Using jQuery you can create impressive animations and interactions which are simple to understand and easy to use. WordPress is the leading publishing platform that can be customized to power any type of site you like. But when you combine the power of jQuery with WordPressвЂ”the possibilities are infinite.The combination creates a powerhouse of possibilities for generating top-notch, professional websites with great usability features and eye catching visual enhancements.
This easy-to-use guide will walk you through the ins and outs of creating sophisticated, professional enhancements and features, specially tailored to take advantage of the WordPress personal publishing platform. It will walk you through clear, step-by-step instructions to build several custom jQuery solutions for various types of hypothetical clients and also show you how to create a jQuery and WordPress Plugin.This book covers step-by-step instructions for creating robust and flexible jQuery solutions for todayвЂ™s top site enhancements: expanding/sliding content, rotating slideshows and other animation tricks, great uses of jQueryвЂ™s UI plugin widgets as well as AJAX techniques. Along with these it will also show you best practices for jQuery and WordPress development.
That means, youвЂ™ll learn how to implement just about any jQuery enhancement you can dream of on a WordPress site and also learn how to do it with minimal edits to the siteвЂ™s theme and while allowing the siteвЂ™s content editors to continue adding content the way theyвЂ™ve always been (usually with the WYSIWYG editor), and never having to worry that theyвЂ™ll forget or not know how to add a special attribute or custom HTML to a post to make the jQuery feature work.
From development tools and setting up your WordPress sandbox, through enhancement tips and suggestions, to coding, testing and debugging, and ensuring that the WordPress content editorвЂ™s workflow isnвЂ™t interrupted by having to accommodate an enhancement with special HTML, this book covers the best practices for not only jQuery development but specifically jQuery within WordPress development.
What you will learn from this book:
Take maximum advantage of the flexibility and power offered by jQuery, within WordPress
Learn the best practices for getting the jQuery library into your WordPress blog/site and plugins using WordPressвЂ™ Script API
Discover how to create rotating slide-shows of sticky posts
Enhance the site and still keep the siteвЂ™s editors chugging away happily in WYSIWYG-land.
Create sleek eye-catching animations and leverage the jQuery UI plugin within WordPressвЂ™ вЂњcontent constraintsвЂќ
Find out how to use AJAX techniques specifically within WordPress
Learn how to keep the siteвЂ™s editors happy without having to dramatically change the theme or impose having to use the HTML View to add content on them.
Expert guidance with practical step-by-step instructions for adding interactivity to your content and forms
Includes tips, tricks, troubleshooting ideas, and a cheat-sheet reference for using jQuery with WordPress 2.8 to 3.0.