News WordPress Launches with Style @ Tribeca Grand Hotel

After almost a year of grueling labor, the website created to find apartments, jobs and stuff from your friends and their friends is finally going beta!  500+ members and counting! Read the full story.

“I want it to be like Friendster,” declares Socialisting founder Lawrence Lewitinn, then quickly clarifies: “The early days.” We’re at Socialisting’s launch party. I found out about this party because I spotted it on Facebook and recognized some attendees. I found Lawrence at the party through Peter Gaston, a SPIN editor my girlfriend met through work. Friends of friends! Theme!

The description for Lawrence’s List asks members to concentrate on listing jobs they’re involved with. “This list is effective when it’s my friends or their friends meeting/hiring/moving in with my friends or their friends, not if it turns into another Craigslist where crazies/kooks/stalkers can find/meet/harass/kill/cook each other.”

Aren’t strangers the worst?

-Nick Douglas
BlackBook Magazine

Code WordPress

WordPress: Create a Plugin to Create Custom Taxonomies

An example plugin that demonstrates how to easily add new Taxonomies to your WordPress blog.

Plugin Name: Yor Custom Taxonomies
Plugin URI:
Description: Adds custom taxonomies for your WordPress blog
Version: 1.0.0
Author: Steven Word
Author URI:

function skw_build_taxonomies() {

 $vehicle_args = array(
 'label' => 'Vehicles',
 'hierarchical' => true,
 'query_var' => true,
 'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'vehicles')
 register_taxonomy( 'skw_vehicles', 'post', $vehicle_args );

 $brand_args = array(
 'label' => 'Brands',
 'hierarchical' => true,
 'query_var' => true,
 'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'brands')
 register_taxonomy( 'skw_brands', 'post', $brand_args );

add_action( 'init', 'skw_build_taxonomies', 0 );

WordPress WordPress Plugins

New Plugin Release: WP Query Counter

WP Query Counter is designed to aid developers in using the WordPress query functions as efficiently as possible.

The plugin starts a counter when WordPress initializes and displays the number of executed queries in an absolutely positioned div in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

You can check it out here!

Code WordPress

WordPress: Exclude Pages from Search Results

Add the following to your functions.php file to exclude pages from the search results of your WordPress blog.

//Filter out pages from search results
function search_exclude_pages($query) {
 if ($query->is_search) {
 $query->set('post_type', 'post');
 return $query;
Code WordPress

WordPress: Change the Excerpt Length

The following can be added to your theme’s functions.php to alter the excerpt word count.

//Filter the excerpt
function new_excerpt_length($length) {
 return 20;
add_filter('excerpt_length', 'new_excerpt_length');