I recently came across an article by Alex King regarding the “right way” to include a plugin into a theme. In it, Alex integrates a plugin called Social, available here, into a theme they sell called FavePersonal. I understand they want to provide a great user experience out of the box, but rather than integrating a plugin, why not just direct their user to install it from WP.org? You could even use conditional statements to limit certain functionality till it’s installed.
That’s one helluva title for a column, isn’t it? I thought so, although I have no idea if I think that is a good or a bad thing. It doesn’t really matter, luckily.
Folks, it is summer and that means vacations for everybody!
Well, not exactly, I’ll be working all summer, with both Odd Alice (still time to apply for a job there /shameless self-plug) and other things. You know, projects. Some of them are WordPress related, but not all. That’s the life of a freelance writer and author, I go and do what the work tells me.
Once upon a time, everything connected to WordPress was free. The only thing you had to pay for was hosting and a domain name, i.e if you did not use WordPress.com. The 5 minute install was all you needed and a theme, if you really wanted to go crazy you would get a theme that supported sidebars! Yes, there was a time when a widgetized sidebar was an amazing thing.
If you have a website for your business there are a few plugins I think you should have no matter what your goal is (make contact, make a sale, etc.)
To start, contact forms will always make you look more professional than using a naked email address, especially if it’s with gmail or hotmail (get email on your own domain).
Aside from the impression someone gets from your website, there’s the impression they get on the search engines that list your website.
As some of you may know, I spend a lot of time looking at plugins.
In fact, I cast my eye over every single new plugin release on WordPress.org, and test any that I feel may of worth. So I end up testing a lot of plugins.
The ones that I like get featured here at WPMU. You never read about the countless plugins I test that don’t make the grade. Unless of course I need to vent about something (which I do today), in which case, plugins that I don’t recommend get free publicity.
What is a Subversive Plugin?
Trust me: It’s not as bad as it sounds.
Searching the National Vulnerability Database using keyword “WordPress” blasts you with 400 listed vulnerabilities! I’ve seen this number quoted recently when comparing WordPress to other content management systems, and it puts WordPress security in a negative light.
“Holy hole in a firewall, Mattman! How can you sleep at night, knowing WordPress is putting the world at risk?”
Never fear! Read on to see the truth I found just beneath the surface of those numbers.
I’m angry. Annoyed at everything. Pissed off even. It is all WordPress’ fault. Stupid weird stuff happening on a client project and it makes my skin crawl. If you’re a developer and have even the slightest little inkling of a tendency to get angry, then you know exactly what I mean.
Writing a column while angry, well why not? I haven’t been much of a potty-mouth lately after all, and I bet there’s someone to piss off on my list of pisser offers.
Every weekday, I drag myself out of bed, have a quick shower in order to make myself feel human again, get dressed, and head downstairs to my home office (couch). I fire up my trusty MacBook Pro and get started on my writing work for WPMU.
My first port of call is a quick visit to the WordPress.org plugin directory to take a look at the freshest plugins. And there are a lot of them. A tentative count shows that over 30 new plugins were released yesterday. So more than one new WordPress plugin is being released every hour.
Ask a non-profit executive if they need a website. Unfortunately, many will say, “Yes” with a look of tired exasperation.
The always brilliant Konstantin Kovshenin is pissed. That alone warrants a flurry of posts I think, because he comes across as such a nice guy. More importantly, Konstantin threatens to delete his posts in a day or two, since he wrote it “in a bad mood”.
We can’t have that, because he’s spot on!
Kontantin’s gripe are theme frameworks that add their own ways of adding stuff to themes. His example is the Genesis theme framework, a popular one, where you apparently should hook onto
genesis_meta instead of wp_head