WordPress sorts Posts by date in descending order as default. But what if you want to order Posts by title? Say you have a Category where you archive movie reviews, and you want to sort this by title instead of by date. It’s easy to implement with a single line of code.
When using WordPress, I often see the need to display a different number of Posts in different contexts. Maybe I just want to display the five newest on the frontpage, but show 50 (with just the headlines) when browsing Archives, etc. WordPress doesn’t let you do this – at least not from the Dashboard – in Reader Settings there’s only one field that lets you set the number of Posts, which is used all-over (defaults to 10).
I wrote a script recently for a new WordPress-site I’m setting up. The script takes a batch of YouTube-links and makes a gallery of clickable thumbnails, automatically fetched from YouTube’s servers. Clicking a thumbnail opens the video in Thickbox, on the site.
The script worked great, and I figured it would be pretty easy to convert it to a plugin – so I did. Check out YouTube SimpleGallery v0.1 Beta. I’m releasing it as a beta version. Please test it out, and report back any bugs.
WordPress is best known as the leading (free) blogging software on the web. But it can also be used as a full-fledged CMS if you know how to take advantage of its flexibility. However, WordPress comes with a host of features which you probably won’t need if you’re using it as a CMS rather than a blogg – such as Comments, Links, and even Posts. So you might want to remove these, especially if you’re setting up a CMS for someone who’s inexperienced and/or have never used WordPress before. Cleaning up the Dashbaord and Editor by removing sections the users don’t need, users who are new to WordPress won’t be distracted by menu items and editor sections they’ll never need to use.
Basically, by removing the excess funtions the users never need, WordPress feels more complete and functional as a CMS. This might make the learning curve a little less steep.