OUT OF THE BOX

OUT OF THE BOX

When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Use a WordPress Plugin

Proper testing and risk evaluation are key when deciding whether or not to introduce a plugin into your WordPress site.

The key to effective use of plugins is to deploy them only from properly vetted sources, and only when necessary. Plugins should solve a specific problem or provide an essential function. They should not indulge our vanity or our desire for a “shiny new object”. In this post, let’s get specific and discuss a decision-making framework for a specific type of plugin that can be applied across many different plugins. We’ll focus on a type of plugin that we see often, and whether it’s needed or not — plugins for Google Analytics.

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Wordpress Plugin Guideline Change

A couple of major updates have just been made to the guidelines for plugins listed in the Wordpress plugin directory. If you're a plugin author, you should definitely check them out to make sure you're not going to have any problems. If you're not a plugin author you may not need to understand the details, but you should still care - because these changes will hopefully mean less potential security and compatibility issues down the track.

While minor updates to the guidelines (with regard to spelling, grammar, etc) are common, major changes are rare and we are striving to be more transparent about them. Hence this post

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Quickly Migrate Content From One WordPress Site to Another With WPSiteSync

Another interesting approach to keeping data in sync between different sites. This plugin only allows you to sync posts across, and it's still a relatively manual process - but it's probably still a little simpler than the built-in Wordpress export/import. It does also take care of making sure tags, categories and media are also carried across. Probably not something we'll really make use of here, but still worth being aware of.

WPSiteSync is freely available from the WordPress plugin directory. To use it, both the source and target sites need to have it installed and activated. Even though the admin notice informs users to configure the plugin’s settings, you only need to do so on the source site.

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Shiny Updates Project Officially Proposed for Merge Into WordPress 4.6

A more user friendly and transparent way to install, update and delete themes and plugins is coming to town.

This week the Shiny Updates Team officially proposed the merge of the plugin into the upcoming WordPress 4.6 release. The project modernizes the process of installing, updating, and deleting themes and plugins in order to hide what is colloquially referred to as “The Bleak Screen of Sadness.”

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