Adsense in Content of Posts and Pages for wp3

A flexible way to add google adsense into posts and pages in your wordpress blog.
This appraoch uses shortcodes which are an underused technique of increasing the functionality of themes.
Through the formatting options in the shortcode, the text can flow around the adsense blocks similar as it would happen with inserted images.
Options for the alignment are ‘left’, ‘center’, ‘right’ – anything else will be treated as ‘none’.

The code that needs to be added to functions.php of the theme is shown below:
it is called in the text with: [ a d s e n s e     f l o a t = ' l e f t ' ]

// allowed parameter: 'left', 'center', 'right', 'none';
// other entries will be treated as 'none';
function add_adsense($atts) {
  'float' => 'none',
  ), $atts));
if( $float == 'left' ) $float = ' style=" float:left; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0; "';
elseif( $float == 'center' ) $float = ' style=" display:block; margin: 10px auto; text-align:center; "';
elseif( $float == 'right' ) $float = ' style=" float:right; margin: 10px 0 5px 10px; "';
else $float = '';
$ads = '<span class="adsense "'.$float.'>
<script type="text/javascript"><!--
google_ad_client = "pub-0123412341234123";
/* adsense_in_posts */
google_ad_slot = "1234512345";
google_ad_width = 468;
google_ad_height = 60;
<script type="text/javascript"
return $ads;

add_shortcode('adsense', 'add_adsense');

You can see the result here entered into a passage of ‘lorem ipsum’:
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse in libero libero. Morbi porttitor, sapien et aliquam malesuada, augue elit tincidunt tortor, vel convallis orci felis quis turpis. Maecenas sit amet diam ut nibh rhoncus accumsan in eget urna. Vivamus sed tempor odio. Curabitur ultricies ultricies molestie. Maecenas eu nisl elit, vitae auctor eros. Nam quis risus libero. Nunc nec ligula sem. Nullam eget sem sed nisi porttitor imperdiet. Etiam ac sapien sed est vestibulum iaculis et id mauris. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Integer tortor magna, malesuada id imperdiet eu, fringilla eget sapien. Donec augue sem, semper et ultrices a, cursus eget nisl. Duis dui enim, ornare ut facilisis eget, egestas ac orci. Etiam viverra varius erat, id feugiat tellus egestas eget.

Aliquam sem purus, ornare ac tempor nec, accumsan ut felis. In cursus massa vitae mauris iaculis nec semper dui commodo. Proin fermentum, lacus ut accumsan scelerisque, orci dui sodales arcu, ac mollis neque odio id turpis. Mauris sagittis tincidunt ultricies. Sed diam ipsum, posuere quis scelerisque et, malesuada quis orci. Mauris nec lectus ac nibh interdum aliquet.

PS: I found more examples of shortcodes in

Advanced styling of the prev/next post links

when you use the ‘previous/next post’ navigation in single posts, you will have noticed that these links appear empty when there is no previous or next post, as for the latest and the first article.

to keep your page design and to style these occurences by showing a special image or text, you can make use of the virtually undocumented wordpress function ‘get_adjacent_post()’.

see this screenshot of the navigation in a single post page:


the example below is done for the default theme, and will show a greyed-out text in the place of the links.

<div class="navigation">
<div class="alignleft">
<?php if(get_adjacent_post(false, '', true)) { echo 'Previous older article: '; previous_post_link('%link'); }
else { echo '<span style="color:#bbb;">"'.get_the_title().'" is the oldest post, no further articles. </span>'; } ; ?>
<div class="alignright">
<?php if(get_adjacent_post(false, '', false)) { echo 'Next newer article: '; next_post_link('%link'); }
else { echo '<span style="color:#bbb;">"'.get_the_title().'" is the latest post: no newer articles. </span>'; } ; ?>

Defining the writing area of the dashboard editor

the first of my upcoming ‘tips and tricks’ – a handy function to style the editor area of your self-hosted wordpress blog or cms:
if you are working on a modern widescreen monitor, but want to restrict the wordpress editor area (your writing paper, so to speak) to the width as it will later show in your blog, here is a tip what to add to functions.php of your theme:

function custom_max_width_editor() {
echo '<style type="text/css"> textarea#content, #content_ifr {
border-right: 1px solid #ddd; }</style>';
add_action('admin_head', 'custom_max_width_editor');

the ‘min-height’ is optional, and will give you a larger writing area to start with.
and the border shows clearly how wide the defined writing area is.
adjust the number values, and enjoy the next level of control over your wordpress.

you might even want to add the predominant background-color of your blog’s content area …

a big thank you to @Purren from the wordpress support forum, who submitted a correction to make it also work for the visual editor.

wp3 has brought the ‘add_editor_style()‘ function which makes the above tip redundant.

for theme independant, more permament changes, the principle can also be turned into a basic plugin; in this example to change the font-size in the html editor:

Plugin Name: Html Editor Font Size
Description: set the font size for the html editor.
License: GPL2
function custom_font_size_html_editor() {
echo '<style type="text/css"> #editorcontainer textarea#content {
font-size: 20px; }</style>';
add_action('admin_head', 'custom_font_size_html_editor');

Highlight the post’s categories in the category list

highlighting the categories of a post in single post view is a useful trick to allow the viewer to find related posts.

there are plugins available which extend the functionality of the standard category widget to do this.

sometimes, however, it can be desirable to have the same feature with a function that you can use like you would use ‘wp_list_categories();’ – exactly with the same arguments.

/* hi_list_categories() to highlight the current categories of a post in single.php;
uses the arguments in the same way as wp_list_categories();
alchymyth 2010 / */
function hi_list_categories($args) {
//following section is extracted from
$defaults = array(
'show_option_all' => '',
'orderby' => 'name',
'order' => 'ASC',
'show_last_update' => 0,
'style' => 'list',
'show_count' => 0,
'hide_empty' => 1,
'use_desc_for_title' => 1,
'child_of' => 0,
'feed' => '',
'feed_type' => '',
'feed_image' => '',
'exclude' => '',
'exclude_tree' => '',
'current_category' => 0,
'hierarchical' => true,
'title_li' => __( 'Categories' ),
'echo' => 1,
'depth' => 0
$r = wp_parse_args( $args, $defaults );
if ( !isset( $r['pad_counts'] ) && $r['show_count'] && $r['hierarchical'] ) {
$r['pad_counts'] = true;
if ( isset( $r['show_date'] ) ) {
$r['include_last_update_time'] = $r['show_date'];
if ( isset( $r['echo'] ) ) {
$echo_or_return = $r['echo'];
} ; $r['echo'] = 0;
if ( true == $r['hierarchical'] ) {
$r['exclude_tree'] = $r['exclude'];
$r['exclude'] = '';
extract( $r );
//end of extracted code
global $post;
// highlighting only for single post view
if(is_single()) :
$categories = wp_get_post_categories($post->ID);
foreach ($categories as $catid) {
$cat = get_category($catid);
$cats[] = $cat->cat_ID;
$cats_list = wp_list_categories( $r );
foreach($cats as $value) {
if(preg_match('#-item-' . $value . '">#', $cats_list)) {
$cats_list = str_replace('item-' . $value . '">', 'item-' . $value . ' current-cat">', $cats_list);
if($echo_or_return == 1) { echo $cats_list; }
else { return $cats_list; } ;
else :
//use default category list if not single post view
wp_list_categories( $args );
} //end of function hi_list_categories();

in the same way, as you would have used ‘wp_list_categories();’ you can now use ‘hi_list_categories();’ which will add the class ‘.current-cat’ to each of the categories of the post in single post view.