Practical Tips for Aspiring WordPress Developers | Wptuts+

On Wptuts+, we talk a lot about how to achieve certain things using WordPress, how to apply practical tips within WordPress projects themselves, but one overlooked area of working with WordPress is bringing aspiring developers up-to-speed on how to quickly get started with building WordPress-based products.

Sure, there are a lot of guides for beginners that are out there, but what about experienced developers who’ve yet to really hop over into WordPress, or who have worked in environments like .NET or Rails before but are now faced with the task of building something for WordPress?

In this post, we’re going to look at some general, educational, and development related tips that are geared towards the experienced developer in order to bring them up to speed in WordPress development.

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A Layman’s View of the WordPress User Roles | Wptuts+

The WordPress user feature could be confusing for some of us in the beginning. Therefore, to remain effective and efficient, it is paramount to understand the different roles that are available when creating users and defining their capabilities. There are different types of users in WordPress. WordPress offers default roles in the form of Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. You can also add a new user and assign him custom roles. The role defines a list of things that the person is allowed to do and is known as the capabilities of the role.

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Whats New in WordPress 3.5 | Wptuts+

WordPress 3.5 is about to drop, the 80th version of WordPress to be released since May 2003, it brings with it some changes to help maintain its dominant position as the CMS of choice for bloggers and developers all over the world.

There are some obvious changes that we will all notice immediately and then there are some that maybe not everyone will notice, it is however shaping up to be a great release. Let’s take a look at some of what’s new!

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Give Your WordPress Site Wings With Jetpack | Wptuts+

We all have our own set of must have plugins we use on every single site. You can find my own personal list of super useful plugins here. Recently I gave Jetpack by a go and was super impressed. A great collection of super useful plugins, widgets and cloud services essential to any site. This is my new plugin toolbox!Let’s have a look through some of its core features and how it can help give your site wings!

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Introduction to the Genesis Framework | Wptuts+

There are a lot of WordPress frameworks out there. Most of them are paid and some surprisingly are free like Hybrid or Thematic. Most WordPress users who are using frameworks either use Thesis or Genesis. “Why use a framework?”, one might ask. It’s because of its simplicity and straightforwardness. Although it’s difficult to switch to a framework, and learning it in the initial stages can be quite difficult, it will definitely pay off in the long run.There can be a lot of reasons for opting to use a framework over a standard WordPress theme. Some of them may be:

  • Clean and semantic Code
  • More control over the look and feel of your website
  • Better SEO options
  • A lot of themes to select from
  • Option to create your own child themes, More on child theme in a minute!
  • Custom widgets and design layout
  • And yes the prompt customer service

I might have missed a few, but these are pretty much those that needed to be mentioned.

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Common WordPress Development Mistakes and How to Fix Them | Wptuts+

With WordPress becoming more and more popular there is a massive amount of code being generated by users, agencies and marketplaces. I’ve been working with WordPress for a long time and it amazes me how many developers out there are making the same mistakes over and over again.I’m going to go through some of the most common development mistakes and how you can easily fix them, and going forward make your code better!

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Getting Visual Editor Styles to Work With Post Formats | Wptuts+

When WordPress 3.1 was released, a new feature called Post Formats was introduced, which gave authors the ability to select one of nine formats for their posts. Theme developers had to add support to include each format as well as some conditional tags and CSS to take advantage of what they had to offer. Each format could be displayed on the front end with a different layout and design, though the visual editor in the wp-admin didn’t reflect this.For this tutorial, I’m going to focus on how we can get our theme to display the Quote post format so that the front end layout and design is reflected when creating a post in the visual editor.

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A Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types: Taxonomies, Admin Columns, Filters and Archives | Wptuts+

Before diving into this tutorial please go through my first tutorial on Custom Post Types, where I have explained some of the important aspects of CPTs Custom Post Types. In this tutorial we shall explore more about this wonderful feature in WordPress.This tutorial covers how to create custom taxonomies, admin columns, taxonomy filters and an archive page for your CPT. So let’s begin.

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