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Stay logged in with WordPress on Subdomains

A clients site performs some magic to show different content per subdomain. By default each subdomain asks you to login, which is a bit annoying. It would be convenient if admins of a single WordPress installation could stay logged in when they jump between subdomains.

I found that all we needed to do was set the cookie domain and path in wp-config.php. At first it seemed only COOKIE_DOMAIN and COOKIEPATH would be needed, but it did not behave until COOKIEHASH was also set. You could probably set it to anything you like, I just had a defined variable already.

 * Set cookie properties to allow persistent login across subdomains.
define('MY_DOMAIN', '');
define('COOKIEPATH', '/');
define('COOKIEHASH', md5(MY_DOMAIN) );

This may also work between WordPress installations across subdomains. I haven’t tested this theory. Both installations would require the same login details and this config. It is working with WordPress versions 3.8+.

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How to Improve FeedWordpress

FeedWordPress is the best free plugin to syndicate posts from WordPress RSS feeds. Syndication is not the best practice, but it suits the needs of a client and their site network.

However, there is some minor issues. There is no built in duplicate post detection. This can create a mess when syndicating multiple feeds that may contain the same posts. Also, a default category is not assigned to posts if there is no matching category on your site. Place the below filter in your themes functions.php file to correct these issues.

 * FeedWordPress - Detect duplicates and prepare the syndicated post.
 * @param array $post
 * @param SyndicatedPost $syndicatedpost
 * @return array|null
add_filter('syndicated_post', function (array $post, SyndicatedPost $syndicatedpost) {

    // --- Duplicate Detection

    if (!$syndicatedpost->fresh_content_is_update()) {
        global $wpdb;

        $duplicate_post = $wpdb->get_row($wpdb->prepare("
            SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->posts
            WHERE post_status = 'publish' AND post_type = 'post' AND post_title = %s
            AND ( post_date BETWEEN DATE_SUB( %s, INTERVAL 2 HOUR ) AND DATE_ADD( %s, INTERVAL 1 HOUR ) )
            LIMIT 1
        ", [
            $post[ 'post_title' ],
            $post[ 'post_date' ],
            $post[ 'post_date' ]

        // Is it a duplicate post?
        if (!empty($duplicate_post)) {
            return null;

    // --- Prepare Syndicated Post

    // Assign the default category when a post has no categories.
    // No idea why FeedWordPress doesn't do this by default.
    if (empty($post[ 'tax_input' ][ 'category' ])) {
        $post[ 'tax_input' ][ 'category' ][] = intval(get_option('default_category'));

    // Syndicated posts will include a 'read more' from the source site at the
    // end of their excerpts. Strip that out.
    $post[ 'post_excerpt' ] = preg_replace("/(&hellip;|&#8230;) <a href=.+<\/a>/", '', $post[ 'post_excerpt' ]);
    $post[ 'post_excerpt' ] = preg_replace("/\\[&hellip;\\]/", '', $post[ 'post_excerpt' ]);
    $post[ 'post_excerpt' ] = trim($post[ 'post_excerpt' ]);

    return $post;
}, 10, 2);

Lastly, we don’t want search engines to index these articles, they aren’t original content on our site. I also make use of Yoast WordPress SEO, we’ll use that to our advantage.

 * Yoast WordPress SEO - Hide Syndicated Posts, and Sign Up form from Search Engines.
 * @return void
add_action('template_redirect', function (): void {
    if (!function_exists('YoastSEO')) {

    $noindex = false;

    // Don't index Syndicated posts from FeedWordpress
    $is_syndicated = false;
    if (function_exists('is_syndicated')) {
        $is_syndicated = is_syndicated();

    if (is_single() && $is_syndicated) {
        $noindex = true;

    if ($noindex) {
        add_filter('wpseo_robots_array', [ YoastSEO()->helpers->robots, 'set_robots_no_index' ], 10, 2);
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Add a Custom Login Logo to WordPress

Below is all you need to customise the login page of WordPress. Add it to the bottom of your functions.php.

 * Custom Login Logo for WordPress

add_filter( 'login_headerurl', 'tsg_login_headerurl' );
add_filter( 'login_headertext', 'tsg_login_headertext' );
add_filter( 'site_icon_image_sizes', 'tsg_site_icon_image_sizes' );
add_action( 'login_enqueue_scripts', 'tsg_login_enqueue_scripts' );

function tsg_login_headerurl()
    return get_bloginfo( 'url' );

function tsg_login_headertext()
    return get_bloginfo( 'name', 'display' );

function tsg_site_icon_image_sizes( $sizes )
    $sizes[] = 140;
    return $sizes;

function tsg_login_enqueue_scripts()
    <style type="text/css">
        body.login div#login h1 a {
            height: 140px;
            width: 320px;
            background-image: url(<?php echo get_site_icon_url( 140, get_bloginfo( 'template_url' ) . '/images/login-logo.png' ); ?>);
            background-size: contain;

There are plugins available that perform this task for you, but I don’t think it’s necessary to add a plugin just for this.

Transparent PNG format images work best.

Update 2017

I have upgraded this script to use the Site Icon. You just need to upload your image using Appearance > Customise > Site Identity.

Update 2019

WordPress deprecated ‘login_headertitle’ in favour of ‘login_headertext’.