Ask JW: A Plugin to Make Important Announcements

Today’s Q&A comes courtesy of Frederico Gonzalez, from Twitter. He asked if there was an easy way to add announcement bars to the top of his site, much like the one on ActiveDen right now (assuming you’re not logged in). Luckily, as you’ll find, it’s quite simple to whip up a jQuery plugin that will make these announcements a cinch to add.

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Working with the New “Envato Marketplace Items” WordPress Plugin

Just a few days ago, Envato’s very own WordPress ninja, Derek Herman, released a new “Envato Marketplace Items” plugin for WordPress. Now, with only a few minutes worth of work, you can display your recent files, popular files, and even files according to a specific category on your site. Not only that, but you can additionally attach your referral id to each item and earn 30% of your referred user’s first deposit!

In only a few steps, I’ll show you exactly how to implement this plugin into your own project.

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New Marketplace Features Screencast

A lot has happened within the last twenty four hours, and, understandably, there’s a lot to take in! If you have a few moments, why not view this screencast and learn about some of the new features in the marketplace redesign that we’re all really excited about? When finished viewing, don’t forget to leave a comment, via the forums, and let us know your thoughts!

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New Twitter-Exclusive Quick-Tip Video Series

Last week, I launched a new exclusive quick-tip series for our Twitter followers. What makes this screencast series unique is that they’re all five minutes or less, and the topic for each entry comes straight from the community! As these will not be posted on the blogs, the only way to stay up to date is to follow Nettuts+ and ThemeForest!

Just for a one-time sample, here are the first two quick tips.

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WordPress for Designers: Day 18

I’ll bet that many of you have used or have been searching for a WordPress contact form to you for yourself or a client. Plugins can be great and very convenient, but your also relying on the plugin developer to make sure it works and does what you want. Today, we are going to build our contact page, complete with a working AJAX/php contact form! We will use the jQuery library to pull off the AJAX call and animation effects. It’s a day you won’t want to miss if you have ever wondered how to build an AJAX contact form with WordPress.

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WordPress for Designers: Day 17

Did someone call for an integrated back end slider? Well, if you did, we heard you! After much anticipation from our readers, today is the day we integrate our slider with the backend of WordPress. We will learn all about how to use the WordPress media manager to let users setup, add, and edit the slider, all from the convenient backend of WordPress. This is a day you don’t want to miss, so fire up your server and let’s do this!

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WordPress for Designers: Day 16

Have you missed us? We’re back and ready for more action with our WordPress for Designers series! We are currently on day sixteen and each fay we are getting closer to completing our goal. Today, we go over creating and styling an entire page from scratch, including the sidebar. Furthermore, we will learn how to use multiple custom fields and text area inputs to take full advantage of the power of WordPress from the backend admin panel. Servers on, text editor running, Hanson playing on iTunes, let’s go!

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Ask JW: How Do I Work On My Server in TextMate?

The greatest advantage that Coda has over TextMate is that you can work directly on your server. Obviously, by removing the middle-man, we can work much more quickly. This is a bit unfortunate, as TextMate is a much more powerful platform. Thanks to Twitter, I’ve just learned how to work around this. We’ll use a program, for Mac and PC, called ExpanDrive. For more information, check out this quick screencast.

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Diving into PHP: Day 16

Continuing on with our OOP review, we’ll begin to build a real-world database abstraction class. We’ll review the __construct magic method, as well as the mysqli object.

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WordPress for Designers: Day 15

We’re back with our Wordpress for Designers series! Moving on with our ‘Paper Business’ theme, it’s time to bring in the slider. Today, we will build and implement a jQuery slider plugin into WordPress, style it properly, and discuss how we will pull out the information from the admin panel. Let’s get our slide on!

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