The basic installation of WordPress does not provide a feature to make the entire wordpress blog private. Yes – you can block search engines and Yes you can opt to disable pinging update services when you publish new content; but that’s not completely private. By “private” we mean a WordPress blog that is only viewable to those with a username and password.

So if we want to make a WordPress blog private and ensure that only logged in users can view content we need to direct users not logged in to the login screen, like above.

How can we secure a wordpress blog then?

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1. Standard permalink structure.
2. Permalink structure with .HTML extension at end – the uber cool permalink structure.

Most WordPress blogs, use a common permalink structure. They use one like the first shown above:

/%category%/%postname%/

… or more simply a lot of wordpress blogs just use:

/%postname%/

These two permalink structures are boring, like I said they are “common“. But if something is common, that’s a bad sign isn’t it, yes? Yes it is. When something is common it shows that it is fashionable. Stuff fashion, let’s be creative, let’s be cool.

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Wordpress

By default, the image upload tool build into WordPress creates thumbnail images. So when the user clicks “send to editor” the image rendered will be a thumbnail of the original image uploaded. WordPress renders this by placing “.thumbnailThe file “/wp-admin/inline-uploading.php” is used to render image thumbnails. Lines 81-85 dictate a maximum width of 128 pixels or a maximum height of 96 pixels. Perhaps in future versions of WordPress the width and height pixel values will be an option in the WordPress administration. after the image name and between the image extension:

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Wordpress

By default all WordPress posts viewed as a single post are controlled by the particular theme’s “single.php” file.

WordPress, by default is setup to use one template file (“single.php“) for every post.(But what if you wanted to display a different layout or different code dependent on the specific categories a post or filed into?

To do this with WordPress; one needs to use a bit of PHP in the “single.php” file and create category specific files.

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Futcha Splash

On a recent job, the client consistently demanded a splash page for their website. Despite my consistent groans and insistence that the implementation of a splash page on their website would instantly turn it, them and me to the dark side, I gave in.

I reluctantly implemented a quick solution using WordPress. I used php to check if the user was referred to the index page from within the site or from out with the site.

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