As most of you know, I’m extremely passionate about supporting and encouraging WordPress Plugin authors. I’ve written a love letter to WordPress Plugin authors, spent a month writing over 36 posts on nothing but WordPress Plugins, published extensive tips on how to install, configure, and use WordPress Plugins and another guide for finding Plugins, “Where to Find WordPress Plugins.” I’ve researched lists of your favorite WordPress Plugins pointing out the most popular WordPress Plugins WordPress fans recommend, and even feature a WordPress Plugin a day on my @lorelleonwp Twitter.
Okay, I’m a WordPress Plugin obsessed fan.
Some are saying this will be the year of the WordPress Theme with the addition of the auto-load and update feature for Themes in WordPress 2.8, but I think it will be the year of the WordPress Plugin as so many are now exploring more Plugin options with the WordPress 2.7 search, auto-install, and update for WordPress Plugins. With the release of the new WordPress Widgets API and Validimir Prelovac’s new book, “WordPress Plugin Development Beginner’s Guide,” it’s time for WordPress Plugins and their authors to get the support and respect they deserve. Without them, how would our WordPress blogs survive?
As I prepare my weekly Blog Herald WordPress News, I collect a lot of tips and articles for and about WordPress Plugins. I will be moving those here to Lorelle on WordPress, publishing summaries of news and articles WordPress Plugin authors need to know on a fairly regular basis.
If you are a WordPress Plugin fan, there will be a ton of great information here, too.
New WordPresa Widgets API Feedback Wanted
The WordPress developers are seeking testers and feedback on the new Widgets API which will be released with WordPress 2.8.
WordPress Plugin Checkoff List
All WordPress Plugin authors need to check the article Weblog Tools Collection recently published called the “Top 10 Characteristics of a Great WordPress Plugin.”
It is a checklist to follow when reviewing or coding a new WordPress Plugin. Print this checklist out when preparing their Plugin for public release, as well as the recommendations I made in my own list for WordPress Plugin authors and you will make WordPress fans around the world love and adore you.
WordPress Plugin Developer Center
It is a general guide on how WordPress hosts WordPress Plugins and how to get your Plugin into the directory.
Not all WordPress Plugins are found in the directory, but all WordPress Plugins found through the new built-in WordPress Plugin search and install feature in WordPress 2.7+ are found only within the Directory.
To get into the WordPress Plugin Directory, there are a few requirements.
- The plugin must be GPL Compatible.
- It can’t do anything illegal, or be morally offensive.
- Use of the subversion repository is required to host the Plugin.
Automatically Generate WordPress Plugin Readme Files
Check out the news WPEngineer wrote about with the new WordPress Plugin Readme File Generator by Sudar Muthu. This Plugin automatically creates and validates readme files for WordPress Plugins. Many WordPress Plugins need to have instructions to help users install and use them, so this is a very useful tool for the WordPress Plugin author.
Scott Reilly On WordPress Plugin Development Overload
A year ago, the incredibly prolific WordPress Plugin author, Scott Reilly of Coffee2Code, and creator of the powerful Customizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin, spent 14 days releasing a Plugin a day. By the end of the two weeks, he’d created 14 new WordPress Plugins and updated 20 more. Now he’s at it again.
So far, he’s created or updated Admin Per Page Limits WordPress Plugin to control the number of posts per page, pages per page, and comments per page that appear in the Administration Panel listings of posts, pages, and comments; Restrict Usernames WordPress Plugin to restrict the usernames that new users may use when registering with your WordPress blog; Linkify Categories to turn a string, list, or array of category IDs and/or slugs into a list of links to those categories; Linkify Tags to convert a list of tag IDs and/or slugs into a list of links to those tags; Disable Search to turn off the search capabilities of the native WordPress search; and Configure SMTP updated for configuring SMTP mailing in WordPress with support to send email via SSL/TLS (like Gmail), with more on the way.
I’ll be covering more of his new odyssey in WordPress Plugin production as he moves his way to the top of the list as one of the most prolific WordPress Plugin authors in the WordPress Plugin Directory, giving the likes of Michael Torbert, Matt Mullenweg, Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan, Arne Brachhold, and Andy Skelton a run for Plugin fame.
Top Niche WordPress Plugins
The Top WordPress Plugin Niches by W-Shadow is a list based upon the top 100 most downloaded WordPress Plugins to determine their “niche” categories. It’s an interesting look at the types of Plugins most WordPress users desire and use.
There are now various ways to check out which WordPress Plugins are the most popular on the WordPress Plugin Directory.
- Most Popular WordPress Plugins
- Highest Rated WordPress Plugins
- Newest WordPress Plugins
- Recently Updated WordPress Plugins
- By Tags
WordPress Plugin Podcast
Past episodes included:
- Plugins 001 – Blubrry Powerpress Podcasting Plugin
- Plugins 002 – 7 Minutes on Blubrry Powerpress Podcasting Plugin
- Plugins 003 – Peters Custom Anti Spam
- Plugins 004 – CFormsII Custom Forms
- Plugins 005 – Google XML Sitemaps
- Plugins 006 – All In One SEO Pack Plugin
- Plugins 007 – Special Guest Peter Keung author of Peter’s Custom Anti-SPAM Plugin
- Plugins 008 – WP-DB-Backup Plugin
- Plugins 009 – Share This Plugin
- Plugins 010 – Contact Form 7 Plugin
- Plugins 011 – Search And Replace Plugin
Highlights of WordPress Plugin Tips and Techniques
- WordPress Functions Implementation History Tool
- ThemeLab – WordPress Template Tag Lookup Tool
- Validimir Prelovac – WordPress Fundamentals for Newbies
- Pearsonified – How You Can Use WordPress Functions to Run a Smarter Blog
- DBSWebsite – WordPress Template Tags Reference Guide
- 5 Helpful Tips for Creating Secure PHP Applications
- 25 Resources to Get You Started with PHP from Scratch
- WordPress Development – Converting Default Widgets to the New WordPress API
- WordPress Development – Optimizing script loading, implementation
- WordPress Development – Optimizing script loading part 2
- WordPress Development – Optimizing Script Loading
- WordPress.tv – PHP Cross Reference of the WordPress Source (Video)
- Installing WordPress locally with WampServer
- Will Norris – Authentication in WordPress 2.8
- Secrets of the Conditional Tag Revealed: How to Gain More Control Over Your WordPress Templates
- Nettus – What You Must Know About jQuery UI 1.7
- Nettus – 10 Reasons Why Your Code Won’t Validate (and How to Fix it)
- Webdesigner Depot – 7 Interface Design Techniques to Simplify and De-clutter Your Interfaces
- Lester Chan – New WP_Widget Class In WordPress 2.8
- Justin Tadlock – What’s in store for WordPress Themes in 2009?
- Nerdaphernalia – On Attribution and Plugin Priorities in WordPress
- Justin Tadlock – My Plugins are Now Hosted on the WordPress Plugins Repository
- Custom Theme Design – Building a Control Panel for Your WordPress Theme
- WordPress Codex – Formatting Date and Time in WordPress
- WordPress Codex – WordPress Conditional Tags
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