10 Incredibly Useful WordPress 2.8 Tutorials

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WordPress 2.8 Baker

WordPress 2.8 was released yesterday and it has a long list of new features, fixes and enhancements. Here’s a round up of 10 incredibly useful tutorials to learn about how to use the new functionality and enhancements of WordPress 2.8

1. Build a WordPress 2.8 Widget with New Widget API – WPEngineer

WPEngineer Michael Preuss walks you through the new simpler Widget API in WordPress 2.8 to create a simple widget. Very simple and easy to understand tutorial.

2. The Complete Guide To Creating Widgets in WordPress2.8 – Justin Tadlock

Complete Guide To WordPress 2.8 Widgets

This is another great resource to learn how to build a widget using the new Widget API by Justin Tadlock.

3. Tutorial on WordPress 2.8 Widget API – Jesse Altman

Another easy to understand hello world tutorial on working with new WordPress widget API.

4. Custom Taxonomies in WordPress 2.8 – Justin Tadlock

WordPress 2.8 Taxonomies

If you find categories and tags too restricting for the stuff you write, Justin Tadlock explains how to define your own taxonomies in WordPress 2.8 to label your posts in the way you want.

5. WordPress 2.8 and body_class() function – Nathan Rice

WordPress 2.8 supports location-specific classes for body tag with which you can control the looks of almost everything with just CSS.

6. Load JavaScript Files in Footer of Your Theme – Lester Chan

Now you can make your WordPress blog faster by loading JavaScript files in the footer. Lester Chan explains how to do that in WordPress 2.8

7. Displaying Author Meta Information in WordPress 2.8 – Zach Dunn

WordPress2.8 Author Meta

WordPress 2.8 include two new functions the_author_meta() and get_the_author_meta() to display information about authors. Zach Dunn explains how to use these new functions in your WordPress theme.

8. the_author_meta() in WordPress Codex

The WordPress codex explains the new author meta information methods, its parameters and examples.

9. Handling Plugin Options in WordPress 2.8 – PlanetOzh

WordPress 2.8 includes interesting register_setting() function that lets plugin authors leave the dirty stuff to WordPress and concentrate on the functionality of plugin.

10 WordPress Proxy Support – WP Engineer

If you are using WordPress on your local network which is behind a proxy, then now you can easily fetch content from other websites or RSS feeds as WordPress 2.8 requires just a little edition to wp-config.php to work behind a proxy.

If you know of some other nice tutorials on WordPress 2.8, feel free to share them with us.



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12 Responses (Add Your Comment)

  1. Here is another list of WordPress2.8 resources for developers: http://bit.ly/18dvIF

    • test says:

      WordPress 2.8 implements register_setting() function that will help you manage custom options for your plugins easily. Also with WordPress 2.8 the Plugin page is slightly different and now there is a hook, which you can use to enter a link.

  2. iwpdesign says:

    very useful. thanks.

  3. Good post. Nice to see Justin Tadlock’s work in the list, I love his themes.

  4. V.C says:

    I like the idea of number6: Load JavaScript Files in Footer of Your Theme – Lester Chan.
    By default, wordpress put file js on the header. It’s really annoying for page load time.

  5. Hello,

    I am wondering if anyone knows a good place to find easy tutorials for someone just starting out with WordPress? I’m not interested in the free web version. I really need some good ‘start to finish’ kind of tutorials- something that would include setting it up with say GoDaddy, for example. I use google blogspot currently and am interested in starting a new project using WordPress instead. Any help would be appreciated! Any book suggestions would be helpful as well- thanks :)


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