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Building Your First Functionality Plugin

I gave a talk at WordCamp Minneapolis 2015 about building functionality plugins. We talked about the difference between themes and plugins, and what should go in each. I covered getting setup for writing a plugin, best practices for WordPress development, and gave some real world examples of plugin functionality.

You can check out my slides, or the code the example child theme and example functionality plugin on GitHub.

Speaking at WordCamp Minneapolis 2015

WordCamp Minneapolis 2015 Speaker We’ve been hard at work getting ready for WordCamp Minneapolis this weekend and I think it will be the best one yet! The schedule is packed with great sessions, we’ve got a Mexican buffet lined up for lunch, and some awesome looking swag courtesy of Westwerk and Marktime Media.

My session is called Building Your First Functionality Plugin and I’ll be talking about what should be in a WordPress theme, and what should be in a plugin. This will be an intro to building plugins for new developers and will also cover how a functionality plugin might differ from a standard plugin.

Minneapolis should be a great start to another year of awesome WordCamps, I hope to see some of you there!

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.

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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.

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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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