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Wordpress just becomes more and more powerful, it’s very hard to keep up with new features. Thankfully there are several very active people behind great blogs, who write very well explained tutorials and premade code snippets to let you learn everything in very easy way. Today I made my exercise to find such sites and articles, which are very new and WordPress 2.8. compatible. There are really long list with new features, you can check them in first link from WordPress Codex, so make sure you can keep up!
In summary you’ll find here 37 helpful tutorials, resources and hacks + 11 helpful WordPress related sites for further reading in long run. Hope you’ll like it!
It’s been a while since version 2.8. is released, all new features you can check on their website to get started with.
It’s a great achievement for WordPress 2.8 to be released so soon after 2.7. Named ‘Baker’, 2.8 adds plenty of new features, including syntax highlighting for theme/plugin editing, a theme installer, and a great revamped widgets interface and API.
This tutorial shows why new register_setting() way is so good and how to use it effectively.
Learn how you can expand plugins with useful functions and therefore optimize their usage in updated WordPress 2.8. version.
Check out which plugins are WordPress 2.8 version compatible and more.
Here is a list of plugins that have been tested for compatibility with Version 2.8.
Tutorial explaining how to create very simple WordPress 2.8 widget showing main changes.
Advanced tutorial by Justin Tadlock, where he will walk you through widget development process with simple example and very well explained breakpoints.
Yet another great tutorial explaining functions – widget(), update(), and form() and finally how to put them all together.
In this tutorial widget which will be created will display upcoming posts (scheduled posts). A lot of sites schedule posts to automatically publish at a specific time, helping them keep a steady flow of articles.
This article is more for developers with added sample code with new class, showing how to use it effectively.
In this tutorial you’ll going to learn how to create a simple multi-instance widget for adding posts your sidebar.
Useful tutorial explaining what taxonomy is and how to use it effectively in your own blog. Justin Tadlock also break down the code and explaining how to create custom taxonomy.
Following article will explain how to practically use custom taxonomies, in this case creating a movie database. Excellent tutorial!
If you’re going to be doing any level of WordPress development, themes or plugins, you will invariably run into the need to take advantage of the WordPress Action Hook system. In this article you’ll learn what wordpress action hooks are, how those hooks work and finally how to create your own action hooks.
In this post Ian Stewart will review how to write a PHP function and go over the basic idea of how you can use Action Hooks in your WordPress Theme. He will take a look at a practical example of injecting a Welcome Blurb into your Theme without touching the existing code and also look at how to remove existing content being injected into Theme Hooks.
On this article you’ll learn how to define your own hooks and trigger them using action hooks.
Learn what’s so significant with this function and how this opens up the ability to change the look of nearly everything with CSS only.
In this quick tutorial, you will look at some potential uses for the recently overhauled Author Meta template tag.
Don’t display your WordPress version number publicly. Many WordPress developers often display the WordPress version in the source code. But having this information publicly available makes it easy for attackers to exploit known vulnerabilities on a particular WordPress version.
Useful function, which is listing related posts based on the category ID. It is better possibility reader will be interested in related posts which are in the same category than anything else.
The WordPress escaping API functions have been updated. Escaping is a way of using untrusted text that “neuters” anything that could do damage. Escaping is used in WordPress to avoid SQL injection and cross-site scripting/script injection (XSS), among other things.
This comprehensive article focus on optimising WordPress, a popular free open source blogging platform that runs on PHP.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to increase pageviews by adding thumbnails to related posts using the popular YARPP plugin and WordPress custom fields.
Introduced in WordPress 2.5, shortcodes are a very easy way to display lot of things on your blog posts by inserting a very simple code. In this article, you’ll find 10 incredible things shortcodes can do.
If you have any questions, problems consider checking out WordPress support forum covering installation and upgrading problems.
Actually there could be find a lot more such great tutorials, hacks, but I tried to include here most important and helpful ones in my opinion. For further reading I also listed below several very good blogs which are totally dedicated to WordPress or write very helpful articles about WordPress pretty often. If you are WordPress developer, I strongly recommend to subscribe to these blogs or at least keep eye on them. I am sure in future these blogs will keep delivering amazing tutorials, tips and tricks about WordPress new versions and everything WordPress related.
I just cannot stop to enjoy regular and extremely helpful posts WpEngineer editors are releasing.
I must admire I really love Justin’s Hybrid framework, very well explained tutorials and most important – everything is explained in very easy-to-understand way. Big fan.
DiggingIntoWordPress.com is the blog home for the upcoming book of the same name by Chris Coyier and Jeff Starr. Books and blogs are the perfect compliment to each other when it comes to learning web technologies. The blog is there for search ability, quick tips, and copy and paste-able code. The book is there for offline reference and that essential full-attention first read through when your brain is ready to soak in a ton of new information. Digging Into WordPress brings you the best of both worlds.
Here you’ll find wordpress related tutorials pretty often – great resource!
Just type in search tag “wordpress” and you’ll get a nice list of WordPress related tutorials.
And again I feature WpScoop – WordPress social news and bookmarking site totally dedicated to collect the best WordPress related stuff possible.
I am sure there are many good WordPress tutorial sites I missed – if you know some more feel free to share them on comments section, I will add them to list!
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