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    Building a Countdown Timer WidgetBuilding a countdown timer widget preview
    We all love a celebration, and now that Easter is over, we look forward to the next occasion. How far away is the next occasion you like to celebrate? Whatever it might be, let's build a widget plugin to add a countdown timer to our sidebar showing how long we have left to wait.Read More…
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    How to Build Custom Dashboard WidgetsHow to build custom dashboard widgets 400
    The WordPress Dashboard is a great place to see updates, or any kind of information related to your activity. In this tutorial, we'll see how to dispose of default widgets and how to create your own custom widgets. We are going to create a simple plugin to handle this so it can apply to any theme.Read More…
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    Making Use of jQuery UI's Widget FactoryJquery ui widget factory
    For a long time, the only way to write custom controls in jQuery was to extend the $.fn namespace. This works well for simple widgets, however, as you start building more stateful widgets, it quickly becomes cumbersome. To aid in the process of building widgets, the jQuery UI team introduced the Widget Factory, which removes most of the boilerplate that is typically associated with managing a widget. Read More…
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    Twitter Trends Widget for WordPressPreview
    In this tutorial we are going to create a WordPress widget that displays Twitter Trends by region. We will use Twitter's Trends API and update trends after a specific time duration using WordPress' Transients API.Read More…
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    Facebook Like Box Widget for WordPressFacebook like box 200x200
    If your website has a Facebook page then it's a good idea to promote this to your readers by displaying a Facebook like box on the sidebar of the blog. In this tutorial we are going to create a WordPress widget which displays your Facebook like box. With this WordPress widget you will have the option to display the box header, show your latest fans and show your latest Facebook stream.Read More…
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    Integrating Superfish Menu Into a TemplateIntro superfish
    This is a short and easy step-by-step guide to using the jQuery menu plugin, Superfish, developed by Joel Birch.Read More…
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    Plugins
    Getting Started With BuddyPressThumbnail
    Best of Wptuts 2011: Every week through January, we're going to revisit some of our favorite posts from 2011. With the recent popularity explosion of BuddyPress and a wide range of new BuddyPress themes available at ThemeForest, it makes good sense to kick off this 2011 recap with Adam Murray's incredible BuddyPress series! We've all worked hard to establish that Wordpress is a great content management solution, but what about it's social networking aspect? Today, I want to walk you through the basics of using BuddyPress, a social networking system built on top of the Wordpress platform. Learning how to use this will add a really valuable item to your field of knowledge, especially as clients want social integration more and more every day.Read More…
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    Writing Maintainable WordPress Widgets: Part 1 of 2Plugin boilerplate thumbnail
    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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    Plugins
    Create a TwitterRSS Stats Widget for WordPressPreview
    In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps of setting up a widget, its settings form, and displaying it on your site. At the end of the tutorial, you can download an example plugin to build from. Of course, you can apply this to your themes as well.Read More…
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    Create a "Mashable-Inspired" Sidebar Social Widget for WordPressPreview
    I've had a lot of requests lately to share a tutorial on how I created the sidebar widget on my personal blog. It looks nice and most important, it works! With some simple PHP and CSS, I'm sure everybody can implement this on their blogs easily. Today I'm going to show you how to create mine... in hopes that you'll be able to create your own custom version for your own projects!Read More…
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    Plugins
    Add the WordPress RSS Feed Anywhere In Your ThemeRss icon
    If you're looking for a way to display RSS feeds anywhere on your site and you're using WordPress then you'll be happy to hear about this trick. You know about the WordPress RSS widget... but what if displaying a feed in the sidebar is not enough. This tutorial will show you how to take an RSS feed and put it anywhere in your theme, including a page or post template. This is a great solution for you folks out there using RSS feed generators (say goodbye to small footer credits) or plugins (say hello to a faster website)!Read More…
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    Display & Style Related Posts For Your WordPress SitePreview
    Displaying related posts is a great way to keep readers on your blog and this tutorial will show you how to achieve just this! There are definitely many related posts plugins out there that would be great to use, however I couldn't find any plugins that fit exactly what I needed. So after a lot of reading and researching, here's what I ended up with that's helped me on a ton of my client's projects including my own. Here I will show you how to program a custom WordPress loop that will display your related posts with thumbnails. Read More…
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