“Requiring” Plugins

I’ve started working on a redesign of this site (spoiler alert: it’ll be responsive! Eventually.), and one thing that’s kind of dogged theme developers (I think) is what to do about plugins that are pretty much required in order to make your theme go.

To this point, it hasn’t been an issue for me. Pretty much every theme I’ve developed has been unique for a particular client, and I have as yet attempt to release a theme to the WordPress theme repository. Ergo, if I required a plugin for the project, I installed it. Boom, done. However, in creating a theme for the general masses, I could totally see me needing to include something like a plugin that lets you add classes to widgets and that sort of thing.

So the question becomes, how best to go about this? I see three possible solutions:

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WordPress 3.6 Preview

Last night, I had the honor of taking the folks at the WordPress D.C. meetup group on a tour of the awesome new features of WordPress 3.6.  Many, many thanks to Jorbin and Nacin for inviting me to do this.  If you missed the meetup, the recording will appear on WordPress.tv soonish.  You can also check out my slides, but since much of the presentation was demoing the features, the slide deck might seem a little thin.

But the best way of experiencing the new hotness in WordPress 3.6 is downloading the beta yourself, install it on a nice sandbox somewhere, and get to playing!

Movin’ On Up

Sure, I know you all love my “how-to” blog posts I write here, all fifteen of you (yeah, I see the Google Analytics).  But I’m taking my blogging skillz to the next level with my very first ever post to the Treehouse Blog.

Building WordPress Custom Post Types? Wanna add custom fields better than what WordPress can give you out of the virtual box? Read my post about Adding Custom Fields to a Custom Post Type, the Right Way.

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TC Custom Taxonomy Filter

I’ve got a new plugin for your WordPress enjoyment: TC Custom Taxonomy Filter.

What does it do? Well, you know how in the dashboard you can filter your posts and pages by their category? Yeah, well natively you can’t do that with custom taxonomies. And with custom post types and custom taxonomies quickly becoming a really big thing, it seems like very useful functionality.

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I’ll Be Speaking at WordCamp Baltimore

It’s official: I just landed my first speaking gig at a WordCamp, and I’m very excited!  I’ll be part of a panel with John Hartley and Gary Bacon discussing Responsive Web Design and how you can use it with WordPress.

WordCamp Baltimore will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  Come on out!

Responsive Design and WordPress

On April 10, I had the honor of giving a presentation to the monthly WordPress D.C. meetup about responsive design and how it can be used with WordPress. I’ve gathered up a few of the resources mentioned in that talk and placed them here, along with the slides from that presentation.  I’ll be adding more links to resources as I come across them, so check back often.

Many thanks to Nacin, Jorbin and Anthony for allowing me to speak, Thad Allender for his wonderful talk on the same topic, and all who attended.

Update to TC Comment Out

Fresh off the presses, I have an update to my original WordPress plugin, TC Comment Out. I’ve added the ability to add an attribute that will completely remove the commented out text from the finished page altogether, rather than hide it inside HTML comments (which, by the way, is still the default behavior). So now, if you’re so paranoid (and they really are out to get you!) that you don’t even want the commented text viewable when the visitor to your site views the source HTML in the browser, you now have that option.

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