Tom McFarlin
Tom is a self-employed developer who loves writing, building, and sharing WordPress-based projects. He runs Pressware where he provides WordPress goods and services. You can follow him on Twitter.
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    The Complete Guide To The WordPress Settings API, Part 2: Sections, Fields, and SettingsSettings api part 2
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    When it comes to developing WordPress Themes and Plugins, there are a number of different ways developers are creating their menus, options, and validation functionality. The thing is, there's really only one way to properly do this within WordPress: the Settings API.Read More…
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    Guide to Managing Premium WP Projects – Part 4: MaintainingPreview
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    There are a number of important considerations to make when working on premium WordPress-based projects. Up to this point, we've taken a look at some strategies for planning, building, and marketing projects but we've yet to look at what it takes to actually maintain one.Read More…
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    The Complete Guide To The WordPress Settings API, Part 1: What It Is, Why It MattersSettings api preview image
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    As we've mentioned numerous times here on WP Tuts (and as you've no doubt noticed), there has never been a better time to be a WordPress Developer. Be it client work or product development (with either themes or plugins), getting started in the WordPress ecosystem is almost more of a question of 'where' rather than 'how.'Read More…
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    Guide to Managing Premium WP Projects – Part 3: MarketingPreview
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    If you're just coming into this series, be sure to read the first two parts on Planning and Building your project. Once you're all caught up, you should have a fully working product ready to release.Read More…
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    Guide to Managing Premium WP Projects – Part 2: Building Your ProjectPreview
    The overall goal of this series is to provide strategies that single developers (or small teams of developers) can use to help plan, build, market, and maintain successful WordPress projects and do so on little-to-no-budget.Read More…
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    Writing Maintainable WordPress Widgets: Part 1 of 2Plugin boilerplate thumbnail
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    Best of Wptuts 2011: Every week through January, we're going to revisit some of our favorite posts from 2011. Plugin development can often feel like the wild west if you're creating something from scratch without a boilerplate or a similar plugin to work from - Tom's 2 part series on Maintainable WordPress Widgets/Plugins offers some practical guidelines that should keep you on the tracks! When it comes to software development, frameworks and libraries are popular because they're helpful, right? They provide a consistent way to write and organize code in hopes of making development and maintenance as easy as possible.Read More…
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    Guide to Managing Premium WP Projects - Part 1: Planning The ProjectPenny
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    There has never been a better time to be a WordPress developer. The platform is under active development, the community is growing, the marketplace for both free and premium projects has exploded, and more and more people are making a successful living by providing projects and services specifically targeting WordPress.Read More…
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    5 "Saintly" Practices that All Wordpress Developers Should Strive For Saint thumb
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    Here on Wptuts+, we talk a lot about the 'how' and less about the 'why.' Of course, we are a tutorial site, so that's the goal, right? Well, as a followup to last month's article on the "Cardinal Sins of WordPress Plugin Development", today we're going to look at a few practices that, if every developer followed, would make the world a better place (well, at least our world!).Read More…
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    How To Internationalize WordPress Themes and Plugins Preview
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    In 5 Cardinal Sins of WordPress Theme Development, we briefly spoke about the significance of internationalizing themes and plugins but we didn't actually discuss how to do it. If you're in the commercial theme or plugin space, then it's almost expected that your work will support multiple languages. In the this article, we'll take a look at understanding what internationalization really is, why it's important, and what steps are necessary to internationalize your project. Read More…
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    5 Cardinal Sins of WordPress Theme Development5sins
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    We talk alot on this site about tips and tricks for getting what you want out of WordPress... but today we're going to take a step back from the technical stuff to look at some practices, bad habits, and coding faux pas that would be better left in our past. So, forgive the heavy-handed post title (haha!), we're about talk bring up 5 surprisingly common practices that are blemishes on the platform.Read More…
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    Attaching Files To Your Posts Using WordPress Custom Meta Boxes, Part 2Preview
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    In the first post, we took a look at how to attach a file - specifically, a PDF - to WordPress posts and pages without having to use a plugin or third-party solution. At this point, you can only upload files - there's no way to actually deactivate the link or delete the link to the file once it has been uploaded. In this post, we'll take a look at how to provide some slightly better styling for the download link and how to extend the custom meta box functionality by allowing users to delete files after they've downloaded them.Read More…
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    Getting Started with the WordPress Transient API, Part 2Preview
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    In the first post in this series, we took defined what the API is, how it differs form the settings API, and some of the general calls that we can make to the API. In this post, we'll be taking a look at a practical implementation of the API and how to handle some idiosyncrasies that come with dealing with expired data.Read More…