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1. Easy Pricing Tables Premium Review: Add Responsive Pricing Tables to WordPress : WP Mayor

"There are many reasons why you might want to add a pricing table to your website and today we are looking at a plugin which aims to make adding attractive tables to your site as easy as possible.

Whether you are offering products and services that are available from your website, or reviewing items available from elsewhere, adding a comparison table is a great way to allow readers and potential customers to compare the different options on offer at a glance.

In this review we will be looking at the features of the Easy Pricing Tables Premium plugin from Fatcat Apps and also seeing how easy it is to use on your WordPress site."

Bottom line – $16 or $26USD. Looks like a lot of TLC has gone into the design of this premium plugin, and it is probably worth the outlay. If you would like to roll your own, do a quick search on WordPress.org/plugins for ‘Price Tables’ – there are 207 plugins to choose from.

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2. Understanding and Working with Data in WordPress – Tuts+ Code Tutorial

"A WordPress website consists of three main elements:

  1. The WordPress installation itself
  2. The contents of the wp-content directory which includes the themes, plugins and uploads
  3. The database, where all the content is stored.

Most WordPress users never come into direct contact with the database and may not even be aware that it’s constantly working to populate their site. When WordPress serves up any kind of page, be that the home page, a single post or page or an archive, it’s accessing the database to bring up content that editors and administrators have added to the site."

A good review of the MySQL database structure as it pertains to WordPress. As the article points out, you do need to keep an eye on your database, which is slowly filling up with kruft – drafts, comments and miscellaneous ‘stuff’. You can get plugins to keep you database in top shape and maximize your website speed.

3. More Tips for Best Practices in WordPress Development – Tuts+ Code Article

"Welcome to the second part of the series. In the first article, we explained the WordPress Coding Standards, how to avoid namespaces collisions, comments in the code, and some basic security tips.

Today, we are going to go a bit deeper and write some more code and learn some techniques to improve performance and security of our plugins. The topics we’ll cover are as follows:

  1. How and when should to include my scripts/styles
  2. How to properly performing Ajax calls
  3. Filters and action to give freedom to your users

Grab your code editor and get ready to play with WordPress!"


WordPress tv

4. Sam Hotchkiss: Building and Managing Large Multisite Networks | WordPress.tv

"In my agency, we handle a couple of 1,000+ site multisite networks for the mortgage industry. This talk goes over the challenges we’ve faced, both technical and business.

Presentation Slides »


WordCamp Chicago 2014"

5. John James Jacoby: Multisite and Multi-network | WordPress.tv

"WordPress Multisite is great, but what most people actually want is multiple networks. In this talk (good for all experience levels), I’ll explain what networks are, why you’d use them, and how to unlock this powerful and hidden WordPress core feature.


WordCamp Chicago 2014"

6. Carrie Dils: Learning to Troubleshoot WordPress | WordPress.tv

"Maybe you’re not afraid to try things and break things, but you have no clue how to fix them again. Or maybe your experience level doesn’t offer you any context for troubleshooting WordPress problems and you feel frustrated and stuck.

This workshop provides you the basic tools for troubleshooting problems in WordPress and also provides live examples.

Presentation Slides »

WordCamp Orange County 2014"


7. WordPress JSON REST API Plugin 1.1.1 Security Release: Update Recommended

"The JSON REST API plugin for WordPress released a security update over the weekend. Version 1.1.1 includes a fix for a vulnerability wherein the JSONP support built-in to the API could be used to serve up arbitrary Flash SWF files. This technique has known been used in the past to abuse JSON endpoints to allow Flash files to bypass browser cross-origin domain policies.

WordPress core already has CSRF protection, but the WP REST API is oftentimes used in combination with other software which may not have the same protections."

8. New WordPress Plugin By Pressware Provides An Easy Way To Insert Images Into A Widget

Pressware Image Widget is a new plugin by Tom Mcfarlin, of Pressware, that makes it really simple to add an image to a widget. While there are plenty of existing plugins that provide similar functionality, Pressware Image Widget stays close to the core of WordPress and is a no frills approach to the problem. The plugin is a result of a few projects Mcfarlin has worked on to provide clients an easy way to upload images through the media library into a widget.”

From the WordPress Plugin repository:

A widget that allows you to use the Media Uploader to add images to your sidebar(s).

The Pressware Image Widget uses the native WordPress Media Uploader so that you can either use images in your media library, or you can upload new images to your media library. From there, you can then then add them to any widgetized area on your site.

You also have the ability to set the image:

  • Title
  • Caption
  • Alt Text
  • Description

The plugin is available for free; however, no support is granted in the WordPress Plugin Repository forums, but premium support along with early upgrades, and access to future features is available for this plugin.

Feature requests and bug reports always welcome.

Looks like a keeper. I for one need a reliable picture button widget.

9. A Beautiful Way to Display Color Palettes in WordPress

"Color palettes are fun way to explore colors for a concept, redesign, decoration ideas or home improvement projects. If you get excited when walking into a paint store, then you understand the small thrill of viewing colors together in coordinated palettes. Many design-oriented sites, such as ColourLovers.com or Design Seeds, are devoted entirely to the concept of creating pleasing color palettes.

Awesome Color Palettes is a new plugin that makes it easy to display color palettes in WordPress content. The plugin allows users to create their own color palettes using a shortcode that passes a list of colors:

The shortcode is not sensitive, so you can include the # or not; it doesn’t affect the output. Multiple shortcodes can be listed on the same post or page and will display as stacked palettes:"

10. WordPress Developers Organize Community Initiative to Standardize Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and Metadata

"A WordPress community initiative is underway to standardize content types used by plugin developers. Justin Tadlock is spearheading an initiative to create WordPress community-curated standards for common post types, taxonomies, and metadata.

WordPress developers are invited to join the discussion taking place in the Content Type Standards repo on Github where Tadlock outlined the objective: ‘The purpose of this repository is to create an open set of standards for the WordPress developer community on how to name custom post types as well as related taxonomies and metadata.’ This would include common post types, such as testimonials, portfolios, recipes, FAQ, events, and products."