WordPress and Web Development: Top Resources for August 2012 - ManageWP

WordPress and Web Development: Top Resources for August 2012

WordPress and Web Development: Top Resources for August 2012

I’ll admit it – I’m a bit of a geek.

I think you have to be in order to love WordPress. But whilst I’m no programmer, and my HTML and CSS skills are modest, that doesn’t stop me from getting excited about little tips and tricks you can use to optimize WordPress.

Which seems rather fitting, given that this month’s links mashup (through accident, rather than design) focuses heavily on WordPress tips and hacks. If you’re into modifying and optimizing WordPress to get it to do exactly what you want, we’ve got a bunch of posts for you to check out here.


WordPress Tips and Hacks


Set WordPress Featured Image Automatically – if your theme relies upon featured images, it is a good idea to have a placeholder image in case you forget to set one.

Using jQuery to Validate the Standard WordPress Comment Form – by default, WordPress does not validate its comment submission form, but you can change that.

Using Conditional Tags to Supercharge Your Blog – you’ll probably want to use conditional tags at some point – learn about them here.

Using the Power of the .htaccess File to Improve WordPress SEO – the .htaccess file can be somewhat mysterious and imposing, but here are some quick tweaks you can make to improve SEO.

Displaying Code on a WordPress Site – it’s something that should be so simple, but can easily trip WordPress users up.

Display A Message On Old WordPress Posts – if your content is in risk if being dated, make sure you let readers know.

Designing With and Running WordPress From a Tablet – I’m not entirely sure why you’d want to develop on a tablet, but if you do, here’s how.

WordPress Title Character Counter Plugin for Improved SEO – this is a great little plugin for those who want to cater to Google’s title limit whims.

WordPress Shortcut Keys to Speed Up Blogging – I love keyboard shortcuts, so this post was a shoe-in.

WordPress Must-Reads

WordPress Growth

Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2012 – a must watch for WordPress fans.

Traffic to the WordPress.com blog platform, 2006-2015 – WordPress.com continues to go from strength to strength, which can be a bad thing for us self-hosted users.

9 WordPress Myths That Might Surprise You – necessary reading for WordPress beginners.


CSS List

5 Simple and Practical CSS List Styles You Can Copy and Paste – you can do a great deal with CSS lists – check out these five distinct styles.

35 Useful CSS3 Tutorials To Boost Your Skills – an awesome collection of tips and tricks that showcase what you can do with CSS.

Best practices for efficient HTML5 coding – getting HTML5 “right” is no mean feat. Check you’re coding properly here.

Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of WordCandy.co. He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!


  1. Cadman Rowe

    It is wish to know that WordPress Modified with new commodity which will Providemore features to provide Developer.

  2. wsspoelstra

    Set WordPress Featured Image Automatically – if your theme relies upon featured images, it is a good idea to have a placeholder image in case you forget to set one.

    What is the link to the original plugin?

    Kind regards Willem

    1. Tom Ewer

      I’m afraid that I don’t know Willem, but I’m sure a quick Google search would give you what you’re looking for.

  3. Netz

    Hi Tom,

    You did it again… You keep posting valuable stuff… It took me hours to read but it was because I got so excited! CSS3 is SO COOL … I wanna do it all day!

    Thx mate – This is a perfect collection for the upcoming weekend. I will be at my keyboard (again)


    1. Tom Ewer

      No problem Peter — glad to be of service!

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