I have been working on a number of updates from the master project list to include in the upcoming WP-Members 2.6 version upgrade release. Here are the main new features you can expect. [Read more…]
So your hard disk crashed and you’ve lost all your data – important files, photos of the kids, your contact list and save emails. You are frustrated because you know you should have been performing backups on a regular basis, but you didn’t and now the data is gone for ever. Or is it?
It’s not gone completely and you can get it back. What is the magic bullet? Hard disk forensics.
Hard disk forensics is based on the fact that when a file is deleted from the file system, it actually still resides on the hard disk. It has merely been removed from the file system’s memory. Think in terms of a filing cabinet with labeled folders. Deleting a folder just pulls the label off the folder but it is still there. Only if you actually pull that folder out and shred it are the contents irretrievable. [Read more…]
The ability to customize WordPress email settings in the admin panel is essentially non-existent. So what if you want to change the default email address that WordPress sends email from. Generically this is [email protected], and who wants that? I know I don’t. You probably don’t either.
In a previous post, I discussed how you can change your WordPress email settings to change this address with a simple filter snippet added to your theme’s functions.php file. That’s my preferred method of customizing WordPress.
But what if you are a person that prefers the ease of loading a plugin to do your bidding? Well, adding these filters as a plugin is as simple as taking those filters, applying the appropriate plugin header, saving it as a php file, and loading it to your plugins folder.
Note: this particular process does not make use of admin panels. While that makes for a nice interface for your WordPress email settings, it would also add needed bloat to the file. Simple edits to the email settings for the email address and name prior to saving is all you need for this project. This results in a light weight and efficient plugin with the email settings you need.
I have created a code snippet you can use for this “quick-and-dirty” email settings plugin. To implement, follow these steps:
- Save this file as a .php file.
- Open it in your favorite editor (or notepad).
- Change the email name and address in the functions to the name and address you want your email coming from.
- Save your changes.
- Load to your plugin folder.
There are several other plugins that can manage WordPress email settings with more features, so if that is what you are looking for, by all means, search the wordpress.org plugin directory. But if you want something simple and light, this will do the trick!
For more information on testing, troubleshooting, and changing your WordPress email configuration for wp_mail, here are some additional posts:
- Testing your WordPress email settings for the wp_mail function – some information on wp_mail and a testing script you can use to make sure it is sending messages.
- Troubleshooting wp_mail WordPress Email Configuration – not everything that can go wrong is directly a problem with WP. This post has information on host restrictions and other outside problems that should be checked.
- Changing the wp_mail from address in WordPress without a plugin – provides a simple code snippet you can use to change the email address that WordPress sends from, no plugin required.
- Easy SMTP email settings for WordPress – how to change your WordPress email configuration to send email from a valid SMTP server with a simple script, no plugin required.
WP-Members stores all of its registration field names and some of the user dialogs in the WordPress database. If you are installing localized translation files for WP-Members on a WordPress installation where you have already activated the WP-Members plugin, you will likely find that the translated fields names do not load into the database. [Read more…]