FooPlugins Blog

FooBox Update – Lightbox Animations, Integrations, and Bug Fixes

Lightbox animation effects plugin

We’ve just pushed an update to FooBox that brings it to v2.3.1.1. It’s now available as an automatic update for current license holders. This update includes some pretty cool new features. You can read the entire Changelog at the end of this post, but we’ll list some of the most interesting additions first. Opening and Closing Lightbox Animations Under the Look & Feel tab, you’ll see a new section named Opening/Closing Animations with these fancy new options. You can see examples of all the animations on the FooBox Demo Site, but here’s a quick GIF image to give you an idea. Bottomless … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Embed PDFs with FooBox Lightbox

Gems of Docs

Reliably embedding PDFs in a website is not as straight-forward as one might think. This is primarily because each browser handles PDFs differently. Some treat it only as a file, others as media, and Chrome even created its own unique PDF viewer. This means that users in every different browser will have a different experience with embedded PDFs. Enter PDF.js The good new is that the folks at Mozilla have been working on a really slick and responsive, cross-browser PDF embed tool. They just call it PDF.js. Here’s their demo of a PDF embedded into a page. Of course, no … Read more…

7 Reasons Why Slack Team Communication Strengthens Our Business

Slack - Be less busy

If you work on a remote team, much like we do at FooPlugins, or if you’re just starting to work from home, you’ve probably struggled with clear communication. As our business has grown, we’ve found that our team communications were becoming increasingly cluttered and hard to keep track of in our email inboxes. Often times, we just need to send a simple message to each other to update the others on the progress of some company task. We were doing this via email, Skype, and even texts. But Here’s the Problem Although certain progress needed to be communicated to one … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Custom Captions in FooBox

Gems of Docs

Today I’m starting a new series called “Gems of Docs”. I want to use this to highlight some features of our plugins that we’ve documented, but that seem overlooked. I also want to highlight great use-cases for how you can implement them on your site to excellent effect. Custom Captions in FooBox To kick off this series, I wanted to highlight my latest favorite tool in FooBox: Custom Captions. First, head over and read the docs article about it: Custom Captions. OK, so from that docs page you can see that you can do two cool things with Custom Captions … Read more…

How to Enlarge Thumbnails in the Media Library

Media Thumbnail Enlarger Before and After

Our friend Nick Ciske has recently released the Media Thumbnail Enlarger plugin for free on the WordPress repository. What This Plugin Does This plugin increases the size of the media library thumbnails seen when viewing your WordPress Media Library page. By default, it uses the thumbnail size as determined in your WordPress Media Settings. This is typically 150×150. You can also set a custom Media Library Thumbnail size by using a simple image size code snippet in your theme’s functions.php file, which is probably where this plugin will be most useful. add_image_size( ‘mte_thumbnail’, 300, 300, true ); …or whatever size … Read more…

Beware : Your Site Is Part of a WordPress Pingback DDoS Botnet

WordPress Pinback DDoS Prevention Plugin

18 Mar 2014 Update : the plugin has been accepted and is now available on the WordPress.org plugin repo! Recently, Sucuri posted about 160,000 WordPress sites being used in a DDoS attack. This got me worried about my personal blog, as someone had emailed me last year, claiming that my blog was being used in a DDoS attack. I immediately figured the email was spam and thought “There is no way my site can be so badly compromised!” and I deleted the mail. The truth was, my personal blog was used in a WordPress Pingback DDoS attack against some poor … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Translations

FooCamp - How to Make a WordPress Plugin

Make Your Plugin Translation Ready WordPress provides us with all the tools (and functions) we need to make our plugins translatable or localizable. Why make your plugin translatable, you might ask? Well, to increase your plugin’s target audience by allowing any person, who speaks any language, the ability to understand and use it. But making your plugin ready for translation doesn’t mean you need to do the translations yourself. But it does provide a really easy way for your plugin users to provide their own translation files. This is what you need to do in order to make your plugin translation … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Readme.txt and Refactoring

FooCamp - How to Make a WordPress Plugin

In the previous post, we created our first plugin and also create a GitHub repo for it. So far so good, but now we need to take it a step further. In this lesson we will cover the following topics: Create a readme.txt file. Create a readme.md for GitHub. Refactor code into different files. Readme.txt Why even bother creating this file? Very simply : the WordPress.org plugin repository uses it to generate your plugin’s landing page. And this page can make all the difference when people are deciding if they want to download your plugin or not. I seldom download … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Your First Plugin

Time to make a WordPress plugin

Now that you have your environment setup correctly, let’s start coding and make a WordPress plugin, your first! I think it will be easier to follow by example, so we will be creating the first version of our FooDocs documentation plugin in this post. These are the steps we will follow: Create a new git repository. Clone the repository to our local WordPress’ plugin folder. Create a plugin file. Define our plugin class. Hook up some actions. Register a custom post type. Active and test the plugin. Commit our changes. Create Git Repository I am going to be using GitHub … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Your Environment

As mentioned in the introduction post, before you write a single line of code to make a WordPress plugin, you need to prepare both your environment and yourself, to start writing code. A lot of tutorials just jump in and miss the fundamentals. I believe that without the fundamentals, you might as well not even start. Think of this post as an upfront investment – a down payment if you will. Getting my development environment setup correctly from the start has literally saved me weeks worth of time over the last couple of years. Here is the list of what we will be … Read more…