I’ve been working on an overhaul of my personal blog for a while now. My old theme was pretty bloated, and way more than I needed since I offloaded everything away. The site used to have everything on it, but I moved all my WordPress posts to VoodooPress, and all my Voodoo Empire specific stuff to its own site. My blog doesn’t need all the features it had, and it was slowing things down. I haven’t had time to finish my custom theme, so in the meantime I decided to play around with some available themes, starting with Fanwood from DevPress. I have all of my custom stuff that used to be in the theme living in its own functionality plugin now. So I can activate any new theme, and within 20 minutes, have all my custom stuff in place. But the one problem I ran into – FanWood is a complex theme, not always using the standard WordPress templates I would expect – single.php for instance. Well, what’s an easy way to know what template is being loaded at all times? I’ve got the answer for ya!
I recently came across a problem where none of my emails were getting through to anyone, even me. Registration, comments, forms, etc. They were all hosed up. I’ve got a couple of tricks for you here that fixed things for me. This helped normal WordPress emails, Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, etc. First I’ll show you how to send your email from YOU, not email@example.com, then I’ll tell you what else I did that may be host specific.
I’ve wanted to add an additional colour scheme to my child theme here on VoodooPress since the twentyeleven theme first came out in it’s very early stages. I had pecked around at it from the start, but the code kept changing in the early days. After that I got pretty busy, and haven’t been able to revisit the idea until now. With a little bit of help from Alchymyth and Zeaks I’ve got a new colour scheme set up on here. I haven’t done anything with it yet, but the foundation is in place. Let’s take a look at how to add some additional colour schemes to your 2011 child theme.
If you are like me, you probably spend a decent amount of time writing your posts. Trying to make sure everything is accurate, proofreading, etc. It’s great to get that information out there as many ways as possible. Using RSS is a great tool for getting your message across. However by default, WordPress does not include images in the RSS feed. You may use the featured image option, or you may attach images in your post. I know I spend a fair bit of time selecting or crafting an image for my post. I would really like for that to come across in my RSS feed. Let’s take a look at ways to include your images in your feed.