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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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Classique

February 14, 2011 | No Comments Yet

Classique WordPress theme

Classique is a dark, 2-column, coffee-themed WordPress theme by Alex San Diego. No demo is available, but it’s fluid width, widget ready, and even contains PSD files to customize.

Download Classique

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Vietnam comfort women is still an issue

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WordPress Theme: Kirby

October 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Kirby 2010 default WordPress theme

Kirby by Ian Stewart started out as an idea for the next default WordPress theme when version 3.0 comes out. It’s a white, gray, and black theme with large text, ample white space, and what looks like a modern retelling of the default theme Kubrick we’ve come to know and love. There are two sidebar areas and four widget areas in the footer.

So I made the Kirby Theme. Actions speak louder than words, right? In the same way, code speaks louder than ideas. What better way to show off your ideas for a new Default Theme than to actually code one up? I get a fun project and you get a new Theme.

It has indeed been adopted by the WP development team as the new default theme and is now called Twenty Ten. It’s going through several tweaks until it’s fit to be called the predecessor of the great Kubrick. If you don’t want to wait until WP 3.0 to come out to use this theme, it’s available right now in the Themes Directory.

View Demo | Download Kirby

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Pinoy WordPress Theme: Baller Basic

May 7, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Baller Basic WordPress theme

Baller Basic by Jorge Cosgayon is a highly customizable 2-column theme that has 5 widget areas, 4 color schemes, 3 featured post options, and blog post layouts, and more.

One of the strengths of the theme is the powerful Features functionality, allowing you the ability to choose from one three ways to feature your posts via the FFN Carousel plugin: using a single category, using custom fields, or emulating a Magazine functionality.

The post boxes come from Derek Punsalan’s The Unstandard theme, while built-in support for other plugins include FFN Carousel and WP-PageNavi.

Download Baller Basic

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WordPress in Google Summer of Code 2010

March 30, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is once again participating in the annual Google Summer of Code, whose application period just opened. For the unfamiliar, GSoC gives initiatives for student developers to work on open source projects (such as WordPress) in preparation for their foray into real-world software development.

Here is this year’s list of ideas for WordPress:

  • BuddyPress
  • GlotPress
  • bbPress
  • Media
  • Widgets
  • Blog Import/Export
  • User Roles
  • Template Versioning
  • Comment Moderation
  • Move WordPress
  • Enhance Profiles.WordPress.org

The WP GSoC also gathers some of the biggest names in the community to act as mentors to the participants. IRC chats will be held on March 31, April 3, and April 7 to interact with them.

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WordPress Plugin: Zopim Live Chat

February 2, 2010 | 1 Comment

Zopim Live Chat WordPress plugin

Zopim Live Chat lets you add a live chat box to better interact with one’s website visitors. Get live statistics, secure chat, the ability to reply via your IM client, and more.

The service is free for 2 concurrent chats and 1 IM chat bot, but the paid plains give you more access. This also means you’ll need to create an account with Zopim, but you can do that from within the plugin options page.

Complete features are listed here. Download Zopim Live Chat

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Early look at the WordPress 3.0 Menu Management interface

January 29, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over at the WordPress Development Updates blog, there’s an alpha preview of the Menu Management user interface that will be included in WordPress 3.0. Here’s the video:

Here’s a quick preview of the new menu management admin page (still alpha stage).

It highlights the dropdown section, which is the only unfamiliar element. All the rest are borrowed from the widget management screen.

Feedback on the UI is very welcome, either here, or on the dedicated ticket: #11817.

As mentioned in the post by Scribu, the interface is similar to the Widgets page. You can select either a page or a category from its respective dropdown menus, and when clicked it gets sent to the active menu panel on the right. There you can reorder the items. You can also add specific links and the Home link.

This feature can’t come soon enough! People tend to “hack” together site navigation menus in WP themes and for ordinary users editing them is a pain. Making WordPress features more usable through new interfaces like this is always a good thing.

Got feedback or want to keep up with this upcoming WP feature? Bookmark this Trac page.

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WordPress Plugin: WordPress Loop widget

January 25, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WordPress Loop Widget

The WordPress Loop is a special widget that lets you create custom loops using over 35 different options, from post types and categories to custom fields and taxonomies.

The widget has over 35 options to choose from. Customize your WordPress loop by one or more post types, categories, tags, custom taxonomies, authors, dates, custom fields, and a whole lot more!

In addition, it has support for post thumbnails, sticky posts, pagination, offsetting, customizable content length (by word count), and you can change the ordering from a variety of options.

While this widget was created with non-PHP users in mind, it also comes with 4 action hooks using the WP_Query class. More details here.

The widget requires version WordPress 2.9 and higher. Once installed, you can configure the settings in the Widgets area. Download WordPress Loop

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WordPress Plugin: My Snippets

December 7, 2009 | No Comments Yet

My Snippets lets you add custom widgets depending on the post displayed. It adds a custom meta box where you can add text or code, which shows up in your widget areas.

What I wanted was something that allowed me to control widget content from the post editor, so I wouldn’t have to worry about setting my widgets. This gave me the idea for the My Snippets plugin.

What this plugin does is add an extra meta box on the post editor that allows you to input custom content. This content is then displayed using the Snippet widget in any widget area you choose.

This is a really neat idea for making your website more dynamic. Combined with a theme that has lots of widgetized areas, this could very well change the way people compose and add extra information like videos, graphs, or quotes to their blog posts.

Question is, would it be possible to add the meta content to your feed? Because RSS readers certainly shouldn’t be exempt from them. Or perhaps create shortcodes for inserting them into the post editor, but only make them appear in-text if it’s in the feed, and in the widget areas otherwise. Just a suggestion though! There are probably many other uses for this plugin that people can come up with.

Download My Snippets

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Create your own WordPress Dashboard Widgets

June 26, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Did you know that you can tweak your WordPress Dashboard with custom Widgets? Take note that this is different from the Widgets feature you can use on your blog. WooCamp has a nice two-step tutorial on it:

  1. Copy the given code in the blog post
  2. Modify the given code for specific functionality for your widget

Easy-peasy! Another great way to customize the backend of WordPress-powered sites, especially if you’re using it as a CMS for clients and friends.

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WordPress 2.8

June 11, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Six months after the release of the previous version comes WordPress 2.8 codename “Baker”, with the slogan “cool, smoother, simpler blogging”. Matt writes that the latest version is a nice fit and finish release for WordPress with improvements to themes, widgets, taxonomies, and overall speed:

  • Load pages, particularly styles and scripts, faster
  • Browse and install themes from the Theme Directory from the WordPress dashboard (just like plugins)
  • Edit theme and plugin code with syntax highlighting using the CodePress editor
  • Enjoy more user-friendly Widgets with a revamp of its interface
  • Use Screen Options to every page in the dashboard
  • And more!

Backup your database and files then hit “update now” in your dashboard. Don’t forget to check out the video above!

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How to create Widgets in WordPress 2.8

May 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Justin Tadlock has a nice tutorial on the new way to create WordPress Widgets in WP 2.8. You might remember that in the upcoming version of WordPress the admin interface for Widgets has been revamped, but the method of developing Widgets has been updated as well.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps of setting up a widget, its settings form, and displaying it on your site. At the end of the tutorial, you can download an example plugin to build from. Of course, you can apply this to your themes as well.

According to him, coding a widget is much easier this time because you just have to extend the WP_Widget class. The tutorial also gets into advanced widget controls and display settings.

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dotMobi WordPress Pack

May 20, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The dotMobi WordPress back is a jampacked suite containing themes, widgets, and plugins that you can use to make your WP-powered site fully compatible with mobile devices. All courtesy of the dotMobi network.

The pack contains the following functionality:

  • Mobile switcher to detect mobile visitors and provide an appropriate experience
  • Base mobile theme for quick-and-easy XHTML-MP compliance
  • Extended mobile themes so you can unleash your mobile creativity
  • Transcoding and device adaptation to optimise the mobile experience
  • DeviceAtlas integration for world-class adaptation
  • Mobile admin panel for when posts can’t wait
  • Mobile ad widget to make you some money
  • Barcode widget to help users bookmark your blog

Wow, they really thought of everything, from site appearance to administration to monetization. The Web is going mobile, so why not add these extra features since dotMobi makes it very easy for you to do?

Download dotMobi WordPress Pack

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New WordPress 2.8 Widgets interface

April 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

Jeff Chandler of WPTavern takes a look at the new Widgets interface in the upcoming WordPress 2.8:

Just as I had hoped for, the system works like a cross between 2.3 and 2.5 leaning more towards 2.3. On the left, you have a listing of available widgets. On the right, you have sidebars available where you drag widgets from the left, to the right, just like it worked in WordPress 2.3. However, there are a few differences.

While in the latest version you had to switch between sidebars (if you have multiple ones) using a dropdown menu to add or remove widgets, in the new version all the sidebars show up. This is much more convenient because you get to see which widgets you’ve already used and which ones you’ve not. But you can reuse widgets all the same.

Looking forward to more improvements such as this in WordPress 2.8!

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