With the release of WordPress 3.5 right around the corner, version 2.2 of WP Hide Dashboard is now available for download from the wordpress.org Extend section. Those of you who have the plugin installed should see an upgrade notice show up in your WordPress dashboard.
"Where should I put custom functions...in my theme or in a plugin?"
That's a good question. I've seen lots of WordPress tutorials, and even the WordPress Codex, recommend adding custom functions to your theme's functions.php file.
While that method does work, it can also cause problems when you change your theme to something else. The new theme won't have that code in its functions.php file, and your custom functionality will just...you guessed it...stop functioning.
With the announcement of the release of WordPress 3.1 a short while ago, version 2.1 of WP Hide Dashboard is now available for download from the wordpress.org Extend section. Those of you who have the plugin installed should see an upgrade notice show up in your WordPress dashboard.
I was checking out the wordpress.org download stats for WP Hide Dashboard, in particular the active version stats graph.
As of 20 February 2011, 57.5% of the active plugin installs are running the latest version (2.0). That leaves 42.5% of the active plugin installs running older versions of the plugin (1.3, 1.4, and 1.5).
While I've noticed a steady increase in the percentage of active plugin installs running version 2.0 in the past few weeks, the number of installs running older versions causes me a bit of concern.
Another milestone was reached today - 30,000 downloads. It was just 6 months ago that the plugin hit 20,000 downloads. Stats from wordpress.org look pretty awesome!
This is an awesome week for WordPress and the WP Hide Dashboard plugin.
First, the WP Hide Dashboard plugin hit the 20,000 download mark on the morning of June 16th, just 8 months after hitting the 10,000 download mark last October. I am still truly amazed at the support this simple little plugin has received since it was released in October 2008. Lots of new features have been added since then, and there's more goodness in the latest version, 2.0, which was released just a short while ago.
Today marks the one year anniversary since I released the first version of the WP Hide Dashboard plugin.
The plugin started out as a hack to fill a need that I had on a website that I was developing. I tried the version that Thomas Schneider had released as an add-on to his Role Manager plugin, but it required that Role Manager be installed for it to work. This was the only functionality that I needed, so I set out to make it work on its own.