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WordPress 3.0 jQuery

By : Tessa B. Silver, Matt Mullenweg
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WordPress 3.0 jQuery

By: Tessa B. Silver, Matt Mullenweg

Overview of this book

Using jQuery you can create impressive animations and interactions which are simple to understand and easy to use. WordPress is the leading publishing platform that can be customized to power any type of site you like. But when you combine the power of jQuery with WordPress—the possibilities are infinite.The combination creates a powerhouse of possibilities for generating top-notch, professional websites with great usability features and eye catching visual enhancements. This easy-to-use guide will walk you through the ins and outs of creating sophisticated, professional enhancements and features, specially tailored to take advantage of the WordPress personal publishing platform. It will walk you through clear, step-by-step instructions to build several custom jQuery solutions for various types of hypothetical clients and also show you how to create a jQuery and WordPress Plugin.This book covers step-by-step instructions for creating robust and flexible jQuery solutions for today's top site enhancements: expanding/sliding content, rotating slideshows and other animation tricks, great uses of jQuery's UI plugin widgets as well as AJAX techniques. Along with these it will also show you best practices for jQuery and WordPress development. That means, you'll learn how to implement just about any jQuery enhancement you can dream of on a WordPress site and also learn how to do it with minimal edits to the site's theme and while allowing the site's content editors to continue adding content the way they've always been (usually with the WYSIWYG editor), and never having to worry that they'll forget or not know how to add a special attribute or custom HTML to a post to make the jQuery feature work.From development tools and setting up your WordPress sandbox, through enhancement tips and suggestions, to coding, testing and debugging, and ensuring that the WordPress content editor's workflow isn't interrupted by having to accommodate an enhancement with special HTML, this book covers the best practices for not only jQuery development but specifically jQuery within WordPress development.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
Wordpress 3.0 jQuery
About the Author
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This book's approach

This title introduces you to the essentials and best practices of using jQuery with WordPress. It is not an introduction to programming with JavaScript and PHP, nor is it a primer on using CSS with HTML mark-up. I'm assuming that you're a WordPress site developer and/or a WordPress theme designer. Maybe you're just someone who spends enough time managing and tinkering with a WordPress site that you probably qualify as one of the above or both. Regardless of how you label yourself, you use WordPress. WordPress helps you, or your clients, get content out there quickly and simply, and you're always looking for ways to do more, faster, and easily.

jQuery is a library that speeds the time and reduces the complications of writing custom JavaScripts. I'm sure you must know that JavaScripts can be useful to a website in a number of ways. They can also enable it with really cool-looking features. While I'll be covering, in depth, as much on jQuery as possible, we won't be looking at jQuery as the "big deal", JavaScript library entity that most other books stress. Instead, we'll be considering jQuery a great tool that can help us get more done, more easily (and yes, "with less" code) using WordPress.

To recap: So, you're a WordPress user, developer, or designer? Great. Let's look at this "tool" called jQuery. It's going to make your WordPress development a lot easier and probably look a lot better. Ready to get started?