Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s ManageWP AMA

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Last week, Lisa did ManageWP’s Ask Me Anything. There were some fantastic questions about WordPress (and some thorough razzing over football). While we were super excited about this before it happened, we had no idea we’d see such thoughtful questions!

In case you missed it, here’s a snippet:

RYAN: Given that you’ve worked in web design/development since 2003, what 3 things do you know now, that you wish you knew when you got started?

LISA: 3 things I wished I knew in 2003 when I first got started….

I was pretty green to web development back then, with only about 3 years of some serious tinkering with CSS and HTML markup prior to the release of WordPress. It took me a long time to really understand WordPress core, primarily because I didn’t have a good base knowledge of PHP. I think I could have achieved more things in my development work and emerging career back then if I had a better fundamental understanding of PHP and the logic behind it. CSS & HTML came pretty easy to me, and even the hierarchy of WP themes and the template tags were pretty easy to understand – but I was stymied for a good amount of time in any real custom features until I had a better understanding of how it all worked.

Second, I wish I had been more prepared for running my own business. These days, everywhere I look on the web there are resources, training and advice for new entrepreneurs in internet tech, particularly in the WP community. But back then, I either was not looking in the right places or it just didn’t exist – so I made it up as I went along and learned some of the hard lessons not through the benefit of someone else’s experience, but because I went through each challenging step of it myself. It was exciting and actually quite fun, looking back – but I think I could have progressed quicker with the help of some of the fantastic resources I’m seeing out there today.

Third, I wish someone would have told me how difficult it was to write a book about technology! I really do enjoy it, a lot – and over the years have learned so much – but it’s quite a challenge to write a book about software that is constantly changing and evolving. Most often, the software is changing as I am writing. If someone had sat me down back then and said “Lisa, this is going to be really challenging” – it wouldn’t have changed my mind about doing it, I just would have, maybe, felt better prepared for the road ahead of me, which might have softened some of the frustrations and stress I experienced about it early on.

If you want to read more excellent questions for Lisa, as well as her responses, you can check out the thread here. Cheers!

Basic WordPress Terminology: What the Layperson Should Know

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WordPress proudly touts its user first design for ease of use, but on other end of the spectrum are the website owners. Even the owner of a simple website is instantly barraged with the seeming jumble of terms, acronyms, and phrases that make up a typical WordPress installation. An experienced WordPress website owner may not give a second thought to this jungle of words, but a new WordPress website owner may be daunted by terms like ‘taxonomy’ and ‘shortcode.’

Here at WebDevStudios, we commonly work with newcomers to WordPress and non-technical stakeholders that do not have time to trek through the jungle of jargon, so we have put together a helpful list of some of the most common terms a website owner may run into.

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Engaging in Your Local WordPress Community

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One of the best things about working with WordPress is the large community that you can participate in. If you’re new to WordPress, experiencing this community in a tangible way can seem daunting. The goal of this post is to help you find ways to participate in both your local portion of the WordPress community, as well as the global community.

There are numerous ways to engage with other people who are working, or who want to work, with WordPress. Here are a few that we will cover:

  • WordPress Meetups
  • WordCamps
  • Online groups

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The Custom Post Type UI Million Download Celebration

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In the spring of 2013, I was moved into a “Plugin Czar” position within WebDevStudios. This meant that I was now in charge of the support, maintenance, and development of many of our free plugins available on our WordPress.org account.

Custom Post Type UI is one of our many plugins, and undoubtedly our most popular one. So popular, that it is the first WebDevStudio plugin that has reached one million downloads with an active install count above 200,000. Not only that, but it maintains a 4.6 out of 5 stars rating with an impressive 87 5-stars at the time of this writing. This is quite an impressive feat to achieve since Brad Williams first tagged version 0.1.0 five years ago.

Lord of the Rings Meme.

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WordCamp Milwaukee 2015! We see you rounding the bend!

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Oh snap! It’s summer and some of our rad WDS-ers are prepping for WordCamp Milwaukee 2015, which is July 24th-26th! Several of our rockstar folks will be speaking, and you won’t want to miss it!

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.

Parbs, Dusty, and one of our newest, Zach S, will be not only attending, but speaking!

Here are the details for their awesome sessions–don’t miss ‘em!

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WordCamp Philly 2015 is Nearly Here!

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I know you didn’t think we’d miss announcing the next big event we know we’re stoked on! WordCamp Philly 2015 is THIS WEEKEND, June 13th-14th!

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.

This is a big one for us since Philly is where WebDevStudios HQ is located! This is the fifth WordCamp Philly, and not only will a bunch of WDS folk be there, but there are some other special events taking place that we hope those of you attending will participate in. Rami, Justin, and Brian will be speaking, and Brad, Corey, and Jaimie will all be attending as well, so make sure to grab them and say hello!

Here’s what you won’t want to miss:

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Use Git to Test & Update Your Plugins for WordPress 4.2

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WordPress emails you telling you that you need to update your plugins Tested up to

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 WordPress.org 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 WordPress.org 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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