Happy New Year & 2012 in Review

I wish you all a very happy new year that brings a lot of happiness to you, your family and friends,

No much blogging this years but here is the summary of my blog :)

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 77,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Testing WordPress Themes Easily

In this post, I am going to show you how to test your new wordpress theme easily with two handy plugins made just for that purpose.

If you are a wordpress theme designer, you know you have to do a lot to actually test your new wordpress theme. For example, you have to write articles of variable length, submit comments, write down tags for each of those posts, create new pages and more to see how things look like after you have ample content there on your new wordpress theme. In fact, few days back, I designed a brand new wordpress theme for a site I am planning to go live with and I was lucky enough that I stumbled upon these two great wordpress plugins. Fine, let’s move on to see our first wordpress plugin that makes life a lot easier.

Theme Test Drive

The theme test drive wordpress plugin enables you to test any theme easily as an administrator of the blog. Your visitors will still see your default or already-chosen theme. This will happen completely behind the scenes and your visitors won’t see that you have actually changed the theme. The other good thing is that if a particular theme supports some options, you can test them just as well by enabling them from the admin side.

Download Plugin

WP Dummy Content

This is pretty useful plugin to test your new theme instantly. One of the biggest pain of wordpress theme development is that after you have created it, you have to write bunch of post to see how your theme behaves.

With WP Dummy Content, you can create any number of pages, sub-pages and post for your new theme easily just with a single button press. The titles and content are automatically created for you as well. And yes you have have few options as to the length and type of the content:

  • One click content creation
  • Choose type of content to insert including single paragraph, multi paragraphs, styled lists and random content.
  • Delete all content with one click.

I hope this post turns out to be useful for the wordpress theme designers. And finally, do let us know if you know of some other similar plugins through your comments or feed back.

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Update

Here are some of the more plugins with good ranking you can use for testing/previewing your themes:

Which is the Best PHP Framework?

EZMVC – PHP Framework

When working on a PHP project, you have to choose how you are going to develop the site whether you are going to use some framework to develop the site or use custom development.  Both approaches have some dis-advantages, for example if you are going to use some framework then you know framework is not all that easy, if you are going to change something in your site, you have to first search where this change will be made from but if you are going to use the custom approach then it is time-consuming and sort of boring thing.

So what’s the solution?

The solution would be something that comes up with best of the two approaches discussed above. In simple terms, the solution would be to create your own custom framework with some good software patterns like MVC.

I was in similar dilemma as well, so i decided to come up with my own framework which would be simple, easily customizable and fast with ability to add functionality. So the solution I have come up with is named EZMVC, a very easy-to-use framework that can be extended to more power with PHP classes and libraries.

EZMVCEZMVC is an easy-to-use framework implementing the MVC (Model View Controller) design pattern. It helps you create maintainable, flexible and scalable applications. This release of EZMVC framework is very basic, immature, you won’t see all the features present in frameworks like cakephp, codeigniter or symfony in this particular release but I am looking to continue working on this project and come up with an extremely flexible and scaleable framework. Your feedback and suggestions will be greatly appreciated to make this project better and better.

You can download the EZMVC here. The always updated version can be found here:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ezphp/

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