You can build virtually any type of site with WordPress, well almost (we’re slowly getting there), so today let’s see how you can set up a bespoke daily deals/flash sale site!
WordPress shortcodes provide an easy way to insert complex content into your posts. Content generated by plugins might be a complex HTML table, a video and playlist, some fancy jQuery interface elements–the possibilities are endless. Shortcodes empower the author to say “put that generated content right here in my post,” and then not worry about it.
Shortcodes for our Simplenotes plugin
Recently I wrote a tutorial showing how to add WordPress Pointers to your plugins. As part of the tutorial, I included a little dummy plugin so people could see the fully-working code. The plugin, called Simplenotes, does the following:
May I have your attention please?
Does it annoy you when someone says that? Maybe so, but every now and then they actually have something worthwhile to say. That’s how a lot of people feel about WordPress Pointers that serve to draw attention to new features users may see in core releases.
Can I borrow your sign?
When was the last time you considered “The Five Ws of Cyberspace?” Perhaps you applied them over a decade ago, when you were cranking out your first HTML site and wondering if folks would “surf your page.” Modern webmasters, on the other hand, may have never heard of them. Since the days of static websites, content management systems like WordPress have emerged and simplified the process of web development.Turnkey solutions, while convenient, typically promote ease-of-use at the expense of thought and intelligent practice.
A Day in the Life of WordPress
Let’s have a look at a typical day for Mr. WordPress–hereafter referred to as “Big W.” Usually, Big W gets requests from web visitors, figures out what they want, fetches the right information from the database, and then serves it up in the right theme template. The scene goes something like this:
Web Visitor: I’d like to see http://yourdomain.com/good_page/, please.
Big W: Sure, let me get that for you.
Big W steps away to:
Parse the request to figure out which post to fetch.
Shortcodes were introduced in WordPress near the beginning of 2008, and ever since then blogging has never been the same (well, sort of). From dedicated plugins to built–in generators for themes, they have become ubiquitous with WordPress.
But, is that a good thing?
Most themes and plugins offer some sort of input mechanism to enter custom shortcodes to display content, it is then stylized with CSS and/or jQuery effects like tabbing, slides etc…
More often than not, your shortcode will look like this, in the most simplest of examples as provided by the default WordPress gallery function –
Ever used a plugin, or had an idea, that you wish was a part of WordPress because it would make publishing/managing your content so much easier? Over the years, quite a few features have been integrated into the platform that started off as plugins, random ideas or as features of a theme.
Microblogging gets a nod from WordPress core team
When I first saw the post formats feature in the works for WordPress 3.1, I was in the middle of building a live action scavenger hunt site based on the P2 theme. P2—a microblogging theme—makes it easy to add short posts to your blog from the front-end, classifying them as “Status update,” “Blog Post,” “Quote,” or “Link.”
Post formats work for me
Business and entrepreneurship have fascinated me since my early teenage years. Long before I learned the mechanics of what it takes to launch a successful business, it seemed as if it was an easy feat. I have witnessed many try their hand at entrepreneurship, starting what they believed was an actual business. They’d get a really awesome idea, come up with a clever name for it, and then RUSH to have business cards printed.
“Hi Max. Last night, whilst watching Game of Thrones, I had this awesome idea for a new WordPress project. What I’d like you to do is…”
And so it begins…
And so it begins
You and your developer, Max, shoot a few emails back and forth and then you both realize that you’re going to need some UI/UX work done. You forward on the email trail (well, most of it, because you ended up having more than one email thread) to Kit, your UX go-to gal, to bring her up to speed.