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WordPress Book Review: Professional WordPress – Design and Development

When you start looking for books about WordPress there a quite a few of them. Most of them however cover the subject from a fairly beginners point of view only, not Professional WordPress though. I received this book by Hal Stern, David Damstra en Brad Williams a few weeks back and have been reading it on and off… and I’m impressed.

Professional WordPress isn’t particularly geared towards the general WordPress novice like but more-so to the WordPress developer novice, just like Digging Into WordPress. The book is setup to describe basic operation of function and then offering guidance and example demonstrating how to take it apart and reassemble that function to fit your need.

Even though this may sound like Professional WordPress is only for developers, I do believe anyone wanting to take their WordPress installation(s) to a higher level will get a lot out of this book.

The Topics Covered

Where to begin. The Professional WordPress book offers a wide range of topics navigating you through 15 different chapters. Not all will be interesting to all, but anyone looking to broaden their WordPress knowledge will find something interesting in pretty much any chapter. Read More »WordPress Book Review: Professional WordPress – Design and Development

Asking For WordPress Help on Twitter. A Suggestion.

In the last couple of months I see a high increased number of people starting to use Twitter as their WordPress forum. Something not restricted to the topic of WordPress I must say. More and more people seem to use the hash tag #wordpress to post their questions about WordPress, but as WordPress continues to grow – as does twitter – it’s time to revisit that hash tag.

Now I am fully aware that it’s very hard to regulate anything on Twitter unless it’s in Twitter’s API, but in my opinion the hash tag #wordpress is being used too much for just about anything related to WordPress. Varying from Theme releases, Plugin update notifications, opionions, general statements and of course the questions.. and this of course in any language spoken out there.Read More »Asking For WordPress Help on Twitter. A Suggestion.

WordPress 3.0 is finally here

Yesterday saw the much awaited release of WordPress 3.0. I’ve talked about this 3.0 release numerous time here, but it’s finally live. As far as I can remember this is the most awaited version because of the heap load of new features. You can tell the guys at WordPress are pretty excited about  this release too judging by their release post:

Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation. As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click […]Read More »WordPress 3.0 is finally here

2010 FIFA World Cup Plugins for WordPress

The 2010 FIFA World Cup has just started to kick off in South Africa. This in itself has nothing to do with WordPress, although I do think plenty of posts about it will published using WordPress, but you can however do a few things to pimp your WordPress site with some World Cup 2010 goodies.

This is one of those examples where it never seizes to amaze me how creative WordPress developers can be with a topic they find inspiring. There are a few plugins and even a dedicated World Cup 2010 theme.

WordPress plugins for the World Cup 2010

There are a few very specific World Cup plugins, but I’d also like to mention a few you can use very well in this context.Read More »2010 FIFA World Cup Plugins for WordPress

Optimizing Your WordPress RSS Feeds

Most of your focus on optimizing your WordPress sites is probably on the look and feel of your design and the layout of specific things. Getting that content to display as perfectly as possible. Given that fact it’s a shame we spend as close to none time on optimizing our RSS Feed output. Sure, we hook our feeds up to Feedburner, but most don’t even select the ‘Optimize Feed’ option. Which is strange considering the ratio of people that view your content via RSS versus the actual site.

RSS is supposed to deliver your content as clean as possible, but there are however a few things you can do to optimize the output of your RSS. Here a few plugins that can help you out:Read More »Optimizing Your WordPress RSS Feeds

Always Backup Before You Change Anything. Seriously.

I’m sure you’ve read about if before. Before or after a tutorial on how to improve your site with a script, plugin or just plain regular hack. Read what you ask? To backup first and foremost. As you may have noticed BloggingPro went offline for a while due to serious hardware failure. As soon as it was fixed all that had to be done was restore the backup. I had a similar problem to other day where updating a bunch of modified PHP files via FTP at the same time somehow screwed up the contents of these files and subsequently a lot of data. Boy was I glad I backed up…

Backing up your software sounds like a chore to most of us out there, but I guarantee you you will thank yourself for doing it plus there a plenty of solutions to automate it.

Perhaps you’re not really sure when to backup and when not? Here’s just a few things you could be doing that in my opinion requires a backup first:Read More »Always Backup Before You Change Anything. Seriously.

The Good And The Bad About Working With Theme Frameworks

I’ve been working a lot with WordPress Theme Frameworks lately, most notably Genesis, Thematic and Hybrid, when developing themes. Well, child themes really. There are many reasons why working with child themes is a good way to start developing, but there are also some drawbacks. For me the good weighs out the bad in general, but there are situations where the old straight forward theme development method is just plain faster.

The Good

Building with child themes has a lot of powerful advantages. My favorite are:

  • Development Speed: Having an already working theme as a parent theme, a theme that already has been looked at from a lot of different angels as to what it should be able to do, and already some basic styling in place makes it a lot easier to quickly make some changes via the child theme style sheet.
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Is The Waiting Finally Over? WordPress Releases 3.0 Release Candidate

WordPress logoI don’t think there has ever been a WordPress release update I’ve been so eagerly waiting on as the final release of WordPress 3.0. Well, perhaps other than the jump from 1.5 to 2.0 when pages were added to the equation. This time around again we’ve got a world of goodies which I already talked about before and a brand new default theme; Twenty Ten. All pretty exciting stuff.

Upon WordPress’ 7th year birthday it now finally seems the waiting is – almost – over as WordPress released it’s Release Candidate of 3.0. For those of you not in the know a release candidate is a version between the Beta’s, which are for squashing bugs, and the actual version. Generally pretty solid, but not quite finished yet. Quoting from the release post over on the WordPress development blog:Read More »Is The Waiting Finally Over? WordPress Releases 3.0 Release Candidate

Scaling Images via the Image Upload Function in WordPress

The best way to add a bit of color to your site is by making good use of great imagery. Finding matching images for your posts can be difficult every now and then, but getting those images to show in a consistent manner throughout your site can be a pain. What I mean specifically is when you have finally found a matching image it most likely will not have the perfect resolution.

Perhaps you have noticed here on BloggingPro most images in post do not exceed the 240px range, but of course not all images can be found in exact that width. Most of the time you need to crop or resize those images you found to the proper width size.

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