Roll your own!
Continuing with tips for customizing the WordPress Dashboard, here is a look at one way to remove unwanted widgets and clean up the default WP Dashboard. Using WordPress to build sites like Plugin Planet, it’s usually necessary to customize the Dashboard by removing some default widgets and adding some of my own. No big deal, […]DigWP Update – Version 3.8
Digging Into WordPress update! The book is now current with the latest version of WordPress, 3.8 “Parker”. The Parker update is focused primarily on improving the appearance of the Admin Area, along with the usual blend of bug fixes and enhancements. As with all DigWP updates, the new version is a FREE download for everyone […]Bring Back Single-Column Dashboard in WP 3.8
After updating to WordPress 3.8, the single-column Dashboard disappears with no options to bring it back. For years, users could set the number of columns in the Dashboard to suit their needs, but apparently some brilliant decision was made to just remove it. Personal opinions and feelings aside, here is a quick snippet to bring […]Getting Background Updates to Work
The new background updates feature in WordPress 3.7 is great for security and productivity, but it can be tricky getting it to work. This post explains how the same technique posted here also worked for enabling background updates. After upgrading to WordPress 3.7, I was excited to try out the new background updates feature. But […]Book Sale and Giveaway
To celebrate the new design and book update, we’re giving away 5 free PDF copies of Digging Into WordPress and having a Fall Book Sale! Book Sale From now thru November 1st, save $7 on the PDF version of Digging Into WordPress. Purchase includes: PDF copy of Digging Into WordPress Free updates for the life […]Book Update: Version 3.7
Digging Into WordPress update! Version 3.7 of the book is updated for WordPress 3.6 and 3.7 (beta). As with the previous 10 updates, everyone who owns the book gets the new version for FREE. As promised, the new version returns the book to its original 9-chapter format, with the bonus and update chapters moved to […]Site Redesign
Well sort of.. more like a design “refresh” really. DigWP.com launched in May 2009 with its first design. Then later that year it was redesigned for the launch of the book. The second (blue/grey) design was well-suited for the site and a natural progression from the first design, and the new design continues along the […]DIY Alternative to WordPress SEO Plugins
Most SEO plugins have way too many bells and whistles for my simple needs, so I wrote a little snippet that’s meant as a drop-in, DIY replacement for the big WordPress SEO plugins. If you want a lot of features and options, then try Yoast’s awesome SEO plugin or the great All in One SEO; […]New Book! The Tao of WordPress
I’m excited to announce the launch of my 3rd book, The Tao of WordPress! Every page of The Tao of WordPress is carefully distilled, refined, and focused on WordPress. I wrote this book for beginners, students, designers, admins, enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to rock their own WordPress-powered site. In clear, easy-to-read text, the book […]Post Format Archives Widget
Custom Post Formats enable you to customize your asides, images, and other types of posts. Doing so is a great way to bring character and definition to an otherwise amorphous collection of regular posts. Then, as your custom-formatted posts grow in number, your site will feature uniquely styled archives for each of your Custom Post […]Find the Perfect Theme with “There is a Theme for That”
I’ve been working with WordPress for about 2 years now. I’ve set up dozens of websites for both myself and clients and finding the perfect theme has always been a bit of a chore. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there are so many to choose from, but now that there are over 100 […]WebHostingBuzz Giveaway
We’ve teamed up with Web Hosting Buzz to present you with a superb giveaway. WebHostingBuzz are providing the following great prizes: three lucky winners will pick up an entire year of FREE hosting that includes 750 GB Disk Space, 15,000 GB monthly Bandwidth, a free domain name and more. Enter to Win! To win one […]Display Blog Posts on any Page (with navigation)
By default, your latest WordPress posts are displayed on the home page, with older posts available via post navigation on /page/2/, /page/3/, and so on. In this DigWP post, we’ll explain how to display your blog posts on any static page using a custom WP_Query loop that works beautifully with post navigation. For example, if […]Best of DigWP.com
Chris and I launched DigWP.com back in 2009, and since that time have posted many WordPress tips, tricks, and techniques. As 2013 fast approaches, it’s a good time to look back at the most Best of DigWP for each year, 2009 thru 2012 — 4 years and counting! Top 10 of 2012 Plugins & Tools […]Plugins & Tools for WordPress Developers
I recently spent some time updating my growing collection of WordPress plugins, and during the process discovered some great resources for my WP “developer toolbox.” These are some super-useful plugins and tools for debugging, logging data, working with translation files, analyzing performance, and making otherwise difficult tasks efficient and manageable. May they serve you well! […]Elegant Themes Giveaway!
To celebrate the season, Elegant Themes is giving away three free memberships to their entire theme library — an impressive collection of 78 awesome WordPress themes yours for free! Enter to win To win one of the three memberships, just leave a comment on this post letting us know the name of your favorite Elegant […]v3.4 Printed Books Now Available!
Printed books in the house! The new version-3.4 printed books are now available and better than ever, updated for WordPress 3.4 with new content, refreshed graphics, and new features galore. Each book is printed in full-color, with new extra-thick covers and slick spiral binding for laying it flat while reading. These features make the print […]Adoption Program for Abandoned Plugins
One of the the most convenient things about WordPress is the abundant 21,834+ free plugins available in the WordPress plugin repository, but how many times do you run into the scary warning at the top of the page, “This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported […]Customizing WordPress Feeds
WordPress feeds enable your visitors to subscribe to your content for use in their favorite feed-reader. For example, subscribing to the main-posts feed and/or the comments feed is a great way for your readers to stay current with all the latest from your site. With WordPress, you can deliver a wide variety of “Full-text” or […]DigWP Version 3.4 Update
Digging into WordPress version 3.4 is here! The DiW v3.4 update covers WordPress 3.4, with new and revised content throughout the book. This is the book’s 10th Edition, making version 3.4 more fluid, focused and current than ever. It’s also a free update to everyone who owns either version of the book. Sneak peek! To […]All-AJAX Theme Update
Just a heads up! Chris’ awesome All AJAX theme is now updated to version 2.0, featuring a whole slew of improvements: Updated to use jQuery 1.7.2 Added missing ajax-loader.gif file Updated enqueue-script function Added tags display to single post-views Added support for oEmbed media embedding Added readme.txt to theme directory Updated some template tags such […]Notification List for New Books
Just a quick note: we’re currently updating the book to version 3.4, and will be ordering a fresh batch of printed books soon. In the meantime, we’re setting up a notification list for people who want to know when the new books are back in stock. To get notified when the new books are available, […]How to Setup Secure Media Uploads
As discussed, it’s important to protect your site by setting proper file permissions on the server. This can be tricky for certain directories such as /uploads/, /upgrade/, and /backups/, which need to be writable by the server in order for things like uploads, upgrades, and backups to work. On the one hand, you want the […]Add Shortcut Links to the Toolbar
WordPress makes it easy to add custom stuff to the Toolbar. This is a great way to personalize the look and feel of the WP Admin with custom menus, links, or whatever makes sense. To further streamline workflow, you can create keyboard-shortcuts to open your Toolbar links with a single keystroke. For example, the DigWP […]Displaying Code on a WordPress Site
Technically there is nothing special about displaying code on a WordPress site that is different than showing it on any other site.