WordPress Plugins GitHub Mirror (or on GitHub):

Say hello to fully automated GitHub mirrors of every plugin in the WordPress.org plugin repository. These aren’t your typical plugin Git repositories. These mirrors can be used for fast, efficient, and automated plugin updates using Composer, and don’t require “sync scripts” or separate Subversion checkouts for plugin development. They also offer a way for plugin developers to make the move to Git even while others continue working on the same plugin using Subversion uninterrupted.

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Impressive, and quite useful.

Smashing Magazine’s take on “Extending WordPress With Custom Content Types” is one of the best I’ve seen around.  It is very complete – skipping only, from what I can tell, the REST API functionality of the custom post types.  It’s easy to read and follow.  It has both screenshots and code snippets.  And it is based on a real example.

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This article alone can answer a gadzillion of those “Can this be done in WordPress?” questions.

Grouped tags and categories

Just a quick update on something that I wanted to do for quite a while now – I’ve joined the display of tags and categories.  They are still separated in the back-end for me to manage the posts easier.  I just figured out that for site visitors there’s no practical difference, and thus using two user interface elements where one can do the job is not ideal.  The code snippet that helped me do that was borrowed (and slightly modified) from this Codex page.  The only two change that I did were:

  • Skip the General category (or All, as it’s labeled in this case), since all posts belong to it anyway.
  • Skip post format taxonomy (as those are already encoded with post styling – colors and titles).

I’ve also thrown a copyright into the footer and a small welcome box to the sidebar, but those are just cosmetics.

Replacing Instagram plugin

WP Instagram Digest out. DsgnWrks Instagram Importer in. The old plugin was working more or less fine, but it lacked a bit in customization and in support of the somewhat newer WordPress features.  After stumbling upon this blog post, I decided it was time to try something new.

Some of the reasons for the replacement:

  • Import each individual Instagram photo separately, rather than a gallery.  Galleries are complicated, and often doesn’t look too good, especially with narrow WordPress themes, like the one I’m using now.
  • Customize title and content of the post.  The new plugin supports Instagram filters (which I won’t use) and locations (which I will).
  • Hashtag handling – the new plugin can strip off hashtags from post titles and content, and, instead use them as tags and or categories.
  • Support for post types – having them now as Image post type makes more sense (I’ve also converted all the previous posts too).