I’ve been working on a new WordPress plugin called Instant Content for Demand Media that allows users to search for, purchase, and import article content directly to a WordPress site. You can think of it as a marketplace for written content that’s accessible directly through WordPress dashboard.
Instant Content is launching with over 50,000 titles available for sale, all written by freelance writers working with Demand Media. The articles are mostly practical “How-To” type content.
It’s been an interesting project to work on and I’d like to share some of the ideas behind it, how the code works, and even how the plugin could even be adapted for other purposes. Read more →
The latest WordPress release (3.8) is scheduled for December 12th. For those following along with core you’re probably aware that this release will bring significant UI changes to the WordPress dashboard.
The Options Framework handles this new dashboard design fairly well. Core styling classes were used as much as possible and styling is fairly minimal- so most of design changes are inherited. The biggest issue I saw with the current version is that checkboxes and radio buttons are a bit warped. Read more →
There are some bold new changes in the works for the WordPress dashboard: a responsive design, a font icon set, and a new darker + flatter look. There’s also workflow changes on a number of admin screens, including the themes page and dashboard home.
There are a lot of great WordPress themes available for free, but you’ll need to be careful about where you get them from. Bad themes with malicious code can bring down your server, alter links on your website, and cause other unsavory problems.
Free themes from reputable sources can be terrific though. Here’s some of the places I’d check first, with a few example themes from each.
The theme repository on WordPress.org is the largest source of free WordPress themes. All themes go through a detailed code review and safe to use on your site. You can browse the featured themes, popular themes, and newest themes.
Some themes and plugins use custom post types to store data for items like portfolio pieces or testimonials . This can be an issue if you want to switch to a new theme that doesn’t have support for that post type, or your plugin is no longer maintained.
Luckily, there’s a couple ways to convert custom post types to standard post types. I recommend using Post Type Switcher if you just have a couple items to switch. For converting posts in bulk, Post Type Converter is what you’ll want.
The plugin can import all the photos you currently have and can also import new photos as they are published. There’s several options for how the images can be saved (post, page, post type), how tags/categories are applied, and whether they are published immediately or saved as drafts.
Go to the plugin page under “Tools” > “Instagram Importer”.
You’ll need to authenticate with Instagram before you can import photos. If you’re already logged in to Instragram, this will take just a second.
Most of the defaults work fine, but if you’re using the Visual theme, I would suggest a few changes:
Images will show up twice if they are set as the featured image and also get inserted into the post content. So, you should disable one or the other if you’re using Visual. I updated the “Post Content” field to just show my image caption.
I’d also update the “Imported posts status” field if you want to automatically publish each image. Just make sure you don’t have any other plugins activated that might send out an e-mail or tweet for each new published post when you do this.
If you have a lot of images, it will take a while to import them all. I’d recommend importing just a few at first to make sure everything is set up how like.
That’s it. Feels good to own your data, doesn’t it?
I added support for Jetpack Infinite Scroll on a theme of mine that uses Masonry recently.
Since I couldn’t find any good code snippets or recommendations for how the callback should work I wanted to share a couple methods I tried. If anyone has improvements or recommendations, please let me know.