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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We Made It On The List Of The Coolest Blog Powered By WordPress

Yee haw!!! Today we made it on the top 20 list of the coolest blog powered by WordPress on WP Freedom Blog, thanks guys!!!

Now it's time to vote for the coolest blog ever. It would be a great support if you help us to be the one. Just go to their voting list and vote for WP We greatly appreciate that and your support will motivate us even more to provide you with great content.

Yes we can! 😉

Easy Way For Advertisement In WordPress

Since version 2.5 WordPress introduced the shortcode API, more detail about it in our article „WordPress Shortcode API“. Recently I had a task which is surely common, but with the help of shortcode API and custom fields very easy to solve. I had to include some advertisements (in german: Werbung) into some articles.

In each article the editor puts 3 custom fields: bild (image), link, linktext. In the text he can set the shortcode [ad]. This shortcode will be recognized by WordPress with the help of the following function. It will also load specific data to display the ads here.
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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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