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    Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes: Naming ConventionsWriting maintainable wordpress themes
    In the first post in this series, we reviewed some of the strategies that are available as it relates to organizing our WordPress theme directories in order to make them more maintainable. Ultimately, the goal was to provide a directory schema in which we could organize our files such that we would have a level of cohesion, understanding, and maintainability to the work that we're doing. But that's not all there is to writing maintainable WordPress themes. Another aspect is to follow the conventions set forth by the WordPress Coding Standards. W˜e're going to take a slightly more granular look at some of the strategies and tools that we can use in order to make sure we're making our themes as maintainable as possible.Read More…
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    Taxonomy Archives: List Posts by a Second Taxonomy's TermsCreating post type archive to list by term preview
    If your site uses multiple taxonomies to categorize information, it can be helpful to split up posts in a taxonomy archive by the terms of a second taxonomy. In this tutorial I'll show you how to create a taxonomy archive to do just that.Read More…
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    Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes: DirectoriesWriting maintainable wordpress themes
    When it comes to building WordPress themes - as with many other types of things, really - there are right ways and wrong ways to do it. For those of us who want to be professional WordPress developers, for those of us who truly care about the work that we're doing, and for those of us who want our work to last, then we need to be forward thinking about how we're organizing the files and the code that goes into our theme.Read More…
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    Creating an FAQ Page Using Two LoopsCreate faq page using two loops faqsimage
    A page of frequently asked questions will be much more user-friendly if your visitors can see all of the questions at the top of the page and then go to the answers by clicking on each. This tutorial shows you how to do this by creating two loops for the same content.Read More…
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    Using the TGM Plugin Activation Library in Your ThemesTgm plugin activation
    Themes aren't meant to be functional, but as theme developers, we mostly need to include some features to make our theme a bit better and a function, you know, functional. In this tutorial, we're going to have a glance at the term "plugin territory" and learn to use a fantastic tool written by Thomas Griffin: the TGM Plugin Activation library.Read More…
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    Steps to Becoming a Quality WordPress Theme DeveloperQuality theme developer
    Have you ever found asking: how do Premium WordPress theme authors achieve million dollar milestones? How do they come up with such amazing designs and create such huge following? This article intends to follow through the journey of brainstorming a great looking, high-quality theme and some of the important lessons one should observe on his or her journey in order to achieve similar success.Read More…
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    Envato's Most Wanted: Directory & Listing ThemesEmw thumb
    Periodically, our the Envato Marketplaces offer up opportunities which are known as Envato's Most Wanted. These contests usually offer up significant rewards for users, developers, designers, and more who are able to deliver the highest quality work possible that also meets the criteria for the contest. For example, right now, the Directory & Listing Themes is offering a bounty of up to $10,000!Read More…
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    Getting The Most of Post Formats: Content Organization ToolsPostformats
    Recall what I said before about post formats not being an organizational tool? I change that up a bit: As long as you're marking your videos as videos, images as images, etc., you might as well use that to organize your site, instead of adding redundant taxonomies.Read More…
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    Taxonomy Archives: List Posts by Post TypeCreating post type archive to list by term preview
    If your theme has taxonomy terms registered to multiple post types, it can be helpful to separate out those post types on the taxonomy archive pages. Here's how to do it.Read More…
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    Getting The Most of Post Formats: Bulk Updating Post FormatsPostformats
    Now that I've convinced you of how cool post formats are with my previous posts in this series, you might be worried about having to go back through all of your posts, opening each one and manually setting its post format. Let me show you how to automate the process.Read More…
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    An Introduction to Creating a bbPress Theme From ScratchBbpress theme from scratch
    bbPress is a WordPress that brings discussion boards - also known as forums - functionality to WordPress. In this series, we'll be talking about how to create your first bbPress-compatible theme from scratch.Read More…
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    Getting The Most of Post Formats: Designing for Content PartsPostformats
    So far in this series I've introduced you to what post formats are, and how to use different templates for different post formats in the loop. In this post I will show you how to set apply different css to parts of a post's content based on the post format.Read More…
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