Will We Meet You At WordCamp Germany This Weekend?

wordcamp-2009-mitteldeutschlandFrank, Micha and I will participate at the WordCamp Germany this weekend. We are looking forward to see Matt and everybody else in the WordPress scene. We hope we will meet some of our readers as well. It's always great to meet people in person, especially if you know them just via internet for a long time.

Last year I had the pleasure to be at the WordCamp Dallas 2008. It was really great to talk to Lorelle, Matt, Liz, Ronald, Ptah, Jeffro, Charles and many more. I hope this event will have the same cool, relaxed and friendly atmosphere as last year in Dallas. But I'm sure, Frank and his team will provide a great event this weekend.

We really hope to meet many people there and have a nice chat with everyone, it will be a great opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, experience and knowledge.

Hope to see you there and if not, we probably will let you know what happened at the WordCamp Germany.

Core Plugins – Bless Or Curse

The WP Hackers mailing list is always good for a discussion and so far I like to participate. Currently, there is a new debate concerning the development of Plugins to the core theme. Andrew, an experienced and avid developer, submitted the issue in a guest contribution on WP Tavern and brings some important points to bear.

I also would like to express my perspective on these things and discussion. WordPress in my view, is an application I enjoy and with a lot potential nowadays and I'm sure for the future. My opinion is from the perspective of a user and a developer. I will only show briefly the possibilities I like to have and how I can imagine the future of WordPress, without compromising the current path and without a start from scratch.
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Numbering your comments, pingbacks, trackbacks or all

Since WordPress 2.7 exists an API for the comment area. Thereby you can purge the PHP-portion within comments.php. Jean-Baptiste shows a simple solution to count comments. This solution is very well known and get used pretty much since the first release of WordPress. But if you like to have a filter, which counts only the trackbacks or only the comments, then this solutions is worthless. Besides that, the How To is pretty poor and PHP-rookies could have troubles with it.

Relating to this and because of many questions about this topic I show you two simple functions, which you insert in your functions.php of your theme. Normally they get used as output in your comments.php.
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Removing WordPress Login Design

In a previous post, I showed the possibility, how to use WordPress in regard to Corporate Identity. For example adjusting the login area. This shouldn't be a tough task with the according articles.

In both cases I didn't talk about how to deactivate the default WordPress layout, since I always used the example based of the WordPress stylesheet. But the stylesheet of WordPress isn't really lean and why should you load unnecessary data, which you really don't need?

With a little hook and an appropriate function I can disable to load the stylesheet of WordPress and load my own CSS - How that works can be read in both articles about adjusting theme login.
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