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We’re Sponsoring WordCamp Toronto 2016!

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Hello friends! We have some exciting news: Pluginize is sponsoring WordCamp Toronto 2016, which is coming up on August 6th-7th!

As we say over on the WebDevStudios blog: For those of you who are unfamiliar, WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

Our CTO, Brian Messenlehner, will be presenting, too! Get more details on his presentation below, as well as some others that stood out to us as particularly interesting. If you see him, make sure to say hello and grab some Pluginize swag!

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Writing Site Copy Sensibly With Design Usability Concepts (Part II)

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Last time I was here at the Pluginize blog, we talked about applying design usability concepts to writing site copy for your homepage. This round, we’re going to talk about why you want to write for the least informed person in your targeted audience–not the most.

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Getting Promoted: Moving From Development to Management

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When you get hired by a company as a developer, if you stick around long enough, you will undoubtedly end up with the opportunity to take on a leadership role. That leadership role may (or may not) come with an increase in pay, and will definitely come with more responsibility. When getting promoted from development to management, your day-to-day role will end up looking very different than what it did before. Don’t let your expectations get in the way of your ambition, and don’t torpedo your career with a move that will make you unhappy!

Twice in my career, I’ve worked for companies where I started as a developer and ended up in a management position. I’d like to share with you some information that could come in handy when that opportunity lands in your lap.

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Writing Site Copy Sensibly With Design Usability Concepts (Part I)

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My technical knowledge, relative to the amazing developers I work with, is limited. This limitation doesn’t forsake my responsibility for producing, managing, and editing our content, as well as discussing what we do. The number of times I’ve opened a Slack conversation with, “Hi, it’s Idiot Hour,” and barraged one of my coworkers with a dozen questions (that, to them, must have obvious answers) is innumerable. While there are no shortcuts that will get me on par with the folks I work with, arming myself with a little more knowledge makes me better at my job. Scott recommended Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think (Revisited). I immediately ordered it on Amazon. As I read through the book, I realized that while this book applied these concepts to design, a lot of them apply to writing site copy, too.

Let’s take a look.
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Navigate The WordPress Plugin Directory Like A Pro

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One of WordPress’ biggest strengths is its plugin architecture combined with open source. This allows infinite possibilities for running a WordPress site.

One of the best places to source plugins is the WordPress plugin directory. The directory hosts open source free to use plugins. The feature set of the plugins found in the repo can be anything from small tweaks to full-blown applications. We host our free OSS Pluginize plugins in the WordPress plugin directory.

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With over 44,000 plugins, navigating the WordPress plugin directory and finding exactly what you need can be cumbersome. Every plugin found should be evaluated and tested before installing on a production site. The WordPress plugin review team does an excellent job with the initial upload review of a plugin, but after that a plugin can be broken and unsuitable for use.

In this post, I’ll go over how to spot plugins that you should consider and ones to avoid. Some plugins may not have been updated in a while but still may be of use–we’ll cover that scenario as well.

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Pluginize Sponsors WordCamp Orange County 2016!

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Hello friends! We have some exciting news: Pluginize is sponsoring its very first event, WordCamp Orange County 2016! WordCamp OC is coming up on us with a quickness, from July 9th-July 10th, and we are SO STOKED!

As we say over on the WebDevStudios blog: For those of you who are unfamiliar, WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

Our Director of Products, John Hawkins, and another awesome WebDevStudios team member, Russell Aaron, are both presenting! Catch the details of their presentations, as well as a few others that we’re looking forward to, below–and remember, if you see John, say hello and snag yourself some Pluginize SWAG!

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CPTUI Extended v. 1.2.0: Now With Slider Action!

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We have but one goal with Custom Post Type UI Extended: To continue to make it super simple for our users to display their data in new and interesting ways.

With that, we’d like to introduce you to Custom Post Type Extended version 1.2.0!

Hello, Sliders!

We knew early on we wanted to include the ability to add sliders using your posts’ featured images, but our goal was to find a slider library that wasn’t bloated, would be extremely unlikely to conflict with the majority of themes and plugins, and of course, it had to be something that would be extendable. We found everything we were looking for in a library called Slick Slider.

We’ve integrated Slick Slider into CPTUI Extended, and created a template that makes it incredibly easy to add a slider using any of your custom post types.

Here’s a quick walk-through video to show you how easy it is to use:

And for all you developers out there, over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a handful of tutorials and code snippets to help you customize your slider even further.

Taxonomies

One of our most requested features so far has been the ability to show taxonomy lists. The Taxonomy List shortcode shows a list of terms you select. The terms each link to their associated archive page, which show a list of related posts. WordPress will use a default template to display your taxonomy archive. You can read about taxonomy templates here if you wish to create custom templates. Most good themes will have an archive.php for display.

Each post type will have the taxonomy list shortcode. When selected, the shortcode will display the taxonomy and terms for that post type. You can chose to show them orders or unordered in a bulleted type list.

Learn more about what Custom Post Type UI Extended can do or dive right in and try it for yourself:

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CPTUI Extended: Custom Easy Digital Downloads Data

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The latest update to CPTUI Extended, version 1.1, has added a slew of improvements, including new and enhanced shortcode templates for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. Since displaying your post types is the core feature of the plugin, we wanted to include a few templates that made it even easier. To learn how to create shortcodes and templates, keep reading!

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Make BuddyPress Profiles Better with BuddyPages

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Pluginize is back to share with you another plugin to make working with BuddyPress just a little bit easier. Last week, we shared BuddyExtender, which allows users to configure internal BuddyPress settings from the dashboard without ever touching a line of code. Now, we’d like to introduce you to BuddyPages.

What does BuddyPages do?

BuddyPages is a premium plugin that allows you to add custom pages to BuddyPress groups and member profiles. This is another plugin meant for those out there who want to make the most of BuddyPress without fiddling with the code.

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The BuddyExtender Plugin Makes the Most of BuddyPress

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BuddyPress has options to mange components, pages, and a few configuration settings. There are also some internal configuration options that are not exposed to the site administrator. These hidden options required adding custom code.

We wanted to make it easy to access these extra configurations.  After installing and activating BuddyExtender, free from the WordPress plugins repository, options are accessed via Settings -> BuddyExtender in the WordPress admin.

Let’s go over each option and how it affects a BuddyPress site. Some of the settings can interfere with the display of your site. Note: Please test each option before going live to ensure satisfactory results.

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CPTUI Extended Shortcode Templates: Custom WooCommerce Data

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The latest update to CPTUI Extended, version 1.1, has added a slew of improvements, including new and enhanced shortcode templates for WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. Since displaying your post types is the core feature of the plugin, we wanted to include a few templates that made it even easier. To learn how to create shortcodes and templates, keep reading!

CPTUI Extended Core Templates

  • Default – A list with title, excerpt and thumbnail of chosen post type
  • Single Post – Displays a single post
  • Single Page – Displays a single page

And the recently added:

  • List – An ordered or unordered list with title or excerpt
  • WooCommerce Product – Displays a list of products with add to cart functionality
  • Easy Digital Downloads – Displays a list of downloads with add to cart functionality

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A Non-Developer’s Guide to Displaying WordPress Custom Post Type Data

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If you’ve ever attended any WordPress event (like a WordCamp!),  you’ve no doubt heard a presenter wax poetic about how easy it is to create websites with WordPress. Heck, I’ve been that presenter on numerous occasions. Then a new WordPress user asks about how to display data, and before you know it, the presenter is inside a code editor showing you how EASY it is to create a custom template. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the new user’s eyes glaze over.

When we started developing Custom Post Type UI Extended, we knew we were building a tool that developers could use to save time on their projects…but we didn’t want to leave the non-developers (or new devs!) out in the cold. It was just as high priority to build a tool that would let non-developers display data in new and exciting ways without ever having to write a line of code.

We’ve done that. We’re excited about it. We want to show it to you!

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