Build a Blog – Tips and Tricks

A few tips and tricks shared by users on the old CodeGrrl forums over the years, to help you customise your blog. Includes archives by month, emoticons, bbcode, email notification and more.

Part 12: Paginating your entries

Many people have asked how to paginate their blog’s front page so as to show the previous/next 5 entries, for example. This tutorial was originally posted by Amanda.

Part 11: Categories

This tutorial will teach you how to add simple categories to your blog.

Part 10: Deleting entries

Originally posted by Valerie.

My turn! Okay, this is my attempt at writing my first tutorial.

A lot of people have been asking how to delete the entries out of build-a-blog. So that is what this tutorial will cover. You should have followed all of the parts of the tutorial so far up to this point, this tutorial will assume that you have.

Part 9: Creating a form to edit and delete comments

Originally posted by Julie.

As you may or may not know, Michelle is currently unable to add to the Build A Blog series of tutorials, so I thought I’d try my hand at writing a new instalment. I can’t promise it will be as good as her tutorials, but I’ll do my best! This tutorial covers the creation of an admin page for editing and deleting user comments.

Part 8: Next and previous links

Originally posted by Michelle.

In this instalment we will learn how to create next and previous links for easy navigation through our single entry pages. The following code should be placed on your single entry page (probably called journal.php or entry.php), just after your blog entry (and before any commenting functions). In this tutorial, the individual entry page will be referred to as journal.php.

Part 7: Allowing reader comments

Originally posted by Michelle.

Now we’re ready to set up commenting for our blogs. I know you’ve all been waiting for this, and now you can stop sending me death threats. ;)