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Blogging Challenge: WordPress Treasure Hunt

Whether or not you are a fan of WordPress, this weeks’ should be great fun. This week, I’m sending you on a treasure hunt.

Search the web for the best articles on the following WordPress-related topics.

Below is a list of 100 WordPress-related topics. Your blogging challenge is to either post your answers here or on your blog matching an article to each topic. You will need to search the Internet for the articles. Not just any article will do. They must meet the following criteria.

  1. The article must be directly related and applicable to WordPress. For example, if the treasure hunt topic is “Ajax” then the article must be about using Ajax with WordPress.
  2. The article must describe, answer, and provide a solution to the topic.
  3. “You” are not the author of the article. Find something someone else has written about the topic.
  4. The article must have the majority of its content focused on the topic, not one among 40 topics covered.
  5. One article per treasure item. If you find more than one, pick what you think is the “best” one.
  6. An article can only appear on your list once. You cannot use the same article on more than one treasure item on the list. Got it?
  7. The writing must be clear and easy to read and understand.
  8. If you strike out on the web in general, then you may search the and/or or , but only as a last resort.
  9. Copy the list below and paste it in a blog post on your blog with as many treasure hunt items listed with a related article links as you can find. Send a trackback or post the link to your WordPress Treasure Hunt list here when you’re done, so we can visit and see what treasures you have unburied.

The WordPress-related treasure hunt topics are:

  1. 404
  2. accessibility
  3. ajax
  4. Akismet
  5. API
  6. asides
  7. author
  8. bad behavior
  9. blogroll
  10. bookmarklets
  11. boren
  12. botd
  13. canvas
  14. category feeds
  15. comment moderation
  16. comment spam
  18. css
  19. custom fields
  20. dashboard
  21. design a WordPress Theme from scratch
  22. difference between WordPress and
  23. donncha
  24. drmike
  25. favorite WordPress Plugins list
  26. feeds
  27. ftp
  28. functions
  29. gallery
  30. google sitemap
  31. hAtom
  32. hierarchy
  33. hooks
  34. how to choose a WordPress Theme
  35. htaccess
  36. if single()
  37. installing wordpress
  38. ioerror
  39. jaquith
  40. javascript
  41. Kiwi
  42. LaTeX
  43. localization
  44. loop
  45. matt
  46. meta
  47. mingus
  48. moBlogging
  49. moving WordPress
  50. mu
  51. mysql
  52. nofollow
  53. permalinks
  54. photoblog
  55. ping
  56. podcasts
  57. polls
  58. post slug
  59. query_posts
  60. quicktag
  61. refresh
  62. rel
  63. sandbox
  64. search
  65. semantic
  66. semantics
  67. seo
  68. separating trackbacks from comments
  69. sidebar accessories
  70. sidebar
  71. skelton
  72. smilies
  73. social bookmarking
  74. spam karma
  75. static front page
  76. strayhorn
  77. tags
  78. Technorati
  79. text control
  80. text editors
  81. the_excerpt()
  82. theme lists
  83. trackback
  84. using character entities in WordPress
  85. utw
  86. validate
  87. vblogging
  88. visual anatomy
  89. winkler
  90. wordpress for beginners
  91. WordPress Widgets
  93. wp_list_pages()
  94. wp-cache
  95. wpdb Class
  96. write code in WordPress posts
  97. writing plugins
  99. XFN
  100. XML-RPC

Not everyone will find the same articles for the same WordPress treasures, but some might. You might find more than one article referencing a treasure on this list, but remember choose only one for each item. Pick the best one you find. Who knows what goodies may be found in the treasure trove of WordPress-related tips, tricks, techniques, and topics.

I’ll be monitoring comments fairly closely for the next two weeks so if you post a link to your list here and it doesn’t show up, be patient. I’ll get to it. Don’t post twice. If you write down your WordPress-related treasure hunt finds on your blog, make sure a trackback appears here or post a link to your post so we can check out what WordPress treasures you’ve found.

Are you ready? This one is harder than it looks. Get set. Go hunt!

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  1. Posted October 3, 2006 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    Let us count roughly ten minutes per topic: flipping through 2 to 3 pages of technorati / wordpress codex / google searches, then scanning those articles that appear as mildly relevant, then picking the ‘best one’ (if we are lucky to find such a ‘best one’). I am not counting the many half-hours spent on Wikipedia just to get the slightest idea on what most topics are all about.

    10 minutes x 100 = 17 hours = 2 full work days.

    My blogging ass is beginning to ache 😉
    Can we split the work between all those who want to take the challenge ?

  2. Posted October 3, 2006 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    I’m all for teamwork!

    But if you really do the math, then you need to take into consideration that some people are familiar with some of these terms and so they “know” their favorite articles to match those terms. That’s seconds of work. You have to subtract out the familiarity factor. 😉 And then there is the first time find, where the “best” article is at the top of the search results, narrowing down the time to 1-3 minutes to decide…

    And the fun factor makes the time go faster, right?

  3. Posted October 3, 2006 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Quite a task 😀 But I think I’m up for it, if I can find the time. Is it okay to select some of my own articles for some of the topics?

  4. Posted October 3, 2006 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    See Rule Number 3. 😉

  5. Posted October 3, 2006 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Whoops 🙂

  6. Posted October 3, 2006 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    We all know you’ve done brilliant articles about WordPress. Now it’s time for you to check out what other people have been doing. Ah, that’s the challenging part. hee hee.

  7. Posted October 3, 2006 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I too would surely give this a try this weekend and come up with treasure. Pirate ready to take up this job.

  8. Posted October 4, 2006 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a fun contest, if I can find the time. That’s quite a list.

  9. Posted October 6, 2006 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I managed to finish them all off. Here is a tip that helped me considerably, use this search phrase in google: wordpress [search keywords] It finds the best pages that match your keyword query and that don’t exist in the support forums or codex. cheers!

  10. Posted October 6, 2006 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    First in! Wow! And a great tip. See, I was hoping this would test search engine skills and expertise.

    So, what did you learn by doing this, Maxpower?

  11. Posted October 7, 2006 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I was surprised when my Post on was picked up by and now I find it actually fit a category on your challenge! 😀

    #22 on’s post

  12. Posted October 7, 2006 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    Glad you got found in the WordPress Treasure Hunt Challenge. Now it’s your turn! Start your treasure hunt engines!

  13. Posted October 9, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Besides the specifics of many of the posts I linked to, in general what MaxPower learned was this:

    the codex and support forums are a great resource for good, solid information on WordPress (duh)
    the blogosphere is great for the latest information, but also has a lot of redundant or no longer accurate information
    considering that there are millions of WordPress sites on the Internet, there are surprisingly very few good websites that disuss using WordPress above the beginner level

  14. Posted October 19, 2006 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I guess I am the only challenger. Boo urns I say!

  15. Posted January 14, 2009 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    That is awesome idea. Trust me to find it when it’s way too late. I just wanted to say that I love treasure hunts: I did one at the local university last year, and have popped up the hunt and the answer over on me blog.

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