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Congratulations to Helen Hou-Sandi for winning a free printed copy of Digging into WordPress. Here's what she likes most about the WP 3.1 update:
Love the admin bar – makes managing one of thousands of pages/posts on a multisite install a breeze. With some custom adding and subtracting of items and things like the Snack Bar, almost everything I need to do while logged in is one click away.
You can read what other people are saying about WordPress 3.1 in the comments of the announcement post. Again, congrats to Helen for winning – your new book is on the way!
WordPress alchemist Jeff Morris turned my custom login/register/password code into a fully functional toolkit featuring tons of awesome:
- Client-Side & Server-Side Validation
- Use as widget, shortcode, or template tags
- Simple CAPTCHA with tamper-proof encryption
- Smart Register Tab
ZB Toolkit also includes a couple of bonus "home-brewed utilities" to make it all sweet. Demo available at the plugin home page in the sidebar – Check it out!
Editor's note: 404 link removed.
As mentioned, the v3.0 printed books are out of stock, but we're updating DigWP for WordPress 3.1 and plan on printing more books soon. In response to requests, we set up a waiting list for people who want to be notified when the new (3.1) printed books are available.
Empower your visitors to submit posts and images from anywhere on your site and from anywhere on the page. User-submitted posts may include tags, categories, post title, and author name & URL. Submitted-post status can be set to draft, publish immediately, or publish after some number of approved posts. User Submitted Posts (USP) also handles multiple image uploads, custom URL redirects, and much more. And the easy USP Settings Page makes setting up and fine-tuning a breeze.
He's posted a bunch of good, specific, detailed articles on WordPress lately on 456 Berea St. Worth checking out.
...people feel more comfortable hacking PHP did and still to this day.
...if I had a dollar every time a significant and loyal TypePad and Movable Type customer confided in me that an employee of Automattic cold called them to encourage and entice them to switch to WordPress I would have quit a rich man.
- Themes are just a folder with of handful of files. That's easy to understand and play with.
- The UI is awesome.
I think WP Candy is really killing it lately being a great source of breaking quality WordPress news, interviews, and other articles. Now they have an iPhone app they developed in-house to bring all the content to you that way. They are rolling it out "reverse" style, where for two weeks it's $5.99 then later it drops to $0.99, so it's an opportunity for the community to opt-in to paying more to support the site, which is neat, especially considering their crazy no advertising policy.
MediaElements.js is an open source jQuery-based project (which I use and like) which allows you to use HTML5 video and audio in any browser all the way back to IE 6. It tests if the browser supports HTML5. If yes, it uses that. If no, it falls back to displaying the media through Silverlight or Flash. Regardless of what it uses, the UI is always consistant.
Now available as a WordPress plugin to make it even easier. Just use simple shortcodes to link up the video and specify what options you want (e.g. autoplay, fullscreen, etc).
Without touching a line of code, you can harness the power of Ajax to boost performance, improve usability, and fill your site with win.
WordPress is biggest on all accounts, but when you look at dollars spent, WordPress is only just about 50%.
If you're looking for some great plugins to bring more interactivity and user participation to your WordPress-powered site, check out my guest-post over at ProBlogger – it covers Google Search, Star Ratings, Favorite Posts, and other techniques to empower your visitors.
I've worked on sites in the past where I needed to get two values out of a custom field. For example, I was creating an eCommerce site where some products had options. The options were in a dropdown menu. Each option in the dropdown had a value for what you actually see, and then another value for how that option effected the price. When entering a custom field, I often did it like this: