Fine tune user permissions in WordPress with the Members plugin

We have previously discussed how WordPress handles what a user can and can’t do, you can read all about it here. In short WordPress categorizes the users in six roles and assigns to each one a selection from the 60 default capabilities, each capability allows for a certain action and, naturally, the more capabilities a user has, the more they can do on the site.

Today we’re going to take a look at yet another plugin that can help you fiddle with the default capabilities assigned to each role, or even create new roles for your site.

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How to make your own WordPress dashboard widget

Do you build a plugin and want to easily display some general information? Or perhaps you are building a theme and want your customers to keep up with your blog? If you don’t want to build a dedicated settings page, then a simple (or complex, your call) widget on the WordPress dashboard should be enough. It’s very easy and very fast, too!

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Modify image sizes using Simple Image Sizes

WordPress comes with a few preset image sizes for images to be cropped to, the thumbnail, the medium and the large ones. Of course these basic image sizes are not enough for themes, so their developers tend to add many more custom image sizes to better creates the desired layouts on their themes. What if you need more image sizes than the ones that come with your theme? Luckily there is a plugin for that.

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Public Opinion has been released

Just a quick post to let you know that our latest premium WordPress theme, Public Opinion is live. If you are on the lookout for a magazine theme, look no further! Here’s a rundown of some of the theme’s features.

Featured Posts

Mark your best posts as featured and display them above the rest, choose from 11 eye catching layouts to achieve the best reading experience for your visitors.

Advertising space

Strategically placed widgetized areas throughout the theme will allow you to place advertising banners exactly where needed to increase revenue without annoying the reader.

Elementor ready

Do you have an awesome layout in mind which is not built in Public Opinion? No problem, we have built two custom Elementor modules to help you pull featured posts or category content and place it wherever you please.

and more!

Public Opinion also includes unlimited color variations, a news ticker, a weather module, and custom widgets, pretty much everything you need is there. Check it out today!

How to add a new navigation menu to your WordPress site

Do you need to show an extra navigation menu on your WordPress site? Or perhaps you need to show a bunch of links someplace? No matter your use-case, WordPress provides navigation menus that are very easy to create, manage and display. If you like the drag and drop interface of the navigation menus management screen, and you  so you figured you’ll create a menu to show them.

However, you neither want to show them in the sidebar (“Custom Menu” widget), nor in the content (“menu shortcode” plugin), and your theme doesn’t quite allow you to display it exactly where you want. What do you do? You need to register a new menu location. Let’s see how.

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Add custom fields to your WooCommerce checkout page

The WooCommerce checkout page comes with most of the required fields to allow you to get all the required information in order to dispatch an order to a client. What if something is missing? You might need a couple of extra fields, a checkbox, a drop-down or another text input field, how can you get them? You can always add new fields programmatically as described in WooCommerce’s documentation here, but there is an easier way by using a plugin.

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How to add custom fields to the WordPress registration form

If you allow registrations on your WordPress site, chances are you need to gather some more information about your users. If you absolutely need this information, the best way to get it is to make it required during registration, otherwise there are slim chances that your users will actually visit their profile page and provide that optional information.

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Customize your WordPress dashboard using Adminimize

The WordPress dashboard contains a lot of options that most users won’t ever use. In fact the plethora of options can some times be confusing or even dangerous if some of the available options allows an inexperienced user to break their site. WordPress tries to minimize both the clutter and prevent accidents by restricting access to necessary options depending of the user role. What if you want to create a tailor made experience for your clients though? You have a few options, you can use the roles & capabilities API to customize what each user role can do on your site, or even create custom roles for your users, more info on how to do that here. However, for more fine grained dashboard customization there is a purpose built plugin and it’s called Adminimize.

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How we use Sass and Gulp in our WordPress theme & plugin development workflow

It’s been quite a while now since we’ve completely abandoned vanilla CSS for a CSS preprocessor (more than four years actually) and more specifically for Sass (with SCSS syntax). There are quite a few reasons why we did that, and the main one is improved DX (developer experience) along with easier plugin integrations.

Simply put, Sass used to be (and still is) a much more powerful language than vanilla CSS, especially if you’re concerned with older browser support (i.e… IE ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). I’ve found that the need for variables, conditionals, mixins, rule nesting, along with color functions and all the goodies a preprocessor comes with is much more apparent within the WordPress theming context where you wish to provide multiple color schemes for your theme or tame popular WordPress plugins to match your theme’s design and layout.

That said, I’m not here to sell you on CSS preprocessors right now, this piece is an overview on how we use Sass with Gulp in our theme and plugin development workflow, and how to incorporate the same workflow to your theme, if you so wish.

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Add custom fonts to your WordPress website using a child theme

A well crafted and easy to read font is a great asset for any website. It will catch the readers eye and it won’t tire them while they consume your content. There are many plugins that can help you add fonts to your WordPress site, but perhaps you want to avoid using them and prefer to do this the old fashioned way. It’s pretty easy, let’s take a look.

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