wordpress development

Experienced web developers know how to really put WordPress to work. Even the average person involved in designing a WordPress website can use simple plug-ins to perform many tasks beyond those included in the base installation. However, there are a few PHP scripts web developers regularly use to help make the web design process friendlier, faster, and more effective.

First, it is important to understand how essential it is to keep WordPress secure. Plugins like VaultPress, ManageWP, and BackupBuddy help programmers stay on task where backups and updates are concerned. Many brilliant web designers have seen their work destroyed due to a simple lack of security. Take the time to update WordPress, and be sure to avoid outdated plugins.

Many programmers do not use the post revisions feature in WordPress. If you aren’t using this feature, you can disable it, which helps server performance. Place this code in your wp-config.php file.
// remove revisions

define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, FALSE );

// limit revisions

define( ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’ , 5 );

WordPress automatically compresses images to facilitate page speed. For a site that features photography, sells themes, or showcases a portfolio, it is important to ensure top quality images. WordPress enforces a default quality of just 90%. With this code, it is easy to change the quality to 100%.
add_filter( ‘jpeg_quality’, ‘smashing_jpeg_quality’ );

function smashing_jpeg_quality() {

return 100;

}

Every little bit of tweaking a web developer does to their site to increase user-friendly features is worth the time it takes. Show your viewers a date that will immediately make sense to them, like “ten minutes ago” or “two months ago” by using the human_times_diff() function.
$diff = human_time_diff( ‘2012-05-05 12:05:00’, ‘2012-05-05 12:10:00’ );

echo ‘This comment was submitted ‘ . $diff . ‘ago’;

// Output: This comment was submitted 5 minutes ago

Enable the use of shortcodes in text widgets to make themes more flexible on the user’s end. Empowering text widgets is simple with this code.
add_filter( ‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

These are just a few of the simple, flexible PHP codes available to programmers in the wide world of WordPress. Many scripts are built in. You can find the entire list in the WordPress Codex.

Not everyone is comfortable using PHP scripts to customize their own website. We understand, and are here to help. For more information about how you can take your WordPress website to the next level, please contact us.