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The Textpattern FAQ answers many key questions about using Textpattern.

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What is Textpattern?

Textpattern is our favorite CMS

About Textpattern

Textpattern is a content management system created by Dean Allen. Written in PHP, it was designed to be used with all kinds of web sites, including weblogs. Built into Textpattern is Textile, a simple syntax for nudging plain text into structurally sound and stylistically rich web content. Textpattern has been released under the open source GNU General Public License as of version 1.0rc3.


Plenty more useful information in the FAQ.

Plugins, mods, and other resources

When you download a plugin, you’ll see a whole bunch of seemingly gibberish text, with hopefully some readable words at the top such as the name of the plugin and the author, etc.

Copy the whole thing (Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C in windows) and then visit your Textpattern’s admin interface, and naviagate to the ‘Admin’ tab and the ‘Plugins’ tab beneath that.

Plugins, mods, and other resources

From an end-user’s perspective:

Plugins are modifications to the code, that provide for new features or expanding existing features. This could mean you have a new Textpattern tags you can use, such as <txp:smd_if> or <txp:glz_custom_field> it could give you new features in your admin panel, such as a mysql database manager (via rss_admin_db_manager), etc. etc. Basically, if there is something you want to do with Textpattern for which you can’t find a built-in means to do so, then there’s possibly a plugin for it, or a plugin can be made for it.

From a programmer/developer’s perspective:

Plugins provide an easy way for developers to create new tags for Textpattern templates, and to introduce new features for the back and front end. They are easy to create for anyone with some PHP experience. A new template tag can be as simple as a single PHP function containing a single line of code.

Threshold State

How to install templates

[2] Textpattern themes are pretty.

Plugins, mods, and other resources

Actually, I have zero experience using pre-designed themes/templates for Textpattern. Hopefully a kind and more experienced fellow will come along and put some useful text in here.

I do believe that most templates/themes come with their own sets of instructions. You can browse templates at Textgarden, Textpattern’s themes site, or in our Templates section.

What's a tag cloud?

A tag cloud is a weighted list.


The more often a tag is used on a site, the larger its font-size will be.


Instead of prenamed categories or a limited number of assignments, you can assign as many keyword or tags to an article as you feel are relevant. Tags are popularly presented these days in a tag cloud.

How are the tag clouds generated on this site?

We use plugins to make our tag clouds.


On our tags page , the cloud on the left column (in blue) is formed by rss_category_cloud, made up of all available Categories. Big cloud in the middle (green) is formed by tru_tags , which makes tags out of whatever’s in the Keywords box that accompanies each article. See the Keywords = tags entry.

There are certainly other ways to do it.

Using this site

All plugins, mods, etc. that are posted to this site will be kept even after they have out-lived their usefulness — perhaps their functionality has been added to the Textpattern code so that a built-in Textpattern tag can fully take the place of what used to be a plugin, perhaps the plugin worked on a very early version of Textpattern and now is incompatible with the current and recent versions.

Using this site

Each article has a “Flag it” option in its information column. If an article has a broken link, inaccurate information, an orphaned plugin/file, or should be otherwise archived or edited, you can contact the article’s author to inform them, or Flag the article for the Admin’s attention.

Using this site

If you have tutorials/tips/plugins/templates/etc. that you would like to be more accessible to the Textpattern community, then by all means please register / sign in and post as many entries as you’d like. If you’d rather not do it yourself, please feel free to email the link(s)/information, and it will be posted for you.

Using this site

If you’re visiting an article and it contains only a short description but doesn’t seem to hold the actual contents of what you’re looking for, check out the links to its left, in the green column. There may be a Download link or an Information URL. There may also be a Forum URL or a link to the author’s website which should direct you to the information that the article describes.

How do you tag articles on this site?

Keywords = tags.

Using this site

You can tag an article on the admin side by adding as many comma-separated keywords as you’d like in the Keywords box.

Using this site

If you have something you would like to post, or you would like to edit an existing article, you’ll need to login to access the Textpattern admin panel.

Using this site

The Help section is a pretty good place to start..

There’s also the About page if you’d like to know where the heck you are.

The place I tend to visit first/most on this site is the Archive, because that’s where all the articles are laid out, and you can quickly jump to what you’re looking for.

Of course, the Search option is also pretty useful for finding things (who’d a thunk?)..

What are those colorful icons at the bottom of each article?

Social bookmarks. They're fun.

Using this site

These things? Blinklist icon icon Digg icon They’re bookmarking links to various social bookmarking sites.

How do I know if someone replies to my comment on an article?

Subscribe to the comments' XML feed.

Using this site

There’s a handy “Subscribe to comments feed” link offerred for every article. Subscribe to this the same way you would subscribe to any RSS or Atom feed.

Various questions that don't go anywhere

Maybe someone else knows what Usel is, ‘cause heck if I know. I’ve been meaning to ask Joe for years. I have only his reference to it.

You know you want to visit the Archives.
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