Installing TipJoy onto a WordPress Theme

tipjoyI’ve ditched my paypal buttons and am going with TipJoy! More on TipJoy in a later post. I’m sure someone will build a TipJoy plugin for this soon (UPDATE – ok it looks like it will be me), but until then here’s my setup for a self hosted WordPress site, I’m not an expert on WordPress code so try this at your own risk:

Notes:

  • You’re going to want to disable WP-Cache while testing (if you have it)
  • Backing up your theme files before you get started would be a GREAT idea
  • Open in a new window or tab TipJoy’s banner page
  • Open in a new window or tab your homepage
  • Open in a new window or tab your WordPress Admin Page > Presentation > Theme Editor

Banner on Sidebar (or footer or whatever):

  • Generate the HTML you need from TipJoy, highlight it, and copy it
  • In the Theme Editor, open your sidebar page
  • Determine where in your sidebar you want the banner and find that in the sidebar code. Using your browser’s find function for some nearby text can make this go faster
  • Paste that code from TipJoy in where you want it and click the Update File button
  • Refresh your homepage
  • Don’t like it? Keep tweaking the location until you do!

Tip This button on each post:

  • Generate the HTML you need for the button from TipJoy, type Replace1 for the URL and Replace2 for the title (we’re going to replace them). Highlight and copy it
  • In the Theme Editor open your Single Post page (or whatever you have that’s similar)
  • You’ll want to tinker with this, but somewhere after the <?php the_content statement paste in your button code
  • Replace Replace1 with <?php the_permalink() ?>
  • Replace Replace2 with <?php the_title(); ?> be careful not to delete the existing end quotes
  • Click the Update File button
  • Goto a single post on your site and see if you like where the button is.
  • If you want to test then I suggest you clear your browser’s cookies and continue. Otherwise you’re done!
  • Click it to test and it will pop out a text box.
  • Under that text box you’ll see some text to sign in if you are already a member, click that
  • Your post’s title and URL should be on the page correctly!

Please post in the comments if this works / doesn’t work for you, I’ll help if I can and if not then maybe another reader will be able to!

Upgrading WordPress on GoDaddy

GoDaddy makes it easy to install a WordPress blog by doing it for you for free, but after that you’re on your own. I had been content with the default install until recently, but I really shouldn’t have been. New features and bug fixes aside, you should keep your install current to stay ahead of security flaws. If a security flaw fix is released that means the problem it has corrected is generally explained in enough detail for hackers to exploit those who haven’t upgraded.

Upgrading looked like it was going to be a rough process, to do it right you should really follow these steps:

  1. Download the newest version of WordPress
  2. Create a backup of your WordPress Database (go ahead and copy your layout info as well)
  3. Put your site on “Hold” with a message that it’s being worked on and will be back soon
  4. Stop all plugins
  5. Apply the WordPress Update
  6. Turn plugins back on and upgrade to new versions as needed
  7. Return your site to it’s “Live” state

Sounds like a lot of work right? Well there are certainly plugins that will do several of those steps for you and I was going around collecting them when I happened across the mother of all update plugins, Automatic Upgrade! It does everything for you except download the newest versions of your current plugins.

Now upgrading your site on GoDaddy(or anywhere else for that matter) is a breeze, you just run the Automatic Upgrade steps from the Manage portion of your WordPress Admin and all the steps above are handled leaving you handle just plugin updates if they are needed.

Launch Announcement: KnightWebsites.com

Knight Websites Screen Shot

Today I am proud to announce the launch of the newest Knetwork site KnightWebsites.com. Now that I have a few sites of my own under my belt I’ve decided to branch out a little bit and build websites for others. I’m still pretty new to this but using freely available templates form sites like OSWD.org you can build a simple and very attractive website quickly and inexpensively. This idea came about when I took a look at the business card of the company that replaced my old heat pump and noticed that they didn’t have their own website or e-mail address. I offered to put something together and so Knight Websites was born. Wish me luck in my latest whim and I’d love to hear any or resources or advice people would care to offer!

Adobe’s Bee

I got a laptop for Christmas and have been getting it setup. I decided to look for a good way to blog offline so that I could work on a post during lunch when I don’t have an internet connection and then load it when I get home. It looks like there are a lot of solutions out there, but I think i’ve settled on Bee from Adobe Labs. I’m testing this post with a connection but I’ve made some notes on setting up a new laptop that I’ll test offline later. Bee is simple and powerful and also supports flickr. For WordPress you put in your blog address (be sure to use /wordpress if that’s where your installation is) then add your user and password and Bee will sync your exsisting posts so that you can edit them offline. If you are online the flickr ‘Photoview’ makes it easy to add one of your pictures or search for a public picture to add to your post. A search for Bee gave me a nice selection of pictures, clicking the blog button on a picture adds it to your post automatically like so:

European Honey Bee Touching Down

Very slick, makes me want to write all my posts here instead of from the admin console. If you have a WordPress blog then I highly recommend trying it out, even if you aren’t planning on working offline. Since Bee is a sample project from Adobe Labs you can download the source as well, always a bonus. Do you any tools for offline blogging?

Save Admin Time, Build a Dashboard

CockpitAs with most things in life, the more time you put into something, the higher the rewards will be. Running a site or multiple sites can take a lot of work to stay on top of so I’m going to put together a dashboard of places that I regularly visit for the site to save myself some time and help me to remember what things to stay on top of. There are any number of ways to do this but what I’ve done is set up a Dashboard Page that I’ll add to and eventually add a redirect to from Dash.KnightKnetwork.com. Some important things to add will be admin links, stats links, and advertising links. Simplicity is important, so think carefully before adding a link and cluttering up your dash, if you have too much there you might lose sight of the road ahead.