Articles by Digging into Wordpress

  • Popular Posts Shortcode

    In my recent post, DIY WordPress Popular Posts, I share a simple, two-step technique for tracking and displaying popular posts on your WordPress-powered site. That post describes everything needed to fully implement DIY popular posts, but some folks wanted an easier (more convenient) way to display the list of popular posts on the front-end (instead […]

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  • Blackhole Pro

    Jeff Starr is a professional developer, designer, and author with over 15 years of experience. Jeff’s development work focuses on theme and plugin development, web security, and creating awesome sites with WordPress. He co-authors the book and blog, Digging into WordPress, and is the author of The Tao of WordPress, WordPress Themes In Depth, and […]

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  • DigWP Site Redesign

    After rocking our site’s previous design for nearly four years, it was time for a refresh. Actually complete overhaul is more like it, a top-to-bottom restructuring and streamlining of DigWP.com. Going into the redesign, the goal was twofold: 1) visually keep things as focused and clean as possible, and 2) under the hood, unify everything […]

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  • Stop Ruining the WordPress Admin Area

    I guess what I was trying to get at with my previous poll about too many plugins was the idea that a lot of WordPress sites that I see these days are just absolutely trashed in the Admin Area due to inconsiderate, poorly planned plugins and themes. For users, a few wrong turns when choosing […]

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  • DigWP Theme Updates!

    Quick post to announce updates for all DigWP themes, free and exclusive. All themes are current with the latest version of WordPress, and include new features, bug fixes, and enhancements. Read on to learn more.. Free Themes Updates now available for all FREE DigWP themes! BLANK Theme H5 Theme Template WPTypo shapeSpace How to get […]

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  • WPKube FTW

    Codester is a young and growing online marketplace for designers, and it’s quickly earning interest from WordPress developers and the general WordPress community. As a young marketplace, Codester, which gained traction in 2015, has some stiff competition in the industry from such marketplaces as Envato and Creative Market, both of which have thousands of WordPress […]

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  • Prismatic Syntax Highlighting

    Brand new plugin with all-new shiny code fresh from the WP API! The only 3-in-1 syntax highlighter! Display beautiful code snippets with Prism.js, Highlight.js, or plain code escaping: Prism.js – Code escape + syntax highlight using Prism.js Highlight.js – Code escape + syntax highlight using Highlight.js Plain Flavor – Code escape without syntax highlight (for […]

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  • WordPress Post Navigation Redux (New Tags!)

    For years WordPress post navigation has been possible thanks to a flexible set of five functions, including posts_nav_link(), next_post_link() and next_posts_link(). These navigational functions continue to work great in many WordPress themes, but there are newer, even more flexible functions available to theme developers. Introduced in WordPress 4, these new navigation functions can make it […]

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  • Theme Switcha

    Switch to an alternate theme for preview or development while visitors use the default theme 🙂 Brand new plugin with all-new shiny code fresh from the WP API! There are many theme-switch plugins but none of them provide the simplicity, performance, and reliability that I require for my own sites. So I wrote my own […]

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  • Lynda.com Video Course: Developing Secure WP Sites

    Ready to watch this entire course? Become a member and get unlimited access to the entire skills library of over 5,024 courses, including more Developer and personalized recommendations. Start Your Free Trial Now

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  • DigWP Book Update – WP 4.6!

    Supplemental Bonus Content Book purchase includes a supplemental PDF packed with more awesome content: WordPress features, update information, bonus tricks, and more. The Bonus PDF may be downloaded anytime from the Members Area. Alternate Book Formats Both versions of the book also include free bonus material including alternate PDF formats, ‘widescreen’ and ‘lite’. The widescreen […]

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  • Stop Ruining the WP Admin Area

    I guess what I was trying to get at with my previous poll about too many plugins was the idea that a lot of WordPress sites that I see these days are just absolutely trashed in the Admin Area due to inconsiderate, poorly planned plugins and themes. For users, a few wrong turns when choosing […]

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  • How to Remove Items from the Toolbar

    The WordPress Toolbar makes it easy for plugin and theme developers to add links and other items. This is great news if you find the added links useful; otherwise, the additional links may be more of a nuisance, cluttering up your current workflow. For example, the database-backup plugin UpdraftPlus adds an “UpdraftPlus” link. Some users […]

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  • DIY WordPress Popular Posts

    Over at my code snippets site, I keep track of the most popular posts and display a list in the sidebar. It’s an easy way to highlight the site’s best content and share top snippets with visitors. There are numerous plugins available for displaying your site’s popular posts, but they tend to be overkill and/or […]

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  • DigWP Book Update!

    Supplemental Bonus Content Book purchase includes a supplemental PDF packed with more awesome content: WordPress features, update information, bonus tricks, and more. The Bonus PDF may be downloaded anytime from the Members Area. Alternate Book Formats Both versions of the book also include free bonus material including alternate PDF formats, ‘widescreen’ and ‘lite’. The widescreen […]

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  • Complete Guide to WordPress Admin Notices

    As you work in the WordPress Admin Area, you’ll undoubtedly encounter “admin notices” that let you know about errors, updated settings, required actions, and so forth. Most default admin notices are provided by WordPress out of the box, but it’s up to plugins and themes to provide any custom notices that may be required. This […]

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  • DIY Popular Posts

    Over at my code snippets site, I keep track of the most popular posts and display a list in the sidebar. It’s an easy way to highlight the site’s best content and share top snippets with visitors. There are numerous plugins available for displaying your site’s popular posts, but they tend to be overkill and/or […]

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  • Dashboard Widgets Suite

    1 Plugin. 9 Widgets. Awesome Dashboard. Streamline your Admin Area by reducing the number of plugins required for widgets. Dashboard Widgets Suite provides an entire set of awesome widgets that you can add to your WordPress Dashboard: Control Panel – Enable/disable widgets directly from the Dashboard User Notes – Add, edit, delete notes for any […]

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  • Disable Open Sans Google Font on Frontend

    Working on the 2020 theme for my book, WordPress Themes In Depth, I noticed that WordPress was including a stylesheet from the Google API. Closer examination revealed that the styles were adding the Open Sans font via Google Fonts. The font itself is great, but I could not figure out where/how/why it was being added […]

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  • Blackhole for Bad Bots

    Add your own virtual Blackhole trap for bad bots. The Blackhole plugin includes a hidden link to your pages. You then add a line to your robots.txt file that forbids bots from following the hidden link. Bots that ignore or disobey your robots rules will crawl the link and fall into the trap. Once trapped, […]

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