Incrementing Alphanumeric strings in PHP

I ran into a problem the other day where I needed to increment an alphanumeric string. An alphanumeric string is a string consisting of both numerals and letters (0-9, a-z, A-Z). This combination of characters is base62, however, there is no base62 function in PHP to make this easy. There were a couple of solutions[Continue Reading…]

How to Block FeedBurner from Burning your Feed (in WordPress)

I have had an interesting problem for the past year, basically ever since I created a blog for my wife. For some really weird reason, any Google property (like Google Reader) would inject my feed from FeedBurner into her feed… even though she is not even using FeedBurner. Unfortunately, Google pretty  much offers NO SUPPORT for[Continue Reading…]

Allowing Hyperlinks in Your WordPress Excerpts

By default, WordPress strips out all the HTML tags from your post excerpts. I needed to allow hyperlinks, but there is a problem when WordPress tries to truncate the post’s content. The wp_trim_excerpt function is what WordPress uses to do all the trimming work, I simply copied the code, modified it, and stuck my new[Continue Reading…]

Embed an RSS/ATOM Feed into your WordPress Website

One of my clients needs to pull an RSS feed from a real estate virtual tour provider and display it on one of their pages. I looked into a few plugins and could not find one that was easily customizable. After a quick google search I discovered that WordPress has some built-in functions based off[Continue Reading…]

Easily Extended Contact Info in WordPress

I’m working on a project where I need the ability to add “Phone”, “Building”, and “Room” as information a user could add in their profile. I also wanted to remove “AIM”, “Yahoo”, and “Jabber” — none of the users are going to need to fill in that info. You can easily add this code into[Continue Reading…]