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Add a Beautiful Table of Contents to Your WordPress Posts

If you write longer blog posts and want to give your readers a structured way to navigate your pages and posts, the free Table of Contents Plus plugin is an elegant solution. It automatically generates a Table of Contents on your page from section headings, resembling very much the great collapsible Wikipedia style contents boxes.

August 25, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Final Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development

Welcome to the last part of this series. If you just arrived, please check our two previous articles. We covered so far the following topics: Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development and More Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development. In this final article, Damian Logghe going to talk about three important things that although they don't affect the plugin operation, they are essential if you want to deliver a quality plugin.

August 5, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

More Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development

Welcome to the second part of the series. In the first article, we explained the WordPress Coding Standards, how to avoid namespaces collisions, comments in the code, and some basic security tips. Today, we are going to go a bit deeper and write some more code and learn some techniques to improve performance and security of our plugins.

August 4, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development

In this series, we're going to cover the most important things you should consider when developing a WordPress Plugin or a WordPress Theme. This guide aims to provide a set of good practices that will be helpful to beginners and also to experts developers that are starting to work with WordPress. But wait! If you've been developing WordPress plugins for a while take a look before deciding this guide is not for you. Damian Logghe is sure you will get something of it. After all, we all have something unique to offer.

August 4, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

How to Customize the WordPress Dashboard to Minimize Confusion

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user of WordPress, one thing that everyone finds puzzling at some point is the Dashboard. It's often filled with a lot of information, or is laid out in an obscure and confusing way especially for beginners. This tutorial will teach you how to best customize the WordPress Dashboard in order to minimize confusion.

July 7, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Using WordPress Meta Boxes to Build a Basic SEO Plugin

One of the core feature provided by WordPress in extending its functionality is its Meta Box API. These meta boxes enable you to easily add additional data to your content. For example, the Post Tags meta box enables you set tags for your post. In this article, we will build a basic SEO plugin that adds a meta description, and an Open Graph title and description tag to the head element of WordPress pages. In doing this, we'll also learn how to create a custom meta boxes, how to sanitize user-provided data, how to save the data to a post or page, and how to and retrieve the saved data.

June 3, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

WordPress 3.9: What's New & How Does It Work

The latest version of WordPress, given the nickname "Smith" and the version number of 3.9, brings a bunch of great new features to the board. In this tutorial, you'll learn about what's new and how all the new features work. If you're an existing WordPress user, you can upgrade your site through the WordPress dashboard. It's always highly recommended that you backup your full site beforehand as mistakes do happen.

April 22, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Introduction to WordPress App Themes

With the increasing growth rate of WordPress powered websites, the need for WordPress themes is rising. Multi-purpose themes are becoming highly popular among website owners. Many existing themes are built mainly to address blog functionality. But with the growth of WordPress web application development, we are in need of specialized themes for different purposes. These themes are known as app themes. In this article, we going to familiarize with the concept of app themes and their usage in real world.

April 14, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Tips And Tricks For Testing WordPress Themes

Whether you offer free or premium themes, testing should be a major part of your development process. By planning in advance, you can foster a development environment that deters some bugs by design and that helps you prevent others. The aim of this article is to share some of the tricks Daniel Pataki uses personally during and after development to achieve a bug-free product.

June 3, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Migrating A Website To WordPress

Now powering over 17% of the Web, WordPress is increasingly becoming the content management system (CMS) of choice for the average user. But what about websites built with an outdated CMS or without a CMS at all? Does moving to WordPress mean starting over and losing all the time, energy and money put into the current website? Nope! Migrating a website (including the design) over to WordPress is actually easier than you might think. In this guide, we’ll outline the migration process and work through the steps with a sample project. We’ll also cover some of the challenges you might encounter and review the solutions.

May 20, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes