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WordPress 3.0 jQuery

By : Tessa B. Silver, Matt Mullenweg
Book Image

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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Final thoughts and project wrap up: It's all about graceful degrading

As with everything you do with jQuery, you need to keep in mind that you're creating useful enhancements that are great to have, but if for some reason a user didn't have JavaScript enabled or available, the process or site won't break.

Our client is very happy with our seamless registration solution. Going through the registration process with JavaScript disabled, the registration process does work just fine using the standard browser back keys. The only drawback I find is that the registration form loads up outside of the WordPress theme, which is what we had to do so it would load in nicely into the ColorBox modal window.

On the whole, I don't think this is that big of a problem. Going through my various website stats, I'm hard-pressed to find a visitor who didn't have JavaScript enabled. The two or three who didn't were probably in text-only browsers, so a lack of WordPress theming would probably not be noticed at all...