Top 3 WordPress Features For Regular WordPress Users

It’s been about 11 years or so since I started working with WordPress as a front-end designer and developer. Would you believe WordPress was 1.2 years old then? (As in version 1.2) WordPress was a kitten then. Now it’s a big beautiful feline beast. With that said, now and again it’s nice to get back to basics with WordPress and take a look at some of the advantages of using WordPress as a non-developer.  Here are what I consider to be the top 3 WordPress features for regular WordPress users.

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WordPress Starter Theme Vs Theme Framework, What’s The Difference?

WordPress parent child themes

Remember the Classic default WordPress theme? Years ago, starting at WordPress 1.2 or so, I used to use Classic as the foundation for all my WordPress themes that required complete customization, as I suspect many others did. The Classic was a great basic theme to build more complex themes, in design and functionality. Since Classic came and went, there have been numerous basic themes that have been developed to use as the foundation of a fully realized WordPress theme.

Today, the basic theme that once was, has evolved into two distinct types of “foundation” themes, WordPress starter themes and theme frameworks…

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Inline CSS Styles For People Who Hate Writing Inline CSS Styles: Inky’s Inliner by Zurb

Inky's Inliner by Zurb

I just discovered a great new tool, Inky’s Inliner by Zurb (the folks who brought us Foundation). It’s inline CSS styles for people who hate writing inline CSS styles. Basically, Inky’s Inliner automatically insertd inline CSS styles into your HTML tags from an internal stylesheet (styles from inside the tag). Inky’s Inliner is great for email newsletters which can be a right pain in the left but cheek to code.

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WordPress Usage Statistics

From Elegant Themes infographic

I find myself having to look up WordPress usage statistics every once in a while for some of my blog posts and thought, why not just create another article listing sites with those stats. I find it very useful to learn how often and by WordPress is used by users, how often current versions are installed, how many people update installations, and so on.

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When, Why and How to Use WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

Though a WordPress installation is feature rich off the bat, what makes WordPress amazeballs (yes, that’s a word!) is how developer (back and front end) friendly it is to build and customize themes, create and edit plugins, create and edit widgets, and even customize the admin pages for specific web projects that might require special features like creating custom fields for specific posts, pages or post types, or enhancing Tinymce to display special tags, or even branding the entire back end for specific (ahem, high maintenance) clients. Ultimately, for a developer, the WordPress framework is a playground of template tags, hooks, filters, classes, functions, etc., to extend core WordPress functionality.

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