I’ve started working on a redesign of this site (spoiler alert: it’ll be responsive! Eventually.), and one thing that’s kind of dogged theme developers (I think) is what to do about plugins that are pretty much required in order to make your theme go.
To this point, it hasn’t been an issue for me. Pretty much every theme I’ve developed has been unique for a particular client, and I have as yet attempt to release a theme to the WordPress theme repository. Ergo, if I required a plugin for the project, I installed it. Boom, done. However, in creating a theme for the general masses, I could totally see me needing to include something like a plugin that lets you add classes to widgets and that sort of thing.
So the question becomes, how best to go about this? I see three possible solutions:
““Requiring” Plugins” continues…
Last night, I had the honor of taking the folks at the WordPress D.C. meetup group on a tour of the awesome new features of WordPress 3.6. Many, many thanks to Jorbin and Nacin for inviting me to do this. If you missed the meetup, the recording will appear on WordPress.tv soonish. You can also check out my slides, but since much of the presentation was demoing the features, the slide deck might seem a little thin.
But the best way of experiencing the new hotness in WordPress 3.6 is downloading the beta yourself, install it on a nice sandbox somewhere, and get to playing!
Exciting news! It’s official, I’m writing a book. A real book, for a real publisher and everything. It’s exciting, yes, but it’s also very, very scary. Now there are deadlines to meet, editors to please, standards to follow, the whole shebang. “Did I Mention I’m Writing a Book?” continues…
Looking for a faster, more powerful way of maintaining your WordPress sites without all the click, click, click? My latest post on the Treehouse blog will show you how to manage your blog from the command line with wp-cli.
Sure, I know you all love my “how-to” blog posts I write here, all fifteen of you (yeah, I see the Google Analytics). But I’m taking my blogging skillz to the next level with my very first ever post to the Treehouse Blog.
Building WordPress Custom Post Types? Wanna add custom fields better than what WordPress can give you out of the virtual box? Read my post about Adding Custom Fields to a Custom Post Type, the Right Way.
“Movin’ On Up” continues…
I’ve got a new plugin for your WordPress enjoyment: TC Custom Taxonomy Filter.
What does it do? Well, you know how in the dashboard you can filter your posts and pages by their category? Yeah, well natively you can’t do that with custom taxonomies. And with custom post types and custom taxonomies quickly becoming a really big thing, it seems like very useful functionality.
“TC Custom Taxonomy Filter” continues…