Making Developer-Friendly Themes and Plugins

As every newbie knows, when you’re starting out it’s much easier to download or purchase a theme or plugin than to make your own. However, as you grow into WordPress, you find these ‘commercial’ themes/plugins cumbersome to edit or extend.
In this post, I’ll show you my recommendations for making an extensible plugin/theme, and the WordPress tools to help you do it (as well as my opinion of commercial themes–let the slicing begin!).

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Getting Small with Modular Design as QA


I’ve written about the QA process ’round these parts before, sure. A while back I penned a piece on how to streamline and focus your QA process to ensure that you didn’t miss any of those finer details which can sometimes fall between the cracks. This time? We’re taking a step back from the actual QA process and we’re starting at the start of it all.

In the beginning, there was man

Okay, so maybe not THAT far back.

In the beginning, there were mockups

That’s better.

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Maintainn Gets a Refresh!

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If you’ve been keeping your eyes on WebDevStudios news, you already know that Maintainn and WebDevStudios are family. They have a brand new site that looks absolutely gorgeous (thanks to the killer Maintainn team and to one of our teams headed by Jaimie, including Chris, Damon, DustyGreg, Ben, Simon, Aubrey, and Ryan). We are super proud to support them as they continue to grow and offer their incredible WordPress support services, and very excited to see where this new refresh takes them next.

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Read more about Maintainn’s update over on their blog, and hey, don’t take my word for how fantastic the new site looks–give it a glimpse yourself!

Hey hey hey! Philly Tech Week 2015 Starts This Friday!

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Many of you already know that Philly is close to our hearts; although our team is distributed, our headquarters is technically in Philly! In the spirit of supporting Philly, we are pleased to say that some of the WebDevStudios team will be in attendance at Philly Tech Week 2015!

Philly Tech Week kicks off this Friday, April 17th, and continues through the week until April 25th. Here are a few events we’ll definitely be checking out, and if you’re a Philly local, join us!

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The Fundamentals of Writing Clean Code


Writing “clean” code is something we talk about a lot in software development. Developing for the web is no different in the pursuit of code that is “clean” than any other type of programming. It’s also something that you could write a book about (and people have). Without getting into a ridiculous amount of detail, there are some pretty simple best practices to live by that will make your code cleaner right now.

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A Project Manager’s Guide to Being Productive

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In the infamous words of Jessie Spano, “No Time? NO TIME? There’s never any time!” While you’ve hopefully avoided the pitfalls of caffeine pills, you might find yourself feeling a bit like this on even the calmest of days!

For anyone dealing with an ever-evolving list of tasks: if you don’t have a good handle on how to manage your time, things are bound to go wrong. Even though it’s something we deal with every day, time management is still something a lot of people continue to struggling with. If you happen to be one of these people, no shame! Take a break from your frantic email checking and take a look at these useful tips.

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WordCamp Minneapolis 2015, WDS is Coming for Ya!

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Yep, it’s that time again! WordCamp Minneapolis is coming up right quick, and as we’ve done with past events, we want to give you the scoop on what to see and where to be. WebDevStudios will be there; both Lisa and Parbs will be speaking at the event, and Justin will be there as well!

Although I find it hard to believe that any of our regular readers are unfamiliar with WordCamp (come on, now!), for those of you that are completely green: WordCamps are events held all over the world where WordPress nerds unite to share their skills, insights, and learn a whole lot from a bunch of other smarties.

WordCamp Minneapolis is on April 25-26th, 2015, and in addition to giving you the heads up about WDS speakers, we wanted to highlight a few things to check out while you’re there:

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How to Submit a Plugin to the WordPress Repository

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The Plugin Repository is the canonical location to find plugins for WordPress. There are many good reasons to add your plugin to this repository–the primary being that the built-in “Add New Plugin” search capabilities are linked directly to the repository. If your plugin is not in the repository, it will not be easily found by the majority of users, and with WordPress powering over 23% of the internet, you will be missing out on a large audience of potential users.

Below, I provide an overview of the Plugin Repository, how you can start leveraging it with your own plugins, and, as a result, dramatically increase the potential reach of your audience.

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WDS Github Releases for March 2015

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Every month, WDS releases a bunch of goodies over on Github (and occasionally and elsewhere). While we typically share the links on our social media, we know that it’s easy for things to get lost in the noise, so we will be bringing you our top releases of every month. While the vast majority are on Github, we’ll sometimes also be featuring non-Github releases as well.

Catch up on last month’s releases and check out our choice releases for March 2015:

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Asking Questions Makes Your Development Team Better


You’ve likely heard or experienced how awesome the WordPress community is, right? For a lot of us in the early days of getting into WordPress Development, it’s one of the first things you notice and it draws you into the community–in fact, we mention it pretty often around here.

As you begin your journey in development, you come to appreciate the thousands of hours countless people spend on building the platform, the plugins, answering questions in the support forums, organizing WordCamps, and in general, the amount of information you can find online to tackle problems beyond your wildest dreams. There are a lot of other great communities as well, and together we’re all trying to build a better web.

With that being said, let’s get started. Although the primary focus of this is within a team environment, I’ll also try to touch on some points for people who work in smaller teams or as a freelancer as well.

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