About Pippin Williamson

Pippin Williamson is a WordPress developer based in Lawrence, KS. WordPress is his expertise: custom theme / plugin development, e-commerce solutions, content management, and everything else WordPress.

His personal site can be found at PippinsPlugins.com. There he publishes frequent WordPress tutorials, tips and tricks. He also host a variety of his own free WordPress plugins. Join the site and receive member only benefits, including exclusive tutorial access and source file downloads.

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Get Twitter Follower Count with PHP

Almost every web design / development blog, and the majority of other blogs, like to display the number of people they have following their Twitter account. Their are a variety of ways to do this, and dozens of plugins that do it for you, but as a developer it is a really good if you know how to do it without relying on a plugin. Peter Ivanov wrote a great PHP function that does exactly what we need. Simply paste this into your functions.php: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 […]

Use Featured Thumbnails Everywhere

I have written a lot of custom WordPress themes for dozens of different clients and one of my single favorite tools is the Featured Post Thumbnail. When working with images throughout a theme, this feature should be your absolute best friend. I am astounded, however, at the number of theme developers that do not take advantage of the power that is under their fingertips with this feature. After I used it the first time, I wouldn’t even think of developing a theme without using Featured Post Thumbnails all over the place. So in this quick tutorial, I want to give […]

Adding Multiple Sidebars To Your Theme

If you have done even some of the most basic WordPress theme development, then you probably understand at least the basics of how theme templates work. Today I want to go a little bit beyond the basics and show you how to work with a really excellent, useful feature of the WordPress template system. One of the most common aspects of WP themes is the use of “sidebars”, particularly widgetized sidebars, and most good themes have multiple configuration options for your sidebars: left, right, right wide, left wide, etc. Sometimes, using CSS is powerful enough for some of the layout […]

WordPress 3.1 Custom Post Type Archives

A few days ago, I told you about creating Monthly Custom Post Type Archives, today I want to show you how to utilize the new native archive capability built into WordPress 3.1. In order for this tutorial to make any sense, you need to know how to create custom post types. If you do not, then I highly suggest reading Justin Tadlock’s great article about the topic. Let’s presume that we have created a custom post type like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 add_action( ‘init’, ‘create_books_post_type’ […]

Internal Linking with WordPress 3.1

Since WordPress 2.6, Link to Post has been one of my single favorite plugins. It provided the ability to easily create links to other posts or pages from within the editor with a very nice, simple interface. It is simply an awesomely simple plugin. However, what’s better than a plugin? Core functionality. Thanks to the WordPress developers, the features provided by the Link to Post plugin are now built into the core. If you haven’t played with 3.1 much yet, you may not have noticed the new feature as it’s relatively hidden (or at least not glaringly obvious). When writing […]