WCOC Plugin-a-Palooza: WP Art Store – Chris Reynolds at WebDevStudios.com

By Chris Reynolds of WebDevStudios


This year, WordCamp Orange County (coming up on June 6th and 7th) is doing something a little different. Plugin-a-Palooza a plugin-building hackathon/competition that they first announced back in February. The rules are pretty simple: pitch a plugin idea, get it approved, write a plugin, submit it by a specific time, make sure it’s GPL, and then talk about it.

I volunteered to help Suzette Franck build out a plugin to submit to Plugin-a-Palooza that would let artists easily sell their work from their website without having to do a lot of technical inventory management stuff.

The result is WP Art Store, and you can check it out on WordPress.org or GitHub. The plugin is a fairly simple custom post type plugin that adds a new post type for works of art along with several ways of grouping those art works together–by medium, by theme or subject, or by technique…

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GDILA.org Women in Coding: A Day in the Life Vol 1 w/Machicki Yasuda

Girl Develop It Los Angeles Chapter launched a new website as well as a new series featuring a day in the life of a woman coder and how they got there.

“If you’re waiting for someone’s permission to do this, don’t. It’s not going to come. You just have to do it.”

~ Machiko Yasuda

Read the rest of this inspirational article: http://gdila.org/machiko-yasuda/


“The Customizer API” – WordPress Theme Developer Handbook

The Customizer is a framework for live-previewing any change to WordPress. It provides a simple and consistent interface for users to customize various aspects of their theme and their site, from colors and layouts to widgets, menus, and more. Themes and plugins alike can add custom options to the Customizer. The Customizer is the canonical way to add options to your theme.Customizer options can be granted to users with different capabilities on a granular basis, so while most options are visible only to

Source: WordPress › Theme Options – The Customizer API | Theme Developer Handbook | WordPress Developer Resources


Pay It Forward with the WDS Holiday Charity Competition!

I work for an awesome company (WebDevStudios) that values philanthropy as much as I do and I am very proud to be a part of their charity efforts. For the holidays, we at WDS split into 3 teams, and each team has elected a favorite charity that they are raising money for: Codestarter.org, Freedom Projectz, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Each team is competing with each other to raise the most money for their charity, and WDS will donate $1,000 to the winning organization.

2014-12-06 11.28.07My team, “Scream Team”, has raised $430 so far and we have till December 24th to collect donations for our cause. In an effort to bribe my friends and family to donate, I personally made 52 batches of peanut butter fudge over two days and I am shipping them all over the country along with a note about the WDS Charity Competition and urging them to donate to Codestarter.org. We chose this charity because we would like to see more children with laptops learning code and WordPress, and every $250 raised provides one laptop to a deserving child.

You can read more about what each charity does on our post at WebDevStudios’ blog. All three causes are excellent choices and we hope that you will pay it forward with us by donating to one or all of the charities this holiday season: http://webdevstudios.com/2014/12/08/wds-holiday-charity-competition/.