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Disable All WordPress Plugins From MySQL CLI Or PhpMyAdmin

I was creating a mirror copy of one of my WordPress installations recently and needed a way to disable all plugins. During the process of creating the development WordPress mirror there were issues so I needed to disable all WordPress plugins via MySQL since at the time I could not login to the WordPress admin. Below I will describe listing all of the active plugins with one MySQL command and then disabling all of the plugins with another MySQL command.

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Create A New WordPress Admin Page And Add It To The WP Admin Menu

After a recent issue I ran across I decided I needed a way I could view a list of WordPress posts with the most comments so I searched for a simple plugin that would do that. I couldn’t find anything that did specifically what I wanted to though I did find a WordPress plugin called Most Commented that would display a front-end widget with a list of posts with the most comments. After installing it I needed to modify the plugin to display a page in the WordPress admin section located at /wp-admin. Below I will describe how to create a plugin that generates a WordPress admin page and adds a link to the WordPress admin navigation.

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WordPress External Links Plugin Not Displaying Posts With Lots Of Comments

I just discovered the WordPress External Links plugin and couldn’t be happier with it. The plugin only has a couple functions but the SEO benefit seems to really be amazing. The External Links plugin will add a “nofollow” tag to all of the links on your WordPress blog which tells search engines to not count the link against your page rank. An extra benefit of the plugin is the fact that it adds a small external link icon at the end of each external link so readers of your WordPress blog know that they will be leaving the site. One other function of the plugin is you can make all external links open in a new window though I chose not to enable this because I cannot stand when reading articles and when I click on a link and it opens a new window.

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How To Record Skype Calls Automatically When A Conversation Starts

I needed to record a short Skype conversation on a Windows XP computer┬áthe other day so I looked around at a couple options. There are a bunch of different applications but I wasn’t interested in paying for an application until I could at least try it. I settled on downloading and trying PrettyMay to record Skype calls and it appears to have been a good choice. Below I will describe some of the functions I like about PrettyMay and also explain how to configure various options.

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