Useful WordPress Hacks, Functions and Routines

The longer you work with WordPress the more often you find yourself needing to do something slightly beyond what’s immediately obvious. Sometimes it’s modifying a portion of the admin, other times it’s using a custom walker to pull a field into the menu system. If you’ve ever dealt with custom roles and permissions you know […]

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Paying Respect to the “WordPress Assembler”

Having recently returned from WordCamp US, I find myself wondering if we’re not paying enough respect to an important part of our community. Having met lots of new people, I noticed that how one uses WordPress comes up within the first few minutes of conversation. Many of those I met responded by saying they were […]

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Organizing a WordCamp, Lessons Learned After Two Years

I am writing this a few days after WordCamp Ann Arbor 2015. This was the second WordCamp where I was a lead organizer and the fourth WordCamp to which I provided overall assistance. Based on the feedback we have received thus far, WordCamp was a success. Attendees learned and networked, sponsors were able to support […]

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Modifying WordPress Post/Page Quick Links (subsubsub menu)

If you’ve ever done any permission management that alters what posts, pages or custom post types users see then you’ve probably run into an issue where the quick links at the top of the admin page are inaccurate. You may also find that you want to edit, alter or extend these links (which was the […]

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Using the Link Description in WordPress for Multi Line Menus

Designers aren’t cruel, sometimes they just don’t know better… I should know, I am one. If you’ve been developing for any amount of time you’ve run into a design concept that has great ideas without a great way to implement them. In my case, I often design first and worry about coding later. A few […]

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Restricting Access to Custom Post Types Using Roles in WordPress

Custom post types extend the capabilities of WordPress in terms of what types of content can be published and managed, but these days at 3.7 we find ourselves working on projects that need more granular permissions related to custom post types. The most common situation I’ve run into is a particular user (or group of […]

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Think Twice About Adding that Feature

Anyone managing a product will often be tempted to add features as a way of improving the product. Most often the temptation is prompted by customer feedback. This is sometimes mistaken for validation, if customers ask for it then it should be added, right? Well, not always. Adding a feature is no trivial matter. Even […]

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Designing for the First Five Seconds at WordCamp Chicago

Below are my slides and summary of a talk I delivered at WordCamp Chicago, 2014. Link to video record will be forthcoming. People make snap judgements. In fact, most users only take 50 milliseconds to form their first impression of your site. This impression lasts the remainder of their visit and even influences return visits. […]

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Introductiong WP-Trivia, a Jeopardy Style Theme for WordPress

Story Two years ago while planing WordCamp Detroit 2011, the organizers and I decided to host a WordPress trivia game. Attendees could answer trivia questions about WordPress and get prizes, much like Jeopardy. Naturally, being web designers we decided a WordPress website was needed to facilitate the game. Despite the quick turnaround time (three days) […]

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