WP Programming

February 16th in Wordpress Tips, Wordpress Training by .

Anyone who has done a bit of WordPress programming knows that solid knowledge of PHP is required to develop great plugins and themes. Even if you are not planning to release your own theme or plugin, you should still know a thing or two about PHP to be able to fix theme and plugin issues. There are many books and online courses you can take to take your PHP knowledge to the next level. These 6 video and interactive sites help you learn PHP faster:

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Lynda.com: a membership to this site is not cheap but I have been a member for a few years. They add new material to their website all the time. Lynda.com covers PHP, CSS, HTML, and many other technologies you need to be familiar with. [click to continue…]

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March 6th in Wordpress Training by .

Knowing how to use plugins and install WordPress is nice. You are going to have an easier time growing your business when you know how to write code, create your own CSS files, and even make your own plugins. You should know CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL to get started. These 7 WP training sites help you learn these technologies at your own pace to take your game to the next level:

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CodeSchool: a special training program that provides you with interactive training on subjects you need to know to become a WordPress developer or designer. [click to continue…]

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May 27th in Wordpress Training by .

Learning WordPress is not that hard. Anyone can pick up a simple book and learn the basics of WordPress. Becoming a pro plugin or theme developer takes more work though. You will need to be familiar with multiple technologies and coding to succeed. The good news is there are many awesome tutorial sites available for WordPress fans. Here are 8 WordPress and programming training sites you should not miss:

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Code Academy: teaches you coding in an interactive fashion. It covers PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, and other web technologies you need to be familiar with as a WordPress professional. [click to continue…]

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March 16th in Wordpress Hacks, Wordpress Tips by .

Nothing is more frustrating that working so hard to build a great WordPress community only to find it’s been hacked and lost its rankings in the search engine results pages. You may not be able to stop all hackers but there are simple measures you can take to make your site harder to hack. Better WP Security is a handy WordPress plugin that shows you areas you need to be focusing on to make your site more secure.

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November 4th in Wordpress Plugins, WP Programming by .

Developing a WordPress theme from scratch is not that difficult if you know your way around technologies such as PHP, SQL, HTML, and Javascript. Not all themes are developed with the same quality though. Developers do need to pay attention to the guidelines provided by WordPress to make sure their code is clean and their theme is optimized to provide a better experience to those who get to see it.

Theme Check is a powerful plugin for WordPress developers that analyzes a given theme’s code and offers areas it can be improved upon. It makes sure your theme adheres to the recommendations set forth by WP (or at least it warns you when it is not).

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May 25th in Wordpress Books by .

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform around. It is open source and has a strong community behind it which helps. Starting a blog with WordPress does not really take much. But sometimes you want to go beyond a basic blog and work towards building a business with the help of your site. These 5 WordPress books can help you achieve that:

How To Be a Rockstar WordPress Designer: teaches you how to build a blog, a portfolio site and a general portal for WordPress. It has a pragmatic approach to it and has something for everyone. [click to continue…]

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November 20th in Wordpress Books by .

Many WordPress webmasters install WP on their servers and go about running their website without taking time to make themselves familiar with the server they are running their software on. That may not be a big problem when you have only 2 people visiting your website. But if you get any kind of attention on the Internet, you will have to take time to optimize your web server to get the most out of WordPress. You may even have to switch to a different server to keep your load under control (check our Nginx article for more information).

Installing WordPress and mastering it is only one part of the process. Knowing your web server can help you big time as well. These 5 web server books for WordPress (and other websites) can help:

Nginx HTTP Server: Nginx is a web server that we are currently using for many of our WordPress websites. It is one of the best solutions for sites that get a lot of load (we are oversimplifying it but Nginx is especially good for VPS hosted sites). This book teaches you how optimize your web server and get the most out of it.

Lighttpd: another light-weight web server that can reduce your site’s load and saves you money and resources in the long run. In a perfect world, going from Apache to this server would be super easy. That’s not the case, which is why you need to review this book if you are interested in it.

Apache Cookbook: I am not a big fan of Apache, but that does not mean it’s not a decent web server. A ton of websites are run using this web server, and there is a good reason for that. If you love you htaccess and all the goodies that you get with Apache, you want to take a look at this book to pick up some good tips. [click to continue…]

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