How These 11 WordPress Scripts Will Stop North Korea And Improve Your Blog

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In this post you will get 11 WordPress scripts that will help improve your blog’s performance and that may or may not stop North Korea from terrorizing us.

Either way, you will find these little WordPress hacks very useful for your daily blogging needs, which can help you save lots of precious time!

If you’re eager to enhance or improve the functionality of your WordPress site, then below are powerful WordPress scripts that will definitely give you a great head start.

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Build a Custom WordPress Home Page with Custom Widget Areas

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In this video tutorial I will teach you how to build a WordPress website with custom widget areas the easy way. Even if you haven’t touched a single line of code before, this tutorial is simple enough to walk you through every code.

This tutorial goes hand in hand with Christian’s video tutorial on how to create a website from scratch using HTML5 and CSS3. The goal is to help you understand how easy it is to create the same layout (from Christian’s tutorial) in WordPress using custom widget areas. Although you will need to put the pieces together a little, it’s a fun learning experience nonetheless!

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4 Very Useful WordPress Plugins That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

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WordPress plugins have made our lives so, so much easier. In fact, there are already nearly 25,000 plugins developed.

And there are plenty of articles all over the internet featuring the most popular and the most known WordPress plugins that will turn your website into a powerful CMS, blog, forum, etc.

I am here to show you four lesser known plugins that are very useful.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 3/4 – Custom Post Types

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Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the third part of this series on WordPress Plugin development for designers.

In the first part we identified the importance of WordPress plugins for you as designers and the basic structure of a plugin. Then we followed it up with the necessary coding required for developing plugins in the second part, by creating a jQuery slider for WordPress.

I am happy to announce that SlidesJS has won the voting contest and I’ll be using it through the rest of this tutorial series.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 2/4: Integrate Slider

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In the first part of our WordPress Plugin Development Course for Designers we learned about the importance of WordPress plugins for designers and its base structure. Today we are going to talk about the core WordPress theories and techniques required for creating design focused plugins.

Our final goal is to learn WordPress plugin development while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress from scratch. Throughout this tutorial, we will be learning the necessary coding techniques using sample slider as the example. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a simple template which is common to most of the design based plugins.

Voting for the slider is still going on and SlidesJS is heading the list. So we will be using SlidesJS the slider for explaining necessary codes in this part.

So let’s get started.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 1/4: Basic Structure

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I assume that you are a freelance designer or someone who work full time as a designer for a web design agency. Most of web designers are used work with static website design.

Now the question is: do you have a future as a static website designer?

The answer would probably be no since most clients and companies are planning to convert their websites to work with a CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

WordPress is becoming the new static web site.

WordPress integration is simple enough that almost anyone can setup a WordPress site with an auto installer program. Unless you are familiar in working with a CMS like WordPress, you will definitely face issues moving further as a freelance designer.

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Create Your Responsive WordPress Site In Less Than 5 Minutes + Bonus Tutorial

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In this video post I will guide you through the whole process of how to create a responsive WordPress site without you touching a single code. Well, at least for the first part.

The first video focuses on how to setup a responsive WordPress site using Bluehost as your host, and along with it is a special discount for 1WD readers. Second part is a little more technical where I will teach you how to create a child theme for the WordPress theme called Responsive and basically redesign the whole theme to your liking.

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2012 was a Great Year for WordPress Development, How Will it Fare this Year?

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2012 is long gone. The past month was slightly busy owing to happenings here at 1stWebDesigner (stay tuned, we got a lot coming your way!), and as February begins, I have decided to take a look at how 2012 was, as well as what 2013 has in store for WordPress!

Now, before I actually start ranting about how good or bad 2013 is going to be, let us spend some time taking a look at 2012.

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Jumpstart Your WordPress Career – Your Essential WordPress Toolkit [Video]

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The Business of WordPress Design using WordPress – Video Three

Hi Gang! In this video we’re going to put together the five essential tools you need to succeed using WordPress.

Fortunately, they are all free or of little cost, so you don’t have to have much money to get started.

The important thing to remember when assembling your own toolkit is the fact that there are no “proper” tools. Rather, much like craftsmen of old, you may have a unique preference for certain tools than other designers or freelancers. That’s OK!

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[Infographic] The State of WordPress Themes: Current Trends And Classifications

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WordPress is the most popular CMS out there. It powers a good number of websites and blogs, and owing to its popularity, the number of extensions and themes that are available for WordPress surpasses those of any other CMS by a mile.

Speaking of WordPress themes, the market is filled with options. You have free themes, premium themes, themes created by design agencies, themes created by casual designers just to kill time, themes created with passion and, sadly, themes containing spam and shady links. However you look at it, I guess the point is clear:

WordPress themes = way too many!

In this article, we shall be taking a look at the current state of WordPress themes. 

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