Episode Seven

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  • Development

    Episode Six

    Speed Up and Optimize Your WordPress Site

    Tutorials

    Use Google’s CDN copy of jQuery for the frontend

    Plugins

    Episode Five: Faster WordPress

    Here are the links from the first segment:

    Plugins

    Theme

    WordPress Development News

    Get Great WordPress Support

    You might be new to WordPress and are having difficulty with installing the software to your server. You might be a professional developer working on a new plugin, and a line of code is not working the way you think it should. Either way, you might need some support. This episode will outline a few ways to get help.

    Episode Four: Get Great Support

    Here are the links from the first segment:

    Plugins:

    Follow-up on security:

    Book Recommendation:

    WordCamp News:

    Useful Tutorial for 3.1:

    Show notes for the featured topic: Getting Great WordPress Support.

    Episode Three: PressTags

    This episode’s links:

    Theme Picks

    Plugins

    Tutorials and Tips

    Featured Topic:

    Recommended Listening

    WordPress Theming Basics

    WordPress is known for its ease of use. Many are jumping on the WordPress bandwagon to build their own website. Sometimes with no prior web design experience. On any given day, many turn to the support forums for advice on how to customize their theme. In this episode, we discuss the basics of WordPress theming.

    The Foundation: HTML and CSS

    You really should learn some HTML and CSS. Two references:

    Understand How Themes Work

    Chris Spooner wrote an excellent tutorial at line25 on how to  create a custom WordPress theme. This is a simple, visual guide. Even if you’re just modifying a theme, it’s worth a read to better understand how themes work.

    Another great visual guide to help you is The Anatomy of a WordPress Theme by Joost de Valk.

    The Smart Way to Modify Themes

    Child Themes

    How to make a child theme for WordPress: A pictorial introduction for beginners I highly recommend this tutorial, well written and lots of great resources (tools, software, references at the end.)
    WordPress Protip: Child Themes Another really good tutorial, with an intro to overriding with action and filter hooks.
    The Codex entry for Child Themes

    Other Best Practices

    If the site is live, avoid destroying the site by working off a copy of the active theme. Use a text editor and a ftp client – the built in editor is better for quick reference and minor fixes. Version that copy and use the theme test drive plugin to view your changes while logged into the site. The older version of the theme can stay active until you’ve got it all sorted.
    Even better, make your changes on a local or test server. Then upload the new version of the theme when you’re ready.

    Theme Building Tutorials

    The Codex

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Templates

    Episode Two: WordPress Theming Basics

    The second episode of daWPshow is pretty much all about themes. And cat blogs. Free themes, a theme shop’s new job board, responsive design and a new feature in 3.1 round out the first part of the show. Then we’ll dig into WordPress Theming Basics. After that, a BIG thanks to the “early adopters” of the show!

    Links:

    WordPress Security Tips

    Links from the featured topic of episode one:

    The Codex

    Hardening WordPress
    Changing File Permissions
    Editing wp-config.php

    General Tutorials

    12 Clever Tips for Securing Your WordPress Site via WPCandy
    How to: Secure Your WordPress Blog via Mashable
    Now That’s What I Call Security (Presentation slides by Brad Williams)

    Plugins

    Block Bad Queries plugin from Jeff Starr
    WordPress File Monitor plugin from nicolly
    WP Security Scan plugin by hallsofmontezuema
    Server Buddy plugin by Plugin Buddy
    WordPress Exploit Scanner plugin by donncha, duck_, ryan, azaozz and tott
    Vaultpress from Automattic

    For Developers

    Data Validation
    Use nonces

    Other ideas to consider