Tag: WordPress

Generate Breadcrumbs from your WordPress Menu

I have what some may consider a unique approach to WordPress Menus. Without going into extreme detail (but if you want extreme detail be sure to sign up to get notified when @clientwp Second Edition arrives!) I rarely use Menus for client projects. From time to time however, they’re the perfect fit. I found myself […]

Posted: November 19, 2014

WordPress development in PhpStorm

Andrey Savchenko aka @Rarst is someone on my short list of developers to which I stop, drop, and listen. Recently a post went up outlining a ton of awesome WordPress-specific details to utilize when using PhpStorm, which happens to be a big part of my development environment for many of the reasons covered therein. It […]

Posted: November 19, 2014

My Move from MAMP Pro to Vagrant for WordPress Development

I recently upgraded to a new computer and in doing so shook up my entire development environment. My last was based on MAMP Pro for a number of reasons. Primarily: it just worked. I rarely had to bring up the GUI, everything was just ‘native’ and I went about my business building stuff for the […]

Posted: November 05, 2014

Forcing a Single Term in a WordPress Taxonomy

Taxonomies in WordPress are a wonderful thing. Their purpose is to facilitate relationships among posts (not just Posts) and they do a great job with it. In my client work there have been many times where a taxonomy was appropriate but I only wanted to allow a single term to be associated to each post. […]

Posted: September 03, 2014

The WordPress Plugin Boilerplate 3.0.0

I really like code boilerplates. They’re such a great way to show up-and-coming developers one of many ways to accomplish something. They can also teach veteran developers a thing or two. They usually embrace the codebase for which they were written, and follow established conventions of the project. I also like Tom McFarlin. If you […]

Posted: September 02, 2014

My Best Wasn’t Good Enough, so I’m Starting Over

See the link at the bottom for a discount on @clientwp Second Edition A couple years ago I wrote my first book, Client Oriented WordPress Development and I was wicked proud of it. Writing a book had been on my list for a few years and I finally thought I had a topic worth expanding […]

Posted: August 29, 2014

Support Customers by Helping Them Help Themselves

If there’s a single, overarching theme that seems to resonate with product builders it is the pain point of support. Some despise it, but I’ve come to sincerely appreciate the support interactions I’ve had through SearchWP. It’s shown me how to be more patient, more understanding, and through that make SearchWP a better product in […]

Posted: August 12, 2014

Avoiding feature bloat in plugins

These are just a few awesome, practical tips to keep in mind if you work on any plugins. What’s great is that if you choose to do so, you can build your plugins in such a way that it can be extendable to include features that don’t belong in core, but would be used by […]

Posted: August 11, 2014

Write your own code profiler in PHP

I’ve made it a focus of mine over the next few months to tighten my belt on tests and profiling, specifically with my WordPress projects. I’ve been doing a lot of tinkering with Vagrant, VVV, Xdebug, and xhprof with the specific intent of easily profiling my code. I was quick to discover that while these […]

Posted: August 11, 2014

Template Map makes my Client Work Easier

TL;DR: Built another WordPress plugin: Template Map (GitHub) Very often my inspiration for building plugins is to make my life easier. Selfish as that may be, I’m a big fan of the idea behind using your own publicly released code as much as possible. When you’re actually in the trenches using the code you’re that […]

Posted: July 20, 2014