Last weekend at WordCamp Miami we had front-row seats to Douglas Hanna‘s wonderful presentation on the WordPress showcase. Douglas works for Automattic and runs the WordPress.org Showcase, and for a half hour he talked about what it is, provided some great examples of some sites in the showcase, and talked about how you can get your site listed. Here’s a short review of his presentation.
Jim Jeffers demonstrates one spectacular way to improve discussion on your blog. Definitely worth checking out! [Link]
Here’s a bit of a break from the news, tutorials, and discussions as we recover from a pleasant Christmas. We thought we’d cook up a few words to describe people who work with WordPress. Enjoy, and happy holidays!
1. one who works with or studies WordPress
2. someone who blogs about a WordPress-related topic
We consulted a WordPressographer to help develop this new widget.
1. also known as a theme developer; one who creates WordPress themes
After quickly creating several professional-grade themes, I can finally call myself a proficient WordPresser.
1. the study of WordPress (see also: WordPressographer)
One of my favorite blogs is offering a free course on WordPressography next weekend.
1. creating something with WordPress; turning a design or markup into a WordPress theme
2. writing a blog post from the WordPress interface to be published with WordPress
During the long hours I spend on the road you can frequently find me WordPressing about my travels.
1. to turn a design or markup into a WordPress theme (see also: WordPressing)
I had to quickly WordPressify this markup to meet the client’s deadline.
1. integrated with WordPress; made into something compatible with WordPress
After three days my new theme was finally WordPressed and ready to go live.
If you’re subscribed to John Gruber’s Daring Fireball RSS feed, you’ve probably noticed that most of his posts are links to other sites. Instead of linking back to his site first and then to the site he’s referring to, you’re simply taken straight to the topic website from the RSS post. In other words, his RSS permalinks are modified to link to the source site instead of his blog, saving an extra click and page load for his readers. John’s site runs on Movable Type, but this function can be easily done with WordPress as well. Read on to find out how to write this simple function. Thanks to Ryan McCue for the code for this tutorial. Continue reading
Ever wanted to insert a quicktag into one of your theme’s templates without having to add it via a post or page from the admin? You may not know it, but WordPress has provided a template tag to do just that. Simply insert
<?php echo do_shortcode('[quicktag]'); ?> into your template to use any quicktag currently installed on your blog, whether it be for galleries, forms, or any other tag that comes bundled with a theme or plugin. Enjoy!
Straight from the WordPress.com blog is the announcement that highly-anticipated WordPress 2.7 will power all WordPress.com blogs beginning this Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 at 8pm EST. Hurrah! [Link]
With WordPress being used in all kinds of ways nowadays, there are plenty of sites that call for some sort of post rating system, whether it be for products, resources, or sites in a gallery. What better way to rate these posts than the classic 5-star rating system? Here are five post rating plugins that do an excellent job at storing, displaying, and sorting rated posts.
As the launch date for 2.7 comes closer, take a look at some of the things that have changed. [Link]
Ever wanted to include additional data from your post’s custom fields in the sidebar of your page? Almost every theme utilizes the
sidebar.php template, but if you’ve ever tried to use the standard method of calling custom field data in the sidebar, you’ll know that it doesn’t work like you’d expect it to. Here’s the workaround.
Ever had a layout with two or more sidebars? The standard convention is to put both sidebars inside
sidebar.php if they’re beside each other, or one in
header.php and the other in the standard sidebar template. However, there’s a quick little WordPress trick that actually allows for two separate sidebar templates.
You’ll need two files:
sidebar-right.php. The first will contain the first sidebar on the left of the page, and the second, obviously, contains the area for the right of the page.
Now, in your template files, you can use the
<?php get_sidebar(); ?> function to call the left sidebar, as usual. But now that you’ve added a second file,
<?php get_sidebar('right'); ?> can be used to call the “right” sidebar file from the template. Note: the “right” file is the only file that seems to work; ‘sidebar-left’ will not.