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Advice for New WordPress Developers

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Slides from the April 2019 WordCamp Lancaster presentation on suggestions for new plugin and theme developers.

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Advice for New WordPress Developers

  1. 1. Advice for New WordPress Developers Susan Walker WordCamp Lancaster 2019
  2. 2. Who is this person & why is she offering us advice?
  3. 3. A talk offering a user’s perspective.
  4. 4. Keep It Simple
  5. 5. Don’t aim to be all things to all users.
  6. 6. The ideal site has neatly-fitting parts.
  7. 7. The reality is that the parts rarely fit.
  8. 8. Exclude plugin meta box Exclude extended using hooks
  9. 9. Pay Attention to Details
  10. 10. • Valid HTML • Valid CSS • Correctly enqueued JS & CSS • Accessibility compliant UI • Translation templates • Right-to-left layouts • Professional spelling & grammar • Useful readme file content
  11. 11. Hinder bad bots with index files.
  12. 12. • hipster images • images of a hipster • hipster backgrounds • dark hipster • hipster Tumblr themes • hipster 2014 • hipster png • dark background images Bad Search Terms for Dance Site
  13. 13. Clean up after yourself.
  14. 14. Check that it works on multisite.
  15. 15. Be Kind to Your Users
  16. 16. • Security over all other things • UI consistent with WP core • Essential menus/submenus only • Clearly-labeled fields • Minimal admin notices • No promotional popups • Easy migration after updates • Careful use of roles & caps
  17. 17. Good UX & Managing Expectations
  18. 18. Security, Transparency & Ethics
  19. 19. Treat users as you want to be treated.
  20. 20. Thank You! Susan Walker @susanwrotethis susanwrotethis.com linkedin.com/in/susanwrotethis

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