I heart plugin authors. Their work is generally amazing, a huge benefit to the community, the reason why WordPress rules so much, and deserving of much worship. That being said, plugins can do some pretty rude things sometimes...
Function has updated their popular approach to creating custom write panels in WordPress. Now more efficient and more expandable. Write panels are basically ways to add custom fields that are a lot more user friendly than the standard custom fields area.
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Sometimes you need to see what's wrong with a WordPress install, and you need to see it fast. I've had a set of hacks around for a while to do that, but finally started combining it into a WordPress Debug Theme. This theme is quite simple for now, as it only does a few things, but does them quite effectively.
Visualizes for you all kinds of important data about the page you are looking at. All kinds of fun for us WordPress nerds.
Back in July, we asked the WordPress community whether or not the Hello Dolly plugin should be included with WordPress. Several months later, over 1,200 people have voted, and here are the results:
... or slightly more accurately, ideas for plugins that I don't know how to write =)
Steve Taylor takes PHP error-logging to the next level by making it easy for WordPress users to display the latest errors as a widget on the WordPress dashboard. Just drop the script into your functions.php file, configure a few variables, and enjoy tracking of your site’s PHP errors from your WP dashboard. Works great as-is, and looks like a great starting point for further development into plugin format.
With the dynamic nature of WordPress, creating, using, and maintaining strong passwords is critical. Passwords help keep the good guys in and the bad guys out, enabling you to run a safe, secure WordPress-powered website. In this DiW tutorial, we’re going to show you how to change your WordPress password in virtually any scenario: logged in, locked out, and everything in between.
By default, WordPress wraps HTML comments with paragraph tags:
WordPress also employs various template tags that may, in certain situations, result in empty HTML elements such as paragraphs tags:
When you are building a theme, and the circumstance comes up where you need to create a link to a specific page hard-baked right into the theme, there is a function you should be using.
I was talking with Darren Hoyt recently about building a better interactive button1. The goal of the button was to provide three states: regular, hover, and active (pressed). That is standard of any good button, but we were going to integrate some fading effects into it to really making the button satisfying to interact with. Here is a demo, and in this tutorial we'll show you how to integrate it into WordPress.
WordPress’ powerful action-hook system makes it possible to insert functionality at any point in your theme. Most WordPress themes include some of the built-in WordPress hooks by default. For example, most of us are aware of the two most common WordPress hooks:
wp_footer(), which generally appear in the theme’s header and footer sections. These two hooks provide WordPress a location at which to execute various scripts and functions. For example, the
wp_head() hook is where WordPress generates a variety of
<link /> and
<script></script> elements, among other things.
Justin Tadlock takes WordPress user-management to the next level with his new "Members" Plugin. Members improves WordPress' content-management capabilities by providing some serious "fine-grain" control over the users of your site. The plugin features many functional "components," which may be selected according to your specific needs. From editing roles and content permissions to widgets, shortcodes, and template tags, Justin's new Members plugin looks like the ideal solution for your user-management needs.