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Top 20 WordPress Development Plugins

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Everybody needs tools to help with a job. You can’t put up a shelf without the aid of a screwdriver, using ‘no more nails’ doesn’t count!  The same can be said of WordPress development.  If you are developing a WordPress theme or plugin there are some excellent plugins available to help you do the job better. Furthermore, here is a roundup of more than 20 development tools that can speed up the process for you.

WOW Playground – PHP Checkboxes Revisited

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Having checked back at some of my popular PHP and jQuery posts I decided to create WOW playground which unites all of my previous checkboxes and radio button form tutorials into one handy script.  I have updated to newer, modern technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and PDO, to handle the database.  jQuery and jQuery UI has been updated to the latest versions with a few new features and the odd tweak here and there.

Multiple Users – Access Twitter 1.1 API with Oauth Script

Primarily the focus of this tutorial is to display your cached tweets for 2 users using PHP and OAuth on your website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing both JSON files and merging them into a single file to cache and store on your server. This is a follow up from Display Your Cached Tweets Using PHP and OAuth which is recommended for a single Twitter user.

Display Your Cached Tweets Using PHP and OAuth

Primarily the focus on this tutorial is to display your cached tweets using PHP and OAuth on your website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing and caching the Json file to store on your server. It may seem a lot of code just to display your latest tweets on your website but the benefits are that you can style it to your own taste with a little CSS and caching the Json file will not add extra load on the Twitter API. For WordPress users you should use WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth or my new plugin.

Display WordPress Posts as a News Ticker

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The following tutorial will display your latest posts in a news ticker format. The code is basically the same as my popular post Display Your Latest Posts on a Static Page except that the output is in an unordered list for the jQuery news ticker to work. This tutorial is meant for non WordPress websites to access their WordPress powered blog. To add a news ticker to your WordPress powered blog to display your latest posts try this tutorial. To add a news ticker to your WordPress blog with external RSS feeds try this tutorial.

WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth

Primarily the focus of this tutorial is to display your cached tweets using PHP and OAuth on your WordPress website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing and caching the JSON file using the WordPress API. It may seem a lot of code just to display your latest tweets on your website but the benefits are that you can style it to the taste of your theme with a little CSS and caching the JSON file will not add extra load on the Twitter API.

New Update. I have packaged all of the features and more into a WP plugin. Please remember to remove any of the code used from this post before installing the plugin. Check out WOW-Twitter.

Display WordPress Posts on another WordPress Blog

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Following on from the post Display Your WordPress Recent Posts on a Static Page which was used to display your WordPress posts on a non-WP website on the same server. I have had several people contacting me on how to display WordPress posts on another WordPress blog. This tutorial will show you how to display your posts, associated post thumbnail images and a snippet of the content from one blog to another by fetching the data from your RSS feed using the SimplePie RSS parser which is included in the WordPress installation.

Integrate WP Single Post Navigation into your WordPress Theme

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This tutorial shows you how to integrate the WP Single Post Navigation into your theme without using the plugin. I initially attempted to use the plugin and for some reason it didn’t work on my custom child theme based on TwentyEleven so I decided to hard code it into my theme by adding it to my functions.php. I will show you two methods, one to display the default WordPress single post navigation and one to display how to reverse the links for a book like affect.