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What to Look For in a Web Developer

Published 24 Oct, 2014 under Ideas, Links

If you’ve been working in the web development industry for any length of time, you’ve probably already figured out it can be a bit of a jungle out there. This week’s post from our sister site WP Business Tips breaks down how non-technical customers can make sure they’re hiring the right person for the project. If you’re a developer, this post will help you make sure you’re answering all the right questions and establishing trust with your clients before your next project even starts.

Check it out at wpbusinesstips.com →

LoopConf: A new WordPress conference that’s only for developers

Published 22 Oct, 2014 under Links

If you’re a WordPress developer looking for a good excuse to take a break from your screen, than you’ll want to make sure you put LoopConf on your Calendar. Scheduled for early May in Las Vegas, LoopConf is an independent WordPress conference created entirely for developers. It looks like it will be a great event with an impressive line up of speakers already confirmed. If you’re interested in sharing your own knowledge with the community, LoopConf is still accepting applications for presenters through November 4th.

Check it out at poststat.us →

How to Create a Development Schedule for Your WordPress Site

Published 20 Oct, 2014 under Links, Tools, Uncategorized

When you’re excited about a new project, it’s easy to want to jump right in and get to work. As tempting as this might be, having a plan will prevent redundancies and keep you motivated by giving your team milestones to celebrate along the way. This post by Brenda over at WPKube breaks down exactly what you need to know to properly manage the development of your next site, so you can create a clear schedule for your team and stay on track to launch. Theres also a review of project planning tools, so you can choose the one that works the best for you.

Check it out at wpkube.com →

Give Your Business a Voice: Content Creation and Email Marketing for Your WordPress Business

Published 17 Oct, 2014 under Links, Tutorials

If you’re new to using WordPress to market yourself or could use a little help revamping your current marketing plan to fit the digital space, than you’ll definitely want to download this free ebook over at our sister site wpbusinesstips.com. It’s 40 pages of solid, actionable, easy-to-follow advice to get your business’s unique voice out into the marketplace. We’ll help you grow your connection with your customers, and to attract new business by joining the conversation online.

Check it out at wpbusinesstips.com →

Professional WordPress: Chris Lema at WordCamp Europe

Published 16 Oct, 2014 under Ideas, Links

Just because you couldn’t make it to WordCamp Europe doesn’t mean you missed all the excitement! This fantastic talk given by Chris Lema last month is now available on WordPress.tv. In it, Chris examines what it means for developers to be “on point”—discussing the tools, processes, and team mentalities that lead to high performance. Chris places a great emphasis on creating a sustainable career, and leaving us with the question: are we willing to do what it takes to not only win, but to create beauty in our work?

Check it out →

Twenty Fifteen Officially Added to The Development Version of WordPress

Published 15 Oct, 2014 under WordPress News

This week WordPress developers get the chance to take an advanced look at “Twenty Fifteen”.  The new default WordPress theme is scheduled to be released with this December’s WordPress 4.1 update.  This Post by Jeff Chandler gives us a peek at the new theme-offering an overview of some of the new features, as well as the current kinks that need to be worked out before it goes live. Overall, it seems like we have a lot to look forward to: “Twenty Fifteen goes back to the blogging roots of WordPress, [...] in a modern, elegant way”.

Check it out at wptavern.com →

WordPress Basics: Understanding And Making the Best Use of Your functions.php File

Published 14 Oct, 2014 under WordPress Development

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One of the hardest things about teaching is the things that you’re blind to. There are whole things that you know, that are important for others to know, that you just kind of forget to ever explicitly teach.

Case in point: I just realized that in all my writing about WordPress I’d never tackled as fundamental a thing as what “functions.php” is and does, and I think that’s been a mistake.

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Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes

Published 13 Oct, 2014 under Links

Meta Boxes are one of the most flexible ways to enhance WordPress functionality. When it comes to writing them, however, it can become a bit of chore to maintain the code over time. This post is the first in a complete Meta Box tutorial series by Tom McFarlin. You’ll work through the process of brainstorming and planning a plugin by laying out the directory structure and implementing the functionality-all in an organized, consistent, and maintainable way.

Check it out at tutsplus.com →