Are you sick of having WordPress display your categories in alphabetical order? Would you prefer to custom sort wordpress categories based on which categories YOU find most important to you readers? I know the answer to both questions for me was a definitive YES!
Thankfully, there’s a plugin for that!
Enter the wordpress category custom sort order plugin with the overly confusing name (just ignore that element), “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order“. The ‘mini’ version is free and easy to use, allowing you to simply drag-and-drop your categories into the order you want. The wordpress “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” plugin also automatically works with any WordPress Theme.
Here’s how to custom sort WordPress categories orders for your blog:
From your WordPress Admin Sidebar, click on “Plugins | Add New”
In the Search form, type “category taxonomy terms order” and click the “Search Plugins” button
Select the “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” plugin (for me, it’s the first one on the list) and click “Install Now”
When prompted “Are you sure you want to install this plugin”, click “Yes”
When the plugin finishes installing itself, click “Activate Plugin”
From your WordPress Admin Sidebar, click on “Posts | Taxonomy Order”
Drag and drop your categories into the sort order you want them to display as
Click the “Update” button, and you’re done! When you view your blog, your categories will automatically display in the custom order you have chosen
Do you have a different preferred plugin for customizing the sort order in which your wordpress categories are displayed? By all means, please let us know what and why in the comments! It would be great to hear of a free plugin that allows for custom hierarchical sorting (ie, subcategories), as this is only available in the $25 paid version of the “Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order” wordpress plugin…
I frequently receive email from readers of How to Blog, sometimes thanking me and other times with blogging questions that they have which they hope that I can answer. In many of the latter cases, I am able to answer their questions and get them back happily blogging. But there are times when I just don’t know the answer. So, I have decided to post the support questions that I receive that I cannot help with on How to Blog to see if any of the blog’s readers can help each other out!
I already posted the first Reader Question regarding a problem after a WordPress upgrade.. I hope that you guys are able to help out on that one b/c I’m clueless.
What do you guys think of this new addition to the blog – the occasional posting of Reader Questions or even any articles or opinion pieces? I’m all ears!
Well, it’s official! I’ve finally gone ahead and done what I’ve been wanting to do for ages now — I ported “How to Blog” from TypePad to WordPress and it now resides happily at http://www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/
Please update all of your bookmarks and feed subscriptions to reflect the new location!
I’m very excited to have the site powered by WordPress for a number of reasons:
I can reopen trackbacks on all my old posts (which I’m still in the process of doing) and allow pings on all new posts because WordPress’s anti-spam plugins will delete all the crap (meaning I’m not stuck wading through hundreds of spam a day trying to find legitimate trackback pings) and you will soon be able to trackback to any and all of my posts, restoring full blogging functionality to How to Blog (since you all know I think trackbacks are essential to the blogging experience!) It may be a day or two before all of the posts have been updated to allow pings — in the port from typepad, WP used typepad’s settings and had pings turned off for all posts and unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a plugin that will allow a mass change to all posts to allow pings (developers – there’s an idea for ya!) so I’m sitting here manually going through each post and checking the ‘allow pings’ box, so bear with me
I can have subcategories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can finally have pagination controls (previous page, next page), making navigating the blog much easier (and something that TypePad was sorely missing).
I can have an Archives page which displays Archives by month, by category, as well as an entire archive of every posting on How to Blog, essentially creating a sitemap so that you can more easily find what you’re looking for
Speaking of sitemaps, I can use the Google Sitemap plugin to automatically generate a Google Sitemaps compliant sitemap of How to Blogand automatically ping Google everytime a create or update a post
I can save time by using plugins like Jerome’s Keywords to automatically create my technorati tags for me based on the keywords I’ve entered
I can save time by using the autolink plugin to automatically setup the hyperlinks for me on phrases that I often use, like WordPress
I can allow people to subscribe to my blog by email using the Subscribe2 plugin, where you can choose how often you want to be notified by email when I create new posts, and you can even specify which categories of posts you want to be notified about
I can get MUCH better stats, since I’m running wordpress on my dedicated server on my webhost (Prohosters.com) and I get really detailed stats through the use of Sawmill
I have a seemingly endless number of wordpress themes to choose from (I haven’t had time to figure out what I want to go with for the long haul — I really like the look of Semiologic, but it’s very hard to customize because it requires serious PHP knowledge and whatever theme I choose will likely be heavily customized when I’m done with it — OR, I might just take the plunge and create my OWN theme )
I can allow people to subscribe to comments on any particular post, and they will then receive subsequent replies to that post through email
I’m sure there are a million other things I’m forgetting, and I’ll write about them in due time. The one thing I am gonna miss from TypePad is their excellent WYSIWYG editor — WordPress’s is rather disasterous and I recommend that all users disable it. If you still want a wysiwyg interface for blogging, there are several excellent tools available including the Performancing extension for Firefox, the windows client BlogJet, etc
For now, I’ve got to get back to the ultra mundane task of updating all of my old typepad posts one at a time to show the new URL of where the post can now be found and turn of commenting on those posts. Then I get to go through all of my posts in WordPress one at a time and check the box to allow pings. Then I get to email all the people who have linked to my old site and ask them to update their bookmarks. And I get to pray that I don’t lose all of my traffic and the great search engine rankings that I had on my typepad version of the blog.
By the way, I do realize that blogging.typepad.com is certainly an easier URL to memorize than www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/ – however, I wanted to have it on my emilyrobbins.com domain – but not in the root of the domain as How to Blog is only one part of who I am. And, when I experimented with porting the typepad blog over to wordpress, google immediately started indexing the URLs (something I hadn’t anticipated to happen so quickly – especially since I hadn’t made a final decision as to what I wanted the URL to be – should I use a subdomain or a subdirectory, or should I give it it’s own domain) and rather than having to set up 301 permanent redirects I decided that this must be what fate wanted as the new How to Blog location – so here we are, and I look forward to being able to get back to posting (and I have many posts which need some updating including my theme list) when the drudgery involved with making the move is completed!
I know that I promised to test out the process of upgrading an existing WordPress installation from 1.5.x to 2.0, but until 2.0 has resolved some of the existing bugs (and the resulting slew of additional minor point release upgrades have been completed, forcing users to upgrade to 2.0.1, and then 2.0.2 possibly days later, etc – (remember what happened after 1.5?)) I’m holding off.
As mentioned before, I’ve done a clean install of WordPress 2.0, and while I’ve been told that much has been done in the underlying code base to provide for the possibility of future themes and plugins that are more spectacular than ever, those themes and plugins don’t exist yet, WP 2.0 itself is still way too buggy, and from an end-user perspective I just don’t see that much that’s new and exciting to compell anyone to want to upgrade.
Yeah, the new user interface is prettier. And it’s nice to have a built-in WYSIWYG plugin, but that too is quirky and WYSIWYG plugin options already existed for 1.5.x users who wanted them. The built-in spam plugin of Akismet is pretty darn cool, BUT it requires you to register at WordPress.com in order to get an API key to use it, and apparently if you use it too much you’ll be required to get a commercial license for it (and there’s some talk about the ethics of packaging a somewhat commercial product like Akismet with an opensource free product like WordPress). Not to mention the fact that there were already some pretty amazing spam fighting plugins available for WordPress 1.5.x that now don’t work properly in WordPress 2.0 (like SpamKarma2, for example). The purported benefit of Akismet over plugins such as SpamKarma2 is that it is always 100% up-to-date and never requires any upgrades.
I’ve no doubt that, eventually (and hopefully sooner rather than later), the bugginess of WordPress 2.0 will be resolved, and some amazing 2.0 specific themes and plugins will start to appear that will tantalize us to make the switch. But until then, I’m staying put.
Update: I’ve ported How to Blog to WordPress 2.0.1 and am thrilled to have done so! (Although the process of changing blog platforms and URLs is a nightmare of tedious endless little annoying tasks) Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds to reflect the new, permanent location at http://www.emilyrobbins.com/how-to-blog/
I just found the coolest resource! It’s called Rent A Coder, and you can post any project that you need help with, whether it be as simple as installing WordPress / MovableType / etc for you on your server, or as complex as asking someone to write a custom blogging platform for you. Want a custom template for TypePad or a special WordPress theme and don’t have the time or skills to do it yourself? Just Rent A Coder to do it for you. You can even find people to help you with Search Engine Optimization, people to write content for you, etc.
Once you post the specifics of the project you need help with, coders will then bid on your ‘job’ and you can decide who you want to hire based on their bid, the feedback they received from other users on other projects they’ve completed, etc.
From their website:
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