Feed for Drafts (Plugin)

We are already working with four authors at WPEngineer – so it's quite useful to have a feed for drafts and everybody can look at it. If someone is writing a new post and saves as draft everybody get immediately notified via feed.

There is also the possibility to get notified via email, but I thought it's more convenient to let everybody know about new drafts through our feed reader. That's why I checked out how to create your own feed. With the help of the loop you can do quite a lot, as you can see in our previous post „Customize Your WordPress-Feeds“.

You are welcome to use the following small Plugin (download link at the end of this post) or use the displayed code below to create your own feed.
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Cheat Sheet for Regular Expressions


Regular Expressions can really be a pain in the ass – so any help is normally welcome. Today I will present a Cheat Sheet by AddedBytes.com which is really helpful when dealing with regular expressions. I'm proud to announce this sheet, because they also have a variety of other great cheat sheets available for download on their site.

The newest one concentrates on regular expressions – simple yet colorful as ususal.

In the end I would like to recommend another useful Plugin for Firefox this time. The Regular Expression Tester can also be of great help.

Use JavaScript Libraries In And Of WordPress

If you develop in and for WordPress, it's advisable to use a library of the core and a Plugin for the the library with the desired effect.

Same for theme and Plugin authors. If you use a function of WordPress to implement JavaScript, you will have less complications and the compatibility between Plugins is much higher.
I will show you an example with Thickbox how to use JavaScript from the core.

There are many possibilities to implement the „Lightbox“ effect on your website. Let's take a close look on a way to use it without a Plugin.
WordPress has Thickbox in their standard installation, so it's not very complicated to use it.
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WordPress Shortcode API

WordPress 2.5 extended the tagging function and added many little features. Among others the shortcode API for example, where you can add strings to a content in a fast and easy way. This makes the call from other functions in Plugins or theme functions much more easier.

The possibilities of shortcodes are immense, many other applications love this feature and with the new one you can make it even easier for the users to write in their backend. To put Shortcodes into the quick tag menu, I recommend to use the AddQuicktag Plugin.

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How To Improve WordPress Plugins

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With the upcoming WordPress release version 2.7 the menu changes to the vertical. This offers several features to the author which we already mentioned in some other posts. But this time I explicitly address Plugin authors and ask them to make their Plugins more user friendly in terms of usability. I will show only two tiny features.
Each of them have been discussed several times on the wp-hacker-mailing-list, but nearly everybody considers them as big improvements to usability.
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