This is a simple thing to achieve but the questions is asked over and over again so I thought it might worth adding a quick tutorial here. For the sake of an example we will look at how to add your twitter feed to the left hand menu.
It seems some what amazing that such a simple request can be so tricky to track down. The scenario is simple. You want to display a set of products on your home page from a hidden category to be randomly displayed.
We run a lot of websites and frequently use wordpress as the basis of these sites. Wordpress allows non-techies the ability to manage their sites on a day to day basis without running up bills getting designers / hosting companies to do trivial tasks. A couple of years back we decided to refocus our business strategy and decided to focus on two products: WordPress and Magento. We think that by offering deep levels of support in these two products gives us an edge over other companies who spread their nets wider. We chose wordpress as the sheer number of developers makes just about anything possible. We can offer incredible functionality to our customers and still keep our prices competitive with the huge hosting companies. The power in WordPress is the ability of 3rd party plugins to transform the humble blogging platform in a tool for every occasion. Here are some of our favourite Plugins
A couple of clever wordpress tricks make this quite an easy thing to accomplish. Since wordpress introduced the thumbnail feature in 2.9.1 it is very easy for theme authors to add this and make magazine type layouts. There are 2 parts to making this work