Make sure your theme is ready for language packs by following this essential guide from Otto: Language Packs 101 – Prepwork.
Chip Bennett, Team Rep and Administrator of the WordPress Theme Review Team, wrote a comprehensive post about the intricacy around home page and front page templates. Highlights are his tips around conditionals in
front-page.php to avoid code duplication. Enjoy!
Looking for a better way to manage featured posts from theme to theme? Kirk Wight has a great post explaining how to use Jetpack Featured Content in your theme.
Today’s Jetpack 1.8 release makes the WordPress.com default mobile theme available for WordPress.org sites. If your site has not been optimized for mobile devices, you can provide a clean, readable interface for your mobile visitors with the WordPress.com mobile theme.
SpriteCow is a nifty tool that generates CSS for your image sprites. Upload a sprite, click on the desired region and — like magic — SpriteCow will generate a CSS snippet containing the background position, width, and height for that region.
At the time of this writing, SpriteCow only works in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and IE10 (Safari is not supported).
Recently, Ian Stewart was a special guest on the podcast by Chris Coyier and Dave Rupert, ShopTalk. Ian discussed many web topics, including WordPress (obviously!) and answered questions from listeners.
Man, theme options. There aren’t many more topics in WordPress theme development that inspire more discussion these days than theme options. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Konstantin Kovshenin’s Theme Options Gallery. Konstantin reviews the best and worst theme options pages around there. It’s where the best discussion on theme options is happening right now.
If you’re interested in HTML Semantics and are looking for a good place to start learning more about it and what it means start out with this post at HTML5 Doctor, Let’s Talk about Semantics. At the very least, you’ll learn why we don’t have a pineapple element in HTML.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to use get_template_part() in your themes and why you might want to, designer and developer, Terry Sutton, has a great post up called Tighter and leaner WordPress templates with get_template_part(). It’s well worth a read. (And not just because he mentions _s though that’s pretty cool too.)