Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking

There’s really a lot of enhancement in this release from an Operator perspective. Contributor Support has also grown by leaps and bounds which is very exciting.

WordPress 4.9 – Photo Credit: WordPress.org, Tipton

Design Draft and Scheduling
*includes preview links pre-publish
-Code Syntax Highlighting, Error Checking
*shows CSS errors, supported in new HTML Widget
*pre-panel error save block/check

New Widgets, Widget Features
-New Gallery Widget
-New Enhanced HTML Widget
-Add Media Button in Widget

Site Building Improvements
-Widget stabilization on theme switching
-Pre-Theme application preview enhancements

Gutenberg Call to Action
*for Beta Testers to contribute on GitHub
with the current Gutenberg Plugin in service

Developer Enhancements
-Customizer Improvements
-CodeMirror Integration for Syntax Highlighting
-Lessened jQuery Dependence in MediaElement
-New Capabilities for More Granular Plugin Connections

This release was led by Mel Choice and Weston Ruter with the help of 443 Contributors. Read the official release page for more details
*as a comparison, WordPress 4.6 had 272 Contributors




Multisite, now faster than ever!
Cached and comprehensive site queries improve your network admin experience. The addition of WP_Site_Query and WP_Network_Query help craft advanced queries with less effort.

Theme add and activation work flow changes to one screen

Editor improvements – shows broken link

Lost Internet connection – drafts saved locally to browser

WordPress Dashboard uses native fonts from Operating System resulting in loading improvements (speed up)


JavaScript Library Updates
Masonry 3.3.2, imagesLoaded 3.2.0, MediaElement.js 2.22.0, TinyMCE 4.4.1, and Backbone.js 1.3.3 are bundled.

This release was led by Dominik Schilling with the help of 272 Contributors.  Read the official release page for WordPress 4.6

Become a WordPress for Android Power User

There’s been a ton of progress lately with WordPress for Android and the new version 2.1.2.  Mobile themes have been available for awhile as well as user agent detection setups to either serve a smartphone version of a WordPress site.  Some application developers have been working on the backend as well with some really wonderful applications.  WordPress has gotten in the game and has been aggressively adapting to changes in technology and pushing several updates of the Official WordPress for Android App.

Being a Power WordPress Android User is Now Easy

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See Above Screencaps to Get an Idea of the Function, then keep reading below…


Up up and away, uploading a photo, that was easy with WordPress for Android!  So now that we’ve uploaded the first awesome photo right from the phone, let’s do another, then explore the features more closely. (uploading multiple photos works great)


These photos were created and edited on a smartphone and inserted into WordPress for Android.  The base post was then uploaded as a draft with minimal finishing touches placed (header tags, bullet list, image descriptions, etc.).  You can very easily create a nice post with just the features of WordPress for Android and publish it once you’re done (from the smartphone or tablet) or save it and put some finishing touches on it later.  You no longer have to be in front of a desktop or laptop when a writing idea is fresh.

Who Needs to be Using WordPress for Android?

  • Photo Bloggers
  • Business Bloggers
  • Personal Bloggers
  • Site Administrators

Productive Features, Android WordPress App

  • Add Quick Photos and Video
  • Conveniently Add or Start Posts
  • Posts Now Auto Save
  • Edit Page Content
  • Administrate Comments
  • Set Photo Sizes per WP Site
  • Link URLs
  • Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough
  • Insert More  Tags for Content  Breaks
  • Proofread Draft Posts on the Go
  • Add Multiple .org Sites
  • Add Multiple .com Sites
  • Add a Combination of .org and .com
  • Start a New WordPress.com Account

Get it in Google Play

Visit the WordPress for Android Site

Watch the Video on Version 2.0

Tablet Friendly

The tablet display makes publishing and administration even easier with the ui taking advantage of the extra space to work with content.

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Other Mobile Operating System Disributions

A lot of people have the need for WordPress on iPhone or another mobile browser.  The preceding link covers IOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7, Nokia and WebOS. (this is the official link for WordPress Mobile)


A large percentage of WP users have smartphones (or tablets) and the ability to capture content with them is powerful.  No longer is a website or blog a static type property, mainly due to readers wanting fresh content.  It gets no fresher than when it comes from “in the field.”  WordPress can now be an extension of you…where you are…what you’re doing…how you’re doing it and when!  This degree of a “live” factor can separate you from the rest and place users in a position that they feel like they’re right there with you, living the experience.  Less formality and a more real experience!

Go Get It Now!

Posted from WordPress for Android

Execute a Shortcode in a WordPress Widget, Post, Page

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Execute Shortcode in Widget and Post

Super Widget Power

This is just a quick run through on how to execute a shortcode from within a WordPress Widget and place it in your sidebar…OR…call the widget into a post and display it on the post (using a shortcode in the post itself).

This is VERY POWERFUL as it extends the ability to use plugins that run off shortcodes in your posts easily.  You can really run shortcodes within shortcodes quite easily too if you are really hardcore…and even use an executable php or code widget quite easily right in an post…but let’s keep it simple to start…

Running a Shortcode in a Widget

This involves a minor edit to your functions file…which you can see on this post about using shortcodes from WordPress Widgets.  They have also posted a method to call a widget from a post…but the other functions coding they referenced wasn’t working quickly for some reason, so knowing there was a plugin for this…I chose the plugin method instead…so use the plugin method below to call a widget from the post itself as it is an ace to administrate. (below is the code they reference)

Place This Code Inside Your functions.php widget

<code>add_filter(‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’);</code>

Without the <code></code> bits

  • You can place this right in your functions file after sidebar declarations without php tags
  • There is probably a plugin that does the same thing, but this procedure is pretty simple

Now On To The Awesomeness…

Call a WordPress Widget From a Post

The Widgets on Pages Plugin uses shortcodes to call a widget zone into the page or post.  You can setup as many widgets as you need…and have multiple different widgets and zones I believe, but I only have tried one so far.

Update: Have tried many instances on same page and it works great.

The article I was reading in the WordPress Codex referenced another plugin called Page Blocks which sounded pretty neat…although, it wasn’t tested due to not being listed as current on versions…but one unique feature was displaying a message upon a visitor returning from PayPal…I may end up giving this a try too even though it doesn’t seem to be supported anymore from the developer site for page blocks.

Some cool things you can do with these (and these combined)

  • Call a Plugin Function to be Used in a Post (with Shortcodes) from a Sidebar Widget
  • Execute PHP Within a Post (with a PHP Exec Widget)
  • Call Shortcodes from Within Shortcodes (Inside a Post) (Multi-Level)
  • Display Existing Widgets from Plugins or WP in the Page/Post

You can Also…

Easily Grid Out CSS Zones in the Page or Post with the Easy Columns Plugin

Also read this post for how to insert jQuery tabs, toggles and accordians into a post with really nice theming.

(this is awesome as it runs on shortcodes…and then you can put other shortcodes within the grid codes and pretty much create small widget zones in the post (or full magazine style layouts for general use)

Tested with WordPress 3.2.1 and 3.3.1 (check for updated status on plugin repository as other versions come out for compatibility)

Photo Credit to greggoconnell for Ghetto Superman

WordPress jQuery Tabs, Accordian, Toggles Plugin (Rocks Free)

jQuery Tabs Accordian Toggle WordPress Plugin

Be More Exciting!

As an alternative to templating jQuery into your theme, you might be looking for a WordPress plugin that handles tabs, accordian or toggles that can work out of the box

thethe-Tabs and Accordians

With the ability to theme the boxes with different colors, you’ll have your tabs, accordian menus and toggles popping with jQuery in no time flat!  Driven by easy to use shortcodes…with a little magic…you can have sidebars with jQuery pizazz…

jQuery Tab, Accordian and Toggle Options for this WordPress Plugin

Tabs provide the traditional tabbed browsing experience, fitting into your css content area with the number of tab boxes you specify.

  • Accordians expand one box and close the other.
  • Toggles keep one box open and let you further expand the others.
  • Accordians open vertically or horizontally (downwards/crosswise)
  • Styles are based on jQuery UI ThemeRoller
  • You can set which box in the lineup opens first!
  • Present content areas with tiers of information in a friendly fashion


  • No theme color browser.  You have look at the ThemeRoller site link above or try.
  • No inherent widget support.  Creativity required to place in sidebars. (easy to put in post)

Another Plugin (Works w/Above as Well)

jQuery Collapse o Matic handles vertical toggles with a basic styling set and easy to use shortcodes.  It works nicely along side the above plugin…Use it in a nice 3 column…with Collapse o Matic on the left and thethe-Tabs and Accordians on the right…this will give a nice multiple style jQuery pop…with the right column sort of flying out…

There you go…you are now ready to “Throw Some G’s on That Site…”

Downloads on the Plugin Repository

Also Find Supporting Info on the Developer Pages


jQuery WordPress

Put it in Use!

Screencaps and Shortcodes

Here is a quick reference for the shortcodes that were used to create these.

So now we’ve sort of covered what it is…most familiar with jQuery and WordPress Plugins will understand the power.

Let’s check out how to use it!



IMPORTANT NOTE TO USE THE CODE IN THE WP PANEL PLUGIN SETTINGS AND MAKE SURE TO COPY IT, THEN CHECK THE SHORTCODE SYNTAX TWICE, A SMALL ERROR IN THE SHORTCODE WILL CAUSE DISPLAY ISSUES – You’ll see in the examples below, when stacking all these widgets atop one another, confused syntax can cause confused display.



Traditional Tabs and Horizontal Slider

The below screencap shows two separate effects, Tabs and the Horizontal Accordian

WordPress jQuery Tab Accordian

The Traditional Tabs

<code>[tabs title=”” active=1 event=”click”][tab title=”First tab title”]HERE IS WHERE THE CONTENT GOES[/tab] [tab title=”Second tab title”]Second tab content[/tab][/tabs]</code>

The Horizontal Accordian

<code>[haccordions title=”” width=500 height=320 hwidth=28 speed=200 active=1] [haccordion title=”Fist title”]First accordion content[/haccordion] [haccordion title=”Second title”]Second accordion content[/haccordion][haccordion title=”Third title”]Third accordion content[/haccordion][/haccordions]</code>

Accordian Set to Open Panel 3

The below example shows sized for a smaller sidebar, but you can use it with a greater width for your design.

WordPress Vertical Accordian Plugin

<code>[accordions title=”” active=1 event=”click” disabled=false autoheight=true] [accordion title=”Accordion 1 Title”]First accordion section content[/accordion] [accordion title=”Accordion 2 Title”]Second accordion section content[/accordion][accordion title=”Accordion 3 Title”]Third accordion section content[/accordion][/accordions]</code>


Toggle Set to Open on Panel 1

This example is set to two panels.  You can have as many as you need.

jQuery Toggle

<code>[toggles title=”” active=1 speed=500] [toggle title=”Pane 1″]First toggle text[/toggle] [toggle title=”Pane 2″]Second toggle text[/toggle] [/toggles]</code>


Collapse o Matic

This shows 3 expandable panels, each entered separately.  You can use as many or as few as you want.

Collapsing jQuery Toggle WordPress

<code>[expand title=”Displayed Title Goes Here”]Hidden content goes here[/expand][expand title=”Displayed Title Goes Here”]Hidden content goes here[/expand][expand title=”Displayed Title Goes Here”]Hidden content goes here[/expand]</code>


Make Things More Exciting for Everyone!

Being able to navigation content in a more effective fashion saves everyone time…rather than having to bounce between multiple pages to absorb content…some sites can’t avoid this…but for some nice effects or explanations…here you go!

Tested with 3.2.1, Both versions in repository as compatible. Photo credit to Sabrina’s Stash for Blue Flash


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