Customizing the WordPress Comment Form

The comment form is a great tool – it allows your readers to interact with your authors and vice versa. Engagement is extremely important for any website, such a direct line of communication should be fostered with care. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the options we have for bending the comment form to our will.

We will focus mostly on the arguments for the comment form generating function but we will touch on custom styles and plugins as well, let’s jump in!

Customize WordPress Comments Form

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Best WordPress Video Chat Plugins – Based on Your Needs

There are many amazing video chat plugins for WordPress, but which one to choose? That’s the real question. It’s certainly a fantastic way to connect to your customers, audience, and team from around the world, all in the comfort of your own home, office, or both. I’ll show you which plugin is right for you based on how you want to interact with your clients, fans, co-workers, or employees — seeing them face to face right from your WordPress site.

Most of these plugins let you add video chats right to your site’s page so you also have the option of limiting access, or even adding video chats as a paid feature with WPMU Dev’s Membership Plugin. You’re definitely in for a whirlwind of fun with all the possibilities these plugins have to serve up.

Add Skype buttons to your WordPress site with Skype Master

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9 Plugins to Turn Your WordPress Site Into an Online Magazine

Now is the best time to build a magazine on WordPress. Seriously. All the tools are there. And WordPress is getting more feature-rich by the day. So, you have a real opportunity to create something stellar.

We’ve already covered how to set up an issues-based magazine in the past using manual coding as well as how to create a magazine cover-style homepage, so we won’t rehash old material here.

A magazine lying on a table

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How to Create WordPress Custom Post Types

The custom post type feature is what transforms WordPress from a blogging platform to a fully-fledged content management system.

Post types cannot be created and managed from the admin but can be exposed very easily using a little code.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a custom post type for recipes and take you from the very basics to some more complex cases. Let’s begin.

What Is A Post?
Before getting into custom post types I think we should clarify some terminology since the naming convention results in a bit of confusion.

Custom post types

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Our 5% – Join WPMU DEV to Support WordPress.org

About a month back, Matt Mullenweg proposed that companies directly involved in WordPress should contribute “Five for the Future,” specifically that they:
…Should dedicate 5% of their people to working on something to do with core — be it development, documentation, security, support forums, theme reviews, training, testing, translation or whatever it might be that helps move WordPress mission forward.
Well, for once, I find myself in total agreement, and here’s how we’d like to make that commitment.

Supporting the WordPress.org Support Forums

This needs to be your idea of Nirvana

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How We Are Using Crazy Egg to Radically Improve Our Product Pages

If you’re anything like us, you live or die by your conversion rate, and nowhere can this impact you moreso than on your project pages.

There are a number of ways you can go about improving them in WordPress – A/B split testing (especially using analytics experiments, or indeed our very own A/B WordPress Theme Testing plugin) being top of the list.

Knowing the figures is one thing, and knowing the behaviors is another thing entirely. Today I’d like to share with you how we’re using Crazy Egg to inform the design of our new product pages (and also give you a sneak peek of where those product pages are currently at).

crazyfeature

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Add Twitter Cards to Your WordPress Website and Boost Your Social Shares

If you want to make your content stand out from the crowd when it’s Tweeted then Twitter Cards are an easy way to do so. In this post you will get an overview of the different types of Twitter Cards and how you can enable them for your WordPress website in order to break free from the 140 character constraints of a Tweet to get more retweets and traffic back to your website.

Twitter player card

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How to Hide the WordPress Update Notification To All But Admins

One of the great things about WordPress as an open source project is that the core code is regularly updated with improvements and security patches.

Whenever there’s a major release available, a notification will display at the top of your admin area, letting you know your version is out-of-date and you need to update the core code.

For many people, this nag can be annoying. And if you developer websites for clients, you may want to hide it. After all, who wants to let their clients know their software is old?

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to easily hide the update notifications.

Update notification

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