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We’ve Lost A Very Good Friend, WordPress Enthusiast And An Important Part Of WPEngineer!

Sadness has descended on WPEngineer last week. Michael Preuß, one of our WPEngineer Team, died suddenly after a short illness and after a memorable life.

Frank and I are still in shock and we can't realize that Michael left us without saying goodbye. He leaves a big gap in our life. He was not only our teammate at WPEngineer, he also was a very good friend, who have shared the same love for WordPress and the community as we do.

We didn't meet us very often in person, since we live quite far away from each other. But when we did, we always had a blast and fun talking about WordPress and other stuff that was going on right now around the world. But most of the time we were talking on the phone for hours, literally.

This time our reunion was one of Frank's and my saddest moment. We had to carry Michael to his grave. It was painful, incomprehensible and unbearable at once. Unlikely for us, not one word about WordPress, this time we had to mourn the loss of our beloved friend Michael.

Feb 2009 - Matt meets WPEngineer: Frank, Michael, Matt, Alex

Feb 2009 - Matt meets WPEngineer: Frank, Michael, Matt, Alex

Just 4 years ago we got to know each other and became very good friends. Michael, Frank and I had the urge to give the WordPress community something back, a platform for writing tips, tricks and solutions for the WordPress community - WPEngineer was born! Frank and I will continue to publish future posts, despite the loss we have.

We will also help his partner and friend Heiko, to continue Michael's life's work Xtreme Theme.

He left his wonderful and caring wife Carola and his two sons Robert and Alexander behind, and I'm sure, many other WordPress Junkies, like we are, who still can't believe he is gone forever!

You will always be in our Source Code!

In deepest sympathy

Alex & Frank

Stop SOPA!

What is this all about: Help Stop SOPA/PIPA
Turn off your website on January 18th for 12 hours.

Simple and fast solution for turn the website off; use the Plugin WP Maintenance Mode, original for the activation of the maintenance mode; but its easy for this requirement. As useful; the plugin send an 503 Service Unavailable header.

Set the following settings in the plugin

Code for the field text, the video markup:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31100268?byline=0&portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
<p><a href="http://vimeo.com/31100268">PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/fightforthefuture">Fight for the Future</a>.</p>

Here is the result for not signed in visitors:

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Best Practice for Multilanguage WordPress Content? New Plugin!

Since the beginning of WordPress the desire to publish the content in different languages is huge. But the topic can quickly become complex, because not only the rendering of content in the form of text in different languages ​​is an issue, we also have to take care of the meta data for content, for images that can be different depending on the language and the use of the admin interface in the preferred language. Thus, only a part would be covered depending on the requirements (a example on StackExchange) it would quickly become an project and WordPress would be just a "small" framework behind it. There are already many Plugins available, the different approaches - new tables in the system or separation of content for each language in a table entry to post, or other solutions.

All these solutions have their limitations, are inflexible and you go into a dependency that will be hard to get out and with each update of WordPress you have to check if the Plugin is still working or has any bugs with the new version. Therefore, I would suggest a solution that we use in our Inpsyde Team frequently for customers and maintained their strength in the flexibility, in extensibility and in its capacity to use the WordPress standard without changing the core or anything else. You can deactivate the Plugin at any time, you won't lose anything, your website remains the same.

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Separate Logic From Output

Once HTML is defined within a function for output, the HTML will be separated from the logic! In this case the function is defined twice. A function contains only logic and values ​​are returned only as return. The second function will contain HTML, test logic, loops or hooks and outputs values ​​as echo. Ok, the smart asses will say MVC, yeah you right, but WordPress does not pursue a Consistent MVC pattern!

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Register Settings on WordPress Multisite

The use of WordPress for several blogs in the network can be useful to simplify several steps and is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you want the classical scenarios of blog hosting service or like to create multilingual websites or other ideas. Therefore, it is also important for plugin developers to use the functions and to expand or develop their own Plugins for it specifically.

Much is the same, but not all, and in this small article I would like to briefly explain how you set settings in the database when you activate a Plugin. Continue reading …