Welcome to WPHighEd

I am very happy to announce the all-new website WPHighEd. I’m hoping that the site will gradually grow into a community of people using WordPress at higher education institutions. Right now, there’s not much to look at, but hopefully that will change in the near future. Until then, here are a few notes:

Quick Tip: Photon and SSL

JetPack includes a module that offloads the images used on your site to WordPress.com media servers. In most cases, this can take a lot of pressure off of your server, and can also help things load much more quickly than they normally would. The Photon modules becomes especially useful when used in conjunction with the Tiled […]

Pulling Images From the Customizer

Recently, I was asked to help figure out why a friend’s new site was causing her browser to basically shut down & drag her entire computer to a crawl. After a bit of quick investigation (thankfully, my computer has a few more resources than hers, so I was able to load the site), I discovered that the […]

WordPress 4.2.3, Shortcodes, and the Future

The WordPress Core team is hard at work trying to figure out how to move forward with shortcodes in the system. They posted an initial draft of the shortcode roadmap earlier this week, and it was met with a lot of discussion (some very productive, some not so much). They went back to the drawing board, and proposed […]

Managing WordPress With Git Part 1: Public Repo Plugins

This is the first article in a series that will deal with the concept of helping to manage your WordPress installation with Git. In this article, we’ll talk about using Git to manage all of your public plugins that reside in the WordPress Plugin Repository. If you do not yet have any plugins in the Plugin Repository, […]

Easter Egg: Dropping Extra Tables When Multisite Blog Is Deleted

I’m not sure why this isn’t more publicly promoted, but, while looking through some of the code for WordPress multisite this morning, I discovered a really helpful Easter egg. If you develop any plugins that add extra tables to a site, you really need to know about this. There is a filter that gets applied […]

Quick Tip: Adding New Feeds to WordPress

Adding a new type of feed to WordPress is actually fairly simple. The main function you need to use is `add_feed()`. The `add_feed()` function in itself is also extremely simple. It accepts two arguments: the “name” of the feed (the slug that should be used in the URL) and the callback function that outputs the feed.

LoopConf: The Best Conference I Won’t Be Attending

For those of you that are passionate about WordPress, especially the technical side of it, there is an upcoming conference that looks like it will be absolutely amazing. LoopConf is being held in Las Vegas in about 2 weeks. At $675 each, the cost of the tickets is more on-par with academic conferences than with WordCamps, but the […]

Another Day, Another Security Update

Hot on the heels of the security announcement regarding a large number of plugins yesterday, the WordPress team has released an urgent security update to the WordPress core itself. If you haven’t already, you should once again go back through all of your sites and update WordPress. The good news is, since this is a minor […]

Far-reaching Security Vulnerability Revealed

According to an article on the Sucuri blog today, there is an extremely widespread security vulnerability in many WordPress plugins. The vulnerability seems to be the result of a breakdown in communication, where developers expected a set of core WordPress functions to do one thing, when it actually does another. Essentially, most plugin developers (including those […]