How to Create Site Specific WordPress Plugin

Site Specific WordPress Plugin

I‘ve been silently doing a lot of minor and medium size changes to News47ell since the redesign. With those changes, I had to find a way to keep my code as organized as possible so that I can understand it when I go back to it later along the road. Because I use WordPress, I decided to convert all my code into Site Specific WordPress Plugin.

Each plugin does a specific thing on the site and it includes a PHP file, JS file & CSS file. They are all served from my server over at Lightning Base so I can reduce the number of HTTP requests required to render the page.

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Simple Custom CSS JS Review: Custom CSS WordPress Plugin

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When I started learning how to re-design my site, what CSS is and all the cool things I can do with it, I needed a place where I can save the CSS code that I was writing.

WordPress themes already come with style.css file which you can add extra CSS to and change the old one, but when the theme receive an update, all the changes will be lost. You can use a child theme’s style.css file and do @import but you shouldn’t, and you need to avoid it.

What you need is a Custom CSS WordPress Plugin.

Jetpack have a Custom CSS module which comes with code revision, it’s simple and works well. And last but not least, there’s Tom Usborne’s Simple CSS Plugin that include CSS editor in the Customizer so you can live preview your changes and Metabox for page/post specific CSS.
But I wanted more, I was really thirsty for a plugin with more features.

So I put my backpack and started my journey trying to find the perfect plugin in the land of repo, a land so far away, with a population of 46,074 plugins.

After spending days in this land, trying plugin after another, I finally found the perfect one, it has the basic feature, a place for your Custom CSS code, and a ton of extra features that you never think you need until you see them and try them yourself.

Here’s my Simple Custom CSS and JS Review:

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How to move WordPress media library to new host

I’ve recently talked about how I moved this site to Lightning Base. In the process of moving, I was worried about one thing only: How am I going to move WordPress media library to new host?

I’ve always been interested in trying the free migration offer from hosting companies but when I stop for a moment to think about the requirements, I quickly cancel the idea from my head because it involves giving my site credentials to a stranger so they can access my site.

One popular way to move WordPress media library to new host is by using the official WordPress Importer Plugin but it has a tiny issue for XML files with a lot of media files. It simply doesn’t work.
Taking a look at the reviews, you will see that many people get frustrated when they try to use the plugin to import their media files because when you try, the request gets timed out due to the amount of text that the server needs to go through, parse and process.

A lot of people suggest splitting the XML into multiple files, but even that didn’t work. I got duplicate media files and I had to start from the beginning.

I did a bit of research and came across a great WordPress plugin that does only one thing. It imports your media files.

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Microsoft OneNote Publisher WordPress Plugin Review

This might sound weird, but I’m writing this article in OneNote to test out the newly released Microsoft OneNote Publisher WordPress Plugin, which allow you to import your notes to WordPress and then publish them.

I want to see if my format will still look the same, and if it’s easy to use, and If it actually work.

Let’s see how it will go

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Swiftype Review: WordPress Search Plugin

Swiftype Review

A lot of people agree on one thing when it comes to the built-in search in WordPress, they all say that it sucks!.

Here’s what Yoast has to say about it:

WordPress default search kinda sucks. It sorts the results by date, newest first and interface wise. It doesn’t have any of the cool things we’re used to when we search in (for instance) Google.

I agree with him. Yoast goes on to talk about how to customize WordPress search by doing a bit of coding and installing a couple of plugins.

But, what if I told you that you can do everything is his article with one plugin?
Yes, only one plugin. One service. Endless possibilities.

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Authy Two Factor Authentication for WordPress Plugin Review

Keeping your site secure is a very important thing to do because you don’t want anyone to just get an access to your site and mess things up for you that you’ve built over the years.

There’s many ways to do that, you can change the permalink to your login page, choose a strong password, delete the default “Admin” user, Password Protect wp-login.php and one of my favorite is to add Two Factor Authentication.

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