This is a guest post by Konstantin Kovshenin — a WordPress core contributor, developer and consultant. Editor in chief of Theme.fm — tutorials, tips and tricks on WordPress themes and plugins, setup, security and performance, as well as WordPress consulting. Follow Konstantin on Twitter and don’t hesitate to poke him should you need any help.
Ending this second week of September we’ve collected some of this week’s happenings in our weekly roundup.
A little over two weeks ago we the folks over at bbPress brought us one step closer to the release of version 2.0. At the beginning of this week another stepping stone has been announced – bbPress 2.0 RC5. We’ll hopefully get to play with the 2.0 release sometime within two weeks. The development team are pretty confident that RC5 is the last release candidate.
Jean-Baptiste over at CatswhoCode.com presented quite an interesting article on Mastering HTML5 Prefetching using the
rel="prefetch" attribute inside
<link> tags in the
<head> of your page for pages and images that you want the user browser to prefetch; pages that users are likely to request, and since they’ve been prefetched loading times should be near to instantaneous. Prefetching is currently not supported in Safari and IE, but you can make the other 70.9% of Internet users (according to w3school’s Browser Statistics) a little more happy. The article covers HTML5 prefetching (or “prerendring” as Chrome refers to it) in WordPress, offering a ready-to-be-used code snippet that you can paste into your theme’s header file, and a very useful jQuery snippet that automatically appends prefetch code to
A new WordPress tutorial over at WPBeginner has been published which goes over some of the ins and outs of How to Create Additional Image Sizes in WordPress. The tutorial makes it a point to explain what Hard Crop, Soft Crop and Unlimited Height modes are, explains a bit on how to use custom image sizes inside the WordPress loop, and features the Simple Image Sizes plugin that makes it easy to create custom image sizes, regenerate them and add them to your settings pages.
Speaking of tutorials, Oliver Dale of WPLift provided a great collection of 20 Really Handy Tutorials to help you build WordPress Themes this Tuesday. Menus, Shortcodes, Custom Post Types, Widgets, Child Themes, Buttons, Plugins, and general WordPress theme-building lessons and tutorials. A great place to start if you’ve just begun exploring WordPress development.
How do you make WordPress more mobile friendly? Kevin Muldoon from WPMods explores 3 plugins in his 3 WordPress Plugins That Make Your Website More Mobile Friendly. The plugins revolve around detecting and ultimately substitute your regular WordPress theme for one that is better displayed on mobile devices. We checked out WPtap Mobile Detector, which is a neat plugin and has fingerprints for 9 different mobile devices, but, unfortunately no user-friendly way to allow for the addition of new ones.
Yoast is asking you to point out themes that are incompatible with their WordPress SEO Plugin in their WordPress SEO Theme Compatibility Survey. If you happen to use a theme that breaks the SEO Plugin make sure you let Yoast know.
And finally, another tutorial from wptuts+ on Custom Post Type Pagination Chaining Method. The five-minute tutorial offers a solution to paginating custom post types by using, what is referred to as chaining. In short, a custom post type template makes use of the archive-posttype.php template and it works. Why? Check out the tutorial.
That’s it for this week’s weekly roundup. Make sure to let us know if we missed something major this week and what to lookout for in the coming weeks by leaving a comment below. Stay tuned for more.