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Mastering Your WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area: Tips and Tricks

December 14th, 2008

Lot of news flying around about the release of WordPress 2.7, featuring new Administration Panel interface to make WordPress more usable and accessible. Significant features and redesigns was added to WordPress 2.7 to make blogging on the new Dashboard Panel more valuable than ever.

You may find your Themes no longer work the way you are used to. It could be that they might be broken, because something in WordPress that was fundamental to them changed, but it’s also possible that you can get them working again by updating some settings, or maybe just a small edit.

This post will highlight WordPress 2.7 HOW-TO get your theme working again by updating some settings and represent some of the best and significant features added to your Administration Panel.

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1. Enhancing your WordPress 2.7 Theme

1.1. Enhancing Comment Display – Threading, Paging, etc.

WordPress 2.7 includes a lot of new enhancements, but one of the big ones is the new comment functionality. Comments can be threaded, paged, etc. Making your theme’s comments compatible with WordPress 2.7 should be your first step when you edit your theme files. Otto has written a detailed post on the new comment enhancements in WordPress 2.7.

For details on how to update your theme to take advantage of these new features, please see the Enhanced Comment Display article.

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


1.2. Make this post sticky

Previously we had to use a plug-in to place a post at the top of the front page for posts and keep it there after new posts are made. With WordPress 2.7 you are now able to do this by just selecting a check box in your admin area > Edit Post > Publish panel > Visibility: Public and click edit.

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


1.3. Post Classes

Previously we used the code below to wrap a div around each post with a class=“post�

<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" class="post">

With WordPress 2.7 a new function for post classes is included, which will help theme authors perform simple styling and formating for the post area.

<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>

The new function is post_class(), where you will be able to to add your own classes as well.

<div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class('style'); ?>>

The out put of this function is

<div class="post sticky hentry category-icons style" id="post-5966">

This will add a number of classes to the div: post, category-slug, tag-slug, class ’sticky’ (if this post was marked as sticky from the admin area as mentioned in the previous point) and your specified class name.

1.4. wp page menu

Template Tag wp_page_menu acts as a wrapper for wp_list_pages, displays a list of WordPress Pages as links and support for Home page.

Because wp_page_menu() acts as a wrapper for wp_list_pages(), all of the wp_list_pages() parameters can be used with this Template Tag.

The following example causes “Home” to be added to the beginning of the list of Pages displayed. In addition, the Pages wrapped in a div element, listed under the title, “Page Menu”, and Page IDs 5, 9, and 23, are excluded from the list of Pages displayed.

<?php wp_page_menu('show_home=1&exclude=5,9,23&menu_class=page-navi&title_li=<h2>' . __('Page Menu') . '</h2>'); ?>

The output is something like this, where you will be able to have a complete control on styling the menu item and styling the menu item of the current page

<div class="page-navi"><ul><li><a href="http://www.noupe.com">Home</a></li><li class="page_item page-item-10 current_page_item"><a title="About Noupe" href="http://www.noupe.com/about">About Noupe</a></li><li class="page_item page-item-43"><a title="Advertise" href="http://www.noupe.com/advertise">Advertise</a></li><li class="page_item page-item-1374"><a title="Noupe Archive" href="http://www.noupe.com/archive">Noupe Archive</a></li></ul></div>

When you check the HTML output you will see “current_page_item� class name added to current menu item.

1.5. Logout Link

wp_logout_url is a new template function for WordPress 2.7, this will redirect the user who has logged out back to the page where the link was clicked.

<a href="<?php echo wp_logout_url(); ?>">Logout</a>

2. New Admin Area Features

2.1. Keyboard Shortcuts for browsing and moderating comments

the ability to use keyboard shortcuts to browse and moderate comments was introduced. These keyboard shortcuts are designed to save time by allowing you to rapidly navigate and perform actions on comments.

Keyboard shortcuts are enabled by visiting the Profile panel in Administration > Users > Your Profile. Check the Keyboard Shortcuts checkbox to enable keyboard shortcuts for comment moderation.

  • Pressing j moves the current selection (light-blue background) down.
  • Pressing k moves the current selection (light-blue background) up.
  • Pressing a approves the currently selected comment.
  • Pressing s marks the current comment as spam.
  • Pressing d deletes the current comment.
  • Pressing u unapproves the currently selected comment, placing it back into moderation.
  • Pressing r initiates an inline reply to the current comment (you can press Esc to cancel the reply).
  • Pressing q activates “Quick Edit” which allows for rapid inline editing of the current comment.
  • Pressing Shift-a approves the checked comments.(perform an action on multiple comments at once)
  • Pressing Shift-s marks the checked comments as spam. (perform an action on multiple comments at once)
  • Pressing Shift-d deletes the checked comments.(perform an action on multiple comments at once)
  • Pressing Shift-u unapproves the checked comments. (perform an action on multiple comments at once)
2.2. Reply to and Edit comments from Admin Area

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


Now you have the ability to reply to your user’s comments from the admin and edit comments right from the your comments admin area. A Popup reply form apears when “Reply” link is clicked, your reply is submited by AJAX.

2.3.- Edit comments from Admin Area

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


Now you have the ability to reply to your user’s comments from the admin. A Popup reply form apears when “Reply” link is clicked, your reply is submited by AJAX.

2.4. Allow plugin installations via web interface from Admin Area

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


The plugin installer allows for installing plugins from the WordPress Administration panels. You can search for plugins by tag, plugin author, or by subject.

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


It also lists the featured, most popular, and recently added and updated. When you click on the title of a plugin, you can see the details and choose to install it into your WordPress plugin list.

2.5. Admin’s new Navigation Menu

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


One of the best features of the new WP 2.7 feature is moving the top navigation to a side navigation. The side navigation will allow users to expand and collapse sections to reveal the submenus without loading a new screen. In addition, the entire navigation column is collapsible, with a remnant of icons providing an “advanced” mode that creates the largest possible working area.

2.6. Interesting Dashboard Modules: QuickPress & Recent Drafts

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


A fast way to create drafts or posts that don’t require the full metadata options of the Add New Post screen is using the QuickPress module found on the Dasboard area. You you will be able to moderate new comments directly from the Dashboard, including the new Reply to Comment function.

2.7. Quick Edit Option in Admin area

For details on how to update your theme to take advantage of these new features, please see the Enhanced Comment Display article.

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


2.8. Auto Close Comments And Trackbacks

Comments and trackbacks are deactivated after a certain time.

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


2.9. Bulk Edit Posts

Post management has never been so easy. ‘Bulk Edit Posts’ is a new feature introduced in WordPress 2.7. All you have to do is seletc multiple files from your “Edit Post” area and apply an ‘edit’ filter to bulk moderate files. You can now bulk moderate posts by their tags, catgories, author, status, and more…

WordPress 2.7 Theme & Admin Area


Further Readings

The jungle is alive: Be it a collaboration between two or more authors or an article by an author not contributing regularly. In these cases you find the Noupe Editorial Team as the ones who made it. Guest authors get their own little bio boxes below the article, so watch out for these.

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Anderssauro
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

great, as always! =D

Hillbilly
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Very interesting.

I wonder if it might be best to wait a bit before upgrading?

Most certainly has some great extra features that will simplify managing your site.

Cheers!

Jeromy

TheAnand
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I think you better update it fast since wordpress 2.6 seems to have a security issue with some remv.php or something.

Jeromy
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Really?! Thats scary. I will upgrade right away.
The auto upgrade plugin would still work for this I presume.

Cheers!

Jeromy

rizzy81-Follow me on Twitter
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rizzy81-Follow me on Twitter
7 years 9 months ago

WOW. Now I will definitely give WordPress 2.7 a try. And thank you for the tricks and hacks.

Nachtmeister
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I love wp 2.7

But, when you use the Adminpanel without Google gears it’s very slow.

But i’m happy with it since beta.

Ron Hager
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Is this true? Does Gears really improve the performance of WP? Why is this so?

insicdesigns
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

cool i just finished upgrading my wordpress.

Raj Kumar Maharjan
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Hummm upgrade version of wordpress have many advantages thanks for this post.

joyoge designers' bookmark
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

useful tips and triks thanks..

krishna
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Wow! these are certainly some useful tips pertaining to WP 2.7. Tweeted this one :)

Tom Ross
Noupe Team
7 years 9 months ago

I think you’ve just persuaded me to upgrade!

Metalzhang
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

oh yeah !!!!

Jim Davis
Guest
Jim Davis
7 years 9 months ago

Wow, that is some cool stuff!

Matt Radel
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Ahoy – swell post, 2.7 is bee-u-tiful. Just thought I’d mention that Safari 3.2.1 is mangling the quote marks around the word “post” under “1.3 Post Classes”. Just an fyi. :)

Skateboard Forum
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Great overview, I recently upgraded to 2.7 and was hoping to find a useful guide to learn how to navigate the new interface and tweak the settings. Thanks for this.

Stumbled!

Branson
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I upgraded within the first hours it came out. Well worth it and im really considering moving some of my Joomla sites over to WP. WP 2.7’s commenting features are very impressive and they made installations alot easier.

Rajeev Edmonds
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Excellent tut. With the introduction of these new WP functions, more customization and better administration is easy. WP 2.7 is on its way to be the best ever release.

BloggerSavvy
Guest
7 years 9 months ago
The biggest challenge for me (actually there were two) has been the plugins. I had to wait a bit for plugin developers to support WP2.7 (and there are still 2 broken plugins). And in my opinion the Admin navigation (positioning) is not as effective. It is in the way (they should have left it at the top where it does not interfere). Currently the admin interface has a left column, a right column and then post editing as a middle column. This effectively jams the editing in a smaller middle column, not full width like it was in 2.5/2.6 –… Read more »
Noupe
Guest
7 years 9 months ago
Thanks for you nice words and compliments :) I really liked how they put the main navigation to the left, this way it will allow it to expand as much as it need to the bottom without interfering admin layout. I know the width of the post editing box is now less than before but you now have the option to increase its height which gives you more area, Setting > Writing > Size of the post box. Old Plug-ins are a complete mess, hopefully our kind authors will upgrade their plug-ins very soon :) You can find a list… Read more »
Jeromy
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

How does the upgrade effect existing themes? I wonder if anyone has compiled a list of compatible WordPress Themes for 2.7?

Cheers!

Jeromy

Justin Tadlock
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Existing themes should work perfectly fine with 2.7. All of this new theme stuff is simply enhancements.

If your theme was working on 2.6, it should work on 2.7. The only thing I’d seriously look into is wp_logout_url().

Advise-art
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

nice …. thank you

Eligio
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I love the features of threaded comment and the ability to close the comment/trackbacks on a certain period of time. cool update :D.

Sankeerth
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the wonderful tips. Very good article.

Gerald Mann
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

hanks for the wonderful tips. Very good article.

robert
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

what do i need to do to my css to get images in my sidebar to size correctly? Right now i’m avoiding putting anything in there because any image even a 32×32 pixel button gets blown up.

Great post by the way.

Noupe
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

You need to change or remove the style applied to your images in the sidebar. Or you can exclusively style your images by giving them a class name.
Send me you link and i can take a look if you want.

Kid C
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Nice.. This definitely persuaded me to upgrade.

Was a breeze! A few plugin problems, but being able to install and upgrade direct from the admin panel is a godsend!

Patareco
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

The best WP 2.7 overview so far!

Srednarb
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

ah detailed explanation, hesitant to upgrade to 27 but now its seems everybody are jumping in

Tom Kenny
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the tips. I’m loving 2.7 the more and more I use it!

dalidas
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

It’s very nice that you ive writing the subjects about seo.

Alexis
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

It’s very nice that you mention this subject. Your explanations are enough.

eddie
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Big update visually from 2.6.1 –> 2.7

BIG Thanks to the whole wordpress dev team!

chan
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

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Ann Arbor Michigan Website Promotion
Guest

Been a great change. They were good before, they are excellent now. Very user friendly.

Tadd
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Very nice – I’m really enjoying the new WordPress. It will take a touch to get used to, just like any revisions, but it looks good!

Stacy
Guest
Stacy
7 years 9 months ago
The only hangup for me with the Bulk Edit Posts is it adds whatever categories you select to the selected posts…it doesn’t overwrite them. So, for anyone who is looking to recategorize everything from “Admin” to “Miscellaneous” (as an example), BEP will simply add on Miscellaneous. From a user standpoint, I looked at Bulk Edit as bulk edit and not Bulk Add for categories. I did report this in the user’s forum…and was told it was working as designed and to “just use the quick edit” to manually adjust everything. Just an FYI…I found this out the hard way. Thought… Read more »
0p0
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I really don’t know a thing about php… I know about html perfectly… so My enthusiasm about personalising my old 2.6 theme vanished…
I just don’t know how to use all those php scripts… is it just copy and paste or I got to know whay I’m doing with the scripts to use them?

Andy Gongea
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

Relax, you don’t have to know PHP to customize WordPress. You only need sites like Noupe, or WordPress.org Codex and you can do it.

Trying some of these snippets will make you a little more familiar with PHP.

Cheers!

Outlet
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Incredibly useful post. Thanks for sharing!

Tony
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

I love the new admin area, it makes it so much easier to maintain a site, and the dashboard is so much cleaner.

artevit
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

i think new features are quite interesting to think about )

Gadiri
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

Good tips and tricks

Ranacorp
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

Recently I launch a new wordpress blog in my site, hope this article will help me a lot. Thanks for your time and valuable information.

Abby
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

great sharing. thanks
i have upgrade to wp 2.7…i love the main dashboard.

associate-degree
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

oho…thanks pal…since obviously got nervous to interact with the WP 2.7 admin panel. but really happy i am to find you here exploring any details about it.

really awesome. keep going, dude.

joel snipes
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

I am new to blogging and i use blogger but i may try wordpress out now. Great post

digg
Guest
6 years 11 months ago

great tips,thanks

Doh
Guest
6 years 11 months ago

It’s very cool!! Thanks for info.

chillchill
Guest
6 years 11 months ago

Thank’s for info.

Girl next door
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6 years 11 months ago

Great! nice tips thanks for sharing

KDL LCD
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6 years 11 months ago

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Matt
Guest
6 years 10 months ago

Thank you. Can be a tutorial for me..

pars
Guest
6 years 10 months ago

Nice article. Thanks for sharing the great info.

create polls
Guest
6 years 8 months ago

Thanks for these great tips on WordPress 2.7. Im using 2.9 currently, do you have any good tips on that version?

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Guest
6 years 7 months ago

I think wordpress is a really good start on a website especially its good admin cp interface. Thanks for the tips too!

Computer Security Expert
Guest
6 years 6 months ago

nice sharing, is it same with wordpress 2.9?

thank you

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Guest
5 years 9 months ago

I love the tips on this site, they are always to the point and just the information I was looking for. Theres a link at the bottom of the page its not working, please send me the link at

Kori Lassalle
Guest
5 years 8 months ago

It can be tricky to talk about if this really is very good, but only time will tell, as with most excellent design.

sami
Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I like the theme, thanks very much

smai
Guest
4 years 10 months ago

thanks for sharing…^^

sedrd
Guest
4 years 10 months ago

thanksss for sharing

mangeshi
Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, that is some cool stuff!

Ilham Taufik
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Nice information, this is great

Renato
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Renato
3 years 4 months ago

great, thanksss for sharing

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