WP Late Night Becomes Most Popular WordPress Podcast!

It’s has been confirmed that WP Late Night, the new podcast I’m a Co-Host on, has become the #1 WordPress Podcast! I’m really excited, especially since we are just getting started. Last night we recorded the 8th episode of WP Late Night and are having a great time!

WP Late Night LogoWe’re trying to make this podcast different from the rest. We stream live video of the show using Spreecast. You can watch the video recording of our past shows on our WP Late Night Spreecast channel.

Another reason I think the show is so successful is the synergy between the hosts. I’ve known Ryan and Dre for a few years now. We’ve hung out at many WordCamps (and after parties!) and have become really good friends. Being friends with your co-hosts makes a big difference in the harmony of the show and I think that really comes across in each episode.

If you haven’t tuned in yet I highly recommend you give us a spin. You can listen to all of our episodes by visiting WPLateNight.com. You can also catch us live every Wednesday @ 8pm EDT on the WPCandy.com Stream.

New WordPress Podcast: WP Late Night Starts Tonight!

There’s a new WordPress Podcast in town: WP Late Night. Hosted by yours truly, along with Dre Armeda (Sucuri.net) and Ryan Imel (WPCandy.com), WP Late Night will be a bi-weekly live streaming video podcast all about WordPress!

I’ve been itching to get involved with another WordPress podcast for some time now. I had such a great time on the WordPress Weekly show with Jeffro that I knew it was only a matter of time until it happened. The show will be live streaming tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. You can watch the show live on the WPCandy Stream page.

For more information on the show, and ways to participate, make sure you check out the WPCandy.com announcement post.

I’m Speaking at WordCamp San Francisco 2011 This Weekend!

This weekend I’m attending, and speaking at, WordCamp San Francisco 2011!

I’ll be a part of the Security Showdown panel with Mark Jaquith and Jon Cave. We’ll be performing live plugin security audits on submitted plugins and discussing best practices for securing your plugins and themes.

WordCamp SF is the biggest WordCamp of the year. It’s literally a who’s who of the WordPress Community and I can’t wait to be back this year!

If you plan on attending make sure you track me down and say hi, I might even have a couple items to give away! 🙂

How To: Add A Link to the WordPress Multisite Network Admin Sites List

The other day I was working on a plugin for a client when I needed to add a link to the WordPress Multisite Network Admin Sites list. This is the list of sites in your WordPress Multisite network. The links I am referring to are the action links that appear when you hover over a site in the list as shown below.

WordPress Multisite Network Sites ListTo add a link, or modify any of the existing action links, we’re going to use the manage_sites_action_links action filter in WordPress. This filter will allow us to modify the action links before they are displayed on the screen. This means you can add, or remove, any links you want.

Let’s look at the code:

add_filter( 'manage_sites_action_links', 'my_plugin_network_list_action', null, 2 );

function my_plugin_network_list_action( $actions, $blog_id ) {

    $actions = array_merge( $actions, array(
	'custom_link' => '<a href="'. network_admin_url( 'sites.php' ).'">My Custom Link</a>'
    ));

    return $actions;

}

First we call the manage_sites_action_links filter hook which executes our custom function my_plugin_network_list_action(). Our function accepts two parameters: The $actions array which contains all action links and the $blog_id which stores the site ID of the site we are hovering in the list.

To add a link we are going to use the PHP function array_merge() to merge our link into the array of existing links. In this example I added a link named “My Custom Link” which links to the Network Admin sites list. The final step is to return the $actions variable. Simple as that!

For more awesome WordPress plugin goodies check out my new book: Professional WordPress Plugin Development

Professional WordPress Plugin Development Has Hit The Shelves!

My latest book, Professional WordPress Plugin Development, has left the warehouse and is in stock and ready to order! The book is also available in DRM-Free PDF and Kindle formats. I co-authored this book with two amazing developers, Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock.

Pro WP Plugin Dev BookI am really happy with how the book turned out and know it will be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn, or expand, their knowledge on WordPress plugin development. The book includes 80+ fully functional plugin examples and tutorials for download. I find myself consulting the book on a daily basis for code snippets and examples.

Professional WordPress Plugin Development covers a wide range of plugin dev topics including plugin foundation, creating widgets and shortcodes, custom post types and taxonomies, users and roles, coding standard and styles, and action and filter hooks. The book also dives into some more advanced topics like the HTTP API, JavaScript and Ajaz, Cron event scheduling, the Rewrite API, and even an entire chapter dedicated to Multisite plugin development! For more information check out the post Ozh wrote that details everything the book covers.

Want to win a FREE copy of the book? I’m giving away three free copies to three random fans of the Professional WordPress Plugin Development Facebook page. Simply like the page and you’re entered to win! I’ll pick the winners on Monday.

Professional WordPress Plugin Development Available for Presale on Amazon!

Pro WP Plugin Dev Book by Brad Williams

Pro WordPress Plugin Dev Book

My next book, Professional WordPress Plugin Development, is available for presale on Amazon.com!

Co-authored with Ozh Richard and Justin Tadlock, this book is the definitive guide for WordPress plugin development.

We cover a wide range of plugin dev topics including:

  • Plugin foundation
  • Creating widgets and shortcodes
  • Custom post types and taxonomies
  • WordPress coding standards and styles
  • Action and filter hooks
  • Best security practices

Pro WP Plugin Dev is the first of its kind with the many advanced topics covered. Most of these topics have never been in print!

Advanced plugin development topics include:

  • HTTP API including Google Map examples
  • JavaScript and Ajax
  • Cron event scheduling
  • Rewrite API and query handling
  • Multisite networks
  • Developer’s toolbox
  • and more!

This book is the next edition in the WROX programmer to programmer series. It was written by developers, for developers, and will teach you how to program WordPress in easy to understand tutorials and explanations. In fact this book comes packed with 80+ fully functional plugin examples and tutorials for download!

Make sure you reserve your copy today and don’t miss out on the WordPress plugin development goodness!

WordCamp Philly 2010 Was A Huge Success!

WordCamp Philly 2010, the inaugural Philadelphia WordCamp, was last Saturday and was a huge success! I was lucky enough to be one of the organizers, along with Anthony Bubel and Marilyn Moran, and couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out.

We had an amazing lineup of speakers and topics for the event. We also had some awesome sponsors step up and help making this event a great success.

The event was held at Alter Hall in the Fox School of Business building. This building was absolutely amazing! The technology in each room was superb and made for a flawless day of presentations, slides, and even the official WordCamp Philly soundtrack!

The entire WebDevStudios crew almost attended (we were missing Scotty B), but the rest of the team was in attendence and myself, Brian Messenlehner, Chris Cochran, and Ronald Huereca all gave presentations.

There were also many of my WordPress friends in attendance including Ptah Dundar, Hal Stern, Michael Torbert, Steve Mortiboy, Jane Wells, Andrew Nacin, Doug Stewart, Jayvie Canono, Ryan Duff, Ted Mann, and many others I’m sure I am forgetting.

Check out pictures from the event below (photo credit to @tweetsfromchris):

BlogWorld Expo 2010 Recap! What Happens in Vegas…

Last week I attended BlogWorld Expo 2010 in beautiful (and warm!) Las Vegas with April, Brian, and Robin! This was my first visit to Las Vegas so I was very excited for the trip. My Company (WDS) redesigned the BlogWorld.com website and also sponsored the event.
BlogWorld Logo

I was lucky enough to record LIVE episodes of the SitePoint podcast at the event! Kevin Yank flew all the way from Sydney, Australia, along with Shayne Tilley and Luke Cuthbertson, to represent the launch of the new SitePoint venture Learnable! Patrick and Stephan, the other two hosts, were also there so we recorded a bunch of one-on-one interviews with attendees and also did a live recording with all four hosts! It was awesome hanging with sitepoint and podcast crew.

We also hung out with some great WordPress friends! Josh and Sally from Page.ly attended (and had a killer house party!). John Hawkins of 9seeds was the resident “local” giving us tips on places to check out and eat. Syed Balkhi of WPBeginner.com was also there and did a great interview with me. We also hung out with Andrew Powers and Adam Munns of PageLines.com

We had a WordPress dinner Saturday night with Lisa Sabin-Wilson and her husband Chris, Grant Griffiths and Clay from Headway Themes, Cory Miller and Matt Danner from iThemes, and I even met Brian Layman (who mentioned WDS in his presentation!), and Tracy Childers of Wishlist Member.

I was also invited to a few hotel suite parties by Darren Rowse of Problogger.com and SitePoint/Learnable. There is nothing quite like a Vegas hotel party!

Overall I had an amazing time! Can’t wait to attend next year! A photo gallery from the adventure is below:

Professional WordPress Book Signing at Blog World Expo

Next month is Blog World and New Media Expo 2010 in Las Vegas. I’ve just confirmed I’ll be doing a book signing for Professional WordPress at the event!

Pro WP BookWiley will have a booth setup where you can purchase all of their amazing books. I’ll be signing copies of Professional WordPress at the Wiley booth on Saturday, October 16th at 1pm.

I’ll be attending Blog World Expo with Brian and April from WebDevStudios. As many of you know my company redesigned the BlogWorld.com website a few weeks ago using the Genesis theme framework. We are also sponsors of Blog World Expo this year!

It looks to be a great event so if you plan on attending be sure to stop by and say hi!

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic 2010 Recap

Last weekend I attended WordCamp Mid-Atlantic 2010 in Baltimore, MD and had a blast! I was joined by Brian and Chris from WDS.

WordCamp Mid-Atlantic LogoI attended some really amazing presentations. Jake Goldman gave a great talk on customizing the WordPress admin dashboard. I also enjoyed Andrew Nacin’s presentation on Advanced WordPress APIs. I even learned about a few WP functions I have never heard of.

One of the best moments was the last keynote by Jane Wells. Jane gave the keynote via Skype video while driving down the road ( Ryan Boren was driving ). Not only was it a great interview but it really demonstrated where technology is at these days. Amazing!

I had a great time hanging out with Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Steve Mortiboy, Aaron Brazell, Ryan Duff, Andrew Nacin, Jake Goldman, Jayvie Canono, Joel Fisher, Scott K Clark, Scott Ellis, and many more I’m sure I am forgetting.

My presentation was on WordPress Security and can be found below: