16 March 2013
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Set Up A Killer WordPress Test Environment Locally using MAMP on OSX

For the majority of articles I write, I begin with a fresh install of WordPress. It’s the best way to ensure control when you have people following along and doing exactly what you do. It would be very tedious if for each article I wrote, I had to create an entirely new WordPress instance. That […]


16 March 2013
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Optimize and Host WordPress Images With The Free Cloudinary CDN

Announcing a free CDN on the web is very similar to shouting “Free Beer!” and that’s exactly what the folks at Cloudinary are up to. The Cloudinary image management service has just released a WordPress plugin that lets you tap into their free cloud storage for your images and take advantage of caching, optimization, image […]


16 March 2013
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Comments: Comments Off on WPMU DEV Nails the Mails with Help Scout

WPMU DEV Nails the Mails with Help Scout

Not long ago at WPMU DEV, we found ourselves up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Well, we had a paddle, but it just wasn’t a very good one. The problem was success. The paddle was gmail. The solution was Help Scout. Check out the video and/or read on for how it panned out… there’s […]


16 March 2013
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How To Build Your Own WordPress Contact Form and Why

I’m a massive fan of building stuff from the ground up. There are loads of plugins around for everything you could ever wish for in a WordPress blog, but I feel both rewarded and secure when I build features from scratch. Why bother? Most of the time I don’t want to mess around with a […]


16 March 2013
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How To Deactivate Jetpack Modules in WordPress

Thousands of WordPress websites use Jetpack, but the plugin is not very intuitive when it comes to turning off its modules. The dashboard settings page makes it super easy to activate items with their shiny blue buttons. However, the button to deactivate a module is actually hidden as a sub-menu item of the “Learn More” […]


15 March 2013
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Cross-Site Scripting in WordPress: Practical Tips for Securing Your Site

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Cross-Site Scripting in WordPress In this series, we’re taking a look at how to secure our WordPress projects from XSS – or cross-site scripting. In the first article in the series, we defined what cross-site scripting actually is, understanding how it works, and why it’s […]


14 March 2013
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How to Build Custom Dashboard Widgets

The WordPress Dashboard is a great place to see updates, or any kind of information related to your activity. In this tutorial, we’ll see how to dispose of default widgets and how to create your own custom widgets. We are going to create a simple plugin to handle this so it can apply to any […]


11 March 2013
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Create a YouTube Videos Page Template From an RSS Feed

There are plenty of YouTube plugins in the WordPress.org plugin repository, and even in the Envato marketplace, but sometimes a plugin is just overkill for a very simple implementation of recent videos fetched from an RSS feed. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to use data returned from fetch_feed() to output a YouTube video page template. […]


10 March 2013
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Preview The Secret New WordPress Admin Design

It’s about time that the WordPress Admin got some love! It was starting to look a little bit like the Velveteen Rabbit of the web. The good news is that the WordPress elves have secretly been hard at work designing a beautiful new update for the dashboard and we think you’re going to love it. […]


8 March 2013
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Comments: Comments Off on Using Google Fonts in Editor Style

Using Google Fonts in Editor Style

Being developers, we’re used to looking at lines and lines of code in monospaced font and at the same time “seeing” what the page would look like in a browser. That said, it’s easy for us to overlook the fact that there are quite a few non-developers out there. Editor style is a nifty feature […]