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Tips on speeding up WordPress Admin’s Dashboard

You may notice that WordPress shows error messages in your WordPress dashboard saying timeout if you host your own WordPress somewhere, that’s because your PHP socket timeout is set too low, mine is 60 secs which is big enough. You may also be aware that you don’t really look at them(Development blog, Incoming Links, Developers news, and WordPress plugins) most of the time. Originally I thought to just remove/comment out some of code related to dashboard but I recall there is a plugin which just does that for you. So I did a search in wordpress.org and found that it’s wordpress-dashboard-editor.

And I installed it and tried it, and it works fine. And I love it, thanks Aaron Harun for the great plugin, here is the description of this plugin:

This plugin allows you to add whatever you want to the WordPress dashboard through PHP and HTML even Sidebar Widgets. You can also wipe the entire dashboard or individually remove some of the more irritating sections like the Dev news, Planet WordPress and the getting started section.

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June 15, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Plugins, Wordpress Tips | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Incorrect URLs for images, css and js files in Products page of WP e-commerce plugin

After adding a few products with photos to one of the newly defined categories and following the steps as stated in Tips on how to reset default category in WP e-commerce plugin’s admin panel, I am able to see the products listed in the page but none of them with the uploaded photos. This really puzzled me for a while, and I even debugged the code for sometime. However, it turns out e-commerce plugin producing incorrect URLs for images, css and js files included by the plugin, these URLs are in the format of system directory, such as C:\tools\wordpress-2.5.1\wp-content\….. Once the root cause of the issue is found, the fix is a bit easier.

Here I am providing the fixes so that folks who have the similar issues will benefit from it. Continue reading

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Technology, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

Tips on how to reset default category in WP e-commerce plugin’s admin panel

The issue that first time users of WP e-commerce will always encounter is “products page” doesn’t show any products added so far, the reason for that is because you might choose different product category instead the default category. Then the question becomes “how do we set Wp e-commerce’s default category”, here is how you can do it in WP e-commerces 3.6.6 with WordPress 2.5.1: Continue reading

June 13, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Plugins, Wordpress Tips, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Collection of articles on setting up an e-commerce site with WordPress and WP e-commerce

I’ve been hunting for an ecommerce plugin of WordPress for my own product site which is still under construction now, and am looking around for the best wordpress e-commerce plugins available for quite sometime, and so far it appears that the WP e-Commerce plugin by Instinct Entertainment is the one looks much promising. Here is a list of valuable articles that I found useful:

an industrial strength elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.

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June 11, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, WP E-Commerce | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Fix of issues with old version of jQuery in WordPress 2.5.1 when using FeedWordPress

Recently I installed wordpress 2.5.1 and FeedWordpress plugin, wanted to load some of my favorite news RSS, and everything works fine except some of the administrator features with drag and drop capabilities are failed. especially when I was trying to re-arrange sidebar widgets. Here is the error message:

Error: jQuery(“#tags-input”).val() has no properties

After spending sometime debugging it, and I found that FeedWordpress (the version that I am using is 0.993) doesn’t do a good validation before making the call to val() for the jQuery object since the DOM node corresponding to “#tags-input” might not exist. And the code is located in /wp-admin/js/post.js. There are two places needed to be fixed in the file, one is in function tag_update_quickclicks(), and another in function tag_flush_to_text(). Here is the fix for tag_update_quickclicks: Continue reading

June 10, 2008 Posted by | Wordpress Plugins | , , , , | 3 Comments