Archive for July, 2009
While we weren’t part of the list, (for-shame!) I did want to point out the 48 Resources, Tips, Tricks & Themes post on Thinkdesign.
Today Iâ€™m bringing you a bunch of WordPress resources. As Iâ€™m sure your aware, WordPress is my tool of choice. The wonderful thing about WordPress, is you can do just about anything with it. So Iâ€™ve compiled this list in hopes of showing you some cool things you can do with your WordPress site that you might not have known. This list includes general resources, inspiration, quality themes, along with a bunch of tips & tricks (from beginner to more advanced) Enjoy!
If you are just getting into WordPress, or you are thinking about it, this list has a great number of resources that I check out nearly daily, making it perfect for any level of WordPress user or fan.
While many of you that read this blog will probably know nearly all of these sites, hopefully there will be a few that catch your eye that you haven’t frequented because the best way to learn something new about WordPress is to find those hidden gem blogs.
Looks like the final nail has been put in the 2.0 branch, as the WordPress blog lets us know that it has been marked as deprecated.
The WordPress team had initially committed to maintaining the WordPress 2.0.x legacy branch until 2010. Unfortunately, we bit off more than we could chewâ€”the 2.0.x branch is now retired and deprecated, a few months shy of 2010.
The reasons for this are simple: current security fixes would require complete re-writes of major features and functions within the branch, eating up precious time that could be better spent elsewhere.
With the 2010 end date less than half a year away, I doubt many people still relying on the branch are going to cry foul, especially with the modern upgrades to the user interface, management of plugins and themes, as well as a variety of other simple tweaks that have made WordPress much easier to use.
If you are still using the 2.0 branch, it is time to get with the times.
Hate those bars that so many sites are now putting at the top of your screen when you click a link, then this will make you fuming. Seems like some enterprising person has created a plugin to create your own top bar, so you can remind people to come back to your blog.
Seen the DiggBar on Digg.com? Adds a similar feature to your WordPress blog. Use your blog as a short link service with Easy Link Creation. Feature any link on the internet with a custom URL such as http://www.internetriot.com/?bing. Also feature social network links such as Facebook, Twitter, and Digg.
If you want to get your copy of this plugin, head on over to Anthony Montalbano’s site and grab your copy today. You can now annoy the world with your own top bar. Yippee!
Have you added a changelog to your plugin yet? If not, I’d really like to send out a general request that you all take the time to do so, as it will make my life easier.
Over on the WordPress blog, they’ve made finding out how to add information to your plugin relating to the various things you’ve done between versions, and this information can be very important for those working with your plugin.
Weâ€™ve recently made some changes to help improve the communication between plugin authors and plugin users about the changes that are made between versions.
We feel that all software should have a changelog that details, at a high level, what changes have been made in each version so that the user can make an informed decision about when to upgrade and how much testing they should do with their site.
In order to make this an easy and open communication channel we have added support for a Changelog section in the plugins readme.txt file. This changelog information is then displayed as a separate tab in the plugin directory and also in the back end of your WordPress blog when you view the details on a new version of a plugin.
So if you don’t yet have a changelog section in your readme.txt file, now is the time to add one, and if you need more information on the structure or what you should include, check out the WordPress blog posting on the matter.
On Friday of last week, I hosted the WordPress Weekly podcast on my own to talk to Nikolay Bachiyski, the person in charge of GlotPress, and the Internationalizer at Automattic. I had a lot of fun doing the show, and would love it if you all checked it out. I never really gave much consideration to the non-English language markets before, but after listening to Nikolay, I’ve reconsidered that stance, and now I really hope to see plugin and theme authors spending time on translating their creations.
Check out WordPress Weekly, the “best” WordPress podcast.
Over on 1st Webdesigner, there is a list of twenty-three WordPress cheat sheets and resources that you’ll find helpful if you are having issues remember which code to put in to include your theme’s stylesheet or display comments. I really love these types of resource posts because the cheat sheets are one of the fastest way to get a new user up to speed when they are interested in seeing an overview of what makes WordPress tick.
Most of them are in PDF form, so you’ve been warned. If your computer chokes on PDF’s, you might want to look elsewhere, but these files are worth having. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up the same piece of code in the Codex, only to run and do a Google search regarding the function.
If you need a WordPress quick reference sheet, check out those listed on 1st Webdesigner’s list.
WordPress.tv is growing like mad lately, especially the “how to” section. They’ve got video explanations of all sorts of stuff from getting started with Google Analytics, to rearranging the post editor to suit your liking, to adding paypal buttons to your blog, and, of course, a pile of other stuff.
Just today they added a video about adding twitter updates to your sidebar, which is an insanely popular thing to do these days. Check it out below, and go to WordPress.tv for more.
Need a way to automatically shorten urls on your WordPress blog? Srikanth, over on http://www.quickonlinetips.com, has you covered with their list of 5 great WordPress plugins that do just that (and more).
Here’s the first one off the list…
1. Short URL Plug-in â€“ This WordPress plug-in allows you to shorten the long URLâ€™s easily and it even enables you to keep track of the short URLâ€™s so that you can know how many times each short URL has been clicked. This feature is really useful to track downloads and other links in your blog. If you wish to reset the counter you can click on the â€˜clear allâ€™ button to zero the counter. It includes pagination of links, easier setup of htaccess (permalinks) and allows administrators to pass variables to their redirects.
For the other 4 (and a link to that first one), head over to the article on quickonlinetips.com called “5 Best WordPress Plugins to Shorten URLs“
The past few days, WPCandy.com has been running some great articles about using WordPress for freelancing. From dealing with project management, to managing contacts, to setting up a portfolio, and (as of today) even invoicing.
If you’re doing much in the way of freelance blogging, or just want some ideas of how you might better organize your own projects using WordPress as a management tool, I highly suggest checking them out.
They each focus on a very specific set of needs and how WordPress might fill those needs (and at times suggests better options), so it’s pretty easy to mix and match a solution that could work for just about anyone.
Here’s a tidbit from the “project management” article to get things rolling…
After checking out all these options IÊ¼ve found the â€œWordPress-as-Project-Management-Systemâ€ experience to be extremely lacking. The options are either simple enough that they could be replaced with Google Docs or a simple notebook or so complex that trying to use them is nearly impossible. There simply is no killer project management plugin for WordPressâ€¦ yet.
I think it is worth noting that the best replacement IÊ¼ve found for Basecamp is an open source project called Project Pier which does almost everything Basecamp does. ItÊ¼s even themeable and they have some pretty slick options. If you want a self-hosted project management solution, Project Pier is deï¬nitely the way to go.
Check out WPCandy.com for the original articles, and a pile of other fun stuff.
So, we’ve been given another release of WordPress 2.8, so those that upgraded last week to 2.8.1 have to go back and upgrade to 2.8.2 now as there was a security flaw found, and as we all know, security issues are the most important reasons for patching your WordPress installations.
WordPress 2.8.2 fixes an XSS vulnerability. Comment author URLs were not fully sanitized when displayed in the admin. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the admin to another site.
I am not sure of any other changes with this release, but does the built-in upgrade tool mean that we will see more constant patch releases and if so, will this frustrate any of you?