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Happy 12th Birthday DigWP!

Digging WordPress serving the community online since May 27th, 2009 :)

BBQ Pro Review

Thanks to David McCan over at WebTNG for his in-depth review of my WordPress firewall plugin, BBQ Pro. It's a pleasure to read and packed with plenty of awesome screenshots :)

Interview at ThemeIsle!

Thank you to the fine folks at ThemeIsle for the great interview. Always a pleasure talking about my work, WordPress, web dev and security :) Cheers!

TasteWP FTW

TasteWP enables anyone to setup a test/temporary WordPress instance in seconds. So you can play around and do things like test plugins on a live site. I know this kind of thing has been done before, but I've never seen it made SO EASY. Like stupid easy. And FREE. Awesome tool.

Where to Learn WordPress Theme Development

Excellent in-depth article from Chris about all the ways to develop WordPress themes in 2021 (and beyond).

ClassicPress

Nice to see ClassicPress still going strong! :)

Interview at Speckyboy.com

Had a great interview with Eric Karkovack at Speckyboy magazine. Goes deep into WordPress, web development, security, future of things, and other key topics. Grab a beverage and check it out! :)

Digging Into WordPress v5.5

Book updates! New versions of all books including Digging Into WordPress now available for download. As always, updates are FREE for all book owners :)

New Bookstore!

Excited to announce the launch of our new bookstore! It's got a minimalist design and loads super fast. Go there to get great books like Digging Into WordPress, The Tao of WordPress, and WordPress Themes In Depth. Check it out and learn more about how the site was built.

Pro Plugin Giveaway

Yay this year is the 7th birthday of our pro WordPress plugin site, Plugin-Planet.com. To celebrate the event, we are giving away 7 free copies of our premium WordPress plugins!

View Custom Fields Meta Box in Gutenberg Block Editor

I get bunches of emails asking what happened to the "Custom Fields" meta box on the "Edit Posts" screen. They're hidden by default with the new Block Editor, so questions like, "do I need to install a plugin to get them back again?" No you don't. To view the Custom Fields for any post, click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen and then do one of these:

  • For older versions of WordPress, go to Options and check the box to enable Custom Fields (under "Advanced Panels").
  • For newer versions of WordPress, go to Preferences > Panels and check the box to enable Custom Fields (under "Additional").

After enabling, scroll down the page to find the Custom Fields meta box.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale

We are having a Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale on our premium WordPress plugins! Save 30% on lifetime licenses for awesome plugins like USP Pro, BBQ Pro, Blackhole Pro, and more. To save, apply coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2019 during checkout. This is a one-time-per-year event that expires December 3rd!

* Sweet Friday goodness: the same coupon code also works for any of our WordPress books or combos at Perishable Press Books :)

New Plugin: Override Comment Options

WordPress provides an option called "Automatically close comments on articles older than x days". It really helps to stop spam on older blog posts. The problem is that, when the setting is enabled, there is no way to override for individual posts. So I wrote a simple lightweight plugin that enables you to override the auto-close setting and leave comments open on any posts that you want.

Interview: Discussing WordPress, Gutenberg, Security, and More

Thanks to WPKlik for the interview! Wherein I discuss my favorite projects, WordPress, Gutenberg and JavaScript development, building secure WordPress sites, and more fun web-dev topics :)

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