WPClassroom.com Is Back! New WordPress Training Classes Scheduled

WordPress Training LogoThe WordPress Classroom is back with new classes scheduled! If you’ve ever wanted to learn WordPress, or expand your knowledge, WPClassroom.com is for you! We offer the best value ($25/class!) and the best instructors!

WordPress for Beginners is set for September 28th at 7pm ET. This class is for beginners with a focus on content. Learn how to create posts, pages, links. Also learn the ins and outs of comment and discussion moderation. The class will even cover tips and tricks including automated backups, scheduled posting, security plugins, and more!

Extending WordPress for Beginners is set for September 30th at 7pm ET. This class is for WP site administrators with a focus on customizing WordPress. Learn how to install and configure themes and plugins. The class will also cover menu management, user accounts and roles, and WordPress settings.

Both courses run 1 hour in length with a 1 hour question and answer session. That’s TWO hours of WordPress training for $25! You can also register for both classes for $40. All WPClassroom.com classes use the most powerful online training tools provided by Cisco WebEx. Training is even recorded for later playback!

I couldn’t recommend these courses enough for people who want to truly understand everything that WordPress has to offer.

New Book: Professional WordPress Plugin Development!

I couldn’t be more excited to announce a new book I’m co-authoring: Professional WordPress Plugin Development!

WROX logoThis book will continue the Professional WordPress series with a focus on plugin development in WordPress. This alone is exciting news, but of course I’m not writing this book on my own. I’ve brought in two of the best known WordPress developers in the business: Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock! Anyone who works with WordPress will be very familiar with these two guys. They both have a huge reputation for writing some of the most detailed, easy to understand, and extremely knowledgeable tutorials out there for plugin and WordPress development.

The excitement doesn’t stop there! We’ve also brought in two great Technical Editors for our new book. The first is Andrew Nacin. Anyone who follows the core development of WordPress will be very familiar with Andrew. Andrew is one of the most active core contributors to the WordPress project and his endless knowledge of the internals of WordPress are sure to help take our book to the next level. The second Tech Editor is Doug Vann. Doug is known for his expertise and knowledge in the open source CMS world. Doug will approach this book as a CMS user, thinking outside the box of a normal developer.

This book will be jam packed with plugin knowledge from beginner topics like creating your first plugin, security, and settings, to more advanced topics like JavaScript and AJAX, Cron, and the mysterious Rewrite API. This book will have something for everyone looking to learn or expand their knowledge on building professional plugins in WordPress.

You can following our process during the writing of this book using the hash tag #plugindevbook on Twitter. The book is currently planned for a March 2011 release date.

Announcing Pluginize.com! Custom WordPress Plugin Development

Updated 4/1/2016: Pluginize.com has relaunched as a new source for premium WordPress plugins and products from WebDevStudios.

I’m really excited to announce my newest venture, Pluginize.com! Pluginize is a new service specializing in developing custom plugins for WordPress. Pluginize also specializes in modifying existing WordPress plugins. This can help save development time which in turn saves you money! With prices starting at $100, Pluginize is easily affordable for any WP website.

Pluginize.com LogoAll plugins developed by Pluginize are released under the GPLv2 software license. Pluginize will also submit any plugin developed to the official Plugin Directory on WordPress.org. We’ll even setup a support forum section dedicated to your plugin to handle any support requests that come in.

Pluginize uses our soon to be “Famous 3 Step Process” to make creating a custom plugin as easy as possible. The goal of Pluginize is to create high quality custom plugins for WordPress using an extremely painless process.

We follow the proper WordPress coding standards to verify your plugin is fully compatible with WordPress. We also put a focus on security and verify our custom plugins are as secure as possible. If you are looking for a high quality custom built plugin for WordPress, look no further than Pluginize.com!

Philadelphia Gets A WordPress Meetup Group!

WordPress LogoPhiladelphia now has a Meetup group dedicated to WordPress! I wanted to organize this new Meetup group to help WordPress addicts, like myself, find each other in the City of Brotherly Love. One of the great aspects of WordPress is the community that surrounds it and Meetups are the local lifeline of that community.

The inaugural event will take place on August 11th at 7pm at Future Media Concepts (FMC) in downtown Philly. WebDevStudios.com is sponsoring the event and donating pizzas for all!

I’m really excited to find some local talent to come speak at our monthly gatherings. If you’re in the Philly area, and interested in WordPress. make sure you join the Meetup group and get involved!

SitePoint Podcast Interview for Professional WordPress

Last week Hal Stern, David Damstra, and myself had the privilege of being interviewed on the SitePoint Podcast for our new book Professional WordPress!SitePoint Logo

I had a great time discussing our book with hosts Patrick O’Keefe and Stephan Segraves. We covered many different topics including how the book came to be, what separates our book from the rest, and how our book is a solid compliment to the Codex. We also had a great discussion about the difference between a WordPress Theme and a Theme Framework, which I think a lot of people are still a little confused by.

Professional WordPress Book CoverIt’s a little strange being on the other side of the interview table, but I’m starting to get use to it. Promoting a book is a lot of work, but in the end the payoff is well worth it. If you haven’t had a chance to order this book what are you waiting for? Order a copy today and support your favorite WordPress developers!

Also be sure to subscribe to the SitePoint Podcast, which I’m a regular co-host on, if you haven’t already! We discuss the latest news and happenings in the world of web development and design.

Professional WordPress Has Hit The Shelves!

I’m extremely excited to announce that Professional WordPress, a book I co-authored, has hit the shelves at major book retailers nation wide! The book is also in stock on Amazon.com!
Professional WordPress BooksThis journey started in April of 2009 when Matt Mullenweg posted a blog post that Wiley was looking for WordPress enthusiasts to author a new book. I emailed Carol Long that night and before I knew it was one of the co-authors chosen for Professional WordPress along with Hal Stern and David Damstra!

The entire process was quite a learning experience since I had never written a book before. Luckily Wiley/WROX has an amazingly talented staff that helped guide us during this book writing journey. Hal and David were also great co-authors to work with during the process.

Professional WordPress is a book written by programmers for programmers. We take a more in-depth look at WordPress to help explain how WP works from the inside out. Learn how to create powerful plugins to handle any task. Explore how to build amazing themes using the latest features in WordPress. Learn how to use WordPress as a CMS. We even cover WordPress in the Enterprise and migrating to WordPress from another system. This book has something for everyone so make sure you pick up a copy today and help support your favorite WordPress hackers!

Keep an eye on this blog as I’ll be giving away a few copies of Professional WordPress in the coming weeks!