Tip: add a widget anywhere with the_widget()

February 28, 2011 | No Comments Yet

Here’s a very useful tip for everyone comfortable with customizing their WordPress themes: you can add any widget anywhere on your site, not just in your sidebar or widgetized areas, using the template tag the_widget.

Here’s the syntax:

<?php the_widget($widget, $instance, $args); ?>

This post by Shailan explains how to find the widget class name and arguments to use in the code. Refer to the Codex for the names of the default widgets. Want to create your own widget? Valums shows you how.

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WordPress 3.0 news roundup

April 29, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordCast has compiled a list of all the WordPress 3.0 articles and and videos they can find. From the official Codex page to video walkthroughs and reviews of the latest features, there’s no longer any reason not to be informed before the final release ships.

Also watch out for their upcoming podcast episode where experts discuss the future of WordPress. For now, the links and videos in the said post will prepare you for that conversation.

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Download the WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet

November 6, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet

The WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet was created by Antonio Lupetti of Woork Up for all you hard core WP developers. This PDF file contains 5 pages worth of template tags and corresponding code examples, which should be a more convenient to look them up compared to the Codex.

A preview of the PDF is also up at Scribd. Check it out here!

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WPSeek, a WordPress search engine & reference

May 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

wpseek.com - A WordPress-centric search engine

What started out as a Firefox add-on is now a full-blown standalone search engine for all things WordPress. WPSeek returns content from WordPress Codex documentation, useful code snippets, Google search results, Support Forum discussions, and your own notes. All in one place. Thrown in some AJAXy autosuggest goodness and you’re all set!

Depending on your web browser of choice, you can add the website as a custom search engine. There’s also an API, a Firefox Ubiquity plugin, and finally an Adobe AIR desktop client in the works.

Theme and plugin authors will definitely find WPSeek immensely useful. And if you’re just learning the ropes of WordPress, it’s definitely worth a visit.

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WPLookup: unofficial function and template tag reference

March 13, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WPLookup is a nifty tool and reference for WordPress designers and developers. It lets you enter a WordPress function or template tag and display the necessary documentation from the WordPress Codex. You can even add it as a search engine to your web browser of choice so it’s just much easier to access.

I can just imagine this becoming an official tool integrated into the WordPress site, and even having an API of sorts so you can plug it into text editors and such. Great potential here.

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WordPress Handbook Project in the works

January 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Also announced at WordCamp Las Vegas by Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress Handbook Project is going to be the free and official online manual for WordPress users. According to Lorelle van Fossen, the handbook will cover basic WordPress usage from installing to upgrading, customization from themes to plugins, and other core functionality.

She also says it will not replace the WordPress Codex, although portions of it will be included. And that means if you want to help out with the Handbook project, you might want to do so with the Codex and join the Documentation Team for now.

The handbook is also said to be based on the O’Reilly book Version Control with Subversion by Ben Collins-Sussman, Brian W. Fitzpatrick, C. Michael Pilato.

So if you were wondering if you should put down a few bucks for one of those WordPress books that’s currently in the market, you might want to wait until this one comes out. This is another interesting WordPress project right on the heels of the WordPress.tv and WordCamp.tv launching.

(Via The Blog Herald)

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WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox

October 22, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Power users of WordPress and Firefox will certainly love this one: the WordPress Helper add-on for Firefox gives you quick access to WordPress documentation and to the admin panels of website profiles you have entered.

The extension eases the fast and simple access to develop-relevant pages of the WordPress Codex. So you always have all the necessary help at your fingertips. It’s also possible to search after strings of text that is currently marked. Furthermore it’s possible to easily switch to WordPress backend of current site. More than that, a small Icon indicates wether the currently displayed website makes use of WordPress.

Sometimes you have to search all over the WordPress.org Codex and even 3rd-party sites to answer that WP-related question, so this extension makes it a more pleasant experience.

And even if you’re not much of a WordPress developer, this tool will make learning about the inner workings of WordPress more efficient and convenient. Sometimes all you need is a little nudge, like this one.

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