WordPress is without a doubt the most popular Web software among online publishers. But did you know that there are thousands of plugins and techniques available which you can use to extend WordPress well beyond its potential and transform your site into almost anything you can imagine? If you want to find out how to extend the limitations of WordPress, this eBook will help you improve your capabilities, so you can take full advantage of its flexibility.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Building WordPress Themes You Can Sell
- Developing WordPress Locally With MAMP
- Interacting With The WordPress Database
- How To Create A WordPress Plugin
- How To Integrate Facebook With WordPress
- How To Use AJAX In WordPress
- Better Image Management With WordPress
- Using HTML5 To Transform WordPress’ TwentyTen Theme
- Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
- Pages: 157
- Language: English
- Released: November 2011
- Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
- ISBN: 978-3-943075-16-8
Excerpt From Chapter 1
Building WordPress Themes You Can Sell — by
When I took my first steps into the WordPress theme arena, I didn’t know much about it. I wandered blindly into the business, not knowing whether I was doing things correctly. Over time, through trial and error and making rookie mistakes, I learned some valuable lessons and gained important insights. To save you from going down the same winding path, I’ll share some of the important takeaways that I’ve learned so far, like how to gain a solid user base, what to include in your themes and, most importantly, what to leave out.
You could build the best WordPress theme in the world, but it won’t matter unless people know about it and use it. One of the smartest things I did when starting my theme business was to release a free theme. It took a while for it to gain traction, but things took off once it got some attention from being featured on other websites. Consumers are willing to download a free theme from the new kid on the block and try it out because hardly any financial risk is involved.
Excerpt From Chapter 5
How To Create A WordPress Plugin — by
WordPress plugins are PHP scripts that alter your website. The changes could be anything from the simplest tweak in the header to a more drastic makeover (such as changing how log-ins work, triggering emails to be sent, and much more).
If you’ve ever played around with a theme, you’ll know it has a functions.php file, which gives you a lot of power and enables you to build plugin-like functionality into your theme. So, if we have this functions.php file, what’s the point of a plugin? When should we use one, and when should we create our own?