The WordPress theme check is a great plugin. For those who haven't seen it it's a way to check that you theme covers all of the functionality required to be added to the WordPress.org theme directory. I have been using this plugin to help me test the themes that I am creating on Pro Theme Design. It covers a surprisingly wide array of tests, making sure that you don't have any errors, and that you support all the most important [...]
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I am currently working on the next version of Mimbo Pro (due for release really really soon), and am updating the child themes to work with the new update. Part of the update is that we (Darren and I) wanted to make the best use of the built in WordPress functionality. One of the elements we wanted to take care of was making sure the header is as flexible as possible. Adding the custom WordPress headers is easy. There's documentation [...]
I have a conundrum. I want to improve Elemental - my WordPress theme framework. I want to make it lean and fast; but this will involve removing functionality. This in turn means that when people upgrade their themes things may break. And I don't know what to do? Examples I want to remove options and features and make better use of WordPress built-in functionality. For example: HTML5: I want to move to HTML 5 for the theme. I'm in the [...]
In the last 7 months I have released 3 new WordPress Themes on Pro Theme Design and so I thought I would mention them here. The themes cover a variety of website types/ niches, and so are suitable for a range of different people. If you're interested in any of these themes then you can give them a test run for yourself on the Pro Theme Design preview site. Byline Byline is a magazine/ newspaper style theme. Its unique feature [...]
Building WordPress themes for Pro Theme Design I have to tread a fine line, between what people ask for, and what people want. I get loads of feature requests, and generally my approach is to suggest a plugin, or to dig a bit deeper and work out why the request has been made. The requests normally end up filtered into one of three piles. Will it benefit me or my own website? This is particularly relevant for my framework, Elemental, [...]
Recently my website was moved to a new web server, and in the process the server software was upgraded, and it broke some parts of my site. It took a bit of digging but in the end I worked out that the problem lie with Mod Security - a server plugin that improves security but can sometimes inadvertently break features.
These days everyone with a blog understands the importance of thumbnail images. Three years ago it was common place to have exclusively text, but now a nice image is a requirement. As such the process of implementing the image needs to be made easier. With my WordPress themes, Elemental in particular, I have simplified things as much as possible. You can set your own thumbnail using the WordPress featured image functionality, or you can use custom fields (which is generally [...]
One of the great things about WordPress is how 404 error pages are handled. If a page isn't found then you can show a proper dynamic error page giving the user things to do - this removes a lot of the traditional problems with 404 pages, ie the dead end syndrome.
Ever heard the saying, 'the more I learn the less I know'? I often feel that way with WordPress! I like to think that my knowledge of WordPress is above average, but I keep learning new things, and they keep on changing it. My most recent 'discovery' is pluggable.php. Pluggable.php is a php file full of a variety of WordPress functions. I was aware of its existence but until recently I didn't understand it's significance. The key thing that makes [...]
Saw an interesting blog post on Twitter today about storing WordPress FTP information in wp-config.php. The article was written in German so I sent the author an email to ask if he'd mind me translating it. Phil, the author, very kindly said yes - so my translation is below. Since the addition of the automatic updates in the WordPress core became available, there has been the possibility of FTP data in the backend. Then you can get both plugins and [...]
Recently I was contacted on Twitter by Josh Fialkoff how I develop WordPress themes, and I thought the answer would make for perfect blog fodder. I used to work entirely on my local computer, with apache, mysql, and php installed (XAMPP on Windows, MAMP on Mac), however working like that made collaboration really tough so I decided to move online, and that's what I am going to write about below. WordPress Development Site My solution was to create a sub-domain [...]
There has recently been a new piece of code added to the WordPress core which makes sure that people spell WordPress correctly - automatically correcting misspellings (ie. making the P in the middle uppercase). On its own this seems harmless enough but there has been a lot of talk in the WordPress community about it over the last couple of days. Summed up the key issues are: The plugin is breaking urls such as links and image paths WordPress is [...]