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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Viral Product Launch with Launch Effect

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Launching a product is a meticulous process, even for us with our ebooks. One thing we can say is that having a mailing list helps a lot. Now, what is this post all about? In this post I will tell you about an awesome product, a WordPress theme called Launch Effect that focuses on helping you gather subscribers so that you can have a viral product launch!

Launch Effect is unlike other WordPress themes. It can act as a blog for your product or as a simple landing page, what’s more is that you can design it to fit your own taste without learning how to code or use Photoshop!

Are you ready for this awesome WordPress theme?

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Create an Author Comments Feed in WordPress

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In recent years blogs have become so popular that and they’re one of the most common ways people get their daily dose of information. It’s not possible for a single person to provide quality content everyday. As a result, major websites are accepting  guest authors to provide quality content on a regular basis.

Authors play a vital role in these multi-author blogs since they are responsible for providing up-to-date content for their readers. Once a post is published, the author has to respond to comments, fix the issues and update the content according to the latest trends. As an Author, it is important to respond to user comments quickly. When a comment is made, only the administrator gets the notification email to approve the comments. But there is no default functionality to notify the author.

Authors have to view comments of each post regularly and I can tell you that is very hard if you have written a large number of posts. In this tutorial I am going to ease this task by creating an author comments feed for the comments of all posts written by a single author. Then you will be able to view all the comments in one place. So Lets get started.

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How to Backup WordPress Sites to Dropbox

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What would happen if all of the hard work you put into your website was all wiped away by a hacker or malicious virus of some kind? It would be difficult to find the motivation to start all over unless you have a backup of some kind. Using your already established Dropbox account, several options are available to Backup WordPress Sites to Dropbox.

To take out some of the work out of backing up your site, below we will show some ways to automate the process and save the backup to Dropbox. The easier and more hands off the process is, the better, right? Below are some WordPress plugins and other options to help you easily backup your WordPress site.

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Create a Professional Restaurant Website in Minutes Using WP Plugins and PHP Scripts

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Creating a restaurant website can be very challenging for a developer because there is not a single product to sell or show and they have to promote the real feeling of the restaurant’s environment as well. Also, the responsiveness and flexibility of restaurant websites have become the most distinguishing factor in getting reservations, as customers tend to book only if the process hassle-free. Are you in the process of developing a restaurant site and in need of some valuable recommendations from us? Read on and discover the convenience WordPress plugins and PHP scripts can provide you in developing a professional-looking restaurant site.

So, are you drooling to create a restaurant website right now? It only takes a few minutes!

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Extensive Roundup of the Best WordPress Plugins You’ll Ever Need: Year 2012 Edition

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Besides being a beautiful, easy to use and powerful platform by itself, WordPress is also loved because of it’s high level of customization and optimization. Plugins are the best way to optimize and enrich your WordPress blog. And it’s not limited to performance only. The plugins WordPress offers range from page speed optimization, user engagement, advanced backup, full theme modification to social sharing and search engine optimization.

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WP-Powered Job Boards – All The Tools You’ll Ever Need!

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There is hardly any niche website that cannot be powered using WordPress. Of late, WordPress is being employed to power different sorts of websites — video galleries, online portfolios, information directories and, more importantly, job boards! Job boards have become one of the most popular info-commerce centric websites. In this article, we take a look at the WP resources that are required to run a job board — plugins and themes.

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Manage All Your WordPress Sites From One Place: Meet ManageWP

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For a kickoff we’ve prepared a review of a really neat and useful service some of you guys will be keen on. Those of you who manage more than one WordPress blog will be more or less familiar with the management problems multiple blogs can create. Installing new plugins, updating platforms, keeping an eye on the posts – it’s getting pretty inconvenient if you’ve got couple of active blogs.

Yes, some of you might have already figured out what kind of service we’re writing about here. ManageWP is a service that allows you to manage all your WordPress websites from one single dashboard. What does it mean?

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15 WordPress Plugins For A Better Facebook Experience

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With hundreds of millions of users accessing Facebook on a daily basis, it’s important to take advantage of everything the social network has to offer. Facebook plugins give businesses the ability to create an enhanced experience for their audience so users can share content easily and effortlessly.

Facebook plugins are centered on users and their experience with your website, blog or Facebook Page. Plugins make interacting and communicating with your content simple by providing users with many reasons to share and interact, receive friend’s recommendations or “like” your Facebook Page.

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Create Elegant Tags With Sliding Post Count For WordPress

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Tired of the boring category style being always same, like a mini menu? Tired of items arranged horizontally or vertically, styled always the same way? Yes, I’m tired of it too. So let’s make things more interesting now.

Our starting point will be a cool sliding tags design made by Thomas Bosée. Then we’ll learn how to use WordPress wp_list_categories function, how to edit its result, how to code CSS and finally a little of jQuery “Black Magic”.

So, let’s rock!

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