Flexible horizontal sidebars in WordPress (using Twenty Thirteen child theme)

Flexible is good, at least when it comes to websites. After all, responsive has been THE buzzword of all buzzwords for quite some time. Using media queries, you can make a three column layout switch to two columns, than one, depending on width of device website is being displayed on. But what about setting number of columns based on content? Easy, using WordPress widget areas. Continue reading Flexible horizontal sidebars in WordPress (using Twenty Thirteen child theme)

Is Your WordPress Code Behaving Badly?

Last June Dragan and I published our very first public WordPress plugin. It was pretty successul, still sells well, so if you need an author box WordPress plugin for your blog, please check it out. End of plug, I promise.

We had no idea what to expect, more than anything how much time we’d spend supporting the plugin. Turns out that even the little worry we had was there for no good reason. Of course, that doesn’t mean there were no support requests at all. However, huge majority of them were not caused by our plugin doing something wrong, but by it not being allowed to do something right instead. Continue reading Is Your WordPress Code Behaving Badly?

Is Buying WordPress Themes from ThemeForest Insane?

Before anything else, there are some really good themes at ThemeForest. Unfortunately, they are the exception.

A quick look at ThemeForest’s top selling themes will tell you that ThemeForest authors are forced (by competition or audience demand — hey, all they’re asking for is a faster horse, right?) to throw in as many non-theme features as they possibly can. So they keep adding them, and adding them, and adding them…

That bubble has to burst some day and what I’d much rather see is WordPress.org helping Envato deflate it before it gets out of control. Even if it takes something as ridiculous as another WordCamp ban to get it done. Continue reading Is Buying WordPress Themes from ThemeForest Insane?

Adding Action and Meta Links to WordPress Plugins

As we inch closer to launching our first WordPress plugin, it’s time to share some of the things we learned while developing it. Developing WordPress plugins is quite different than developing themes and for me it was a huge step in becoming a better WordPress developer, mainly because of time spent dealing with actions and filters. Those two are part of Plugin API, even though most of it can be used in WordPress theme development as well. Continue reading Adding Action and Meta Links to WordPress Plugins

Displaying WordPress Author Box Using Twitter API

UPDATE: In a “Reworkesque” effort to use all of our code wisely, we have implemented most code from this post into “the only author box plugin you’ll ever need” – Fanciest Author Box. Check it out.

In our Showing Additional Contact Fields in WordPress Registration Form post you saw how to use additional user contact fields and display them in registration form. This time we’ll dig a little deeper and use Twitter REST API to get some more information about the user and display in a WordPress author box bellow post content.

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