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Adding A Server-Side Microsummary

With the release builds of Firefox 2.0 available on their FTP servers come many new features, including "Live Titles."

Live titles allow web developers to include a text-only microsummary, which the browser can display instead of the standard, static title when the user bookmarks the page. I just created a server-side microsummary for this blog. The live title is very small, so I just wanted to have the title read "x posts. Latest: <title>" where x is the number of total posts and <title> is the title of the latest post.

I couldn't find a function that returned all the posts in the database so I added this function to the functions.php page found /wp-includes/:

function get_num_posts(){
          global $wpdb;
          return $wpdb->get_var("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish'");

I then added this code to the top of the index.php file in my current theme:

<?php if( (isset($_GET['view'])) && ($_GET['view'] == 'microsummary') ){ 
          if (have_posts()){
                    echo(get_num_posts() . ' posts. Latest: ');


else { ?>

Also, don't forget to add this at the end of the index.php file:

<?php } ?>

The last step is to add the following into the header.php file between the <head> </head> tags:

<link rel="microsummary" href="index.php?view=microsummary" />

This will give your users the choice of a dynamic bookmark title to use rather than the old static title.