What Features To Build in Premium WordPress Theme

There are 3800+ Free WordPress theme available in WordPress.org Theme Repository. Premium theme business is hard because there are tons of free options available.

Of course, to make a user spend $50 for a theme is not easy just by “pretty design”. Theme need to set it self apart from the “free” version so this upgrade worth the money.

Here are several features usually added in Premium version of a theme (other than pretty design + support): Read More What Features To Build in Premium WordPress Theme

List of Popular Plugin for Theme Developer

Not all plugins works well out of the box. Some plugin require a theme support, from simple CSS tweak to template files modification.

As a theme developer, it’s hard to choose which plugins I should support in my theme. It takes time to do this, and theme developer also need to “watch” these plugins to make sure all is working well for latest version of each plugins.

Popular plugin such as WooCommerce also have large user base, and it can increase theme popularity. So, without further ado, here is the list. Read More List of Popular Plugin for Theme Developer

Short Korean Drama Series For Your Precious Time

I watch a lot of Korean Drama. Probably around 50+ titles so far. It’s my guilty pleasure.

I watched several US series like “Friends”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Big Bang Theory” and all was fun only in first couples season. If the series is popular they will keep it going until it turn bad and no one enjoy it. They will end the series with a bad after taste (most of the time).

I prefer Korean Drama because usually only contain one season and that’s only 12-20 episode. But series in this list is even shorter. Only max 3 episodes.

Read More Short Korean Drama Series For Your Precious Time

I think WordPress plugin review team decision to no longer accept framework is wrong. And this is why.

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Recently WordPress plugin review team write a reminder post “Please do not submit frameworks” (Ipstenu/Mika Epstein).

And the reason is:

We require that plugins be useful in and of themselves (even if only being a portal to an external service). And while there are many benefits to frameworks and libraries, without plugin dependency support in core or the directory, it becomes another level of hassle for users.

In a comment, Darrin, who had a framework plugin (Advanced Term Fields) submitted and approved last month asked:

Are you saying the best way to handle this scenario is to include the parent framework in each child plugin, as opposed to alerting the user that “This plugin requires XXX plugin in order to function properly”?

And Mika answered:

Currently, yes. That would have been the best way.

I don’t really agree with this.
I think it should go to the opposite direction. And this is why. Read More I think WordPress plugin review team decision to no longer accept framework is wrong. And this is why.

How to Install Font Only In Photoshop CC

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This is a quick guide to install font only for Photoshop CC (not windows).

I was updating one of my theme Chelonian and I copy-paste CSS from another theme. Chelonian is using Dashicons and the other theme is using Genericons. So I accidentally use genericons CSS in my style.css instead of using dashicons for calendar icon. Read More How to Install Font Only In Photoshop CC

How to use Customize API “postMessage” Method for Color Options

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I’m not actually a fan of themes with tons of design options. I think as a designer, it’s our job to design theme.

However, it’s not always a bad idea to let user express their creativity.

Last weekend, I create another theme. Nevertheless, a simple one with classic design. And this time I create several color options for it. Usually I prefer “refresh” transport method for my themes, because it’s works, easier to code (and maintain in the future). But because this is a simple theme, I get it done relatively quickly. So I decide to “play” and use “postMessage” transport method for the color options.

There are problems I found when implementing this, and I want to share my solution.

Here’s the theme, you can download and check the source code:

Read More How to use Customize API “postMessage” Method for Color Options

How To Remove WordPress Admin Color Scheme Option

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Well, there was a time when I need to remove admin color scheme option. And this how I do that.

I was building a complex site with several user role, and to make it easier to know which user role I use to login, I set each user role to use different admin color scheme and disable admin color option in profile edit.

It’s actually pretty simple. And I will also explain the coding process, how to learn to code something in WordPress. (I’m sure it’s pretty useful trick if you wants to learn to code/problem solving in WP). Read More How To Remove WordPress Admin Color Scheme Option