‘WordPress Discussions’ Category

Passing Parameters as Variables vs Passing Parameters as An Array

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February 25th, 2010
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Improvisation is the name of the game, and we tend to do a lot of it with plugins and themes. In that process we tend to modify functions by adding more variables to incorporate changes in them. However, unlike most of the other languages, PHP allows users to set default values for variables passed to a method too.

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Exploring the GPL, Viable Models and Business Risk

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February 14th, 2010
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I’ll cut right to the chase… I have a love/hate relationship with the GPL model. Ok, perhaps “love/hate” is a bit strong, but I do choose to look at the GPL as objectively as I can.  In doing so I see the tremendous benefit the WordPress community has derived because of the GPL. But  I  also recognize the risk to traditional business models that lie within. The goal of this is not to dissect the GPL or to call it as “good” or “bad”, but rather to have a discussion which uncovers business models that are able to thrive within the legal framework the GPL provides. And you can’t have a thoughtful business discussion without also addressing risk. First and foremost, the GPL is the reason we are here, that you are reading this and that so many of us have had an opportunity to make a living doing things […]

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Should You Pay Up and Shut Up?

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February 13th, 2010
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WordPress Discussions

WordPress as a platform has invented numerous businesses, including both themes and plugins, however, I am neither a pro or against both of these, because, I use themes which I develop myself most of the times to run my site.

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Should Plugin Authors Add Links To Your Site Without Giving An Option To Disable It?

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February 13th, 2010
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WordPress Discussions

Quite recently, I was trying out a few new plugins which came across as interesting to me. As usual, I ran up my test install and installed the plugins, everything worked fine, except for one thing. Couple of plugins from the lot added linkbacks to their own site, that is fine, however, they did not provide me with an option to disable those links.

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Do You Automatically Close Comments on Old Posts?

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January 21st, 2010
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Comments are the lifeblood of any website. It keeps pumping some interesting views and discussions into a post. However, I have seen several blogs which close comments for posts which are older than say a month or two.

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What Was Your First Reaction on Using WordPress?

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January 15th, 2010
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WordPress Discussions

I started using WordPress more than 3 years ago and have been using it since version 1.5. Prior to using WordPress, I was using Joomla. Joomla is a great platform no doubt, but it was a bit complicated for my liking.

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Do You Verify Short URLs in Comments Website Fields?

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January 13th, 2010
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Comments are always welcomed and appreciated. However, comments are also one of the biggest causes of spam on websites. If you do not have a proper comment moderation and protection system, your site will be flooded with links to spam, phishing and other unwanted sites.

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A Simple Mistake Could Cause You Priceless Headaches

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January 9th, 2010
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WordPress Discussions, WordPress Tips

As a developer it is always easy to overlook minor things, some of them may not cause you much headaches, but some of them could eventually build up to give you nightmares because they are hard to spot.

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Trend For 2010 – Paying For Plugins

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December 23rd, 2009
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WordPress Discussions

While paying for plugins is nothing new, I’m predicting that by the end of 2010, there will be a large assortment of plugins for WordPress that will be available for purchase. As we wind down 2009, I’m already beginning to see the trend in action with at least 3 of my 31 installed plugins switching to a paid model. Each person is doing something a little different but the end result is the same. I have to pay to keep using it. Now I don’t particularly have a problem with plugin authors charging for support or for services around the plugin but I’m seeing the plugin being bundled as part of the purchase. So in a way, you’re not only paying for the plugin, you’re paying for access to support. In most cases, the free plugin becomes dormant and I’m forced to either stick with what works until a version […]

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