How to fix your blog when the WordPress auto update fails

Using Multi sites in WordPress 3

I like to keep my the plugins and wordpress versions up to date on the various blogs I manage. Sometimes though, the update process doesn’t go quite so smoothly, especially when updating the WordPress core.

If an update fails, you’ll be presented with a maintenance screen and no way of accessing your site and will only see the maintenance screen.

The solution? Well it’s pretty easy actually.

1. Log in to your site’s FTP connection
2. Delete the “Upgrades” directory (/wp-content/upgrades/)

That’s it :)

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How To Use WordPress Shortcodes Anywhere In Your Theme

I was editing the StereoType Records website and wanted to call a WordPress shortcode for a plugin from directly in the theme  – useful if you want to add things in places they weren’t to go, like a Flickr Gallery in a pop up or a music player in your header. Whatever you need to call from a shortcode, it’s really easy to accomplish with just one line of code:

echo do_shortcode('[myshortcode]');

(source: http://wpengineer.com/2051/use-wordpress-shortcodes-outside-the-editor/

Now you can pop your favourite shortcodes anywhere you like. I used it to call the Flickr Gallery shortcode on a custom page template here:

http://stereotyperecords.co.za/gallery/

How to display code in your WordPress blog posts like Smashing Magazine

I encountered this problem while doing a post on how to add a Facebook like button to your WordPress blog. Everytime I entered code into a blog post, WP would strip it out and there would be nothing to see in the post. Since the whole post was about a couple of lines of code, this was clearly not a good thing…

I was trying to get the cool code wrappers that Smashing Magazine uses, and I finally found a plugin that allows to me to do just that. The plugin is called Google Syntax Highlighter For WordPress and you can find it here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-syntax-highlighter/

Once you install the plugin, all you need to do is preface the code you want to display in your post with a pre tag and define the correct class. You can see all the different class aliases for different languages here: http://code.google.com/p/syntaxhighlighter/wiki/Usage

The end result looks something like this:

How To Add A Like Button to your wordpress blog

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