WordPress Development

10 Time Saving Tips for Building Out Simple WordPress Sites Fast

Saving time always make me feel more productive. But let’s face it, sometimes you have to spend a little time (and sometimes a little money) upfront in order to make things easier for saving yourself a lot of time in the long run. I find this to be especially true when it comes to building out a line of simple client sites. None-the-less, these tips will ultimately save you time.

1. Think through and develop a plan.


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A Great Way to Learn PHP Coding at Lunch

I am a lunch reader.  Always have been.   Give me a half-hour to forty-five minutes and I will break out a newspaper and start catching up on yesterday’s happenings.  I recently decided to make my lunchtime habit a bit more productive,  though, by reading a chapter a day (give or take, sometimes I do like a lunchtime nap) from PHP & MySQL : The Missing Manual.

The Missing Manual

Find out How to Learn PHP

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Put WordPress in a Read-Only State with Code Freeze

When you’re migrating a WordPress site from one server to another, there’s a point where you just need to stop writing posts and making changes in the old location. Perhaps you’ve made your final backup before preparing to move the site. Or maybe you’re waiting for DNS to propagate, which can sometimes take up to 48 hours. This isn’t usually such a problem, but with a multi-author site you’ll need to get everyone on the same page.


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The Less Is More Post

Clutter. I hate it. Crap everywhere, post-it’s, scribbles, hamburger wrappings, fiftythree beer cans, a broken pencil, an iPhone charger, USB cable for unknown peripheral, a hand out from the local Thai place, two printed quotes, a dirty espresso cup, napkins, some coins, two iPads, a pen for the Wacom board nobody uses, and so on. Clutter. I really do hate it.

Tons of menu items and unnecessary options. I hate that too. Option pages for themes and plugins that are just over the top, settings for everything which leaves the end-user staggered and with nothing that truly helps.

Clutter, gaaaah!

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Get WordPress Functions in Your Inbox Every Day

The Daily WordPress Reference is a very handy WordPress email newsletter for developers. I only recently discovered it and subscribed immediately. Each newsletter contains one function, a description of what it does, usage, parameters, return values and a few examples of how to use it. At the end it links to the codex where you can find out more information.

You can view past issues of the newsletter on the Daily WordPress Reference signup page to see if you like the content they’re sending.

Here’s an example of what the newsletters look like in your inbox:


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Stop Writing Stupid Tutorials

I’m going to start you guys off with a quote today, signed the always excellent Konstantin Kovshenin:

Is it considered “cool” to copy/paste all my plugins into my theme’s functions.php file?

Now why would he write something like that? It is part of a paragraph (obviously) that makes fun of all these “paste this code into your theme’s functions.php file” tutorials out there. Sarcasm all around, and you all know how I love that shit. And irony, irony is also great fun. Ironing, not so much.


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How to Create a WordPress Widget: 4 Killer Tutorials You Should Read

There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they yearn to create their own WordPress widget.

They grow tired of the default selection of widgets that ship with WordPress, and try as they might, they just can’t find what they’re looking for in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

If this sounds like you, perhaps it’s time to step up your game and . . .

Getting started with widget development

At a minimum, you’ll need the following:

An understanding of the Widgets API
At least a passing familiarity with PHP scripting

How to create your very own WordPress widget

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Get Some Sexy AJAX Functionality With These Free WordPress Plugins

If you pay much attention to trends and developments in the WordPress universe, you’ve no doubt heard something about the web programming technique known as Ajax, and how it can be used to make your WordPress site more dynamic, engaging and downright sexy.

If you haven’t, then it’s high time you got schooled.

The mighty Ajax

Use these free Ajax-powered plugins on your WordPress site

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