Could a WordPress Custom Functions Bible really exist? No! Then lets bloody well create one together!
Recently, I was adding widgets to the footer of a WordPress site I was putting together and the widget titles just didn’t look right with the theme. The Twitter widget I was using didn’t need a title – it was obviously displaying the latest tweet.
Unfortunately, there isn’t an option in WordPress to disable widget titles (now that would be a handy little feature), but there are ways and means of getting around it.
Is it just me, or does WordPress 4.0 seem more like version 3.10?
Did someone get the numbering wrong? Did we accidentally skip to 4.0?
That must be it, because I can’t think of any other reason why such a minor upgrade to WordPress is deserving of a full version number.
WordPress news sites have lauded the “exciting new features” in this release, which is now available to download and test as a beta.
IFTTT is a service that lets other services or software (like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ect.) talk to each and perform actions when certain things occur.
IFTTT literally stands for “if this then that,” and that’s a pretty good explanation of what it does.
For example, you can set up an IFTTT “recipe” (as they’re called) that goes something like this:
IF a new post is made on my WordPress blog THEN automatically tweet out a link to it on my Twitter account.
What happened to Easter eggs in WordPress? Have they disappeared forever?
Since The Matrix Has You Easter egg surprised (and freaked out…) users in WordPress 2.6, there hasn’t been a single hidden feature in more than four years. That’s 13 versions of WordPress.
Easter eggs are fun to discover and provide a cheeky outlet for developers who have put a lot of time and work into a program and want to leave something of themselves behind. Easter eggs are silly and don’t often make sense, but mostly it’s fun finding one yourself and sharing it before your friends have stumbled across it.
Big news to share with everyone today, Incsub, the parent company of this site, has been acquired by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com!
I know it may come as a surprise to a lot of you, but to us, and as I was saying to Matt the other day during our weekly Turkish bath, it’s really been on the cards since the start – in fact, as we shared a sweaty handshake on the deal, he commented that the news would, in many ways, come across as ‘the sound of inevitability’.
So, why were Automattic interested in us?
The line, “If you build it, he will come,” may have worked for Kevin Costner’s character in Field of Dreams, but such advice doesn’t necessarily ring true online.
It doesn’t matter how much time you spend carefully crafting a beautiful and functional site. Without visitors it may as well be a piece of paper flapping about in the breeze.
So how do you drive traffic to your site?
Blogging can offer a relatively simple way to increase your page views, build authority in your niche and connect with new and existing customers, all while promoting and reinforcing your brand.
There is a low barrier to using and working with WordPress. In fact, anyone with knowledge of PHP or with design skills can start using WordPress immediately and see results.
But if you want to really succeed with WordPress, build a strong business and gain respect, you need to be an over-achiever. Why? Because there are plenty of other WordPress developers out there who are also vying for clients and trying to earn a buck.
Luckily, there is a plethora of information available so you can move beyond the basics of tweaking a site so you can start calling yourself a fully-fledged WordPress pro. It also helps to pay attention to what the actual pros – the WordPress core developers and contributors – are doing.
So if you’re ready to kick some serious ass, read on.
The great thing about WordPress is how you can extend it a hundred million ways to meet your needs. If you know your way around PHP, it’s not hard to tweak your site.
While there are thousands of plugins out there (including 140+ at WPMU DEV!), but it’s just as easy to add a snippet of code to your site for a quick fix.
We’ve all been there. You’ve launched a client’s site and now you’re silently high fiving yourself because it looks fantastic and the client is thrilled.
You met your deadline and you’ve got another project already lined up. The next day your client emails you asking for a small change to their site, which you happily do for him, no questions asked.
But then a couple of days later he asks for another change… And then another change after that and, of course, he expects all these changes for free and you’re not paid a cent for your time. How can you say no?