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On Blogging: How to Use WordPress Conditional Tags and How to Fix Redie 3.0’s Italics

Continuing the new tradition I started last week, here are my latest posts on blogging from my articles on blogging.

This week’s posts are:

  • How to Create Variation Using WordPress Conditional Tags

    This sounds complicated, but if you’ve been using WordPress for a little while, this shouldn’t be hard to do. It tackles the ins-and-outs of using WordPress’s built in conditional tags to set up elements (hand-coded sidebars in this case) which change depending on what page you’re on. I give sample code for three different pictures in a sidebar, depending on whether you’re on the homepage, a single post page, or any other page. This is also useful in headers and footers.

    I approached this assuming that you know next-to-nothing about php and wordpress tags. You can essentially copy the if, else if, etc code and just put your own conditional tags and code in it.

  • How to Fix the Italics on the Redie 3.0 Theme Like my cutline header fix, this addresses a particular WordPress theme and how to change it. Unlike Cutline, where the header is merely an aesthetic change, there’s something a bit wrong with the Redie 3.0 theme. If you try to italicize a word or words, they show up on a completely different line:

    redie 3.0 italics broken

    While this may have seemed like a fun idea to the designer, it’s confusing for ordinary people who expect the italics option to render in generally-accepted italics, not break the line onto several lines. So I’ve addressed the issue and included a fix. Otherwise, the theme is pretty user-friendly.

    If you’ve been having similar problems with a WordPress theme, the fix might be relevant for you as well.

That’s all until next week folks. And speaking of next week, I have some big announcements coming up this week, so stay tuned!


tiffanie August 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm

thank you thank you thank you! i use the Redie theme and HATE not being able to italicize due to that glitch! thank you!

tech support August 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm

When blogging, just say no to WordPress. That will resolve many problems.

mrsmicah August 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

@tech support, while I understand that WP creates problems, it doesn’t seem to create any more than typepad, blogger, etc, in my experience. So one could forgo software, entirely, but then only tech savvier people could blog…

Alex Sysoef August 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

Thanks for sharing the fix. I have seen this problem before and appreciate the info.
.-= Alex Sysoef´s last blog ..How To Make WordPress Files Writable =-.

Whitney Segura August 11, 2010 at 3:12 am

These were some very useful tips for wordpress blogs, I enjoyed reading this one greatly.

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