DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

Author: Jeff Starr

Find the perfect WordPress theme

Search and filter through thousands of WP themes, both free and premium. If you’re in the market for a new theme, this free tool at wpbyexample.com could be a huge time-saver.

Bring Back Single-Column Dashboard in WP 3.8

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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 back single-column Dashboard layout for those who were using it and wish to continue doing so.

Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our five lucky contest winners! Mike, Shea Bunge, Konstantinos Kouratoras, Stephanie Stiavetti, and Gretchen Louise will each receive a free copy of Digging Into WordPress plus all bonus material, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Site Redesign

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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 same path.

DIY Alternative to WordPress SEO Plugins

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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; otherwise, if you just want something simple that works, check out Basic WP SEO — a simple slab of code that you add to your functions.php file and done.

Comparing Blog Platforms

Ever wonder how WP compares against the competition? Check out this infographic/chart comparing eight of the top blogging platforms, including details about features such as plugins, themes, hosting, user-friendliness and more. Spoiler alert: WordPress wins :)

Sweet WP Infographic: Premium Themes

I found this infographic from WPtemplate.com very useful while writing my latest book. The infographic rounds up a collection of popular premium themes along with their various features and informations. Very interesting to see what’s popular in the premium WP theme market.

Update 2014/02/04: Link removed due to 404 Not Found @ http://www.wptemplate.com/latest-templates/most-popular-wordpress-premium-themes.html

GenerateWP.com

Quick link: Check out GenerateWP.com to automatically generate code for custom taxonomies, post types, the config file, and other useful bits of WordPress functionality. Very user-friendly interface with squeaky clean code output :)

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