Bye Bye my-hacks.php?

Soon the new 2.8 version of WordPress will be released, but the hype is not as much as it was some years ago, when version 2.0 was released for example.

But the new version brings many new things, fixes a large number of problems and WordPress is in my view, more open than in the prior versions. One of the points that users should be aware of is the fact that the option for the support of the my-hacks.php removed. 2003 this file was announced as a feature, and now it's going to be removed silently. WordPress has a sophisticated interface system, you can start at various points and bring in new functionality, so that the developer team decided that there is no longer need to support this solution. Alternatives and possibilities of further usage will briefly shown here.

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WordPress Plugin-Path

When working on a Plugin I noticed that the path to its files is not always complete, which depends on the WordPress version.
With WordPress Version 2.8 the function plugins_url() extends and it can be incorporate in a much cleaner way, no maintenance of the folder required, where the Plugin is put. An example will illustrate it and possibly will help the one or other author at his work.
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Disable WordPress Search

Not always is the search in WordPress desired. The one or another application with WordPress doesn't need this feature. Even if it is an added value in my opinion. In some cases, it still shouldn't be displayed and so I have them deactivated with access to two hooks. For now, I can see no other place where you could access it in my applications and it works so smoothly.
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Plugin Review: Codestyling Localization

Heiko Rabe, a very talented Plugin-Developer created a plugin, which comes just in time: Codestyling Localisation. Since I am currently developing a premium WordPress theme, which I like to have multilingual, this plugin is an excellent alternative to PoEdit. Compare to PoEdit this Plugin has the decisive advantage that you can translate a theme or plugin directly online, without an installed PoEdit on your computer. Therefore you don't have to constantly upload the language files, as they are directly in the theme / plugin stored. Continue reading …

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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Google News To Release With WordPress


Google News can be a coveted platform. But Google needs for the aggregation a special format - News Sitemap.

Basically you can create this format in two ways with WordPress. Both solutions will be presented here. I will talk about the second example more in detail, because I believe it shows very nicely how to use content from WordPress outside your blog.

  1. The first way is to create a sitemap, similar to a feed in WordPress. This has several advantages for the administration in WordPress.
    How to create a feed, I have in the tutorial „WordPress Feed for Drafts“ shown. You can download this solution as a plugin and simple use Google News-Sitemap.
  2. A second possibility is to create a PHP file in the root directory and to write the latest posts into the appropriate format.

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