Fuck WordPress

I can never believe how complex something can become in WordPress framework, something that is super simple to write in code. Fuck WordPress, and fuck shity devs who try to make everything WYSIWG!

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Manage Multiple WordPress Site with Infinite WordPress

Are you a developer or designer with multiple WordPress sites to manage and update, either your own or client sites? Do you need to manage and upgrade the WordPress core and Themes often? Infinite WordPress is the solution for you!

What it is
Infinite WordPress is a self hosted tool to manage multiple WordPress sites hosted on different servers, and install from an easy to use centralized dashboard.

The basic package is free, and allows you to one click updates all sites, run instant backups, plus manage your plugins and themes. Additional modules can be purchased to do a variety of tasks from displaying Google Analytics, schedule backups, send reports to clients, uptime monitors, the ability to backup to repositories and more.

Easy to Use
One of the best things about Infinite WordPress is is that it is easy to use. If you can install WordPress you can install Infinite WordPress. The core package get uploaded to your desired url, or sub url, once you go to the location of the folder you are walked through an easy install. A simple plugin goes on each WordPress site you need to manage, and you follow the steps on screen, and you’re ready to go!

Alternatives
There are a few alternatives, however they are paid alternatives.

ManageWP is the first one which is a hosted solution which offers similar features and starts at about $0.80 per site per month, and more for more advanced features. Two of the biggest advantages of ManageWP are IOS and Android Aps, something that is promised for Infinite WordPress.

WP Remote is a simple solution that is free for basic features. If you want to run automatic backups it will cost you $5 a month. However I’m not the biggest fan of the the user interface.

My choice is the Infinite WordPress solution. The freemium model is the most cost effective over the long run, and with a developer API coming soon it is sure to be the most extensible. The user interface is easy and clean, so I sugest you check it out now, and we all know keeping your WordPress core and Plugins up to date is one of the best things you can do for security.

Go to InfiniteWP.com/

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New ‘WindDude.com’ Beta Site Live

For the last week I’ve been working on a new site for winddude.com and I’m proud to announce the Beat version is alive. The theme is still in development, I have a few more features to work out specific to the WindDude webpage, and a few minor things to tweak, once I’m happy with it there I am pleased to announce I will develop the theme for public use.

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Here are some of the features already implemented:

  • Large featured header image (this may become a slider)
  • Masonry / Pintrest style layout
  • Fluid and Responsive Layout
  • Widget enabled Sidebar and Footer
  • Sticky Widget area on the homepage
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Infinite Scroll on Trigger
  • Plus much much more!

Check it out at WindDude.com

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The WordPress Theme Customizer – The ultimate developers guide from Theme Foundation

The Theme Customizer was an exciting new development from WordPress 3.4.  The Theme Customizer allows a user to tweak the theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface, and a real time preview.  The customizer replaces custom theme  option pages, giving developers a whole new set of tools and options to give to users.

With it being a relatively new featuring documentation isn’t as readily available and tutorials are harder to come by, but I found one exceptional tutorial from the Theme Foundation that walks you through a detailed explanation of adding support for the WordPress theme customizer to your WordPress theme, using the theme_mod method.

See the Tutorial here: http://themefoundation.com/wordpress-theme-customizer/

 

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10 Years of WordPress Infograph

Check out some interesting facts about WordPress which celebrates it’s 10th birthday today.  What began as a small bloggin software is now the most commonly used and most important CMS (Content Management System) in the World.

MarketPress created this infograph to celebrate, also check out the link for some great prizes from MarketPress.

 

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A few New Things to Reports

I’ve added a few new features to this blog, and thought I’d share them with you.

If you look to your right on the sidebar you’ll see “Around Gnarly Inc Network”.  This display the latest 6 posts from all over the Gnarly Inc Network, which LawrenceStewart.ca is part of. This widget comes from a great plugin called Network Latest Posts, which is available in the WordPress plugin directory. What the plugin does is pull the recent posts from all the blogs in your network and displays them in your main site (or any internal site) using shortcodes or widgets.  The plugin works with WordPress 3 Network (multisites).  I’ve still got a bit of css styling to apply to sidebar widget.  You can also see the plugin in effect on GnarlyInc.com.

Nest you notice in the previous post to this (by date) it is an external link to a post on another site of mine, this time GnarlyBabes.com.   To accomplish this I used a plugin called
Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin, which is also available in the WordPress Plugin Directory.  The plugin simply redirects the post links on the homepage to the url you specify on the “Add New Post” Screen.  It’s great for getting the job done quickly, but in the near future, I’m going to look for an alternative solution, because one key feature I want to include is a visual separation of external links from regular posts.

How to add a Widgetised area in a WordPress theme

In this tutorial I will show you how to add a widget to a theme template file.

Most WordPress themes have widget-ready sidebars, but you may want to display a widget somewhere else in your theme.  For example a home page with three columns of widgets.  If your theme does not have widget areas already set up or you need more then you need to create a new one in your theme files.

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My first Plugin: Simple Glossary

My first plugin is now available in the wordpress plugin directory. Score!

Simple Glossary is a simple plugin for building a glossary on your WordPress website.  It is built using custom post types and compatible with WordPress 3.0+.

You can find out more,including installation insturctions here.

How 2: Installing WordPress on XAMPP Lite for portable development

Yesterday I wrote a tutorial on Installing XAMPP Lite on USB Flash Drive.  Today I’m going to teach you how to install the popular blogging and CMS platform WordPress.  This is possible because XAMPP Lite already includes MySql and PHP.  If you already installed XAMPP Lite, just follow the procedures below and it should be up and running in no time!

 

 

 

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How 2: Installing XAMPP Lite on a USB Flash Drive

To really be able to develop for WordPress or another CMS it’s best to have a local web server.  This will save you time in FTPing and editing remote files on your final server.   I used to use WAMP server, although very good, it had some limitations.  I found I was switching between my desktop and laptop, making things unnecessarily complicated.  Than I discovered XAMPP Lite, which I installed on a USB stick, and it works great.  Another simple option is Instant WordPress, I haven`t played around to much, but I think you are much more limited.

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