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No more relative links in WordPress RSS feeds

Rev. Jon Pekele Kamalani Thysell turned my function to convert relative to absolute Urls into a neat little RSSBaseFix WordPress Plugin. Turning relative to absolute Urls is required when creating a feed, and that's what the plugin does.

Wordpress, mod_rewrite and 403: Access Denied

If Permalinks are enabled in WordPress 2.0 or higher, the following code usually is generated to be placed in a .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine Off
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

It happened to me, however, that as soon as this .htaccess was active, the server returned an error code of 403: Access Denied. In this case, just comment out or remove the lines <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> and </IfModule>:

RewriteEngine Off
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

This worked for me.

PS: If you get an error of 500: Server Error, this probably means that mod_rewrite is not enabled on your server. Ask you provider to enable it.

WP-Questionnaire Plugin

A while ago I hacked my WordPress installation to ask the user a stupid question before committing a comment. However, there's already a plugin, that does exactly this.

Using Randomized Blogroll Plugin on UTF-8 encoded pages

Malte Diedrich noticed, my Randomized Blogroll plugin causes problems on pages that are not ISO-8859-1. He's right.

Thankfully Malte already provides a simple solution. Just change the function getAnchorHTML() to look like this:

function getAnchorHTML()
return utf8_encode('url . '" ' .
'title="' . htmlspecialchars($this->description, ENT_COMPAT) . '" ' .

Customizing Blogroll Output: Tutorial

Since I introduced customizable output in version 0.2 of the Randomized Blogroll plugin, it's time for a tutorial. This tutorial shows how to provide your own custom output and how to set up a page to display your complete blogroll.

Randomized Blogroll Plugin 0.2 released

I just released version 0.2 of my Randomized Blogroll WordPress plugin. You can download it here. I added customizable output as the only new feature, but did some fundemantal changes in the overall design. Following I will explain some of the design decisions I made.

Plugins Now Hosted On

My Randomized Blogroll WordPress plugin is now hosted on plugin home page is .

Fail Safe WordPress Plugin Invokation

A lot of WordPress plugins require to change your site's code a bit. However, your site may stop working as soon as the according plugin is disabled. Here's a simple way to avoid this.

WordPress Randomized Blogroll Plugin

The last weeks I was looking for a plugin that reads my feed subscriptions and outputs a random selection as blogroll on my site. But since I found nothing, I finally did it on my own. So I'm pround to present the version 0.1 of the Randomized Blogroll Plugin. You can download it here. Be sure to read the readme.txt before installing it.

Spam Karma Blank Page Problem

Solution for the Spam Karma setup showing a blank page with older versions of PHP.