The Events Cal Blog: George

WordPress plugins and themes are often customizable with functions called “hooks”. There are two types of hooks: actions and filters. If you’re not familiar with actions and filters, then definitely spend some time learning the basics. The WordPress Codex has an in-depth introduction to them here, and Treehouse has a great overview here, for example.…

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“Developer” plugins are WordPress plugins that are not necessarily useful to the average WordPress website owner—they’re plugins made by developers for other developers. We use and love a number of developer plugins: in development, of course, but also in our QA and customer support teams. As you’ll see, even seemingly-simple plugins can provide immense utility.…

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The Events Calendar and its suite of add-ons use a single function to generate content excerpts: tribe_events_get_the_excerpt(). There’s long been no way to alter the content that this function generates, but in version 4.2 of The Events Calendar, we introduced a filter to make it easy to add things to, remove things from, or otherwise…

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It might sound trite, but when it comes to providing customer support, communication is key. This is especially true when dealing with angry or tense customers, where the annoyance of communication failures only magnifies their agitation. But figuring out and fixing common sources of friction in communication can be a great step in improving the…

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Excerpts provide truncated previews of content with a “read more” link instead of displaying the full-length content. They’re staples of web design—especially for WordPress sites—and many page designs simply don’t work without them. So when we started hearing from customers that our handling of excerpts was not satisfactory, we knew it was a meaningful issue…

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The major 4.0 release of The Events Calendar is coming soon, and we’re looking for readers like you to sign up and help us test the Beta version! There are too many awesome changes coming in the 4.0 release to list them all here. Some are still top-secret at this time — but hey, if you’re…

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