How to prevent WordPress comment Spam using JavaScript


Akismet does a great job in catching comment spam but it is still inserted into the database causing it to bloat over time. So I developed a small WordPress plugin that stops 99% of the comment spam (atleast for me). It uses JavaScript to dynamically add a “hidden” input field to the comments form. A visitor making a comment will also “POST” this value which will be verified before the comment is inserted into the database. No more pesky captchas or asking users to solve dumb calculations.Continue Reading…

Please fix your Plugin screenshots


This is a mistake committed even by people I consider the Gods of WordPress (as you’ll see in the screenshot below) and plugins with a million downloads. Even the plugin’s created by the plugin reviewers weren’t spared. Rather than a mistake I would say they all overlooked this minor setting that can ruin a plugin hunter’s experience.

The plugin repository has (or rather had) an annoying feature, when you click on a plugin screenshot on the hopes of viewing it larger the browser pops up the download box like this:
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How to fix connect() to php5-fpm.sock failed (13: Permission denied) while connecting to upstream Nginx error

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I encountered this problem after updating PHP to 5.5.12. I use Nginx with PHP5 FPM and after the updating PHP I was seeing 502 Gateway Error pages. Nginx’s error log file (/var/log/nginx/error.log) had the following in it:

2014/05/08 06:22:24 [crit] 24538#0: *292759 connect() to unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock failed (13: Permission denied) while connecting to upstream, client:, server:, request: "GET /wordpress-custom-403-401-error-page/ HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock:", host: ""

It was clear that Nginx couldn’t access PHP FPM’s socket file due to insufficient permissions. But everything was working fine till I updated PHP so something had changed in version 5.5.12.Continue Reading…

How to customize the BuddyPress activation email


BuddyPress the social networking plugin for WordPress sends an activation email when a new user registers. This email is very plain so why not add some spice to it by having your custom email. There are many forum threads out there for this topic but 99% of them don’t mention if their method is for single site or multi site. So I spent a lot of time trying customize this activation mailer without any success. Finally I sank into the code of BuddyPress and found the right set of hooks for the each environment – single or multi site.Continue Reading…

How to Add/Remove text boxes using jQuery and PHP

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This is my first post this year and the first tutorial using jQuery. In this tutorial we’ll see how to add or remove text input fields in a HTML form using jQuery and process the submitted data using PHP. The biggest advantage of jQuery lies in its simplicity of selecting elements. Plain JavaScript would require numerous getElementBy… methods and sifting through indexes to select the right element whereas jQuery does it with just a simple $('.class1 .class2 element') similar to CSS thanks to Sizzlejs.Continue Reading…

WordPress Hooks (Actions and Filters) Search Tool

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This started out as a PHP regex experiment. I wanted to find the WordPress “action” hooks in a particular theme so that I can add my own action function to it.

So instead of searching through the whole lot of files for do_actions I sat down writing a regular expression to do this. I was very satisfied with the results which made me think about creating a tool to do this.

So here you go a standalone PHP script which seeps through the PHP code of the WordPress core, plugins, themes or anything you specify and gets you a list of actions and filters.

I use the word “standalone” because this isn’t a WordPress plugin or anything which requires WordPress functions. This is a script which uses a regex in preg_match_all() to find all “tag” names in the do_action() and apply_filters() function. This does not even require WordPress, if you want to find the hooks in a plugin just download the plugin, unzip it to a directory readable by this tool.

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