Rambling Thoughts on Tumblr, WordPress, Posterous, Pinterest and Blogging

Khoi Vinh:

[...] I’ve never been a heavy WordPress user until now. I have to admit, its most recent version is full of the fun, geeky features that I like as a blogger, stuff that allows designer-editors to fully tweak the way content is output. It’s great.

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Theme Options – Friend or Foe?

It’s getting quite clear now that the 2012 trend on WordPress theme is less theme options,

Minimising theme options used in themes, coupled with careful consideration of a component’s application in the theme and a selective placement of WordPress filters, allows for a richer theme setup experience for our users while still adding a level of flexibility that is possible to hone in on, should you wish to do so.

…but smarter themes that understand your needs better. Read the rest of the WooThemes post here.

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Getting the Feed URL of Current Taxonomy Archive Page

Had a project recently where I need to output the RSS feed url of the current taxonomy archive page. The function to use is get_term_feed_link ( $term_id, $taxonomy = 'category', $feed = '' ). Read more at WPSeek.

This function is yet to be documented in the Codex, but it is quite similar with get_category_feed_link() function, which is an identical function, but only works with categories.

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Ideas for Less Theme Options: Sticky Posts for Homepage Slider

Forever WordPress theme Forever is a wedding WordPress theme available for WordPress.com (here’s the demo). On its homepage, it features a slider on top with big images and headline that links to a single post.

Now, there are many ways done by themes to add a post to a slider. One way is to create a specific slider custom post type. Another is to add something to the post’s custom field. Forever theme shows us an easier way to do it:

Featuring posts in a slider on your home page is easy. You just need sticky posts with Featured Images. Every sticky post you have (up to 10) that has a Featured Image (at least 887 pixels wide) attached will show up there. Easy!

Easy indeed! Sticky post and featured image are both built-in features of WordPress, so there’s a good chance that users are already familiar with it. There’s no need to create separate options, just a couple familiar steps on the Edit Post dashboard area and the user is done. I bet the ordering of the slider can be done simply by changing the post’s date too, so there’s no need to create another interface for it.

This is simple, familiar, and easy. Good idea.

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WPCandy’s Completely Unofficial Guide to Plugin UI

Plenty of good ideas here.

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Ideas for Less Theme Options: Adapt to User Settings

Reddle is a theme made by Automattic for WordPress.com users (no .org release yet, but there’s SVN). Here’s a demo you can check.

The theme allows for one-column and two-column layout. However, instead of having a select layout option in a theme options page, Reddle chooses the layout by adapting to the content of the user’s sidebar widget areas. If the widget areas are empty, then it shows a one-column layout. Otherwise, it shows the widget(s), hence a two-column layout.

That is a smart, logical idea that can be extended to more layout options. Want a three-column layout? Add the second sidebar to the available widget areas. If it is filled, automatically change to a three-column layout.

The idea here is to make use of WordPress’ built-in features and settings, whenever possible, instead of adding another theme option. I like that.

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Don’t steal my Theme Options

Andy Adam discusses his experience tweaking and modifying his theme’s options page to better fit the “zero configuration” philosophy. Respect to the Theme Foundry to go to this length thinking about how their theme should work, not just look, for their users.

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