WordPress Plugins – Change Admin Username

When you install a WordPress site, the system automatically creates an Administrator user account and assigns it a User ID. This is done to allow you to log into the Administration tool to manage your blog installation. Unfortunately you are not allowed to select the User ID that is created. Furthermore you are not allowed to change it once it is created. Normally that would not be a big deal but if you happen to be migrating from an existing blog, you end up with one of two scenarios.

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WordPress Plugins – Bulk Delete

It never fails; no matter how well I plan or no matter how good the migration tool is, there always seems to be some sort of data issue that can best be solved through entry deletion. The problem of course is that in most of these systems deletion is an all or nothing kind of proposition. Rarely do the developers take into consideration that you may only want to delete certain types of entries.

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WordPress Plugins – AJAX Calendar

When I first began blogging I was decidedly against having a calendar appear on the front page. I kept telling myself that I already knew what day it was and I didn’t need a continual reminder of how seldom I posted. It served as a constant feedback mechanism of how pathetic I was as a blogger. When I started this I thought I would write every day. Before long I was happy if I was posting once a week. Then it was maybe twice a month. Without a calendar there I lacked discipline of keeping track of my writing frequency. For the exact reason why I didn’t want a calendar on my blog I realized that was why I needed one.

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WordPress Plugins – Admin Post Navigation

After migrating nearly 2,000 posts from Movable Type to WordPress, I wanted to go through and check a sample of posts to verify that all of the data had transferred correctly. I thought this was going to be a relatively simple task. I went to the WordPress Administration tool and selected Edit under the Posts category. The result was a listing of 15 of the most current posts and a pagination system for the remainder of the posts.

I selected the first post on the list and the system took me to the editor. Within the editor I was able to make whatever changes I wanted to the blog entry and republish the post to update it on the site. I then began searching for a link that would take me to the next post. Oddly, I could not find one.

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WordPress Blogging Software

October 1, 2009
Recently I wrote an entry about changing blog software for the various blogs that I use. I had long been a Movable Type user but decided to change my blogs to use WordPress. In the article I listed several reasons why I made that decision and offered to provide details on how the transition went. Well that was nearly three months ago and I realized that I never went back to the subject. Since I am sure everyone has been on the edge of their seats waiting to hear how it ended I figured I owed it to you to revisit that decision and give you some details on how it went.

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Time for a Blogging Change

After nearly three years of using Movable Type as the engine for my personal blog I have decided to change direction. It is not that I disliked Movable Type or that I found it incapable of doing the job. It just seemed like whenever I needed to change something it took longer for me to do than it really should. Although I am a card-carrying geek that doesn’t mean I want to spend all of my time learning and relearning how to get something done.

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