The problem with Theme Customizer and Child Themes

Earlier this week, Theme Review Team at made an important announcement about Theme Customizer. Theme authors are now required to use Theme Customizer for all theme options. References: WP Tavern This is excellent for users, whether it's a beginner or an expert, none of them will need to search for theme settings/options. Having it placed in customizer will make it much easier to get started. For developers, they will be able to make most out of the … [Read more...]


A Blog A Day Project – Get Yourself a Free WordPress Website/Blog

A Blog A Day - it has been on my mind for quite sometime. You might be wondering if this is just another "buy with my affiliate link and get it free" gig. No, absolutely not. The title might be misleading but here's what I want to convey - It's my way of giving back to the WordPress community. As Matt suggested few months back in his post - Five for the Future how 5% of an organization's contribution to WordPress can make a huge difference. Being honest, at this point of time, it will … [Read more...]

Why I don’t work for $10/hour

I have been in situations where clients looked up to me to get work done at low prices. I don't blame the clients for expecting a low price. That's fair enough. Why? Why does that happen? It's because of the fact that India is a developing nation with plenty of jobless and unskilled engineers. So, we flooded all freelancing websites with hourly rates starting from $5/hour. Later, we started bidding on all projects as if this is the only project that will bring us bread and butter. "I … [Read more...]


Is powered by WordPress? Yes, No & Why?

A few days back, Hon'ble PM of India announced the new global initiative - Make in India. I won't be getting in to what MII is about or how it works, benefits, drawbacks etc. I am not an economist. I am a web developer so my area of interest and expertise fall under the web development part rather than the economic developments. Make in India has an impressive website but it lacks at some places. That's what I am going to describe below. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the source code … [Read more...]


The changing business model for WordPress plugins

Gone are the days, when buying a lifetime license for a plugin was all set and done job. Recently (or I should say, in last few years) the business model for WordPress plugins has changed. Only today I came across this post about Better Optin Plugin - it's now available for free on The old business model When saying, "Old" I don't mean to turn down anyone's business approach. It's just about the trend. The most common practice is/was to offer a single/personal and developer … [Read more...]

codeable : A treat for WordPress developers and users

Disclaimer: I started writing this article in June but never completed it. I have updated it with the latest stats. Just a few days back while I was going through my Twitter stream and I came to know about Codeable. It looked promising, I tweeted to Codeable asking how I can join the team. What's Codeable all about? Codeable is a marketplace for getting your WordPress tasks done. Founded by Per Esbensen and Tomaž Zaman. Codeable is different from other freelance websites and here's … [Read more...]


Do you use a Free Plugin/Theme? Developers need a favor.

While going through my favorite WordPress group on Facebook, I came across this post by Roy Sivan. So, that's a valid question, a valid request that every developer would make. WordPress is free (as in freedom) and the community puts in a lot of efforts in sharing useful content. This content could be in any form ranging from quick tips to powerful plugins. Free Themes & Plugins on The official theme and plugin repo has thousands of free themes and plugins. Every user, … [Read more...]


The Flipkart Pricing Fraud!

Recently, I ordered HTC battery BL01100 35H00193-00M from and received it in about a week. On receiving the product I was completely disappointed to see it in a lose packaging. It was sent in an envelope, wrapped with a bubble polythene and an invoice from the seller. There was no way to make sure if it was genuine HTC accessory. No details about the guarantee/warranty. It came with a 10-days replacement guarantee as listed on Nothing else. Here's a screenshot of my … [Read more...]


A quick, sure shot method to stop WordPress comment spam

I have been facing massive comment spam on a friend's personal blog. Even after trying several Captcha plugins, nothing seemed to work perfectly. A few days back I came across this post on David Walsh's blog which described a sure shot method to stop spam comments. From 8,000 to 0 spam with some  JavaScript and PHP code. This was intriguing and I thought of giving it a try in my free time. But, before I could do that, Ben Marshall had already baked it into a nifty WordPress Plugin - Zero … [Read more...]


10 Reasons to use WordPress for your website

WordPress has evolved as a powerful Content Management System in last couple of years. The market share of WordPress has seen a huge growth over a short span of time. This makes it interesting to think about what makes WP so powerful? Why and how a WordPress website can be useful for individuals and businesses. 1. It's FREE as in Freedom WordPress is licensed under General Public License (GPL) and is an open source project. It means that you are free to use WordPress for your website, you also … [Read more...]