If you have to develop Wordpress themes on a regular basis then I have no doubt that you too have experienced the tedium that goes with re-writing the same code over and over again. It doesn’t matter how excited you are about a new project or even how much you love web design, having to repeatedly do the same basic coding for every single theme can be really, really annoying.
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Powering over 25% of all sites on the web, it’s safe to say that WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) for creating websites. Written in PHP, open-source, versatile, powerful and highly extendable. It is the preferred system for web designers and developers, and because it’s so easy to use, it’s very popular with beginners as well.
Todays post is a guest opinion article from Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos, he shares his thoughts on how to choose the best CMS and to not be limited to only, as he calls them, The Big Three (Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal). What are your thoughts on CMS selection? Which is the best, and why?
Writing your own Wordpress plugin is not that difficult if you are a web developer with basic PHP skills. The only thing you will need, coupled with your PHP skills, is some direction, some resources, a little information on how WordPress expects your plugin to behave and, most importantly, a great idea.
Take the most popular CMS, Wordpress, and then take the easiest and most versatile of Javscript libraries, jQuery, and you have a match made in heaven. Implementing jQuery within Wordpress is a lot easier than you would think, all you need is a little support from the huge WP community and a little patience, and you are good to go.
The easiest way to create an image gallery within Wordpress is by using the add [gallery] feature (from WP 2.5+), but to give your gallery something extra you may wish to add the Lightbox effect.
It is easy to settle for one of the many free themes that are offered online for free. But it is also about time to realize that unique web design might end up costing a few bucks and some of your time…
If you have ever tried to display code within a post you will know all about the problems this can cause. That is why there are some amazing developers who create plugins to make that solve this niggly issue.
Is your WP blog badly in need of some drastic action, something you just don’t have the time to do, has your theme been corrupted, are you losing control of your blog and simply need to bring it back in line?
A sledge hammer would probably work but try these WP plugins first. If they don’t work, tell me about it and I will post you a sledge hammer myself (only joking).