We are starting something new on Themergency.com : a weekly roundup of all things WordPress. We find so much great content each day relating to WordPress but tend to forget what was good, or even great, within a few days time. The thing is, there is just too much good content out there. So we want to start putting together a list of all the stuff we find every week.
Tristar Web Design have released their new free plugin (hosted on WordPress.org) to help you integrate WordPress with the well known e-commerce platform Magento. Read more about it, including a step-by-step installation guide, and how to use it within your WordPress theme.
Mark Jaquith released a new plugin, called WP Help, that works in the WordPress admin area, to show help documentation to authors and editors on how to perform common tasks. “Administrators can create detailed, hierarchical documentation for the site’s authors and editors, viewable in the WordPress admin. Powered by Custom Post Types, you get all the power of WordPress to create, edit, and arrange your documentation. Perfect for customized client sites. Never send another “here’s how to use your site” e-mail again!“
WP Better Emails
This plugin was not released this week, but we only found it now. WP Better Emails allows you to customize the default emails sent out by WordPress. Each email has an HTML template which can be modified, as well as the sender name and email address. Now your client’s sites can have email branding for that extra touch of sophistication!
Coolman released an update to his WordPress analytics plugin WP SlimStat. “A lightwight but powerful real-time web analytics plugin for WordPress. Spy your visitors and track what they do on your website.” Practical WP did a writeup on the plugin entitled How To Keep Up With WordPress Stats, and that is how we found it. I love seeing my blog stats directly inside the admin dashboard, and there seem to be some awesome features in this plugin, which could make it a viable alternative to the Google Analytics Dashboard or WordPress.com Stats plugins. There is also an add-on plugin WP SlimStat Shortcodes, which allows you to embed your stats inside posts or pages.
MOJO + Themify Framework
Mojo Themes, in partnership with the Themify team, have released a WordPress theme framework. The framework will be distributed under the GPL license, and will be available for all Mojo market sellers. Mojo will be encouraging their sellers to use the framework in the themes they sell on the site. I think this is a great idea, because, as a theme buyer, you will now know what to expect when buying a theme from Mojo, and the themes using the framework will have a common admin interface. Not to mention less bugs and more features. This is a win-win situation for both sellers and buyers alike. Welldone Mojo! We like! Read more about the release from their blog.
How to Add Warning Notices for your Clients in WordPress
WP Beginner shows us how to show a simple warning message to the user that is logged into the backend admin, by leveraging the built in admin_notices hook.
Create WordPress Plugins with OOP Techniques
Muhammad Haris writes an excellent article on Net Tuts+ about creating a WordPress plugin using object orientated techniques. The plugin, that he builds in the tut, displays the latest pics from your dribbble account using the dribbble API. This is a must read for WordPress plugin devs out there, as it uses the techniques that I believe you should follow when writing a WordPress plugin.
WordPress 3.1 was downloaded a whopping 9,999,999 times at some stage during the week, and Mark Jaquith was there to take a screen shot:
That’s it for this week’s roundup. If you have any other great WordPress news or articles you want us to feature in next week’s roundup, please let us know.