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A small Meteor Slides update

I released Meteor Slide 1.5.3 yesterday. This update has some minor stylesheet tweaks to fix conflicts with the new default theme, TwentyFifteen, as well as some other common theme issues. Meteor Slides 1.5.3 also includes a new Norwegian translation and updated Swedish translation.

WordPress 4.1

Meteor Slides has been tested with the latest release of WordPress and is fully compatible. I have also tested the plugin with WordPress 4.0, but this is the minimum requirement. I don’t test any further back than that and I encourage everyone to keep WordPress and all of their themes and plugins updated.

A New Translation

As a Minnesotan with roots in Norway, I’m excited to have a new Norwegian translation of Meteor Slides. This completes the Scandinavian trio of translations, which I think calls for another round of lefse this holiday season!

  • Norwegian: Translation by Andreas Lutro
  • Updated Swedish: Translation update by Christian Arwin

400,000 Downloads

This weekend Meteor Slides should reach 400,000 downloads, that’s a whole lot of slideshows! I’m excited, and little scared, to see Meteor Slides hit a half million downloads some time in 2015.

Thanks everyone who has downloaded and used my plugin, I appreciate all of your reviews and other feedback!

Using WordPress For Project Management

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At WordUp Minneapolis 2014 I gave a talk on using WordPress for project management.

In this session I talked about building a simple project management app with WordPress using the P2 theme and a handful of plugins. With this app you can create to do lists, check off those tasks, and mark posts as unresolved or resolved.

The base of this tool is the P2 theme, which allows you to easily make new project posts from the frontend of the site. This theme is extended with P2 Resolved Posts, P2 New Post Categories, and a custom plugin of mine called P2 Projects. I also use the Members plugin to make the site private. Read the rest of this entry »

Meteor Slides updated for WordPress 4.0

I just released Meteor Slide 1.5.2, a plugin update which includes a new Slides icon and other styling adjustments to match the admin in WordPress 4.0. This update also includes some new and updated translations, bringing the total number of translations up to twenty-five!

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Building Better Widgets

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At WordCamp Milwaukee 2014 I gave a talk on Building Better Widgets.

In this session I talked about how to design interesting and useful WordPress widgets. I covered designing for a wide range of widgets, exploring different widget designs, planning responsive widgets that scale well, thinking about animated and interactive widgets, and upgrading your widgets with plugins.

Download the slides to learn more and grab the links from my talk.

Building Your First Widget

I spoke today at WordCamp Chicago, talking about building widgets. In my session we learned how to build your first WordPress widget and went step-by-step through the best practices for building a simple widget. We discussed when a widget should be built into a theme or plugin, and when a widget should be its own plugin. You can check out the slides if you’d like to.

The plugin that I used as an example is a simple plugin that allows you to add your name to a sidebar.

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The example code is up on Github for themes and plugins.

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Hopefully everyone who attended is ready to avenge their fathers, or unleash their own widgets out into the world!

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