Creating Your Own Plugin for Customizing WordPress (WPReading Meetup)

At the Reading WordPress Meetup, on November 20th, 2018, I demonstrated how to code your own plugin for WordPress. This was a high level discussion, focused largely on the Q&A. Here is the GitHub repository for the demo plugin I created. What is a plugin? Extra code, in addition to the theme, that is run (more…)

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Jason was on WPwatercooler again. Summary.

The WPwatercooler is a great show, and I was on it again this past Monday with my BWAwWP co-author Brian Messenlehner. I may make it a habit to get on that show. And I may make it a habit to follow up each show with a summary of what went down. The show topic was (more…)

Heartbeat API for WordPress

As part of the JavaScript chapter for our upcoming book Building Web Apps with WordPress, I got a chance to research and work with the Heartbeat API that is new to WordPress 3.6. It’s a cool little piece of functionality that will help out developers building asynchronous apps on top of WordPress. At first, I (more…)

Thoughts on GPL WordPress Plugins and Themes

This was originally posted as a comment on a Reddit thread of all things, but kind of too good to stay there. WordPress is distributed under the GPLv2 license. The basic gist of that license is that you can do whatever you want with the code, but if you distribute any altered code, that code must be (more…)

Continuing the WPWatercooler Discussion on Rapid WP Core Development

In his 2013 State of the Word Speech, Matt Mullenweg shared his plans to release two major versions of WordPress later this year in addition to 3.6 coming out this week and to generally increase the rate of WordPress updates. We discussed this a bit on the WPWatercooler today, but there wasn’t really time to (more…)

Why We Changed The Domain of Our Book’s Site to BWAwWP.com

(Originally posted to my Google+ account.) Just a quick post here RE why we decided (without hearing explicitly from the WordPress foundation) to change the domain of our book’s site frombuildingwebappswithwordpress.com to bwawwp.com. So first, the original domain we chose is the full book title. It’s a pain in the butt to type all that, but we liked that (more…)

Our Book: Building Web Apps with WordPress

Brian Messenlehner (@bmess) of WebDevStudios and I (@jason_coleman – you follow me right?) are finishing up a book for O’Reilly called Building Web Apps with WordPress. The book is for intermediate to advanced WordPress developers interested in building full on web applications using WordPress. We’re just finishing up writing now and diving into technical review with (more…)

Mistake #3: Starting with Design

I’ll focus on WordPress sites and themes here, but this advice applies to any website built using an existing theme as a framework or just for inspiration. I’m a big fan of using existing premium themes for WordPress sites. There are so many quality themes available now that you should be able to find something (more…)