A(nother) new era of WordPress – Be the signal

Jeff Waugh shares his thoughts on Another new era of WordPress. His comments on the new WordPress API interest me most:

With WP-API, you could get rid of all that PHP code, do less work on the server, and build the entire admin user interface in the browser with JavaScript. That might sound strange, but it’s how most modern web applications are built today. WordPress can adapt… again!

One of the things I love about WordPress is that you can make it look like anything you wish. Most of the sites I’ve worked on don’t look anything like traditional blogs. WP-API kicks that up a notch.

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Gravity Forms Sticky Form – WordPress Plugins

Today I needed the data for a Gravity Form to persist between submissions. In other words, I need the user to be able to submit the form and then reload the form with his/her data from the previous submission pre-filled. The Gravity Forms Sticky Form plugin does this trick.

Sticky Form is a WordPress plugin for Gravity Forms that enables forms to be “sticky”. A sticky form stays populated with the users submitted data. The data is retrieved from the actual entry. This makes the same entries editable from both back- and front end. ~ Gravity Forms Sticky Form – WordPress Plugins

Layers – WordPress Site Builder

Layers, a new WordPress Site Builder Theme, was announced by Obox Themes last week. I downloaded Layers on Friday, and having only used it a bit, I’m already extremely impressed.

The Layers interface works through the WordPress Customizer, so it looks, feels, and works like an extension of WordPress. What’s more, the Obox team has released their source code so that anyone can extend and contribute to Layers. I see a lot of potential with this project as it’s looking to “play well” within the overall WordPress community.

By removing endless design options and features, Layers provides you with just enough choice to create a beautiful site while still maintaining the fundamentals of good design. ~ Layers – WordPress Site Builder

Frito-Lay Creative Project Management App – Lift

Great example of using WordPress as a Web Application Framework: The Lift team re-worked the WordPress admin into a project management application for Frito Lay: Frito-Lay Creative Project Management App – Lift

One of the biggest tasks was re-skinning the admin. We removed all WordPress branding and converted it into a white-label, custom CMS. The front-end is redirected to the admin and requires user authentication to sign in and use the app. Once logged in, a custom logo and admin bar greet the user with a soft color palette and refreshing design. The traditional Publish metabox has been completely replaced with a custom one which factors in the custom workflow mentioned above.
~ Frito-Lay Creative Project Management App – Lift

X Theme Showcase & Example Sites – (Updated Weekly)

I’ve mentioned the WordPress X Theme on here before. It’s a WordPress theme with limitless design options and loads of potential. This past week I was browsing Theme.co‘s site and I found this nice Showcase of X Theme sites in the real world. Even better than seeing Theme.co’s demo of X is seeing it used to great effect by real bloggers and companies. My hats off to the Theme.co crew for building a very versitile theme.

From .com – .gov, check out just a sample of the thousands of X-powered sites and discover the incredible versatility of this ultimate WordPress theme. ~ X Theme Showcase

Series: Create a License Controlled Theme and Plugin Update System – Tuts+ Code Tutorial

If you’re looking to sell and license your own WordPress themes and plugins, this tutorial series from Tuts+ Code will show you how build a license and update manager plugin:

In this first tutorial in the series, we will start by creating a WordPress plugin to turn your website into a license management server. In part two, we will continue building the plugin by adding an API to it. In part three, we will use the API to make a WordPress plugin or theme talk back to the license manager for updates. ~ Tuts+ Code Tutorial

Annotum Base – Scholarly Authoring and Publishing with WordPress

Annotum is a scholarly authoring/publishing platform based on #WordPress. More details on the project’s Github pagegithub.com/Annotum/Annotum/releases/tag/Annotum-2.0

An open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress, built on the Carringon Theme framework. Annotum provides a complete, open-access scholarly journal production system including peer-review, workflow, and advanced editing and formatting features such as structured figures, equations, PubMed and CrossRef reference import, and structured XML input and output compatible with the National Library of Medicine’s Journal Article DTD. ~ Annotum Base on WordPress.org Themes

Four WordPress Themes for Writers

4 #WordPress themes for writers. #typography #longform #blogging

I’ve often commented that if I could make a living writing and publishing longform content on my blog, I would. I love the recent crop of WordPress blogging themes which are returning to an emphasis on great longform content. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Largo by UpThemes

Largo is a wide-format, Medium.com-inspired theme for long-form stories and articles. Craft beautiful, immersive experiences for your readers. ~ UpThemes

Graphy by Themegraphy

Graphy is a WordPress theme for blogs that are designed to have beautiful typography. It is developed using mobile-first responsive design, ensuring that your blog will be no less beautiful when viewed on a smartphone or tablet. ~ Graphy by Themegraphy

Intergalactic by Automattic

Intergalactic is a stunning specimen for your personal blog. Bold featured images act as the backdrop to your text, giving you a high-contrast, readable theme that’s perfect for making your content pop. The one-column layout provides a distraction-free environment for reading, while the slide-out menu keeps your navigation and secondary content readily accessible. ~ Intergalactic by Automattic

The Writer by Obox Themes

A minimal writing theme, built for aspiring writers, authors and columnists. Nothing else. We have made sure that your long form articles are packaged in an easy to read layout which is customizable and mobile friendly. ~ The Writer by Obox Themes

I happen to be using The Writer over on michaelwender.com. See how it excels with displaying long posts in my piece How I Became a Web Developer.

Free WordPress Themes For a Better Web – Modern Themes

Top drawer selection of free #WordPress themes ~ @ModernThemes: modernthemes.net

After years of working with WordPress themes as developers, we at Modern Themes took the pile of mental notes we had collected of what worked and what didn’t, and decided it was time to make themes that are beautiful in design and simple to use. As web development is an ever-changing industry that evolves by the day, so do WordPress themes and the designers who use them. Instead of piling up functionality options and overwhelming users, it is time to strip them down and go back to what made them so great to begin with: the simplicity. ~ Modern Themes – About Us