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July 29th in Wordpress Plugins by .

WordPress development is lots of fun, but you are not always going to manage bug-free code. Thanks to FastDev, you are going to have an easier time finishing your work. It provides you with information about your server, WordPress options, and PHP info. It also lists all the hooks available to save you time.

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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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December 12th in Wordpress Tips by .

No matter how careful you are when it comes to maintaining your WordPress site, errors and warnings could happen. You need to keep an eye on your error_log to make sure you catch them before they become something more serious. In addition, you need to make sure your turn “display_errors” off (either through cPanel or using ini_set function call) to make sure strangers don’t end up seeing sensitive information about your server. I recently noticed that one of my sites was displaying this message on a few pages after we upgraded to WordPress 4.0:

(tried to allocate XXXX bytes) in /home/ ... plugins/w3-total-cache/lib/W3/Cache/Apc.php on line

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August 3rd in Wordpress Tips by .

In order to develop themes and plugins, you need to understand WordPress and its structure. That’s not all though. Familiarity with PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is also required. We have already covered sites that teach you WordPress, PHP, and CSS coding in an interactive fashion. These 10 interactive JavaScript coding sites can help you become a better JavaScript developer in a shorter period of time:

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Codeschool: uses video lessons and coding challenges to teach you iOS development, JavaScript, CSS, and other technologies. [click to continue…]

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July 28th in Wordpress Plugins by .

Many folks are simply passionate about reading books on a daily basis. They aim to read as many books as humanly possible every year and even review them on their sites. Reviewing a book properly is hard as it is. You certainly do not want to spend a whole lot of time trying to manually grab images and other relevant data for each book that you cover. Not when you can use the OpenBook Book Data plugin to do the job for you.

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September 27th in WP Programming by .

WordPress is built upon PHP and takes full advantage of it to bring webmasters a whole lot of flexibility and performance. There are many advantages to PHP as a programming language. I personally like the fact that you can re-use PHP code and do all kinds of neat things by combining existing scripts. As a webmaster, what you do not want to do is re-invent the wheel. If someone has written a script that you can take advantage of for your own projects, there is no reason for you to spend time developing a similar script. Besides, you can purchase PHP scripts for as low as $5 (not that you should put emphasis on price).

If you are looking to pick up PHP scripts for your WordPress projects, these 5 PHP script banks should help you find what you need:

CodeCanyon: one of the best places to look for scripts. It has JSP, ASP, and PHP scripts that you can use for your projects. User ratings can show you which scripts are worth paying for.

WP Plugins: a marketplace for WordPress plugins. There are some unique plugins available in this store. Prices are pretty affordable too (depending on what you need). [click to continue…]

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March 1st in Wordpress Training by .

One of the biggest challenges that WordPress newbies face is mastering the art of PHP. You don’t have know anything about PHP to get your WordPress site up and running, but you’d be surprised how much more you can accomplish if you know your PHP. Now, if you have never programmed in your life, picking up PHP may seem very difficult. After all, not only you are going to have to figure out how to program in PHP, you are going to have to learn how to work with mySQL and Apache.

Simply PHP is a training course that is designed for those who are new to WordPress but want to learn enough PHP to be dangerous. You don’t have to be the best PHP programmer to customize your WordPress pages or even tweak your existing plug-ins. You just have to pick and choose your spots — be a PHP hacker if you will. The same can be said about mySQL and Apache. Simply PHP is designed specifically for PHP beginners and teaches you how to get things done without subjecting you thousands of pages of LAMP theory.

Simply PHP shows you how to:

  • personalize your WordPress pages
  • set up your own auto-responder
  • optimize your .htaccess file for your WordPress site
  • use Javascript on your blog to enhance its functionality
  • code simple games and online tools (awesome for link-baits)
  • set up cron jobs on your server
  • work with mySQL and myPHPadmin to change and backup your DBs

The fun thing about Simply PHP is that you don’t have to be a super geek to learn what you need to start customizing your WordPress blog. I know a lot of folks rather hire someone on rentacoder.com to do the job for them, but you shouldn’t really hire someone to install a plug-in on your WordPress blog. You are also provided with all kinds of scripts and examples that you can just grab and plug-in to your WordPress blog.

Verdict: B+. I found Simply PHP to be a very useful course for folks who are new to the world of PHP and WordPress. You are going to learn everything you need to know to customize your WordPress and work with databases. This course is not going to make you a PHP guru, and that’s a big plus. Your goal shouldn’t be to become a programmer but rather do what you do best. By learning the basics of PHP, you can things done faster than before without having to hire anyone to do the simplest things for you. Who wouldn’t like that?

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