I’ve always wanted to try making a WordPress plugin. And while I’ve had a bunch of ideas for very complex plugins I thought it’d be fun to start off with something ridiculously fun & simple.
So here it is, friends. Our first plugin, totally free!
This little plugin is in homage to my geek friends who love to hate Lord Vader. When activated you will randomly see a quote from Darth Vader’s IMDB page in the upper right of your admin screen on every page.
HT to Matt Mullenberg for the original code.
Problem: Thesis, by default, disables the WordPress default featured image feature.
Solution: Buy Thesistut’s WordPress Featured Image plugin ($15)
Trust me, I spent 10 hours trying to create workarounds for that $15 plugin. You want it, you need it, you want some more of it.
Questions about this tutorial? Leave me a comment.
Today, we launched ObesityRx.net.
The complexity of this project went well beyond WordPress as we also created the branding, design, and online strategy. But let’s look at the WordPress build.
Blog-in-Blog is a great little plugin. It allows you to slice and dice your blog and put certain posts on different areas (pages) of the site depending on the category.
So you can have all of your regular blog posts go onto a blog page but redirect all of your podcast posts to a special podcast page. As a bonus you can even exclude that category from the RSS feed so that your podcast doesn’t go out to your regular RSS feed unless you want it to.
As a developer I know I could do the same thing by coding the template in PHP, but a plugin is so much faster for me, and I don’t have to worry about WordPress later changing the way the code might work.
Now here’s what I learned– Making it work, and making it look good are two different things. While it would make sense if the plugin natively called the CSS for the activated theme, it doesn’t because nearly every theme has a special way to call for the themes CSS.
So here’s how you make it pretty:
Getting started with WordPress can be intimidating. With thousands of templates to chose from and thousands of plugins to consider it’s hard to know what to do.
Allow me make it easier.
That’s the quandary bloggers are facing. How do I handle my comments properly while still taking advantage of all the viral possibilities out there?
There are upsides and downsides to each option. And with WordPress apparently adding better social sharing into an upcoming release of the new WordPress.com commenting into the WordPress.org self-hosted blog community via Jetpack, bloggers will have to wrestle through the positives and negatives of each option.
I wouldn’t recommend any comment feature that doesn’t add people’s comments on your blog into your mySQL database. While I’m happy to install Disqus or Intense Debate for a client, my recommendation is always that your safest bet is to use the native WordPress commenting platform because that’s the only way to guarantee that your comments stay with your content.
Which do you use? Why?
Need help with commenting plugins? Create a topic in the Help Center and I’ll be happy to get you going.