Grammarly Lite – Add this ‘smart spellchecker’ to Google Chrome

grammarly-logoI recently downloaded and began testing a Chrome browser extension I read about called Grammarly Lite, and let me tell you, it’s awesome! Once you install the extension you’ll see a little green “G” in the lower right-hand corner of every text box letting you know that Grammarly Lite is loaded and on the job.

Grammarly Lite works in real time, highlighting misspelled words and punctuation errors on the fly. Simply hover your mouse over the underlined word or text snippet and Grammarly Lite will suggest a short list of possible fixes. Click on the appropriate one and the error is fixed right then and there. If the highlighted word is correct but unrecognized by Grammarly Lite, adding it to the dictionary is as easy as clicking “Remember this word”. [Continue Reading]

How to create a Line Break in WordPress

wordpress-logoWordPress is considered by many to be the most powerful and most feature-rich blogging platform in use today, but it does have its share of puzzling quirks. And the one that puzzled me the most was the WordPress post editor’s refusal to insert a line break between lines when the Enter key was pressed. It begins a new paragraph instead.

Well, after several days of frustration I finally decided that I wouldn’t rest until I figured out how to create a line break in my WordPress posts. And figure it out I did… All you have to do is use the Shift+Enter key combination (press the Shift key and the Enter key at the same time).

You’re welcome.

Remove the WordPress version from your blog’s pages for added security

wordpress-logoWordPress is the most widely used self-hosted blogging platform out there which makes WordPress-based blogs especially appealing targets for hackers.

The core WordPress files are updated quite often in order to plug security holes, but it’s easy to miss an upgrade when it becomes available, or simply forget to install it. Missing an update makes your blog an open target because hackers tend to go after blogs that are still running older, insecure versions of WordPress.

And it’s extremely easy for the bad guys to find blogs running older versions of WordPress. Since the WordPress version is listed right in the blog’s source code, all they have to do is search Google for an older version number and Google will comply by listing all the blogs that are running that WordPress version. But there’s an easy way to prevent hackers from finding your blog by using this method. Simply install a great little plugin called Remove My Version![Continue Reading]

How to remove post category and tags from page with Genesis Framework

genesis-framework-logoIf your WordPress blog was built using the Genesis Framework (and in my opinion it should be!), you might be wondering how to remove the Category and Tag post meta info from the home page and individual post pages. As with most everything else, Genesis makes doing so quite easy. Here’s how:

1 – Open your child theme’s functions.php file in your favorite code editor.

2 – Add this snippet of code at the bottom:

/** Remove the post meta function */
remove_action( ‘genesis_after_post_content’, ‘genesis_post_meta’ );

3 – Save the file and upload it to your server.

You’re done! Now you won’t see the category or tag information on either the home page or the individual post pages of your blog.

New warning message in WordPress 3.5 makes some blogs appear to be broken

wordpress-logoWhen WordPress released version 3.5 in December 2012 they included a brand new warning message about a possible security hole due to the way some plugins are written. If you recently upgraded your WordPress installation to version 3.5, you might be seeing a message similar to this at the bottom of every page:

“Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in /home/content/52/8331652/html/wp-content/themes/chateau-2.0/functions.php on line 91 and defined in /home/content/52/8331652/html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 990”

If so, don’t worry, your blog is perfectly fine. It isn’t broken. That is just a warning message, not an error message. Removing the warning message is easy. Just edit your wp-config.php file (make a backup copy of the file first though in case something goes wrong) and add this line to turn off error display on your blog:

@ini_set(‘display_errors’, 0);

Upload the edited wp-config.php file to your server and you’ll be good to go!


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