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Freelancing with WordPress – WPCandy

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 Iʼve found the “WordPress-as-Project-Management-System” 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 WordPress… yet.

I think it is worth noting that the best replacement Iʼve found for Basecamp is an open source project called Project Pier which does almost everything Basecamp does. Itʼs even themeable and they have some pretty slick options. If you want a self-hosted project management solution, Project Pier is definitely the way to go.

Check out WPCandy.com for the original articles, and a pile of other fun stuff.

Categories: WordPress Tips, WordPress Tools, WordPress Tutorials
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Top 50 WordPress Tutorials

NetTuts has put up a list post of fifty of what they consider the top WordPress tutorials. It includes some very helpful posts, including a few from their own blog that are definitely worth reading.

I found some to be more useful than others. Some tutorials are just learning one or two line PHP scripts that will help you add or remove features from your blog, while others are thousands of words long, and require almost a weekend course to understand.

If you are looking to modify your WordPress installation in new and interesting ways, it is worth checking out this tutorial list.

Categories: WordPress Tutorials

Mastering WordPress Shortcodes

Shortcodes are a nice way of doing complex things within a post, without having to push PHP code through ExecPHP or one of those other plugins. Many plugins already make use of short codes allowing you to easily insert information into your posts.

Smashing Magazine has done a great job of explaining WordPress Shortcodes, how you can take advantage of them, and even write your own.

Introduced in WordPress 2.5, shortcodes are powerful but still yet quite unknown WordPress functions. Imagine you could just type “adsense” to display an AdSense ad or “post_count” to instantly find out the number of posts on your blog.

WordPress shortcodes can do this and more and will definitely make your blogging life easier. In this article, we’ll show you how to create and use shortcodes, as well as provide killer ready-to-use WordPress shortcodes that will enhance your blogging experience.

Of course you can go too overboard with these sorts of things, so I recommend limiting your shortcodes to less than five items, but it can be a great way to speed up what could be otherwise monotonous work when blogging.

Categories: WordPress Hacks, WordPress Tutorials

Secure Your WordPress Admin

I don’t know how much credence I give to the idea that WordPress is inherently insecure by default, but I do understand that people want to take steps to further protect their blogs. Smashing Magazine has put up an article relating to securing your WordPress admin, and while this won’t make your blog secure if you are making other security mistakes, it can be a great last step in a comprehensive security audit.

Here is one of their ten tips:

Choose strong passwords
Our recommendation for a secure WordPress password is that it be at least seven characters long and include uppercase and lowercase characters, numbers and symbols such as ! ” ? $ % ^ & ).

If you are worried about your blog, and want to take as many precautions as possible to maximize your protection from intruders, I’d suggest enacting at least five out of the ten items on this list and look for more security related posts to help control every entry point into your WordPress blog.

Categories: WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips, WordPress Tutorials

Create a Custom WordPress Plugin

While it might not be the tutorial that many of us want, NETTuts has published a great guide to making your first WordPress plugin from scratch. They talk about making something that can show products from OSCommerce, which while interesting, isn’t what my first choice would be.

In today’s tutorial we’ll be talking about creating a WordPress plugin that extracts and displays products from an external OSCommerce shop database. We will start by describing the file structure of a plugin and where it must be included in the WordPress structure, then we’ll be having a closer look at how to make our plugin visible for WordPress and integrating it with actions run by its frame.

They cover the important broad strokes though, and help people realize that it is mostly PHP knowledge that comes into play when making a WordPress plugin, so if you aren’t strong in PHP, or aren’t willing to learn, then you might want to stick to the ones that are already developed.

Some of the great parts for anyone interested in plugin development to note include information on how to make your own page in the WordPress administration panel, as well as dealing with hooks to display your work on the public facing theme.

I hope to see more of such tutorials from NETTuts in the future, as WordPress plugin development interests me, and I enjoy how the Envato network writers break down concepts.

Categories: WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tutorials