Black Friday 2016 Sale


Remember that project you wanted to launch before the end of the year? Well, now’s the time to pick up the plugin you need to finish the job! Take advantage of the Pluginize Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale and get 40% off the purchase of any of our plugins!

All our plugins come with six months of free upgrades and world-class technical support. Use coupon code 2016BLACKFRIDAY at checkout when you purchase any of the following plugins:

Oh, and if you haven’t heard, AppPresser just announced the upcoming release of AppPresser 3. Buy the AppPresser Agency Bundle today using coupon code 2016BlackFriday and receive 40% off, and receive immediate access to the AppPresser 3 beta release. You’ll be among the first to receive AppPresser 3 when it’s released in January, too!


CPTUI Extended v. 1.3 hits the streets


I’m not exactly sure where this summer went. It was June, we released CPTUI Extended version 1.2 and summer was upon us. Then some of this happened…
And now, here we are in the middle of September (bouncing raccoons aside) with an update. CPTUI Extended version 1.3. My, how time flies.

Hit ’em with the deets!

We’ve been getting some great feedback from users, and we’re excited to be adding some features you guys have been asking for in version 1.3. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights:

  • Added: Options to add post type to WordPress category and tag archives.
  • Added: Google AMP support via
  • Added: New template for single custom post types.
  • Added: Filter for the featured image size parameters in all shortcode templates.
  • Fixed: Removed need for extra page refresh for network post types/taxonomies to appear.
  • Fixed: Issues surrounding javascript and stylesheet paths on IIS hosting.
  • Updated: Latest version of CMB2 library.
  • Updated: Moved from PHP’s rand() function to mt_rand().

If you’ve already purchased CPTUI Extended, you should receive the update notice in your dashboard shortly. If not, grab a copy now and try it out!

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Have a feature you’d like us to add to CPTUI Extended, or any of our other plugins? Drop us a line and let us know about it.

Making Social Media Marketing Easy for Small Businesses

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If you’re running your own shop, be it a one person operation or simply a very small team of folks, you may look at any kind of marketing as a nightmare you don’t want to deal with. As John summed up nicely in his post about running your own freelance business, people who are running their own shops often are already overwhelmed with everything that needs to get done. Although, yes, in an ideal world, you would hire someone to help you with your content and social media marketing, you may not have the funds to add another person to your team. Here are three ways small businesses can make social media marketing easy–without breaking the bank.

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Custom Post Type UI 1.4.0: Features, Updates, and More

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It’s been a smooth and swift four and a half months since the last major release for Custom Post Type UI. During that time, we launched Pluginize, our premium product team from WebDevStudios. With Pluginize, we released our first product, Custom Post Type UI Extended. This product was dependent on Custom Post Type UI and what became version 1.3.0.

Now, the next major release of Custom Post Type UI, version 1.4.0, has dropped! Here’s an outline what to expect with the latest version, and what new features we’ve added to CPTUI!


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How to Create a Taxonomy Archive: Excuse Me, Can You Show Me All Your Grey Poupons?

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Have you ever had a website that needed a taxonomy archive? You want to provide the taxonomy and have your site show all posts that have any term from that taxonomy. Yes? No? WordPress does not provide the easiest way to achieve this goal. There is no functional URL that provides all the posts for a given taxonomy. WordPress does provide term archives, but that is just one term at a time. If I’m blogging about mustards of the world, I don’t want to see just “yellow mustard” posts. I want that dijon! I want that honey mustard!

Let’s break for lunch; I’m stricken with hunger now.

*pause for food*

Now that we are back, bellies full, time to get back to business. If you are willing to be a little flexible, we can create a taxonomy archive. The way we are going to do that is by tagging each post with a generic “all” tag. We will need to accept that we will have a URL like We could do much worse.

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How to Run Your Freelance Development Business Without Losing Your Mind

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It’s Monday morning, and you’ve just sat down at your desk. You log into Basecamp to see you’ve got two client projects due this week. Both should take about twenty hours each, so you’re feeling pretty good about getting them done on time. Then, you open your to-do list, where you keep track of miscellaneous items that also need your attention. There are ninety-four items on the list. Your heart sinks as you pull an energy drink from the fridge and prepare for another seventy hour work week.

Does this scenario sound familiar? If you’ve been a freelancer, I bet you know this grind all too well. I’m here to share a few ways you can run your freelance development business…without losing your mind.

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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


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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