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How To Modify The Behavior of Other People’s Server-Side Code in WordPress

Published 30 Sep, 2014 under Uncategorized, WordPress Development

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If you’re picky like me, using WordPress—the core software, as well as third-party themes and plugins—gives you a lot of occasions to think: “This is perfect, except for [REASON].”

This leaves you with a few options: you can accept the imperfection, you can search for existing solutions for the imperfection, you can tell the maker of the imperfection how you would like it fixed, or you can set out to fix the imperfection yourself.

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Submissions for the 2014 Hosting Review Closing October 14th

Published 26 Sep, 2014 under Links, Tools

Haven’t gotten a chance to submit to the 2014 Hosting Review yet? The window for submissions is closing soon and we want to hear from you!! Our annual Hosting Review aims to provide genuine, high-quality information on the hosts out there—powered by real data from real people.
The idea is simple. Click on the link and you’ll find a survey that asks how you feel about about your host(s). We’ll then collate all that data into a set of recommendations which will be published here on WPShout. Collectively, we’ll create an up-to-date, data-driven review of the best WordPress hosts.

Check it out at wpshout.com →

The Mindset of Security

Published 24 Sep, 2014 under Ideas, Links

Security isn’t about the right passwords, upgrades, and plugins, it’s about you doing what’s right. This great post by Mika Epstein (based on her recent talk at WordCamp LAX) addresses what you can do to combat WordPress ignorance and ensure you’re making good choices to keep your site secure.

Check it out at halfelf.org →

Two Key Principles for Understanding WordPress Functions

Published 23 Sep, 2014 under Tutorials, WordPress Development

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If you don’t understand WordPress functions, your code will do a lot of things the hard way.

One of WordPress’s greatest strengths is its library of hundreds of predefined PHP functions. These functions are the correct way to do a lot of crucial things—everything from writing reliable permalinks inside a plugin to retrieving the username of a post’s author to querying the WordPress database directly.

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Truly Useful Testing for Websites (part 1)

Published 22 Sep, 2014 under Ideas, Links

We all love the creative part of working on a new web development project. Unfortunately, when it’s time to make sure everything’s working correctly, it’s all too easy for that enjoyment to be replaced by frustration. This post by Josh Koenig covers the benefits of implementing test automation so the robots can take on your annoying repetitive work, and you can get back to what you do best.

Check it out at getpantheon.com →

Choosing the Perfect WordPress Theme: Free vs. Premium Themes

Published 19 Sep, 2014 under Ideas, Links

Whether you’re new to WordPress and are trying to navigate how to pick the right theme, or are already consulting as WordPress developer and are having a hard time steering your clients towards a design that will really work, it’s helpful to have a solid understanding of the benefits and limitations of your options. This post from our sister site WP Business Tips provides a clear explanation of both the good and bad elements of free and premium themes, which will leave you feeling empowered to make the right decision for your site.

Check it out at wpbusinesstips.com →

Adding Multiple Post Terms

Published 18 Sep, 2014 under Links, Tutorials

Here’s a great post from Tom McFarlin on adding multiple post terms to a single post. Tom writes about it in the context of importing a lot of post data from a CSV file, and having a bit of code that looks something like this:

product_name,mittens,product_color,red;blue;white

So how to get red, blue, and white onto the product_color taxonomy for the mittens post all at once? Tom’s got your answer. The code itself could be used in a range of situations, so take a look! Also recommended as a good way to check your understanding of how taxonomies work, and what “taxonomies” and “terms” really mean.

Check it out at tommcfarlin.com →

3.7 Million Comments Later, Here’s Where Net Neutrality Stands

Published 17 Sep, 2014 under Links, WordPress News

If you used the internet at all last week, chances are you noticed pop-ups on some of your favorite websites (WordPress, Netflix, etc…) asking you to sign a petition to protect internet freedom and defend net neutrality. Net neutrality is a big issue for owners of small sites because without it there could quite realistically be a day that your blog or website is not allowed to be fast. While the window of time for the public to weigh in on the issue has closed, today’s article from NPR’s All Tech Considered explains what’s still on the table and what’s happening now as the FCC is making their decision.

Check it out at npr.org →