Word Press and Cpanel Password Protected Directories Problem

Ok here is a simple fix for when you add a password protected directory via Cpanel but are using the mod rewrite apache rule for making search engine friendly URLs (permalinks).

For instance having a password protected directory ‘/protected’ will just come up with a 404 not found message on your word press site as it thinks its a permalink.

To fix this just add the following to the top of your .htaccess file that Cpanel generates found inside ‘/protected’ directory

[code]

ErrorDocument 401 default

[/code]

Usefull Word Press Plugins

From a  recent project I have found a few plug-ins that I find essential when developing with word press.

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog

AWS Easy Page Link

Easier way to link to already existing pages in your WordPress site

Exclude Pages from Navigation

Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any “consumer” side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.

jQuery Colorbox

Used to overlay images on the current page. Images in one post are grouped automatically.

NextGEN Gallery

A NextGENeration Photo gallery for the Web 2.0.

TinyMCE Advanced

Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.

Viper’s Video Quicktags

Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.

How to Make your Page Title Different From your Menu Title in Word Press

Word press by default takes the title of your page and uses it for the menu title too. This can be annoying if you want to have say “Welcome to my Website” as your title on your page but only reference it as “Home” on the menu bar.

So I hear you say ‘why not create a custom menu as you can label the menu items?’ Yes you could but from my experience if you are dealing with clients who don’t really know what they are doing you need to make it as simple as possible. The custom menu doesn’t automatically update the menu items when new pages are added by default. With my method the menu is still updated automatically.

This is actually really easy to solve with a little bit of PHP and using the custom fields section when making your page.

So first create your page and call it ‘Home‘  this will be used as the menu item name. Now make a custom field on your page called ‘pagetitle‘ and add the value you want for your main page title.

Now open your ‘page.php‘ file and add the following code;

First at the top add this line, which gets your custom field and assign it to the var ‘$meta_values

[sourcecode language=’php’]

ID, “pagetitle”, true); ?>

[/sourcecode]

Now find any reference to ‘the_title();‘ usualy found in <h2> and <h1> tags and replace with the following code;

[sourcecode language=’php’]

[/sourcecode]

What the above does is checks if you have actually made a custom field for that page, if true it will use that field as the main page title. If not true it will just use the same value you originally named your page. This way you don’t have to add a custom field to all your pages, only the ones you want to have different page titles too.

Simple!