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Plugin Information for the Amateur Developer – Plugin Info Part 2

This is the second part of a two part series on WordPress plugins. If you haven’t read the first part, I highly suggest reading it as it contains important basic information on plugins.   WARNING!! THIS POST IS EXTREMELY LONG. HOWEVER, IT DOES BRING A LOT OF NECESSARY AND USEFUL DATA INTO ONE PLACE.     So you’ve decided to take the next step, the

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Plugin Information for WordPress Beginners – Plugin Info Part 1

This is the first part of a two part series. It will cover basic information on WordPress plugins. The second part will cover the more complex details which will enable you to begin developing your own plugins. If you’re at all familiar with WordPress, you’ve most likely at least heard of plugins. You’ve heard how they make everything easier. All it takes is an install

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How to Build a Social Network on WordPress

In a previous article, we went over how to build a private community. Well you’re probably wondering how to make a public community. You may want to begin a small social network, a fan club, a discussion community, etc. and want the general public to be able to access it. There are a few options out there for WordPress users. BuddyPress The plugin itself works

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How to Make a jQuery Top-Sliding Login Panel

There’s a certain kind of style you can only get from a top-sliding login panel. That smooth transition of a clean login box sliding from the top of the screen just adds some class to a website. It’s also extremely functional as it’s very noticeable, but it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. One of the best part’s about it? You can make it

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How to Build a Private Community on WordPress

WordPress has long been the home of online communities. Through forums, blogs, plugins, and comments, many people can interact on one platform. This is great for public communities, but what if you want to use these tools for a private community? Don’t worry, there are plugins for this exact purpose. Some Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start You’re about to spend money for premium

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WordCamp Europe – Day One Recap

I will split this by speakers and interesting things that they said (from my point of view ), you can find more things on twitter using : #wceu Speaker : Vitaly Friedman ( @smashingmag ) – Editor Smashing Magazine Presentation : Behind the Scenes at Smashing Magazine – You don’t need legal mumbo-jumbo – You don’t need deadlines – You don’t need many articles – You don’t need

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How to Add Publish and Delete Buttons to the Frontend of WordPress Posts

Your site may be set up in such a way that posts need to be approved. It may be that they don’t need to be approved, but it allows contributed posts that you may need to delete. Publishing and deleting articles in these cases can get annoying really quickly. You have to check for pending post son the backend, then preview it in the frontend,

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How to Create an Attractive Dropdown Blogroll with CSS

Dropdown menus are great ways to use navigation on your site without cluttering up the page. They can get annoying though, because they can be really hard to style. Most people would use JavaScript, but we’re going to use CSS for flexibility, speed, and compatibility. Unfortunately, this method will not work with IE6, but will still be more compatible than JavaScript. (If you’d like to see the final

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Keep your Comments Thread Awesome

So you have a blog. You’ve got all your great articles on there and, like many bloggers, you’ve decided to have a comments thread for each article. You know what? That’s awesome and you know you love when someone starts a quality, relevant conversation in the thread. Then you start getting the spam. “I like this post.” “Check out my site.” It gets cluttered with

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Load Old WordPress Posts on the Same Page with AJAX

Loading a new page to see content is annoying and time consuming, so why would you want to make visitors to your site load a new page to see old WordPress posts? With the following instructions, you can build a plugin that replaces the “Older Posts” link with a button on the bottom of the page that loads older WordPress posts on the same page.

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WordPress: A Decade in the Making

  What’s WordPress? If you have to ask, you’re missing out on one of the largest content management systems (CMS) in the world! On May 27, 2003, WordPress was released by founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, and as of September 2013, there are 69,764,179 WordPress sites accounted for around the world! Over 17 percent of the websites in the world run on WordPress, or

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Four Tips for Keeping Your WordPress Site Safe from Hackers

You spend time and money developing the perfect site: hiring a graphic designer, hiring a coder, considering colors and specifics that will make your company glow to potential customers. The site goes live and, within weeks, gets hacked. It’s an all too familiar story. Some estimates show about 30,000 WordPress sites get hacked each day! Why Do Hackers Hack Websites? The reasons behind this are

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Three Styling Changes You Can Make to Change Your Blog’s Appearance

  If you want to make major changes to your website, you’ll likely need to hire a designer. But what if you want to make minor changes? Changing the background, the color or font of text for your headers and content, and styling the hyperlinks can be done in just a few small steps. First, A Few Words About CSS Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, allows

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Using Color Theory in Web Design

In an earlier post, 5 Dos of Great Blog Design, we discussed the concept behind color theory in the way it pertains to white, or negative, space. Color theory tells us that different colors work together – or don’t – for specific reasons. (For a more in-depth definition of color theory, check out this article from NYU.)

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