Use Git to Test & Update Your Plugins for WordPress 4.2


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So, you get an email like this one every time WordPress publishes a new release. 4.2 just went out, so I got this email a few days ago. I’m not a serious plugin developer like most out there. They aren’t premium plugins; I just share my code because it’s helpful and it’s nice to know people use my stuff to help them do things. So, usually, I update my plugins after the release. Serious plugin developers are going to test their plugin before the release. For this tutorial, we’ll be updating it post release.

It’s good to let users know what version your plugin works on. When I looked at this list, I thought a lot of these plugins should work in 4.2, but people are probably not trying them because they are so outdated. This is not uncommon, especially if you’re just starting out or have that usual nine-to-five. I just got this email, so it totally sparked this post! Let’s get these updated!

In this tutorial you will learn how to:

  1. Use WordPress on Git to easily switch back and forth between versions for testing
  2. Update your plugin’s ‘Tested up to’
  3. Publish your changes to quickly

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Releasing Plugin Updates and Handling Security Vulnerabilities

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In my last article, I walked you through getting your plugin up and running on the plugin repository. In this follow up article I want to talk about releasing updates and new versions of your plugin.
I will also touch on the topic of security vulnerabilities and how to deal with them, which is a frightening topic for many people but by following a few simple steps you will save yourself a lot of stress and look like a hero to your users.

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The Lonely Presser Guide to WordCamps


Have you ever used one of those Lonely Planet guidebooks? Yeah, me neither. But I’m told they’re pretty fantastic for getting the skinny about a particular place you might want to go. Like, really detailed, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-level detail, so that you know almost as much as an actual local. Actually, I lied; I actually have used a Lonely Planet guide–the Lonely Planet British Phrasebook, which did actually have a surprising amount of valuable information when I went for a semester abroad in Norwich, England.

This post will hopefully offer the same amount of information, except for WordCamps, whether you know what a WordCamp is or you’re organizing (or volunteering for) your first WordCamp.

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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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New Media Expo 2015 Speakers Who Are Already On WordPress

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The New Media Expo (NMX!) 2015 Las Vegas is coming up with a quickness! This year, the event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 13th – April 16th, 2015.

We are stoked to say that WebDevStudios will have a booth at the event and our killer CTO, Brian Messenlehner, will be speaking at the event as well. His session, “WordPress the Web OS. Building Beyond the Blog,” will cover WordPress’ capabilities beyond what the average person may know, its infinite extendibility as a CMS, and how flexible and complex it can be, allowing it to suit a wide variety of needs. His presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:30 AM in Pavilion 11.

Dre Armeda, Shayne Sanderson, and Scott Bolinger will all be in attendance as well, so don’t hesitate to say hello–even if it means waving from across the crowded room and yelling, “I KNOW YOU!” (Okay, well, maybe actually stop by and say hi and pick up a discount code for Maintainn while you’re at it!)

Bloggers, podcasters, and web TV content creators come together at NMX to expand their base knowledge on content creation, monetization, and distribution of their work, as well as network with some of the biggest media creators in the world. According to a recent press release, the event hosts 98,000 attendees from 150 countries, as well as 1,600+ exhibitors and has sponsored support from big brands like WordPress (hey, we know them!).

This has been mentioned nearly ad nauseum at this point, but yes, WordPress is powering almost a quarter of the world’s websites, and as WordPress fans and experts, we couldn’t be more excited to continue evangelizing WP’s versatility and functionality at such a massive event.

While normally we use these event posts as an opportunity to highlight specific sessions at events that caught our eye, we wanted to give this one another twist: Since WordPress is such a major player, it’s not surprising that some of the very accomplished and noteworthy speakers are already running their sites on WordPress. Despite knowing this, I was still incredibly surprised to discover just how many of these incredible media moguls are running their sites on WordPress.

Here are a few people that we hope to run into at NMX Las Vegas 2015 who have already jumped on the WordPress party bus:

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The Question That Never Gets Old: or vs., webdevstudios, WordPress 101, WordPress basics

To start, this post is meant for new website owners and WordPress users. Those of us who have spent years learning WordPress know how hard it can be at the beginning, and it all starts with the basics; if you have any advice that you wish you had known when you were learning, share it in the comments!

Whether you’re a photographer or a business, WordPress is the perfect platform for any type of project. You can use it to maintain a business website or a blog. The best part of WordPress is that there are two versions you can choose from: a fully hosted version or a self-hosted version. One of the top WordPress questions out there is, “What version should I use? or”

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3 Great WordPress Themes for Portfolio Sites

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Recently, we showed you how to create a filterable portfolio and included a free starter theme suitable for portfolio sites. However, if you’re more of a designer than a developer, customizing a starter theme might not be what you prefer to do. To save you the time, we’re going to showcase three great WordPress themes that will fit any portfolio site. Best of all, they’re free and you can download them straight from your WordPress dashboard.

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Filtering WordPress Form Data with Gravity Forms

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WordPress filters are used to modify data before being rendered to the browser or saved to the database, and WordPress plugins typically provide filters to modify plugin behavior. Gravity forms is an extremely powerful form plugin that has many filters available. These filters can be used for validating form data, creating custom redirects, and even tying form data to other WordPress tables. The filter you hook into for validating submitted form data is the gform_validation filter.

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WDS Github Releases for February 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 five(-ish) releases of every month from now on. While the vast majority are on Github (and for this month, they ALL are), we’ll sometimes also be featuring non-Github releases as well.

February was a busy month! We had a lot going on, and released some really exciting stuff!

Here are the top five releases from WebDevStudios:

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Lisa Sabin-Wilson Does the Design Bloggers Conference

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As many of you already know, WDS folks are regulars at the tech events around the world–particularly when it comes to WordPress. We love teaching, we love learning, and we love meeting people in our community. Recently, though, Lisa received an invitation to something unexpected, and it was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up.

Lisa was invited to speak at the Design Bloggers Conference later this month! Now, this isn’t a conference focusing on web design, but on interior design. It does seem a little outside of our purview, doesn’t it? Considering the new reports that WordPress is hosting almost a quarter of the sites worldwide, it may not be as surprising as you (and we) initially thought!

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