There are some WordPress sites where you may not want to include the URL field in the comment form. It’s not always necessary and spammers tend to use it to link to their spammy websites, which will be posted in your comments if you have auto approval turned on. Just to be safe, you may want to remove that URL field altogether.
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Setting up an appointment management solution on your website can be fiddly, not to mention expensive. Take the hassle out of scheduling bookings and manage them yourself – all within your WordPress site – with WPMU DEV’s Appointments+ plugin. It will save you a fortune – and it’s easy peasy to set up.
I’m a massive fan of building stuff from the ground up. There are loads of plugins around for everything you could ever wish for in a WordPress blog, but I feel both rewarded and secure when I build features from scratch.
Why bother? Most of the time I don’t want to mess around with a plugin’s UI, or the plugin does way more than I actually want it to do. Without hacking the core files, plugins can be very rigid with what you’re allowed to do.
For the majority of articles I write, I begin with a fresh install of WordPress. It’s the best way to ensure control when you have people following along and doing exactly what you do.
It would be very tedious if for each article I wrote, I had to create an entirely new WordPress instance. That would require a fresh database, the most recent version of WordPress, a new user, etc.
The answer, of course, is WordPress Multisite. (Btw, check out our Multisite guides here.)
Responsive Web Design is all the craze at the moment. Watching websites cascade into different layouts as you resize the browser can even be mesmerising.
But there’s one facet of RWD that still remains a (properly) unsolved problem. Responsive Images.
Download the source files (twentytwelve child theme).
If you simply use CSS’s max-width: 100%; attribute, mobile sites will still be downloading full size images. That’s an issue, because if your desktop site has images 920px wide, the mobile version will still be downloading this massive image, making loading time slow.
One of main reasons that BuddyPress communities fail is because members don’t connect and interact with each other. One way to improve that is through design that keeps members interested.
Matt Mullenweg’s State Of The Word was very insightful into what was to come of WordPress in 2012. One thing he mentioned would be big, is be WordPress powering apps.
With that in mind, there aren’t many posts around that teach you how to make an app. I thought I’d start with the compulsory “How to make a to-do list app using WordPress!” It even works across all platforms- that’s right. Mobile, Tablet and Desktop!
There’s a reason why MarketPress is one of our most popular plugins. As those of us who have used it know, setting up a store with MarketPress is quick and easy. You can be selling online in no time with a store that fits seamlessly into your WordPress theme. But did you know that it is also easy to create a custom theme for your store?
WPMU DEV’s Autoblog plugin is a powerful tool that pulls in RSS feeds and publishes them to your site. Many may think that just means it’s a device for splogs (spam blogs).
While a tool like Autoblog could be used for that, there’s isn’t much point in it. Search engines learned long ago that those types of sites don’t add much, and so they’ve devalued them into near oblivion.
For most tools, their value is only fully realized in the right hands. And that’s the case for Autoblog.
The Autoblog plugin as a splog creator is pretty much worthless.
The WordPress codex is full of fun little things that you can experiment with. Have you ever wanted to remove a menu page from the WordPress dashboard? Perhaps you’re building a site for a client who gets confused by the settings menu. Blow the dust off of your handy codex and check out the function references for removing menu pages.
Here’s what you’re looking for:
Replace the menu slug with the name of the php script for the menu item you want to remove.