Adding a Plugin Settings Link If you're looking to introduce your plugin settings link, it's really easy to do.

Whenever you’re building a plugin that introduces a submenu, and you’re using the proper APIs, you’re going to be creating an administration page (whether or not it has settings).

When doing this, though, you can also introduce a plugin settings link. These are the links that appear under the name of the plugin from in the plugin dashboard.

Plugin Settings Link

If your plugin introduces its submenu item, then it likely introduces its own settings page. And if you’re looking to associate this page with your plugin settings link, it’s really easy to do.

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Easier Excerpts 1.9.0 (with Gutenberg Support) Prior to the holidays, I released an update to Easier Excerpts that has support for both editors.

It’s been almost three years since I released the first version of Easier Excerpts. It remains one of my simplest plugins (with Scheduled Post Shortcut being the other); however, it’s one that I dogfood the most.

Now that WordPress 5.0 is out (and, at the time of this writing, WordPress 5.0.2), Gutenberg is out, as well. And with the new editor comes a new way to write excerpts.

So, before the holiday break, I pushed an update to Easier Excerpts that has support for both editors.

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Gauging WordPress Podcast Interest I've come up with an idea for a podcast, how it will work, and the format for it. But I'd like your input.

Over the break, I had a lot of time to think about different things as it relates to Pressware and this blog. One of the things I’ve been thinking about for months now is the idea of starting a podcast.

WordPress Podcast Interest

I talked a bit about the initial idea some time ago. In the post, I mentioned the following:

I’m not particularly interested in doing the “interview others” for a podcast because other people are doing them so well and they are interviewing such interesting people.

But I did wonder if there’s not some room for a question-and-answer format. I know many podcasts end their episodes like this. However, I’m interested in experimenting with short podcasts (that is 10 – 15 minutes max) and those that answer questions.

The TL;DR version of the rest of the post is simple:

  • If you have five minutes to spare, would you mind answering the following survey? It’s not closed to anyone, and this will help me to gauge interest in doing this. All submissions are kept completely private.
  • The podcast will be short (20 – 30 minutes in length), will have a primary format, and will be geared towards anyone involved in WordPress.

Still curious? Read the rest of the post.

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Starting 2019 A look back at 2018 and a look forward and what I'm hoping to achieve in 2019.

I believe last year was the first time that I’ve really spent planning for the coming year and blogged about it. This year, I want to do the same, but it’s a little different.

Starting 2019

Since I spent so much time organizing and planning out how I wanted to get things done last year and since it worked out, all things considered, I want to follow the same format. But the truth is that it’s not nearly as involved since I have a methodology to apply.

In short, it goes something like this (which you’ll see momentarily):

  1. create four specific areas for the things you want to do,
  2. have a set of goals for each of those areas,
  3. if something comes along that both fit in an area and contributes to a goal, do it; otherwise, discard it.

That’s how I operated in 2018, and it’s how I want to operate in 2019.

 

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AOL, Visual Basic, College, Work, WordPress, and More Recently, I was interviewed by Kinsta for their blog as part of a blogging series they're doing.

Before the holidays (though at the time of this writing, I suppose we’re still in the holidays 🤔), I wrote a little bit about keeping domains, hosting, and email separate. In that post, I happen to mention Kinsta for hosting, as well.

Recently, I was interviewed for their blog as part of a blogging series they’re doing with some people in the WordPress economy.

AOL, Visual Basic, College, Work, and WordPress

Though I never know if these interviews are interesting for others, I always enjoy what others have to share, so I opt to share whenever something like this is published.

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