WordPress Widgets


On WordPress Dashboard Widgets

I was one of the first plugin developers to add a dashboard widget to your dashboard when you installed one of my plugins. I’m hoping people will follow me in doing the reverse as well. While it generates traffic, it doesn’t generate sales. Let me show you. When I added mine, in the beginning, it…

Killer Performance Tips from the Expert

My business & podcast partner Frederick Townes, who also happens to be the CTO @ Mashable.com, has finally finished a long awaited (by me at least) post covering lots of the performance tips he’s applied at Mashable (I hope you’ve seen their awesome redesign) and in other projects to make the sites faster despite having…

Press This with Aaron Brazell

Last nights Press This featured a very pleasant conversation with Aaron Brazell, also known as Technosailor, the author of the upcoming WordPress Bible. We discussed a lot of things, as usual, and as I promised in the comments on my previous Press This update, I’ve kept more notes so I can do this post and…

What are “custom taxonomies”?

WordPress, with version 2.3, introduced the concept of Tags. As described by Wikipedia, a tag is “a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information”. This meant WordPress had a hierarchical way of classifying information (categories), and a non hierarchical way of classifying information. As far back as in 2006, people were discussing…

Crunchbase Widget WordPress plugin

I was talking to my buddy Shoemoney on IM this weekend, and he mentioned that he thought there was a need for a good WordPress CrunchBase plugin, to easily integrate CrunchBase widgets into your posts without having to create the widget on the CrunchBase site, and then copy the widget code into your own post.…

Ads Widget for WordPress

A quick post to show you a widget I’ve been working on for the last few days: a widget to ad ads to your sidebar, which I’m actually using in the sidebar. You can see the back-end interface for it on the right. It has a few options: randomize the ad positions shows an “advertise…

Conditional WordPress widgets with rich editable text

For the “About Joost” widget shown on the homepage of this site, I created a new widget. It has two great features: it shows just on the homepage, and the content and title are drawn from a page, so that I can edit it as a normal page with the richtext editor in the backend…