DiggingIntoWordPress

by Chris Coyier & Jeff Starr

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 :)

Post Format Archives Widget

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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 Formats.

Spring SALE!

To celebrate the Spring season, we’re holding a Spring Sale on Print & PDF copies of Digging into WordPress! Save $15 on the Print version (includes free PDF) and $7 on the PDF version. Both versions include all extras, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Sweet bundled deals also available for Digging into WordPress and .htaccess made easy when purchased together. Contact sales@digwp.com for details!

Find the Perfect Theme with “There is a Theme for That”

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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 companies that make WordPress themes outside of the big market places like TemplateMonster and ThemeForest I quickly got tired of clicking through all of them to find the perfect theme.

55 Resources for WordPress Beginners

Thanks to Devesh over at WPKube for putting together this super-useful list of resources for those first getting into WordPress. From books to blogs and blogs to themes and plugins, you’ll find plenty of awesome WP resources. Check it out!

WebHostingBuzz Winners!

Congratulations to the three lucky winners of our recent WebHostingBuzz Giveaway! John David Hunt, Rodney Weis, and Ji each will receive an entire year of free hosting at WebHostingBuzz. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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