Later this week I hope to do a proper write-up on this project, but while it’s still “hot off the press”, here’s a link to my latest work: I designed and built the site in less than one week, just in time for my client’s appearance at a tradeshow this evening. In addition, I also designed the ThriftTrac logo.

Key tools I used in building this site were:

Automattic Acquires WooCommerce

This is the most interesting and exciting news to come out of Automattic (parent company of WordPress) in a while. I’m intrigued to see how WooCommerce evolves.

Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg announced today that the company has acquired WooCommerce, WordPress’ most popular e-commerce platform. The plugin recently passed seven million downloads and stats from BuiltWith show that WooCommerce is dominating global e-commerce platforms, powering roughly 30% of all online stores.This is Automattic’s largest acquisition to date, bringing 55 new employees into the company from 16 countries for a total of 370 Automatticians. Mullenweg confirmed that the acquisition includes Woo, Sensei, and all of the other plugins and themes.

Source: Automattic Acquires WooCommerce

VersionPress 1.0 Walkthrough – VersionPress Blog

Borek Bernard wrote a post today that gives a thorough overview of how VersionPress works. If you haven’t heard, VersionPress is a WordPress plugin that provides full version control over your WordPress sites. It tracks changes to files and the database. Give the post a read, and learn a little.

I was an original backer to the VersionPress project, and although it has taken them a while to get to their 1.0 release, their offering looks to be one of the most comprehensive “version-control-as-a-plugin” solutions out there.

What you just saw is very evidently a desirable feature to have, but technically so hard to implement that not many user-facing software solutions do that today. VersionPress can do selective undo which is a unique, yet very useful and intuitive feature to have.

Source: VersionPress 1.0 Walkthrough | VersionPress Blog – A Full-Fledged WordPress Cloud IDE

WordPress development takes to the cloud with WPide. The new service provides you with a cloud-based development environment that takes care of your code editor, development server, and more.

Given that I prefer to roll my own development setups, this service doesn’t interest me that much. However, I can see how this might be useful if you’re just getting started with creating your development workflows.

WPide is a cloud based WordPress IDE that speeds up your WordPress Development

Source: | A Full-Fledged WordPress Cloud IDE

How to write a WordPress plugin – Francis Yaconiello – Application Programmer

This is one of my favorite resources for writing a WordPress plugin. In his post, Francis Yaconiello, provides a great overview of how to setup a plugin in a logical fashion without over complicating things.

I’ve noticed that a bunch of the how-to-write-a-plugin articles out there focus on demonstrating the minimum amount of code needed to get a plugin going. Not many focus on good plugin structure or convention. This tutorial explains how to create a class based WordPress plugin that makes sense.

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WIRED Has an Exciting New Way to Build Multimedia Stories | WIRED

I like how the engineers behind the WIRED website utilize WordPress to make it happen.

In building the Feature Story Builder tool, we extracted what we learned from all of the custom executions that we produced before it, and then integrated our styles with the open source WordPress Page Builder tool from the “Make” WordPress theme. Now, the flexible components of a page can be assembled to construct a WordPress post using a simple drag and drop interface with plenty of customization options.

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WP Help – a plugin for documenting your client sites

Need to provide your client with documentation for that custom WordPress site you developed for them? WP Help is a great plugin for adding documentation to a client’s WordPress admin.

Site operators can create detailed, hierarchical documentation for the site’s authors, editors, and contributors, viewable in the WordPress admin. Powered by Custom Post Types, you get all the power of WordPress to create, edit, and arrange your documentation. Perfect for customized client sites. Never send another “here’s how to use your site” e-mail again!

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