Tom McFarlin has been maintaining an awesome WordPress Plugin Boilerplate for some time now. It’s a really good start for plugins that need a bit more structure to them and has things organized in a similar way to what we recommend in the book.

Tom just posted an update on the boilerplate on his blog and is asking for others to get involved.

To that end, we need help testing and reviewing the current version of the plugin. So if you’re a WordPress plugin developer who is familiar with the WordPress Coding Standards, the Documentation Standards, and who prefers an object-oriented approach to plugin development, then please check out the develop branch on GitHub.

WDS hasn’t done a giveaway for a while now and we think it’s time to get one going. This time, we are giving away copies of Brian Messenlehner and Jason Coleman‘s recently published book — Building Web Apps with WordPress! If you’re unfamiliar with the book, here’s a quick overview:51gOTZ2xI0L

WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. As this practical guide clearly demonstrates, you can use WordPress to build web apps of any type—not mere content sites, but full-blown apps for specific tasks. If you have PHP experience with a smattering of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you’ll learn how to use WordPress plugins and themes to develop fast, scalable, and secure web apps, native mobile apps, web services, and even a network of multiple WordPress sites.

We are giving away 5 digital copies of the book, but we are also giving away 1 hard copy of the book that will be signed by Brian Messenlehner!

So, how do you win this giveaway?

In order to win one of these books, we are asking that you comment on this post with your idea of a web app powered by WordPress. Along with the idea of your app, we want to know what it would be used for and how it would benefit your WordPress site or someone else’s. It can be an idea of an app for yourself or an idea that will help the WordPress community as a whole.

How will we decide who wins?

After the deadline for the giveaway, the team as a whole will look over all of your impressive ideas. The most creative app idea will win the signed hard copy of the book. The remaining 5 digital copies will be given away to those who also have awesome ideas for a web app powered by WordPress.

Rules of the giveaway:

  • The giveaway starts today, May 21st at 12PM EST and ends Tuesday, May 27th at 1PM EST.
  • All entries must be in by 1PM EST on the 27th. Anything entered after that time will be appreciated, but will not be counted.
  • Employees of WDS and family members are welcome to participate in the giveaway but will not win a copy of the book.
  • You must comment on this post with your name, email address, and twitter handle.
  • We will announce the winner of the giveaway on Tuesday, May 27th at 4PM EST.

We look forward to seeing all of your amazing ideas for web apps powered by WordPress. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to keep updated with the giveaway and to find out the winners on the 27th!

Macworld iWorld 2014

MacWorld/iWorld is the dream of Apple fans everywhere. A 3 day conference full of all things Apple, including the “6 About To Break” competition. The “6 About To Break” is a competition of the top 6 most innovative apps, accessories, software, and utilities that are going to be making waves in the Apple Marketplace.

WDS is excited about this competition — why? AppPresser has taken 1 of those 6 spots! All of the creators of these amazing products, in true Apple fashion, will have the chance at MacWorld to have a 5 minute demonstration and a 5 minute Q&A about their product. AppPresser co-founders, Brian Messenlehner and Scott Bolinger will be attending MacWorld to make the presentation. This showdown is happening on Thursday, March 27th from 4:30-5:30pm on the Macworld/iWorld’s Second Stage. After all the presentations have been made, a panel of experts will make the decision on who will be the winner.

Along with being in the “6 About To Break”, AppPresser will also have a kiosk throughout the event where you can ask questions and check it out! You can get more details about AppPresser at MacWorld/iWorld 2014 on their blog.

Good Luck, AppPresser!

sxswSXSW, if you didn’t know, is a huge gathering of the brightest minds, greatest artists, and impressive film creators. This event is being held from March 7th – March 16th in Austin, Texas. If you have trouble trying to find it, just look up, you won’t be able to miss it. This year, Brian Messenlehner will be attending SXSW for the interactive portion — “An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and start-up ideas the community has to offer.”

You won’t find Brian on stage presenting this time around, but you can find them walking around to all the booths on “The Floor”, at various WordPress related gatherings, and at after parties. On Saturday, Brian will be attending the WordPress.com VIP Party at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop. If you’re looking for a chance to network with Brian, SXSW is the place to do it!

Brian is excited, as always, to reconnect with people they’ve already met and are hoping to make even more connections with people he has yet to meet!

Brian is taking a trip across the ocean to speak at WordCamp Norway this year! WordCamp Norway is being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo. The event will run from the 25th to the 26th of January. You can view the entire schedule of WordCamp Norway on their website.

Brian is speaking at 15:20 CET on Saturday, January 25th in Room 1. He will be teaching you all about Building Web Apps with WordPress.

Description:

WordPress started out as a blogging platform, but throughout the past 10 years, it has become so much more. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the WordPress world, or if you have years of experience under your belt; with WordPress, you can make the impossible, possible. Brian will go through how to build and secure applications at a rapid pace, along with tips on how to save time and money while doing so. You will also get the opportunity to see some awesome apps and examples of things you can do with WordPress while drawing outside of the lines.

Brian will also be speaking about AppPresser — The first plugin framework that allows you to create native apps for iOS and/or Android using WordPress. He will illustrate how using AppPresser to create apps is just as easy as creating and customizing a WordPress website.

If you don’t get the opportunity to speak with Brian during WordCamp hours, you can catch him at the after party which is being held at the venue itself in the Radisson hotel bar. As always, Brian is excited to reconnect with those of you he’s already met, and to connect for the first time with those of you he hasn’t!

 

Screenshot_on_1.6.2014_at_2.23.56_PMAppPresser is out of beta and now available for purchase! This mobile application framework will make you see WordPress in a whole new light. AppPresser has been in beta for the past month, but starting today it is available to the public for purchase!

AppPresser is the first mobile app framework for WordPress. It allows you to create and customize an app just like you would create a WordPress site with either iOS or Android. You can create your app completely in WordPress, using themes, plugins, and all the stuff you already know. You don’t need objective C, Java or SDK knowledge to use AppPresser. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

UTF-8''Screenshot_on_12.30.2013_at_12.54.21_PMScreenshot_on_1.6.2014_at_1.36.28_PMAppPresser also allows you to integrate native device features such as your camera, geolocation, contacts, notifications and more. You have the tools to build any app you want! When you are done creating your awesome app completely in WordPress, you have the option to release it onto the iOS app store, Google Play, and more. The app will be packaged up for you to make it available for sale and available to people all over the globe. Selling your app is just an option, you can also just use it for your own site on the web.

You can also create a WooCommerce powered e-commerce app. With the AppPresser E-Commerce bundle, you will have all the tools you need. The bundle includes AppPresser Theme, AppWoo, AppSwiper and the AppCamera extensions.

Add the AppPresser plugin + our E-Commerce bundle to your WordPress + WooCommerce store to create a native application that you can distribute in the Apple Store (iOS) and/or Google Play (Android).

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We are extremely proud to be a part of the team that has developed AppPresser. We are excited to see where AppPresser will go in the future!

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Brian Messenlehner is speaking at WordCamp Sofia this year! WordCamp Sofia 2013 is being held on Friday, October 26th at The Hall of Telerik Academy.

Brian’s talk will be held in the general track at 2:30pm and he will be speaking about: WordPress as an Application Framework (in English!)

Despite starting out as a blogging platform and currently existing primarily as a content management system, WordPress is powerful enough and flexible enough to run any type of web application. Whether you’re a novice WordPress user or an experienced web developer you can leverage WordPress in many non-traditional ways. We will go over how to rapidly build scalable and secure applications and how to save time and money doing so. We will also showcase some really cool applications and examples of building things with WordPress while thinking out of the box.

This topic will be expanded on and explainied in depth in Brian’s upcoming book Building Web Apps with WordPress. The book will be available on Amazon in the next few weeks – but you are able to pre-order it right now!

If you’re attending WordCamp Sofia, make sure you stop by and say hey to Brian! As always, he’s excited to meet new people and catch up with those he’s already met.


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