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2008 was a very good year for the WordPress community. The software was updated numerous times, leading to the recent release of version 2.7, and many new blogs dedicated to WordPress were created. Of course, tons of new hacks were discovered, which helped lots of bloggers enhance their blogs.

SmashingMagazine has shown you 10 new useful killer WordPress hacks to unleash the power of your favorite blogging engine. Each hack has an accompanying explanation, so you’ll not only unleash the power of WordPress but also understand how it works.

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Source: 10 Killer WordPress Hacks

You have the ability to have threaded (nested) comments up to 10 levels deep in WordPress 2.7. While viewing comments on this – or any WordPress 2.7-powered – site, you’ll notice a Reply button (assuming nested discussions are enabled). Clicking that will enable you to reply directly to that comment, keeping discussions in context.

This is probably not all inclusive, but here is the basic structure for ol.commentlist as it exists in the Default theme’s comments.php. To take advantage of the new discussion features, Chris Harrison copied this file over to his theme. (You’re more than welcome to roll your own.) For many of the elements, more than one class is used with it. Where applicable, he has chosen the most descriptive class (e.g. li.comment instead of li.alt) as the parent for child formatting.

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Source: Stylizing Threaded/Nested Comments in WordPress 2.7

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UPDATE: Please check out our Latest Social Media Icons Pack v2.0

After a huge success of Blogging Icons Set, we are really happy that Eli Burford has created this amazing Social Media Icons Pack for Blog Perfume. These icons come in really handy when integrating social media sites to your blog.

Download: Social Media Icons Pack (.rar), Social Media Icons Pack (.zip)

UPDATE: Please check out our Latest Social Media Icons Pack v2.0

You can also check out the Premium Icons designed by webiconset.com. They do offer some quality Free Icons as well.

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About the icons:

I was motivated to put these icons together after I scoured the web in search for a circular social media icons set and couldn’t find any decent options. Of the two options I found, one was very low quality and the other was in .ico format. What are we meant to do with social media icons in .ico format?

The zip file includes 3 sizes for 17 icons: 128×128, 64×64 and 32×32. There is an icon for the following: Blogger, Delicious, DesignFloat, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Google, a heart icon that will work for anything (such as bookmark), MySpace, Reddit, an RSS icon, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Twitter, WordPress, Yahoo! and YouTube.

Please feel free to use Social Media Icons Pack on both personal and commercial projects.

About the designer:

Eli is a young and aspiring web designer from South Australia.

Over the past 10 years, the MySQL database has become incredibly popular on the Web. Every WordPress blog is driven by a MySQL database, which contains the blog’s posts, settings, comments and much more.

While plug-ins and even coding hacks can solve some problems and achieve some tasks, sometimes you don’t have any other choice than to execute SQL commands in phpMyAdmin or directly to the database via SSH. Let’s take a look at 8 useful SQL hacks for WordPress. Each section of this post presents a problem, suggests a solution and provides an explanation to help you understand the solution.

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Source: 8 Useful WordPress SQL Hacks

We have just published a post about the release of WordPress 2.7 few days ago. Significant features and redesigns was added to WordPress 2.7 to make blogging on the new Dashboard Panel more valuable than ever.

You may find your Themes no longer work the way you are used to. It could be that they might be broken, because something in WordPress that was fundamental to them changed, but it’s also possible that you can get them working again by updating some settings, or maybe just a small edit.

Noupe has published a post of “Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks“. The post will highlight WordPress 2.7 HOW-TO get your theme working again by updating some settings and represent some of the best and significant features added to your Administration Panel.

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Source: Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks

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The first thing you’ll notice about WordPress 2.7 is its new interface. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks and be faster in 2.7. The new dashboard can let you arrange with drag and drop to put the things most important to you on top, QuickPress, comment threading, paging, and the ability to reply to comments from your dashboard, the ability to install any plugin directly from WordPress.org with a single click, and sticky posts.

Digging in further you might notice that every screen is customizable. Let’s say you never care about author on your post listings — just click “Screen Options” and uncheck it and it’s instantly gone from the page. The same for any module on the dashboard or write screen.

If your screen is narrow and the menu is taking up too much horizontal room, click the arrow to minimize it to be icon-only, and then go to the write page and drag and drop everything from the right column into the main one, so your posting area is full-screen.

Last, but certainly not least, this may be the last time you ever have to manually upgrade WordPress again. Now WordPress includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click.

Source: WordPress 2.7 Coltrane

RSS is one of those technologies that are extremely simple yet extremely powerful. Currently, RSS is the de facto standard for blog syndication, and it is used widely in both personal and corporate settings. Let’s take a look at 10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress.

Each section of the article presents a problem, suggests a solution and provides you with an explanation of the solution, so that you can not just solve some of your RSS-related problems but also understand what you are actually doing. Thus, you can make sure your WordPress theme remains under your control and is not bloated with some obscure source code.

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Source: 10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress

Mashable has presented their best discoveries of the Best Mac Apps for Bloggers. Most bloggers today are familiar only with services designed for use with their choice of web browser. If you edit a WordPress.com account or WordPress.org installation, chances are you login and publish your material through the cloudware provided.

The same goes for Blogger and TypePad users, and as well as options like MySpace and Vox. But if you’ve grown tired of those standard frontends, and would prefer to utilize software to blog for work or for personal enjoyment, there are alternatives that you should know about. For Mac users in particular, there are several that prove as useful, powerful, and visually worthwhile as any comparative webware.

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Source: 10 of the Best Mac Apps for Bloggers

Would you like some of the best WordPress Video Tutorials? Speckyboy has collected 100+ Basic to Advanced WordPress Video Tutorials. All of these tutorials range from basic learning for the beginner, to advanced for the expert who wants to learn new techniques. Basically everyone can take something from these tuts.

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Source: 100+ WordPress Video Tutorials, from Basic to Advanced

Have you ever thought of installing WordPress on your local machine? In the article of “Installing WordPress Locally” from WebDesignerWall, you will learn how to install WordPress on a local computer. By doing so, it will save you time from updating and previewing files (so, you don’t have to frequently upload files on every change). You can also use the local version to test new plugins, themes, and upgrades. This tutorial is intended for beginners who want to learn how to run WordPress locally.

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Source: Installing WordPress Locally

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