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ACF PRO and the Great Backward Compatibility Debate

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The developer release of Advanced Custom Fields PRO two weeks ago caused quite a stir in the WordPress community. It sparked a debate about backward compatibility, business models, and developer entitlement with free plugins. However, for me this debate actually highlighted wider issues around WordPress site development and perhaps more importantly the community. So in…

Welcome WP App Store

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I am excited to announce the acquisition of WP App Store from Brad Touesnard. WP App Store is an exclusive deal site and mailing list for WordPress plugins, themes and products, allowing you to get great deals in your inbox every two weeks. This is the second incarnation of WP App Store which started out…

Will WordPress be a Plugin Business Killer?

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WordPress core development has recently adopted a features-as-plugins model for incorporating large changes into major releases. This has come about largely in response to the WordPress 3.6 release, which saw its Post Format UI changes backed out late in the day. As a plugin developer wanting to keep up with changes that might affect my…

Developing for Ninja Forms

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Last year I attended, and was a micro sponsor of, my first WordCamp – WordCamp London 2013. I expected to sit and listen to some great talks, but not really knowing anyone there I didn’t anticipate to chat to many people. Halfway through the morning I sat next to Kevin, a developer living in Liverpool,…

Building Useful WordPress Plugins

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Although I have built many WordPress plugins in the last few years, the plugins that are popular, continually developed and endure are those that prove useful to me personally and for my professional development. Pippin Williamson is a plugin author extraordinaire and has written about the subject of plugins that scratch an itch, where he…

Announcing Cartogram, a Google Maps WordPress Plugin

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This plugin allows you to create unlimited Google Maps that you can place in your posts, pages or theme template files using a shortcode. You can then customise a map by adding unlimited locations to the map. Map Features Complete control of the map position by using an address, adding a marker or entering a…

Instagrate Pro

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After months of supporting and developing the free plugin Instagrate to WordPress it became too much work and too time consuming to add all of the requested features and new additions. So in order to maintain the support and development of the plugin we have released a paid version called Instagrate Pro – buy it…

Sniffing the WordPress Plugin API

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During some recent troubleshooting of WordPress events being called in the plugin Instagrate to WordPress for a bug fix release, I came across a useful plugin on the WordPress repository built especially for plugin developers by Jeff Sayre – WordPress Hook Sniffer. Sniffer what? Like a network packet analyser (or sniffer), the WordPress Hook Sniffer…