The first and arguably most important step in creating a WordPress Plugin is choosing a name for it. If you plan to share your plug-in with others it should obviously be catchy, but more importantly it should also be unique for two very good reasons explained below. Make Your Plugin Stand Out WordPress has a vast number of free and commercial plugins available. If you choose to share your plug-in with others you’ll want your plug-in [...]
In my last article I talked about WordPress Posts, one of the two primary content types in WordPress. In this article I’d like to talk about WordPress pages. What’s a WordPress Page? WordPress Pages are your blog’s primary content. That’s not to say that they’re more important than your blog posts, but rather that they support your posts and are available wherever a user might find themselves on your site. To quote WordPress.com, Pages live outside of [...]
In my last post I talked about installing WordPress themes. Themes help you quickly change the look and feel of your website. But what if your site needs a feature that isn’t built into WordPress? Well today we’re going to learn how to add features to our blogs by installing WordPress plugins. What the Heck is a Plugin? A plug-in is a WordPress module that adds features to or otherwise enhances your blog. They can do [...]
There are two ways to customize a WordPress site: plugins and themes. Generally speaking, plugins are used to add functionality (maps, image galleries, etc.) and themes are used to change a site’s public appearance. This article is about how to choose and install a WordPress theme. Selecting a Theme There are thousands of themes available for WordPress and they come in two flavors: free and premium. Free themes are just that: you can use them [...]
I wanted multiple editors in a custom post type that I’m developing in WordPress. I spent my Tuesday cobbling together a solution from articles I found online such as How to Use Multiple WordPress WYSIWYG Visual Editors, Supporting Multiple Visual Editors over at the WordPress Support forum, and a bunch of other links that came up first when I was researching. I got my multiple editors, but without the Visual/HTML tabs, and without the Media [...]
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