It’s time again for me to put on my glasses, straighten my pocket protector and answer your nerdy questions! This week we’re tackling editing & hosting images, developing themes for WordPress and I share my favorite plugins.
Do you have a recommendation for a social networking plugin for the bottom of posts and perhaps a quick how-to? – Jen
I use AddToAny. It’s simple to install, looks clean and allows you to choose which sites you’d like to appear. You just install the plugin, choose the services you’d like to link and it does the rest of the work for you!
What books or websites do you recommend for developing WordPress themes? – Joe
I generally don’t use books or specific websites when working on themes. I go to Google or the WordPress forums to find answers to specific questions. The Codex is a good place to start. I’ve never read this book, but they’re pretty smart over at Smashing, so I’d give it a shot. I also dug up a couple lists of tutorials, but my main recommendation would be to download a basic theme like Twenty Ten, open the files and see how it works.
Id love to hear about how you handle your images. Self host? Flickr embed? Editing and the like. – Emily
I host self-host my images and use Photobucket to host files for my templates and clients. Flickr is also good for image hosting and more reliable than Photobucket, but has a limit unless you pay for a pro account. To edit I use Photoshop. Picnik, GIMP and Paint are good free editing tools.
What WordPress plugins do you recommend? – Emily
Plugins are one of the main reasons I’m a WordPress addict. They simplify the process, make my blog run faster and make it easier to people to search for and share my posts. Here are my favorites…
Lightbox 2 – adding galleries and lightboxes to your photos
Keyword Statistics – for creating SEO friendly keywords and descriptions
AddToAny – social networking & sharing
LinkWithin – adds 3 to 5 related stories under every post
WP Touch – makes your site look all fancy on an iPhone
And my favorite favorite plugin, which makes keeping track of my posts so easy…WordPress Editorial Calendar