WordPress is undoubtedly a great content management platform and for the many use cases it covers it brings a lot of developer benefits on the table. Among the benefits, however, there are a handful of thorns sticking out and one of the sharpest ones is arguably CSS authoring which unfortunately can’t be blunted by the core team because it’s not inherently a fault within WordPress itself.
How long have you been craving for a text size setting on the default Text widget, or a background color on the Calendar widget? Did you know you could implement these yourself? And without modifying the core files? And without jeopardizing the update-ability of your website?
Yup! It can be done! Of course, some things are more easily done, and some things may be impossible to do at all. Let’s see however what is the general approach of actually doing it.
Did you know that when you’re using the search boxes on your WordPress site, you can narrow down the results by providing words that you don’t want included? That’s right! This method works both on the front end (theme-provided search bar, search widget, etc), as well as on the back end (post listing screens, etc), and is available since WordPress v4.4
Continuing on the multilingual WordPress theme, today we’ll take a look at Weglot. A translation plugin for WordPress which is a little bit different because it translates your content automatically.
Multilingual sites allow you to reach a wider audience, especially for non native English speakers. Translating your site in English will make it accessible to a very large, worldwide audience. The benefits do not apply only to the English language though, you might want to make your site accessible to a market or country that does not have many English speakers, translating it to their language removes that barrier.
Let’s talk about speed. We all know how important loading speeds are on websites. A slow page will struggle at keeping visitors engaged resulting to high bounce rates, which is less than desirable. The problem only gets worse on mobile users which not only have to deal with slow network speeds but run the potential risk of high data charges when visiting large websites. There are a lot of ways to speed up page loading times and decrease the page size such as caching and minification plugins, CDNs and more, Accelerated Mobile Pages are yet another tool in our disposal which is purpose built for mobiles.
WordPress defines what a user can and can’t do by using a system of roles and capabilities, but what does this actually mean? Below we’ll analyze roles and capabilities a bit and see how we can alter them with the use of a plugin.
We have recently released AudioIgniter. A stylish and easy to use audio player plugin for WordPress. AudioIgniter is suitable for solo artists, bands, DJs and podcasters.
In today’s article we’ll take a look at how we can create a playlist using AudioIgniter.