WordPress Tip: Disable the Toolbar on a Per-User-Role Basis

The WordPress toolbar is shown by default to all users, but administration screen links aren’t always useful for everyone. For example, on most sites the subscriber user role is very limited and doesn’t require access to the backend. Disable Toolbar is a new plugin that gives administrators the ability to (more…)

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In this episode of WordPress Weekly, Marcus Couch and I are joined by three gentleman who have gone through the crowdfunding experience. Scott Kingsley Clark is a Senior Web Engineer at 10up. He’s also the lead developer of the Pods Framework and a number of other WordPress plugins. He used (more…)

WordPress Async Task Library from TechCrunch Now Open Source

TechCrunch is one of the largest sites publishing with WordPress and its developers are always looking to improve performance to maximize engagement and ad revenue. This week the team open sourced its WP Async Task Library, which was created to offload time-consuming tasks into background tasks. Alex Khadiwala and Nico (more…)

Radcliffe: A Free Image-Heavy WordPress Theme for Writers

Designer and developer Anders Norén has been making a name for himself with his beautifully minimalist WordPress themes. Norén strives for simplicity on the page and in his code, and his five free themes collectively have nearly 130,000 downloads on WordPress.org. Radcliffe is the newest of his creations, designed specifically (more…)

LaunchKey Plugin Adds Biometric Authentication to WordPress

We’ve entered the future, folks. With the help of the LaunchKey plugin, you can now log into your WordPress site using your phone’s biometric facial and fingerprint scanning capabilities. The LaunchKey mobile authentication platform has been pioneering multi-factor authentication for WordPress sites via its official plugin since 2013. The plugin (more…)

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WordCamp San Francisco is one of the largest, annual events, dedicated to WordPress. But is it just another WordCamp, or something else? Eric Mann points out the confusing nature of the event and suggests using a different qualifier. From an outsider looking in, the only difference between a WordCamp in (more…)

Harvesting Emails Featured Image

A recently published article by WPBeginner explains how to export email address from the comments and import them into a mailing list. While the article advises getting the user’s permission, everything about this practice rubs me the wrong way. If you’re going to do this, please put a big banner (more…)

Helpful Tips for Documenting WordPress Themes

When you have a question about a WordPress theme, where do you look for more information? Theme developers make use of a myriad of documentation methods, from bundling docs to linking to external resources. If you’ve already created a theme and taken the time to document it, then your next (more…)

Seven Featured Image

After using WordPress for seven years in a row, it’s hard to consider switching to another publishing platform. I have my gripes about WordPress and there are plenty of things that can improve the publishing process. However, after testing a few other open source alternatives, I was reminded of how (more…)