Shiba Media Library 3.7

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The main addition to this release is an expansion on the media manager search interface- Posts, pages, and custom post types can now be searched for and added into galleries from the media manager interface. Image search is performed based on title as well as alt text. Shiba Media Library was tested on WordPress 3.5 […]

Shiba Gallery 4.3

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This is a very big update, so please try things out on a test site first. Feel free to post bug reports here or in the main Shiba Gallery article. New features for Shiba Gallery 4.3 – 1. Client Responsive Galleries The biggest addition to this release is client responsive galleries. In release 4.0 we […]

Shiba Widgets 2.0

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The key feature added in Shiba Widgets 2.0 is the ability to render widgets in posts using shortcodes. [Full Shiba Widgets description] Below are a list of standard widgets including their specialized input parameters. Common input parameters to all widgets include – before_title after_title title Standard widget classes List of standard widget classes and their […]

Using CDN Cnames with w3tc and MultiSite

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Recently, I started using Cnames for my CDN setup. This allows my static CDN content to have a pretty url that is tied to my own domain. Here I discuss how I set-up a Cname for my Media Temple dv server and CloudFront CDN. Then, I highlight a loading issue I encountered with w3tc multisite […]

Debugging the w3tc Page Cache

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Recently, I had a strange issue where some pages on my multisite were being cached, and others were not. There seemed to be no clear pattern as to what got cached and what failed the cache test. At first, it seemed a bit daunting to jump into the w3tc page caching code, but it actually […]

How to Translate blogs.dir CDN Files in w3tc

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My main site has a WordPress Multisite setup that is divided based on directories. For example, My dog articles are in http://shibashake.com/dog/ and My art galleries are in http://shibashake.com/blog-art. In this setup, my image links look something like this – http://shibashake.com/dog/files/2012/12/dog-image1.jpg However, this is just a shorter more pretty url. The actual image file resides […]

How to Create Dynamic User Agent Groups in w3tc

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Currently, in the w3tc plugin, we can create user agent groups by specifying agent names, e.g. android or iphone. By using this function, we can create different caches for different sets of devices. On my blogs, I need to create different caches based on screen width. This is because I serve up different widgets, ads, […]

How to Selectively Load Plugins for Specific Pages

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In a previous article, we considered how to selectively disable certain plugin functions, in order to enhance page speed. I.e., only run expensive plugin functions on page content that needs it. Disabling plugin functions may help to save us some time and resources. However, the plugin files will still be loaded, and the initialization methods […]