom post types. On the archive pages for those posts, I have a taxonomy drop-down for a custom taxonomy called “theme” (I know, a slightly confusing label to use in WordPress, but that’s what it has to be). The idea is that you select the theme and the archive listing is filtered accordingly.

Now, for creating the drop-down I use get_terms. This has a hide_empty argument, which will omit terms that aren’t being used. The problem is, my “theme” taxonomy applies to all custom post types. So if a term is applied to any post anywhere, it is included, even if it’s not used at all for the post type being viewed, it appears in the drop-down. When you select it, you get a 404, because the request returns no posts.

How can I stay on the archive template and return a polite “There are no posts here for this theme”?

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SLT Custom Fields 0.4 (beta)

There’s a new version of my custom fields WordPress plugin. Development got slowed to a halt and I’ve not included everything I wanted to in this release, but I’ve put it out because it contains a fix for a bug someone kindly found.

There’s a bunch of new features, which need thorough testing to iron out any further bugs. Check out the changelog in the readme.txt for more details.

Thanks to everyone using the plugin and reporting bugs. I’m aiming to get the plugin into good shape for the WP repository soon. It’ll probably stay in beta for a bit after that, but at least we’ll be able to auto-update :)

Rushkoff on branding

I usually keep posting here strictly to the techie nitty-gritty. But I thought that aside from this talk by Douglas Rushkoff directly addressing important issues around commerce and the internet, it’s also just a fundamentally important perspective.
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