WordPress 4.4 Sidebar Naming

With WordPress 4.4 rolling out a few issues have come up around sidebars and widgets but one fix is not immediately obvious. When adding a sidebar, the naming previously was not case sensitive but it is now. The example below would not work:

 'name'=>'Homepage Widget',
 'description' => 'Main Area on the Homepage',
 'id' => 'homepage',
 'before_widget' => '',
 'after_widget' => '',
<?php if (!dynamic_sidebar('HomePage')) : ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Now, make sure that the sidebar call uses the exact ID.

<?php if (!dynamic_sidebar('homepage')) : ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Hide Google Analytics when Logged into WordPress

Another quick but helpful tip. Most sites use Google Analytics to track visits, pageviews and overall traffic but if you are constantly updating a site you can end up wildly skewing your analytics with constant refreshes. To avoid this, you can go into Google Analytics and add an IP Filter:

However this doesn’t help much if your updating from different coffee shops, or cities for that matter, on a regular basis. For an easy fix use WordPress “if user logged in” function.

if ( is_user_logged_in() ) {
//Also a good place to add scripts specific to logged in users.
} else {
//script code
var _gaq = _gaq || [];
_gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-xxxxxxx-x']);

(function() {
var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
//script code

Now, no matter where, if you are logged in your constant reloads won’t affect your analytics.

Quick fix for rel=”category tag” in WordPress

Here is a quick tip for helping WordPress, WordPress 3.2 specifically, with the HTML5 spec. HTML5 spec says that only certain rel types are allowed and WordPress’ “category tag” isn’t one of them. Fortunately I found a good bit of code here http://smalldiary.com/wordpresshow-to-add-nofollow-to-category-links.html which strips out the current rel=”category tag” and adds a rel=”nofollow” as a filter in the fuctions.php file for the theme. By adding it to the functions.php for the theme this provides a theme wide fix rather than having to edit individual templates.

I altered the code a bit for my uses, however, as I’d still like the search engines crawling around my site so I stripped the code down to:
add_filter( 'the_category', 'add_nofollow_cat' );  function add_nofollow_cat( $text ) { $text = str_replace('rel="category tag"', "", $text); return $text; }
Now the W3 Validator has one less WordPress quirk to pickup on.