Plugins

Plugin Recommendations Featured Image

This year the WordPress plugin directory crossed 35,000 plugin listings and is rapidly approaching one billion total downloads. WordPress 4.0 added custom icons to the plugin installer in the admin, which helps developers to differentiate their plugins in this massive sea of extensions. Plugin branding is useful for standing out (more…)

Add an Expiration Date to WordPress Sticky Posts

WordPress’ sticky posts feature was introduced six years ago in the 2.7 release. It was added to enable users to stick important posts to the front page so that they won’t disappear in a blog’s steady stream of chronologically ordered content. By default, a sticky post is sticky indefinitely and (more…)

Export Your WordPress Blog to Jekyll with One Click

Jekyll fans are fond of the Ruby-powered static blogging software due to its ease of use and support for Markdown and the Liquid templating engine. With no database to maintain and no comments to moderate, Jekyll radically simplifies blogging. It’s also the software that powers blogging on Github Pages. Moving (more…)

Heartbeat Control Featured Image

The WordPress Heartbeat API, introduced in WordPress 3.6, simulates a pulse and is responsible for revision tracking, session management, and more. The pulse is around 98 Bytes in size, but it can cause performance issues in certain situations. If you’ve been notified by your webhost that your account is using (more…)

Download Monitor Featured Image

Developed by Mike Jolley, Download Monitor is an eight year old plugin with over 600k downloads. Download Monitor provides an interface for uploading and managing downloadable files including support for multiple versions, inserting download links into posts, and logging downloads. It has been rewritten 4 times, seen well over 100 (more…)