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Now powering over 17% of the Web, WordPress is increasingly becoming the content management system (CMS) of choice for the average user. But what about websites built with an outdated CMS or without a CMS at all? Does moving to WordPress mean starting over and losing all the time, energy and money put into the current website? Nope!
Migrating a website (including the design) over to WordPress is actually easier than you might think. In this guide, we’ll outline the migration process and work through the steps with a sample project. We’ll also cover some of the challenges you might encounter and review the solutions.
WordPress is built by volunteers. People from all over the world collaborate to create the core software, to write the documentation, to provide support, to translate WordPress, to organise events, and to generally keep the project running. Individuals work on WordPress in their free time and companies ask their employees to get involved.
A bunch of WordPress contributors.
Part of WordPress's success is that it is not simply a development community. There are designers, user experience experts, support volunteers, writers, users, accessibility experts, and enthusiasts. This diverse input strengthens the project. It also means that there is space for you to get involved. Whatever your skill set, there is room for you in the WordPress community.
As WordPress matures into a full-fledged CMS and more and more large online publishers come to rely on the platform, the practice of developing and deploying websites becomes increasingly important.
High-profile members of the WordPress community, such as core developer Mark Jaquith and Cristi Burca, have spoken on the topic and built tools such as WP-CLI and WP Stack to improve the professionalism of our administration and deployment.
Moving WordPress is a task that many people find daunting. The advice on the Codex, while comprehensive, gives you a myriad of options and doesn’t describe the process simply and in one place.
When I had to move a WordPress installation for the first time, I spent hours searching online for information on the various aspects of the process, and eventually wrote myself a checklist — which I still use.
So to save you the hassle, here’s a step-by-step guide to moving a WordPress website.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create the Tabber widget, which is very useful for when multiple widgets need to fit in a sidebar. It saves space and streamlines the appearance and functionality of your WordPress-powered website.
In the past, there were different methods of doing this, most of which were theme-dependent. As we’ll see in this tutorial, creating a tabbed widget that works on its own and with any theme is easily accomplished. So, let’s jump in and learn how to create our own Tabber widget, which we’ve made available for downloading at the end of this article.
Recently I shared with you some advice from the WordPress community to beginners. But what about if starting out is already a dim and distant memory? What if you're already so immersed in the world of WordPress that you dream of trac and bore your partner with talk of the latest thing you've achieved with custom post types?
Below are some tips from WordPress Pros from across the community. Many of them cover development, but there's also advice for business, for running your website, and, of course, for getting involved with the community.
At the recent WordCamp Edinburgh, I took part in a panel discussion about WordPress theme development and the options available to developers when building themes. The overriding conclusion from the session was that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer and that the best method depends on the needs of the website and the capabilities of the developer.
But if you're starting out building WordPress themes, or want to develop a system for building them more efficiently or robustly, how do you decide which approach to take? In this article I'll briefly describe how WordPress themes work, and then look at some of the different approaches to developing them, with tips on which approach might be most suitable depending on your site and your circumstances.
In case you missed it, WordPress release 3.4 included a very exciting new development - the theme customizer. This allows users to tweak theme settings using a WYSIWYG interface and customise a theme so it includes the colours, fonts, text and pretty much anything else they want.
The purists out there may be throwing their hands up in horror - a WYSIWYG interface! Letting users alter themes themselves! Surely that opens the floodgates for the creation of thousands of ugly, messy WordPress sites?
There is so much to learn about WordPress theme development. The Internet is home to hundreds of articles about building WordPress themes, to countless theme frameworks that will help you get started, and to endless WordPress themes, some of which are beautiful and professional but not a few of which are (to be honest) a bit crappy.
Rather than write another article on building a WordPress theme (which would be silly, really, since any theme I build would fall into the “crappy” category), I’ve asked some of the top theme designers and developers to share some tips and techniques to help you improve and refine your theme development and design process.