How To Disable A Parent Item Link on WordPress Menu

While working on a Client site recently it became apparent we needed to make the top level Parent link not go anywhere. As an example if you have a menu item named Products, and under it you have 10 product pages you may want that top item not to be active.

Disable WordPress Menu Parent ItemThere are several plugins you can install that will do different things with these links, however, the simpliest method is to apply a # to the link. From the Admin sidebar, select Menus. Under Custom Links insert a # in the URL, and give the menu item a Label. Add the custom menu item to the menu and then place your children links under it.

Now from any page the Top item will have a link, but it will simply stay on the current page.

 

Add Author to RSS Feed in WordPress

If you have multiple authors on a WordPress blog you may want to add the Author name to the RSS feed title.

Although the standard RSS feed file in WordPress contains the author if you view the RSS feed you will not be able to see the Author name through standard readers as it is not converted.

A good example is to look at a WordPress feed that uses Google Reader and you will not see the Author listed.

One solution of course is to change the WordPress Feed files, however, if you do this every time you update WordPress your change will get written over. The easier and better solution is to add the small snippet of code below to your WordPress Themes function file.

 

function wp_titlerss($content) {
global $wp_query;
$content = $content." by ".get_the_author();
return $content;
}

add_filter('the_title_rss', 'wp_titlerss');

 

 

Failure Configuring Windows Updates on Windows 7

This morning I had a notice to Install Updates on Shut Down for my Windows 7 machine.

Once I rebooted I would receive the error “Failure Configuring Windows Updates”. This seemed to be an infinite loop as I tried to restart the machine several times to configure the updates.

There are 2 steps I took to resolve the issue easily.

  • Remove any memory cards from the built in card reader.
  • Initiate the update manually from the Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Action Center

This solved the problem immediately and the system was updated and configured correctly

Twitter Recommends I Follow Me

I had never given it much thought, but Twitter recommends I should follow myself. I guess it makes sense.

  • I have similar tastes as me
  • I follow the same type people as me
  • People who follow me, might also be following me. (will this cause paranoia)
  • I should keep up with what I am doing
  • When I traveled a lot I once thought I passed myself in an airport terminal.

 

Twitter Recommends I Follow Me

Google +1 in Wrong Place?

I signed up for the experimental Google +1 search at the first chance. At first it looks like a good idea, then after doing some organic searches I realized that with the +1 being on Google Search results it is actually in the wrong place.

Let’s say you do a search for Acoustic Guitar Pickups, and the search results give you the first 10 results. Now, are you going to click +1 here? Why would you, you have not seen the site yet. So, let’s say you go to the first result and it is perfect match for what you needed. Will you go back and click the +1? Probably not. And if you went to a page and it was a bad match, you would go back and check out another listing, but once again, you would not have a reason to click the +1.

Until +1 is on an actual page it is really not very helpful.

Being on the search results page it is almost guaranteed that most the clicks on the +1 icon will be people trying to game their own results. This will only help once Google adds the +1 to their signals to rank pages, which is not in place yet.

So, is +1 useless as it stands right now?