After taking the time to set a whole bunch of theme options, it's nice to be able to make a quick backup of your theme settings. Many themes have this functionality built-in, but for themes that don't, here is a plug-n-play snippet to create a "Backup/Restore Theme Options" page. You can see the technique in action in my shapeSpace theme (100% free and open-source WordPress starter theme).
Theme update! The H5 Starter Theme is all updated and afresh for your theme-building adventures. The previous version of H5 still works great, but there was a lot of room for improvement, especially with all of the new features and functionality made available in recent versions of WordPress. So now the H5 starter theme is better than ever and as always 100% free download for everyone.
Congrats go to Susi Schuele, Anmol Makkar, and Hardee Asrani for winning free copies of the PDF and full accounts at DigWP.com — your books are on the way! :)
Digging Into WordPress update! The book is now current with the latest version of WordPress, 3.8 "Parker". The Parker update is focused primarily on improving the appearance of the Admin Area, along with the usual blend of bug fixes and enhancements. As with all DigWP updates, the new version is a FREE download for everyone who owns the book.
After months of development, the premium version of my free User Submitted Posts plugin is finally available. It's got hundreds of features and makes it easy to create unlimited front-end forms. Create customized forms for front-end post-submission, user-registration, contact forms, forum topics, and even art-directed content. On one site, I use USP Pro to replace FIVE other plugins. Learn more at Plugin Planet.
Search and filter through thousands of WP themes, both free and premium. If you're in the market for a new theme, this free tool at wpbyexample.com could be a huge time-saver.
After updating to WordPress 3.8, the single-column Dashboard disappears with no options to bring it back. For years, users could set the number of columns in the Dashboard to suit their needs, but apparently some brilliant decision was made to just remove it. Personal opinions and feelings aside, here is a quick snippet to bring back single-column Dashboard layout for those who were using it and wish to continue doing so.
Congratulations to our five lucky contest winners! Mike, Shea Bunge, Konstantinos Kouratoras, Stephanie Stiavetti, and Gretchen Louise will each receive a free copy of Digging Into WordPress plus all bonus material, exclusive themes, and lifetime updates. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Well sort of.. more like a design "refresh" really. DigWP.com launched in May 2009 with its first (brown) design. Then later that year the site 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.
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.