In Why Giving Away Your Code is Not Dangerous, Abhijit Nadgouda of ifacethoughts looks at the issue of “sharing” and Open Source from an interesting perspective:
Imagine you run a transport service, ferrying passengers to destinations they want. A part of your job is to follow maps, find out new routes and build your knowledge about them so that you can take your passengers to the right destination. Now, if someone asks you for directions for going from one place to another, would you hesitate? In fact you would only be helping that person out by giving out the directions. Someone else comes too for them, and so you just make them available to everyone. Would that be a problem? It will hardly be, since your job is to enable your passengers to reach their destination, which is more than just directions…
There are other businesses, like the ones that sell maps or your competitors which might use directions given by you for themselves. But that should hardly matter, because directions is just one ingredient of the entire solution you offer. On the other hand, you giving out directions can only help you. It will create goodwill about you and also prove your dedication towards maintaining a record of your directions. Others who have to come to know of a better route might inform you about it or update the directions in your record. Or they might inform you about temporary impediments in the route. All this is going to help you in your own business.
One of the great joys of working with WordPress is the Open Source and WordPress Community, a group of people who volunteer their time not only to help out on the various support forums, mailing lists, chats, and WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users, but also who publish and share their code solutions and tips. By helping each other, everyone benefits.
Here are some recently highlighted articles to remind you of the sharing and caring that makes the WordPress Community so very special.
WordPress Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
The following collection of WordPress tips, tricks, and techniques cover a variety of WordPress versions. Take care to note which version is covered before implementing any of these techniques. And always backup FIRST, and DURING.
- WPThemesPlugin.com WordPress: Changing WordPress Permalinks Structure – Video
- Ardamis – Showing a WordPress Posts Last Modified Date
- Emoms at Home – 5 WordPress Hosting Lessons – How to Survive the Digg Effect
- Johntp – 5 Ways To Increase The Loading Speed Of A WordPress Blog
- Johntp – 12 Reasons Why I Like Windows Live Writer for WordPress
- Lancel Hoff – Tag Options for WordPress 2.3
- Alex King – WordPress as a CMS
- Andy Beard – How to Setup Email Notifications to Avoid Your WordPress Blog Being Suspended
- Blog-Op – How to do a 301 re-direct and why
- Blog-Op – How To Install A New WordPress Theme
- Blog Bullet Me – K2 WordPress Theme Explained
- Tarangana – How To Improve Performance of Highly Commented WordPress Blogs
- Bloggerholic – How To Add A Sidebar To Your WordPress Blog
- Blogosquare – Quick shooting stats of your WordPress blog
- Blogosquare – Resize Your Post’s Images To Boost Your Blog’s Speed
- Chick Tech – Run an Online Magazine With WordPress
- WordPress Codex – Category Templates
- WordPress Codex – Customizing Your Sidebar
- WordPress Codex – Designing Headers in WordPress
- WordPress Codex – I Make Changes and Nothing Happens
- WordPress Codex – Next and Previous Links
- WordPress Codex – Stepping Into Template Tags
- WordPress Codex – Stepping Into Templates
- WordPress Codex – Styling Theme Forms
- Easy Intenet Solutions – How To Remove Your Blog Posts From Supplemental Result Index
- Edublogs – Writing posts and pages in WordPress
- Edublogs – The many uses of WordPress Plugins Video
- Engtech – Getting Started With Splashcast on WordPress.com
- Ericulous – Popurls Clone using WordPress
- Eruiculous – How to Hide Sub-Categories in the Sidebar
- Essential Keystrokes – Using WordPress to Build a Traditional Web Site
- Extra Logical – Adding Custom WordPress Hooks
- Fallen Posters – RSS Sidebar Widget on Adding Netflix and Last.fm Feeds from Do Not Cross
- WPThemesPlugin.com: Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog at WordPress.com – Video
- Fucoder – How To Change WordPress Permalink Structure with Permalink Redirect Plugin
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Browse All Your Uploaded Files Using The Upload Manager
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Select And Use The Image You Want To Put In Your WordPress 2.0 Post From The File Uploads
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Write The Headline Title In WordPress For Better Search Results
- ZEPREZ WordPress Video Guides – How To Upload Files and Images In WordPress
- Hack WordPress – How To: Hide Individual WordPress Pages
- Hack WordPress – How To: Separating Your Author Comments
- Joseph of Random Networks – WordPress File Uploads With IIS
- Knowledge Constructs – WordPress Video Tutorials – Semi-static Homepage Case Study
- My WordPress Blogging Tips on Writing Posts on WordPress
- Max Limpag – Turning a Web Template Into a WordPress Theme: A Video Tutorial
- Operation N – Securing WordPress Plugins
- Nameless Blog – A Collection of tips for WordPress.com blogs
- Omni Noggin – Make Your WordPress 10X faster During Traffic Storms
- Open Switch – Enhance Your WordPress Writing Experience
- Perishable Press – Triple Loop for WordPress
- Perishable Press – WordPress Basics and Guide: Login to Admin
- Planet Ozh – WordPress Troubles? Clean the Cache!
- Planet Ozh – WordPress Theme Toolkit
- Theme Playground – Advice for Your WordPress Blog: Customize Your 404 Page
- The Undersigned – WordPress: Conditional tags
- The Undersigned – SlideShowPro and WordPress
- The Undersigned – WordPress How-to: Custom Fields
- Waiting for Fairies – Working Permalinks With WordPress In It’s Own Directory
- WPThemesPlugin – Convert Your WordPress Blog To a Subscription Based Site
- WPThemesPlugin – Customize Your WordPress Dashboard
- Andre Wooi – Solving the White Screen Of Death
- Money Shots – A Tip for Thumbnail Images in WordPress
- Cornell Finch – Photoblogging Tips with Lifeblog
- Creative Component – How to Podcast With WordPress Podcast Episode
- Daily Blog Tips – Place an RSS button on single posts
- Devlounge – How to Get Ideas for WordPress Plugins
- Devlounge – Seven Reasons to Write a WordPress Plugin
- Devlounge – Structure of a WordPress Plugin
- Devlounge – Using AJAX with your WordPress Plugin
- Devlounge – WordPress Plugin Actions
- Garry Conn – How To Widgetize A WordPress Theme
- John Chow – How To Get RSS Readers To Visit Your Blog
- Johntp – How To Hide Pages from Showing Up In Your Main Menu
- Johntp – How To Remove Ads On Posts In Certain Categories
- KeyTekK.net – WordPress Tips for Technorati Links (Hebrew)
- Likoma Videos – Lost Password, Update User Info
- Likoma Videos – “Clean up messy code” and “Remove formatting”
- Likoma Video – Adding Subscribe2 WordPress Plugin to Your Blog
- My Paradox – Setting Up WordPress on GoDaddy (Hebrew)
- Working with wp-config.php in WordPress
- Nyssa J. Brown – WordPress Tips and Tricks: Author Comment Highlighting
- Nyssa J. Brown – WordPress Tips and Tricks: Author Highlighting through Theme Options
- Open Source Maven – Customizing Your WordPress Theme Footer Using Dynamic Sidebars
- Optiniche – WordPress Video Tutorial: Upgrading WordPress 2.0.x to WordPress 2.1
- Optiniche – Installing WordPress: An Audio Visual Presentation
- Optiniche – How to Install WordPress Video Tutorial Updated
- Optiniche – Solution for Password Protected Directories and WordPress
- Pro Blog Design – Perfecting Your Printed Posts
- Quick Online Tips – Feedback Check: Can Your Readers Contact You?
- Randy Peterman – Writing a WordPress Plugin Part 1 and Part 2
- Remote Sensing Tools – Easy Asides for WordPress
- Siolon – Use TinyMCE Throughout WordPress Application
- Strange Work – How To: Move a WordPress Blog to a New Hosting Account
- Texto – Five Ways To Highlight Your First Post on a Multi-Post View in a WordPress Theme
- Tom Raftery IT – Podcast using WordPress
- Transycan – Where is the home of your Home(page)?
- Tubetorial – Cutline Theme for WordPress (video)
- Tubetorial Quick Tips – WordPress – Choosing a Theme
- Tubetorial Quick Tips – WordPress – Choosing Permalinks
- Tubetorial Quick Tips – WordPress – Privacy Settings
- Tubetorial – Why WordPress and How It Works (video)
- WPDesigner – Styling Individual Posts Using the_ID
- WPDesigner – How To Manipulate Category Templates
- Z-OC – Managing Obsolete Pages With One Line of Code – Importing into WordPress
- YouTube – WordPress Part 1 – Installation Video Tutorial
- YouTube – Install WordPress via Dreamhost – Screencast
- YouTube – WordPress HOWTO Video- How to write a post
- YouTube – WordPress Tutorial Video
- YouTube – WordPress Video-Plugin Tutorial
- YouTube – WordPress tutorial – installing on a local server
- YouTube – Installing Semilogic Pro Theme to WordPress Video
Help the WordPress Community Grow
We need more articles on how to use WordPress. If you would like to help the WordPress Community, you can publish articles on your blog, if it is in line with your blog’s purpose. Please email me as I may include them in my own lists and help promote them.
To go even further and make a timeless contribution to the WordPress Community, why not write for or donate the use of one of your articles for the WordPress Codex.
There are volunteers all over the world working to translate articles in the WordPress Codex to support WordPress in different countries, including Arabic, Basque, Chinese, Croatian, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish.
Your contribution and volunteer effort would help everyone and contribute to the overall knowledge and techniques for using WordPress.
Are you fluent in a language other than English, too? Why not give some love to the WordPress Community by helping with the efforts to translate WordPress, through the programming core or through translation of the documentation.
If you are a master WordPress coder and hacker, you can help with WordPress Development by reporting and fixing bugs or even digging into the core itself to improve it. WordPress works better because people like you cared enough to help to work better.
There are many ways to help and contribute to WordPress. See Contributing to WordPress for more information and help give some directions to someone who doesn’t know the path.
Or maybe make it part of your holiday gift and New Year’s resolution to give some love back to the WordPress Community this year.
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