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WordPress Performance Optimzation

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Brian Krogsgard
Hosting
Performance matters because a positive (fast) user experience facilitates all goals a publisher or application developer might have. WordPress, like most applications, has numerous moving parts that must be considered when trying to scale.

Using WordPress for application development

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Tom McFarlin weighs in on the topic of WordPress as a tool for application development in his latest post on WP Daily.

Avoid the pains of pagination

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Brian Krogsgard
Design
UX Movement explores various painpoints of pagination. A good reminder for those of us creating pagination in WordPress themes and client sites. Are we giving it enough thought?

Getting a menu name in WordPress

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
I had the hardest time figuring out how to return the saved name for a given menu. After spending way too much time in Google, I stumbled across this simple function that does the trick.

Five questions with theme developer Mike McAlister

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Brian Krogsgard
DesignWordPress News
Erik Ford has a nice Q&A with Mike McAlister on his blog. Both Erik and Mike are valuable members of the commercial theme community. This is a great opportunity to hear how Mike got into making WordPress themes, and how…

Don’t dequeue WordPress’ jQuery

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Eric Mann describes why you shouldn't dequeue WordPress' version of jQuery. Unless you have a really, really good reason to use a CDN for jQuery (you probably don't), then stick with what WordPress ships with. You'll likely save yourself many…

WordPress Timthumb Alternative

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Travis Northcutt
Development
An alternative to Timthumb that includes back compat for <3.5, and a separate function for WP 3.5+.

Adding JS to the WordPress admin, and keeping it on one page

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Curtis McHale
Development
A tutorial to show you how to enqueue JS in the WordPress admin on one page only.

Understanding MySQL in WordPress

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Scott Taylor goes into great detail describing the use of MySQL in WordPress. Put your focus hat on to read this one.

Dre Armeda and Brad Williams tease “DradCast”

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Brian Krogsgard
SecurityWordPress News
It seems that Dre Armeda and Brad Williams are destined to return to the internet-airwaves soon, with what appears to be a podcast called, "DradCast." Drad is the nickname that Brad and Dre have given themselves as a tag team…

When to use the alternative PHP syntax

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Ben Everard made a short video describing when he thinks it's appropriate to use the alternative PHP syntax. He uses the example of his WordPress blog templates. He makes good points, but primarily he notes that it allows for a…

Loading WordPress language files the right way

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Tom McFarlin
Development
A solid post by Geert that provides a correct way to include language files in your plugins as well as a great explanation as to why this approach is best.

Why you shouldn’t use closing PHP tags in WordPress plugins

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Mike Schinkel posted on his HardcoreWP blog about why you should never use closing PHP tags in WordPress plugins. It's a great read. He goes in depth about why, versus just telling you not to. This is how beginner level…

You know you want a WordPress theme for your IRC client

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Brian Krogsgard
Design
And Ryan Duff is here to oblige your every whim. He presents to us a WordPress themed Colloquy theme.

The WordPress design and development process

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Brian Krogsgard
Design
Tammy Hart, a designer and developer with 10up, shares her process with us. Everyone's varies a little bit. How does it stack up to yours?

Developing WordPress plugins with boilerplates

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Brian Krogsgard
Development
Tom McFarlin, doing what Tom McFarlin does over on wpTuts+. Go read about why boilerplates matter. I personally use versions of both of his settings and plugin boilerplates, which you can get from the links in his post. Go read…
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