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These posts document experiments in hacking and tweaking Wordpress; I hardly call myself expert, but I do like to tinker under the hood. If there is something I can do for you, bark my way or visit me at http://cogdog.it

The Te of Pages

Because he wrote The Tao of Posts and asked for it, comes the Te of Pages. From the original As we were saying, Te is pronounced DEH. In classical Chinese, it is written two ways. The first joins the character “upright” to the character for “heart”. It’s meaning is virtue. The second way adds the character for “left foot,” which in Chinese signifies “stepping out.” Its meaning is virtue in action. Te is not, as its English-language equivalent suggests, a one-size-fits-all sort of goodness or admired behavior that can be recognized as essentially the same no matter who possesses it. It is instead a quality of special character, spiritual strength, or hidden potential unique to the individual–something that comes from the Inner Nature of things. And something, we might add, that the individual who possesses int may be quite unaware of– as is the case of Piglet through most of […]

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Feed WordPress 101: A Few More Tricks For Your Site

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by One Tree Hill Studios This is part 5 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC »» A Few More Tricks «« – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images Feed WordPress is a plugin, but itself has it’s own suite of plugins to extend it’s functionality- a plugin with plugins? Yes. I will be reviewing a few of […]

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Feed WordPress 101: Some Feed Magic

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by pasukaru76 This is part 4 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger »» Some Feed Magic «« Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC A Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images The previous posts in this series covered setting up Feed WordPress and getting mostly blog feeds into a syndication site. But you are certainly not limited to blogs, you can add anything to […]

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Feed WordPress 101: Feeding The Machine

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Mr Michael This is part 3 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined »» Feeding the Machine «« – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC A Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images At the end of our last section on setting up Feed WordPress, we reviewed the basic process for adding a site to our aggregator. In this post, I explore this farther, […]

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Feed WordPress 101: Installing and Setting Up The Machine

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog This is part 2 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101. Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing »» Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress «« – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC A Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images In the previous section, we planned out a structure for our syndicated content. Now let’s plugin the machine and twiddle a few dials. If you like documentation, check the wiki on the […]

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Feed WordPress 101: The Basics

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by cathywitch This is part 1 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 »» Basic Concepts of Syndication «« – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC A Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images Why Bother? If you have gone this far, you’ve likely already made a decision to run a course or community in a distributed manner. Why would you do this when your institution […]

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Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101

This is the first in a series of posts meant as a guide for almost anyone to create a WordPress site that operates as a networked hub for content created elsewhere. This is the engine, the Jim Groom Syndication Bus that drives ds106, the Open Digital Storytelling course/community/space. It is intended primarily for Connected Courses, which is intended to be offered in October-November 2014 as an open course in how to create open courses. I have built several of these sites in the last few years, after learning how it works with ds106, such as ETMOOC (Educational Technology MOOC), Project Community (The Hague University of Applied Science), Harvard Future of Learning Institute, rmooc (Thompson Rivers University), and most recently Thought Vectors in Concept Space (UNIV 200 at VCU). All of these sites are different, themes, pupose, kinds of syndicated content, but they are all are powered by WordPress and the […]

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Multisite Thinking

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Kevin Gilmour Apparently there is a strain of Technology Fatigue swirling around I've been hearing a lot of technology fatigue from faculty this year. — Bryan Alexander (@BryanAlexander) January 15, 2014 I do not have a cure. Maybe try a nap? I do not deny the feeling and I waft it myself. You can either mire in a stupor or change things up and find something that excites you (c.f. Curly’s Law). It’s not limited to technology; if you are not continually retooling your approach, then the heavy feeling is imminent. Over the last few months, I have started to realize that my designs for a number of WordPress based projects have been focused on the singular need, not the longer term iteration. What? I worked on a project in 2012 with Nancy White to create a ds106ish blog aggregating course […]

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Backdooring a WordPress User Admin Account

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by amanda tipton Understanding some of the database structure of wordpress can help you out of some jams. Ot maybe make some new ones. I had a recent situation that may never happen for someone else, but knowing something about the way WordPress stories user account information shortcutted a problem. The situation is a client who hired me to move their web site, and help create a new design. The first part has taken much longer than expected because the person who managed the site was rather… tightfisted with control. The ftp information provided never worked. The client who the site belonged to did not even have admin access to their own site, so they could not even make me an admin account. But I was provided the login to phpMyAdmin. And that is all I needed. The basic thing […]

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Styling Down those Oversized Images in WordPress

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Reema This blog’s crusty old theme (I still like it, sue me) has a pretty narrow width content column, 500px fixed. I typically size my media to fit. Since I have been syndicating content into here from my other blogs– my Barking Dog photo site puts images in at 950px wide, and my ds106 tricks site is at least 800 wide, I end up with posts requiring manual editing. Here is an example, the post originally at ds106 tricks has images 71- px wide, so when they are syndicated here, I get cruft like: The images blow wide, at the top its not horrible, they are behind the sidebars… but it bothers my design sense. I’ve noticed on themes like the stock WordPress Twenty-Eleven -Twelve, -Thirteen that it seems to magically size all images wider than the column width […]

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