WordPress Development

Easily Edit Your WordPress Theme With Google Chrome Developer Tools

If you are a theme “tweaker” or even a full-blown “frameworker”, Google Chrome has an extremely powerful tool that can make your life a whole lot easier. Chrome Developer Tools allows you to inspect and edit (in real time) any web site. Any edits you make will not of course be effected in reality, but the Developer Tools emulates the change in your browser window so that you can inspect the impact of your actions.

Chrome Developer Tools

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BitNami WordPress Stack Adds Multisite Support

A few months ago we featured BitNami WordPress Stack in 10 Ways to Set Up a Testing Environment for WordPress. In the meantime BitNami has announced the release of their new BitNami WordPress Multisite Stack. The multisite stack download is available via the native installer, a virtual machine or you can deploy it directly in the Amazon Cloud.

If you need a solid way to set up a WordPress multisite test environment, give the BitNami WordPress Multisite Stack a spin and let us know how it compares to other development environments you’ve tried.


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Developing WordPress Plugins 101

Trying Something New
Writing your own WordPress plugins is a lot less complicated than you may think. If you have basic PHP skills then you are more than capable of writing your own plugin. To help explain the process over the next few days I am going to take a plugin I recently wrote for Solve360 (by Norada) and explain the basics of how it was built.



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Handy Tool for WordPress Plugin Developers: Readme File Generator

If you’re a plugin developer, you may want to check out the WordPress Plugin Readme File Generator.

This convenient tool lets you go through a checklist of fill-in-the-blank boxes to help you make up your readme files for your plugin.
Required Fields
The generator’s first section presents a list of required fields.

The required fields include the following:

Plugin Name
Requires at least (lowest version the plugin will work on)
Tested up to (highest version plugin has been tested on)
Stable Tag  (the Subversion “tag” of the latest stable version)
Short Description (150 characters max – the generator conveniently keeps track of how many characters you’ve used)


Optional Fields


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Apparently ‘Super Cache’ Is The Most Popular WordPress Caching Plugin

WordPress caching has been a bit of a hot topic round here this week. We originally received a question from one of our readers, asking which is the best caching plugin to use on a WordPress site. This kicked off a pretty solid discussion, which we then followed up with a second article on the best caching plugins, as voted by our readers.

Finally, I thought we should aggregate the results from both of those articles, and bring a little pie chart lovin’ to your Friday afternoon.

Choosing the right cache plugin for WordPress

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Display a Different Header Image on Each Page of Your WordPress Site

Thursday’s WordPress Q & A Session covers some pretty familiar territory: dynamic header images.

A reader of this blog named Allan has graced us with today’s question, in the hopes that some of you WordPress magicians might be able to help him out. He asks:

How do you display a different header image in WordPress, according to which page is currently being viewed?

Add changing dynamic header images to your WordPress site

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Monitor and Backup Your WordPress Sites with the Free WP Remote Service

WP Remote has undergone a total reboot and is now officially out of beta. If you haven’t used it before, this is a webapp for managing, organizing, searching and tracking the versions and updates of multiple WordPress sites.

This handy web-based service gives you a dashboard displaying all of your WordPress sites with key information related to version, plugins and themes, and keeps your bits and pieces all up to date. WP Remote even allows you to backup your sites remotely, and enables automatic daily backups just in case something goes wrong while you slumber.

Oh, and WP Remote is totally free.


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What Do You Do With a WordPress Plugin That’s No Longer Being Updated?

The latest installment of our WordPress Q & A Sessions is about older plugins and what you should do with them.

Today’s question comes from Katrina, a WPMU reader and owner of the site Kat’s Cafe. She asks . . .

How should one deal with an older (but much-loved) plugin that is no longer being updated by the developer? Should you simply uninstall it and find a replacement? Or should you try to do some updating yourself?

What’s the safest way to tweak a plugin, without putting your site at risk?


Updating old WordPress plugins by yourself, when the developer doesn't

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WordPress Question: How Can I Moderate Changes Made To My Site?

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had some very interesting WordPress questions sent in by our readers here at WPMU, and some great suggestions and ideas from the WordPress ninjas in our community.

If you haven’t yet done so, please send us a WordPress question, for the chance to win a 3 month membership at WPMU DEV.

Friday’s question was sent in to us by a reader named Bob. He asks:

How to hold WordPress modifications for approval

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