• Theme Development
    A Beginner's Guide to the WordPress LoopThe loop
    The Loop is incredibly foundational to WordPress. It's the first (and possibly the easiest) thing that most new themers want to try modifying... and you can get incredibly creative with it once you know the basics. Today, we're going to lay a foundation for everyone who's new to the loop or has ever wanted to know a little bit more about exactly how it works.Read More…
  • WordPress
    Quick Tip: 3 Tools for Making "Instant" Custom Post TypesPopcorn
    Custom post types are all over the place nowadays... but what if you want to get your feet wet with custom post types without all of the hassle of coding them from scratch? This quick-tip will give you 3 tools for generating (and managing!) your own custom post types without even firing up your text editor. Nothing will ever substitute being able to code these up from scratch, but this will get you started before your popcorn dings in the microwave...Read More…
  • Plugins
    Three Practical Uses for Custom Meta BoxesMeta box thumb
    Last week we introduced how to create custom meta boxes inside the post-editor and save the data you put in them. But what are some practical applications of this technique? Today, the goal is to go over three real world examples of using custom meta boxes to improve the post page. Read More…
  • WordPress
    10 Code Snippets WP Theme Developers Should Have on Speed DialSpeed preview
    One of the ways we endeavor to improve productivity when building WordPress templates is to have snippets of code available to us very quickly, through the use of tab-triggered shortcuts. In this article I will share with you 10 of my most-used snippets that I feel every developer should have at their fingertips.Read More…
  • Theme Development
    Extending the Quick Edit Tool for Taxonomy TermsQuick edit thumbnail
    WordPress offers the Quick Edit form to manage taxonomy term information... which is great, but what if you want to edit more than just your term name and slug? This tutorial will explain how to extend this wonderful WordPress feature to update more than the basics.Read More…
  • Widgets
    Writing Maintainable WordPress Widgets: Part 2 of 2Plugin boilerplate thumbnail 2
    In the first post in this series, we discussed the reasons that WordPress Plugins should be treated more like larger software projects (but often aren't) and made a case for using well-organized code in an attempt to make our plugin projects more maintainable. All of this was done within the context of developing a WordPress widget. Read More…
  • Plugins
    Reel 'em In: Understanding Hooks From the Inside OutHooks thumb
    The key to WordPress' flexible foundation is in its use of hooks. Be it in themes, plugins, or the core, hooks allow unparalleled growth while ensuring compatibility with future versions of WordPress. As a result, understanding them should undoubtedly be a part of any developer's repertoire. Join in as we uncover the intricacies of this simple yet sophisticated system from the inside out.Read More…
  • Plugins
    How to Create Custom WordPress Write/Meta BoxesThumbnail metaboxes
    Creating meta boxes is a crucial part of WordPress theme/plugin development. It's a way to add an appealing editor to the post screen and avoids forcing users to rely on custom fields. If you've ever created a custom post type in WordPress, you've probably wanted to add some sort of additional data to it. Sure, you could use custom fields, but that's ugly. Getting started with custom meta boxes is easy, so let's dive in!Read More…
  • Theme Development
    Quick Tip: Adding a Simple Print Stylesheet to WordPressPreview
    Adding a print stylesheet to your Wordpress site is a wise move. The environment will thank you for applying this article to your website. It's such a simple feature to implement, and most people just overlook it. I'll show you how easy it is to add a simple print stylesheet to your Wordpress site. I'm going to give you a great foundation of one you can use in your site immediately, and show you a few tips so you can take it to the next level.Read More…
  • Hosting
    Migrating WordPress Across Hosts, Servers and URLsMigrate wordpress thumbnail
    Last week we took a look at how to migrate a WordPress installation from a local server to production. Today we are going to take a beginner's approach to moving your WordPress Blog either to a new host/server or even changing it's address (url). So if you are changing your provider or just need a change in address (or even both) here is an in depth video on how to do it. If you're a developer, this video is going to be very basic, but it's a great reference for anyone who is trying out their first migration.Read More…
  • Theme Development
    Create a Settings Page For Your WordPress ThemePreview
    Creating your own theme for WordPress is a great way to give your blog or other WordPress powered web site an original touch. But even the nicest looking theme is not that nice if you have to get under the hood and edit the theme's HTML or PHP code whenever it's time change some aspects of it. Especially, when it's not you but a paying customer using your theme. Luckily, creating a settings page for your theme in WordPress is not very hard, and after reading this tutorial, you will be able to create one in no time! Read More…
  • Theme Development
    Do-It-Yourself WordPress Scheduling: Mastering WP-CronWp chrom
    As one of the lesser-used WordPress features, WP-Cron often gets overlooked by developers. Its applications, however, are no laughing matter. From caching to notifications to clean up, scheduling cron jobs can work to create a distinct advantage in even the most simple WordPress blog. Join in as we explore important applications of this very system. Read More…