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Blackhole Pro

Pleased to announce the Pro version of my WordPress security plugin, Blackhole for Bad Bots — now available from Plugin Planet. Blackhole Pro stops bad bots, spammers, scrapers, and other automated threats. Trap bad bots in a virtual Blackhole and save precious server resources for your legit visitors.

DigWP Site Redesign

DigWP Site Redesign

After rocking our site's previous design for nearly four years, it was time for a refresh. Actually complete overhaul is more like it, a top-to-bottom restructuring and streamlining of DigWP.com.

Going into the redesign, the goal was twofold: 1) visually keep things as focused and clean as possible, and 2) under the hood, unify everything and simplify down to an absolute minimum. As with any eight-year-old website with over 400 posts and integrated e-commerce system, there was an enormous amount of work required to get the job done.

DigWP Theme Updates!

DigWP Theme Updates!

Quick post to announce updates for all DigWP themes, free and exclusive. All of our themes are current with the latest version of WordPress, and include lots of new features, bug fixes, and enhancements. 100% ready for action :)

The free themes are all free and open-source for everyone, and the exclusive themes are included with purchase of Digging Into WordPress. If you own the book, you can log in and download the updated themes in the DigWP Members Area, at your convenience. Now let's check ’em out..

WPKube FTW

Really enjoying the fresh WordPress content that Devesh has been rocking over at WPKube. If you're unfamiliar or just want another amazing WordPress resource, check out WPKube for some excellent tutorials, reviews, news, and everything in between.

Prismatic Syntax Highlighting

Launching my 20th WordPress plugin! Prismatic makes it easy to display beautiful syntax-highlighted code using either Prism.js or Highlight.js. Also includes a "plain flavor" option for escaping code without syntax highlighting. Prismatic is fast, flexible, and 100% free! :)

WordPress Post Navigation Redux (New Tags!)

WordPress Post Navigation Redux (New Tags!)

For years WordPress post navigation has been possible thanks to a flexible set of five functions, including posts_nav_link(), next_post_link() and next_posts_link(). These navigational functions continue to work great in many WordPress themes, but there are newer, even more flexible functions available to theme developers. Introduced in WordPress 4, these new navigation functions can make it easier than ever to display nav links for your WordPress-powered posts.

Theme Switcha

Just launched my latest WordPress plugin, Theme Switcha — theme siwtching done right. It enables you to develop, test, and preview themes without your visitors knowing. Lots of great features and super flexible. 100% free :)

Stop Ruining the WordPress Admin Area

Stop Ruining the WordPress Admin Area

I guess what I was trying to get at with my previous poll about too many plugins was the idea that a lot of WordPress sites that I see these days are just absolutely trashed in the Admin Area due to inconsiderate, poorly planned plugins and themes. For users, a few wrong turns when choosing plugins can leave the streamlined, easy-to-use Admin Area an absolute mess of annoying ads and discordant design. So this DigWP post is encouragement for plugin and theme developers to please STOP ruining the WordPress experience with aggressive marketing tactics, endless nagging, and other obtrusive nonsense.

Lynda.com Video Course: Developing Secure WP Sites

Launch! Lynda.com just released my new course, WordPress: Developing Secure Sites, featuring over 30 video tutorials. The course is jam-packed with 10+ years worth of frontline WordPress experience, and is loaded with tips, tricks, and techniques for keeping your WordPress site safe and secure.

DigWP Book Update – WP 4.6!

Digging Into WordPress is updated for WordPress version 4.6. The new version is a FREE download for everyone who owns the book. This is the the book's 19th update! Log in to the Members Area to download the latest version, or if you don't own the book you can get it here.

How to Remove Items from the WordPress Toolbar

How to Remove Items from the WordPress Toolbar

The WordPress Toolbar makes it easy for plugin and theme developers to add links and other items. This is great news if you find the added links useful; otherwise, the additional links may be more of a nuisance, cluttering up your current workflow. For example, the database-backup plugin UpdraftPlus adds an "UpdraftPlus" link. Some users probably think this is awesome, but for my own sites it's just not necessary, and is something I would like to remove. So for this DigWP tutorial, we'll use the UpdraftPlus Toolbar link to demonstrate how to remove unwanted items from the WordPress Toolbar in general.

Complete Guide to WordPress Admin Notices

Complete Guide to WordPress Admin Notices

As you work in the WordPress Admin Area, you'll undoubtedly encounter "admin notices" that let you know about errors, updated settings, required actions, and so forth. Most default admin notices are provided by WordPress out of the box, but it's up to plugins and themes to provide any custom notices that may be required. This DigWP tutorial digs deep into WordPress admin notices and explains how to implement, customize, and everything in between.

DigWP Book Update!

Digging Into WordPress is updated for WordPress version 4.5. The new version is a FREE download for everyone who owns the book. This is the the book's 18th update, which means that some people have received 17 free updates over the past 5 years! Log in to the Members Area to download the latest version, or if you don't own the book you can get it here.

DIY WordPress Popular Posts

DIY WordPress Popular Posts

Over at my code snippets site, I keep track of the most popular posts and display a list in the sidebar. It's an easy way to highlight the site's best content and share top snippets with visitors. There are numerous plugins available for displaying your site's popular posts, but they tend to be overkill and/or employ weird algorithms that are just unnecessary and not always accurate.

For example, a lot of plugins and techniques calculate popular posts based on number of comments. These days I'm just not sure if that's a relevant measure of popularity. Some sites have comments disabled, and other sites receive very few comments in general, so going the comment-count route just doesn't work.

What I wanted was a simple way of counting hits and displaying a simple list of the most popular posts. This DigWP tutorial explains how to do it with two easy steps. Sound good? Let's dig in..

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