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WordPress.com Resources – Tips, Tricks and Tools

This is my collection of tips and tricks for running a WordPress.com blog and programs/scripts I have written to make blogging easier.

See the full list of free software I have created.

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Tips and Tricks – Table of Contents

Tools – Table of Contents

WordPress.com does not allow installation of plug-ins (or themes) so it can only be modified with 3rd party applications running on your computer.

Blogging Tips

WordPress.com Tips

WordPress.com Widgets and Sidebars

WordPress.com Upgrades


Other Blogs About WordPress

These blogs cover WordPress and WordPress.com.


WordPress.com Tag Cloud Generator

  • Want to display all of your categories/tags on a single page as a tag cloud? You need my Tag Cloud Generator for WordPress.com program.
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  • Tag Cloud Generator connects to your WordPress.com account, downloads information about your tags/categories and generates HTML code you can cut-and-paste into a blog post or a blog page. It’s not as simple as running a plug-in, but it is the only solution available for WordPress.com bloggers who want a tag cloud.

WordPress.com Theme Review

  • Tired of switching themes only to find out days later that there’s a bug with it, or it doesn’t support some feature that your depend on in your writing? You need to take a look at the WordPress.com Theme Review.
    • It lists all of the features (and bugs) of the various WordPress.com themes.
    • 4 themes are reviewed each week.
    • At the end, an Excel spreadsheet will be released with all of the information.

WordPress Category Resizer (Greasemonkey)wpcatr-thumbnail.png

  • Too many categories getting you down? Tired of only being able to look at 10 or 12 categories at once? You need the WordPress Category Resizer.
    • It is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that moves the category list when editting/creating posts.
    • The categories are moved underneath the text box.
    • Three columns are displayed at once with no scrollbar.
    • Adding new categories still works.

Akismet Auntie Spam (Greasemonkey)

Without it Akismet shows 3-6 comments per screenWith it Akismet shows 17-20 comments per screen

  • Is your Akismet inbox filled to the brim with spam? Do you ignore it instead of checking for missed comments? You need Akismet Auntie Spam for WordPress.com.
    • It is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that greatly reduces the amount of text displayed on the screen.
    • Moves navigation bar to the bottom instead of the top.
    • Reduces text size.
    • Truncates long comments.
    • Click to open a popup with full comment.
  • With Akismet Auntie Spam you can go from 3-6 comments per screen of text to 17-20 comments per screen of text.

Find Images that are Too Wide and Break your Blog Theme (Greasemonkey)

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  • Does your blog theme break in Internet Explorer 6 because of images that are too wide? You need a script to find images that break your theme.
    • It is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox that warns you if your blog theme will break in Internet Explorer 6.
    • Warns if images are too big and will break your blog.
    • Suggests dimensions for resizing images so they will fit.

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