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Grumpy Dev Syndrome

5 things WordPress.org really needs to start doing

Today was nothing if not frustrating. I spent hours looking for ways to set up a simple user-badges system and got nowhere fast. Given the huge number of pre-existing plugins that cover this task, I thought (wrongly as it turns out) that I could simply install one of them and …

Grumpy Dev Syndrome

Grumpy Dev on WordPress

It seems to me that everything about WordPress, BuddyPress and the like are written in such a way as to be so mind numbingly hard it might honestly be easier to get a vogon to write good poetry. Last time, in “The World’s Grumpiest Dev” I talked about how much …

WordPress Development

WordPress Plugin Framework Creation

One of the challenges for Author Buzz was that we need a lot of different functions and features without polluting the plugin list with a large collection of things that blog users cannot directly access. Our ideal solution would be to wrap all the features into one plugin. However, we also …

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Everything we know about WordPress we learned from the documentation

I cannot say this loudly or often enough: If you did not document it, it does not exist. For two straight days, I have been trying to get to the bottom of the WTF of a few basic elements of WrdPress Themes and BuddyPress. When I say basic I really …

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WordPress Child Themes: It’s a bit like that.

Creating a child theme has nothing whatsoever to do with actual children. It is a WordPress term that basically means the same as extends does in PHP. For those of you reading this that are not PHP geeks, a child theme is like creating modifications without modifying the theme itself. You …

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