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Short, bite-sized audio WordPress podcast. Each bite contains thoughts about WordPress, themes, plugins, and the community.

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Pressbit 008: Thinking out loud about WordPress business models

Pressbit 008 is ready for your listening ears. In this Pressbit I talk about WordPress business models, giving a proof of concept that (I hope) helps get across the point that there are a lot of business models in our industry that are still untapped. Listen here: If you would rather download it directlyyou cando that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. There are lots of untapped ideas – here’s one Oli Dale, of wplift, wrote a nice post a while back about existing WordPress business models. It was an interesting post, but I think there is still a lot of potential to do new things. So, in this Pressbit, I go over one idea. Let’s say you know how to make WordPress themes – either for clients or for public distribution – then this idea could apply to you. Instead making a theme and trying to sell it in your own shop or on a marketplace for $35, what if you developed a much more niche theme...

2 MIN2012 FEB 27
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Pressbit 008: Thinking out loud about WordPress business models

Pressbits #7: Memorize WordPress dashboard URLs

In episode seven I share my thoughts on something I’ve tried to do on a daily basis to be more efficient when working in the WordPress dashboard. I’m curious what you think of this idea. Have a listen: If you would rather download it directlyyou cando that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. Memorize dashboard URLs If you’re anything like me, you spend a good deal of time in the WordPress dashboard. But also like me, you might be interested in being efficient and not wasting time. One thing I’ve tried to train myself to do is memorize the URLs for pages I visit within the dashboard, to entirely skip over the navigation side of things. Or rather, not memorize, but commit them to muscle memory. For instance, one thing I’ll often do is log into the dashboard and start a new post. The standard way is to type in my dashboard URL, wait for it to load, then click the add new post link (either ...

1 MIN2012 FEB 17
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Pressbits #7: Memorize WordPress dashboard URLs

Pressbits 006: How to evaluate plugins in the directory

Pressbits episode 006 awaits you. This time was slightly different, as Ryan and I were both on this episode. We held a very brief conversation about how we look for and decide to use a plugin in the repository. You can listen to it here: Download audio file (Pressbits-0006-Evaluating-plugins-on-dot-org.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. How we evaluate new plugins This episode spawned from a conversation we were having on Skype discussing how we decide a plugin in the repository is worth downloading. Specifically, I was looking for an Amazon s3 integration plugin. Ryan recommended one to me that I had already ignored because it only had a three star rating. Ryan doesn’t look too much at the star ratings, as he (well both of us really) considers them flawed. I don’t look at them exlclusively, but do tend to use the star rating as...

4 MIN2012 FEB 14
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Pressbits 006: How to evaluate plugins in the directory

Pressbits 005: Don’t delete plugin options on deactivation

In this episode of Pressbits I discuss my pet peeve of plugin developers deleting my options settings on deactivation, rather than upon uninstallation. You should listen to it, especially if you’re a plugin developer. Download audio file (Pressbits-0005-plugin-options-and-deactivation.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that too, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. Deactivating and uninstalling a plugin are not the same thing Let’s talk about plugin options. Specifically, what I expect as a user when I deactivate a plugin, versus uninstall one. WordPress has some hooks built in that help enable plugin others to do things, namely register_activation_hook, register_deactivation_hook, and register_uninstall_hook. The deactivation hook and uninstall hook are great places to trigger certain things. Unfortunately, too many plugin authors unset options in the wrong one. When I ...

1 MIN2012 FEB 4
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Pressbits 005: Don’t delete plugin options on deactivation

Pressbits 004: Don’t hesitate to release plugins

In this episode of Pressbits I discuss thehesitanceI sometimes see in folks to release their code as WordPress plugins. Listen, I dare you: Download audio file (Pressbits-0004-Dont-hesitate-to-release-plugins.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that too, or subscribe to this showvia RSSor on iTunes. If you would prefer a transcript, you can also read that just after the jump. Mine your work for plugins that you can release Sometimes I get the sense that someone is shying away from releasing any of their work as a plugin. They will say things like “this isn’t that complex” or “this isn’t worthwhile or unique”. But the thing is, we (the community)need more plugins that are small, simple, and compact. Dig into your functions file, your functionality plugins, or even stray code that you have within your theme files. Be watchful for what could become a general public plugin. If not for your own sake— some aren’t interested in maintaining plugins on WordPress.o...

2 MIN2012 FEB 3
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Pressbits 004: Don’t hesitate to release plugins

Pressbits 003: Simple plugin updates

I recorded a Pressbits episode just for you: Download audio file (Pressbits-0003-Simple-Plugin-Updates.mp3) If you would rather download it directly you can do that too, or subscribe to this show via RSS or on iTunes. If you would prefer a transcript, you can also read that just after the jump. On simple plugin updates I try to pay close attention to plugin updates. Not as close as WordPress updates, though when it’s a plugin I’m using it’s just as important to me. One of my favorite dashboard-tweaking plugins has been, for some time now, the Expandable Dashboard RecentComments plugin by coffee2code(I believe I mistakenly referenced Viper007Bond as the author— sorry Scott!).I’ve mentioned it on The Sweet Plugin before, but in short it allows you to expand the comments you see on the dashboard (the previews you use to quickly approve or trash new comments). It saves me a page load since I don’t have to visit the comments screen, which I like. The plugin update (released in the ...

2 MIN2012 FEB 2
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Pressbits 003: Simple plugin updates

Pressbits 002: The WordPress admin

Pressbits episode 002 awaits your consumption. Download audio file (Pressbits-000002-The-WordPress-Admin.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that, or subscribe to Pressbits via RSS or on iTunes. A summary of this episode is after the jump. Do your clients understand the admin you’ve given them? You’ve built some pretty cool features into a website, and you’re about to hand it over to your client. But do they know what to do with these features, and how to use them? Do they even know they exist? What good is it if they login and get overwhelmed? Unless you tell them, they probably don’t know where to go, or what to do, or how to navigate the backend at all. There are options out there to help you clean up the clutter, and I personally use the White Label CMS plugin to help me do that. Not only does this plugin let me select some unnecessary (for the client) menus to hide, but I can quickly create a couple of helpful widgets, like one with quick links to help a...

1 MIN2012 FEB 1
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Pressbits 002: The WordPress admin

Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show

I’m happy to introduce the newest addition to the WPCandy shows family. It’s called Pressbits, and it’s exactly what you’d expect: bite-sized thoughts on WordPress. Ryan and I will both be contributing to Pressbits, and you can expect them at arapid-firepace (daily-ish). I got inspiration for Pressbits from Paul Boag’s Audio Boos, which is one of my favorite web related podcasts. Our goal is similar, quick, off the cuff recordings of what’s on our mind. I hope you’ll enjoy, and of course, your feedback is always appreciated. We’ll update this post shortly with a podcast feed url dedicated to Pressbits. Listen to the introductory Episode 001 of Pressbits after the jump, or download itdirectly. Download audio file (Pressbits-0001-Hello-world.mp3) You can also subscribe to this show via RSS or on iTunes. You just finished reading Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show on WPCandy. Please consider leaving a comment!

54 s2012 JAN 31
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Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show
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Latest Episodes

Pressbit 008: Thinking out loud about WordPress business models

Pressbit 008 is ready for your listening ears. In this Pressbit I talk about WordPress business models, giving a proof of concept that (I hope) helps get across the point that there are a lot of business models in our industry that are still untapped. Listen here: If you would rather download it directlyyou cando that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. There are lots of untapped ideas – here’s one Oli Dale, of wplift, wrote a nice post a while back about existing WordPress business models. It was an interesting post, but I think there is still a lot of potential to do new things. So, in this Pressbit, I go over one idea. Let’s say you know how to make WordPress themes – either for clients or for public distribution – then this idea could apply to you. Instead making a theme and trying to sell it in your own shop or on a marketplace for $35, what if you developed a much more niche theme...

2 MIN2012 FEB 27
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Pressbit 008: Thinking out loud about WordPress business models

Pressbits #7: Memorize WordPress dashboard URLs

In episode seven I share my thoughts on something I’ve tried to do on a daily basis to be more efficient when working in the WordPress dashboard. I’m curious what you think of this idea. Have a listen: If you would rather download it directlyyou cando that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. Memorize dashboard URLs If you’re anything like me, you spend a good deal of time in the WordPress dashboard. But also like me, you might be interested in being efficient and not wasting time. One thing I’ve tried to train myself to do is memorize the URLs for pages I visit within the dashboard, to entirely skip over the navigation side of things. Or rather, not memorize, but commit them to muscle memory. For instance, one thing I’ll often do is log into the dashboard and start a new post. The standard way is to type in my dashboard URL, wait for it to load, then click the add new post link (either ...

1 MIN2012 FEB 17
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Pressbits #7: Memorize WordPress dashboard URLs

Pressbits 006: How to evaluate plugins in the directory

Pressbits episode 006 awaits you. This time was slightly different, as Ryan and I were both on this episode. We held a very brief conversation about how we look for and decide to use a plugin in the repository. You can listen to it here: Download audio file (Pressbits-0006-Evaluating-plugins-on-dot-org.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. How we evaluate new plugins This episode spawned from a conversation we were having on Skype discussing how we decide a plugin in the repository is worth downloading. Specifically, I was looking for an Amazon s3 integration plugin. Ryan recommended one to me that I had already ignored because it only had a three star rating. Ryan doesn’t look too much at the star ratings, as he (well both of us really) considers them flawed. I don’t look at them exlclusively, but do tend to use the star rating as...

4 MIN2012 FEB 14
Comments
Pressbits 006: How to evaluate plugins in the directory

Pressbits 005: Don’t delete plugin options on deactivation

In this episode of Pressbits I discuss my pet peeve of plugin developers deleting my options settings on deactivation, rather than upon uninstallation. You should listen to it, especially if you’re a plugin developer. Download audio file (Pressbits-0005-plugin-options-and-deactivation.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that too, or subscribe to this showvia RSSoron iTunes. If you would prefer a written summary, you can also read that just after the jump. Deactivating and uninstalling a plugin are not the same thing Let’s talk about plugin options. Specifically, what I expect as a user when I deactivate a plugin, versus uninstall one. WordPress has some hooks built in that help enable plugin others to do things, namely register_activation_hook, register_deactivation_hook, and register_uninstall_hook. The deactivation hook and uninstall hook are great places to trigger certain things. Unfortunately, too many plugin authors unset options in the wrong one. When I ...

1 MIN2012 FEB 4
Comments
Pressbits 005: Don’t delete plugin options on deactivation

Pressbits 004: Don’t hesitate to release plugins

In this episode of Pressbits I discuss thehesitanceI sometimes see in folks to release their code as WordPress plugins. Listen, I dare you: Download audio file (Pressbits-0004-Dont-hesitate-to-release-plugins.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that too, or subscribe to this showvia RSSor on iTunes. If you would prefer a transcript, you can also read that just after the jump. Mine your work for plugins that you can release Sometimes I get the sense that someone is shying away from releasing any of their work as a plugin. They will say things like “this isn’t that complex” or “this isn’t worthwhile or unique”. But the thing is, we (the community)need more plugins that are small, simple, and compact. Dig into your functions file, your functionality plugins, or even stray code that you have within your theme files. Be watchful for what could become a general public plugin. If not for your own sake— some aren’t interested in maintaining plugins on WordPress.o...

2 MIN2012 FEB 3
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Pressbits 004: Don’t hesitate to release plugins

Pressbits 003: Simple plugin updates

I recorded a Pressbits episode just for you: Download audio file (Pressbits-0003-Simple-Plugin-Updates.mp3) If you would rather download it directly you can do that too, or subscribe to this show via RSS or on iTunes. If you would prefer a transcript, you can also read that just after the jump. On simple plugin updates I try to pay close attention to plugin updates. Not as close as WordPress updates, though when it’s a plugin I’m using it’s just as important to me. One of my favorite dashboard-tweaking plugins has been, for some time now, the Expandable Dashboard RecentComments plugin by coffee2code(I believe I mistakenly referenced Viper007Bond as the author— sorry Scott!).I’ve mentioned it on The Sweet Plugin before, but in short it allows you to expand the comments you see on the dashboard (the previews you use to quickly approve or trash new comments). It saves me a page load since I don’t have to visit the comments screen, which I like. The plugin update (released in the ...

2 MIN2012 FEB 2
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Pressbits 003: Simple plugin updates

Pressbits 002: The WordPress admin

Pressbits episode 002 awaits your consumption. Download audio file (Pressbits-000002-The-WordPress-Admin.mp3) If you would rather download it directlyyou can do that, or subscribe to Pressbits via RSS or on iTunes. A summary of this episode is after the jump. Do your clients understand the admin you’ve given them? You’ve built some pretty cool features into a website, and you’re about to hand it over to your client. But do they know what to do with these features, and how to use them? Do they even know they exist? What good is it if they login and get overwhelmed? Unless you tell them, they probably don’t know where to go, or what to do, or how to navigate the backend at all. There are options out there to help you clean up the clutter, and I personally use the White Label CMS plugin to help me do that. Not only does this plugin let me select some unnecessary (for the client) menus to hide, but I can quickly create a couple of helpful widgets, like one with quick links to help a...

1 MIN2012 FEB 1
Comments
Pressbits 002: The WordPress admin

Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show

I’m happy to introduce the newest addition to the WPCandy shows family. It’s called Pressbits, and it’s exactly what you’d expect: bite-sized thoughts on WordPress. Ryan and I will both be contributing to Pressbits, and you can expect them at arapid-firepace (daily-ish). I got inspiration for Pressbits from Paul Boag’s Audio Boos, which is one of my favorite web related podcasts. Our goal is similar, quick, off the cuff recordings of what’s on our mind. I hope you’ll enjoy, and of course, your feedback is always appreciated. We’ll update this post shortly with a podcast feed url dedicated to Pressbits. Listen to the introductory Episode 001 of Pressbits after the jump, or download itdirectly. Download audio file (Pressbits-0001-Hello-world.mp3) You can also subscribe to this show via RSS or on iTunes. You just finished reading Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show on WPCandy. Please consider leaving a comment!

54 s2012 JAN 31
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Pressbits 001: Introducing our latest show
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