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WordPress 2.8 Features

WordPress 2.8 Features
18 Jun 2009

WordPress Coding & Design WordPress 2.8 has now been released and as always, it’s a great improvement on the previous version. I’ve been using it on a couple of sites and so far the biggest improvement has been the theme editor with its colour coding and line numbering. There are a few other good looking features, the widget interface has improved greatly and you can now arrange your dashboard into four columns. Under your General settings you can change your ...

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Create Your Own WordPress Widget

Create Your Own WordPress Widget
04 Jun 2009

WordPress Coding & Design Widgets make your life easier with sorting out your sidebar in WordPress, however sometimes there’s information or perhaps an external source/item that you want to turn into a widget but just don’t know how. To create a very basic widget it’s quite simple. We just need to add a function into our functions.php theme file which outputs the content, and then register it as a sidebar widget. Sounds easy? It is So, let’s use ...

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Revisiting WordPress Custom Fields

Revisiting WordPress Custom Fields
28 May 2009

WordPress Coding & Design A few months ago I wrote about Custom Fields in WordPress. At the time I just gave a small example of how these could be used, and a couple of people still didn’t grasp the point of them so I’m going to give a few more examples of using them which will hopefully shed some light on how useful they actually are! For the basics of using the custom fields in the admin then please read the custom fields post first. Below are just working ...

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WordPress Theme Inheritance

WordPress Theme Inheritance
21 May 2009

WordPress Coding & Design The WordPress template system has a relatively unused gem in the template system, Theme Inheritance. Theme Inheritance allows you to set your theme to inherit files from a parent theme, meaning you could create your theme in the colours you choose, but then you can create a number of new themes with just a stylesheet in them, and set each stylesheet to inherit from the main theme, and then just override the styles set. So, if we use the example ...

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Widgetise Your Theme Part II

Widgetise Your Theme Part II
14 May 2009

WordPress Coding & Design Last week I wrote about how to widgetise your theme, and explained how to turn your sidebar into a dynamic sidebar, allowing you to add widgets from within your admin panel, rather than manually coding them into the sidebar. We can now take this one step further and create multiple sidebars/widget ‘blocks’. These don’t have to always be a full length sidebar, they could be two or three sections in the footer of your site, or ...

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Widgetise Your Theme

Widgetise Your Theme
07 May 2009

WordPress Coding & Design If you want to use widgets in your WordPress theme, or you’re a theme developer and want to make your theme ‘widget ready’, then all it takes is a couple of steps to add the necessary code in and your theme is good to go. The Function First we need to register the sidebar in our functions.php file (if you don’t have a functions.php file, create one). At the simplest form this is [sourcecode language="php"]if ( ...

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Creating Theme Options

Creating Theme Options
30 Apr 2009

WordPress Coding & Design If you create WordPress themes then a useful addition to a standard theme is to give the user a simple way to change the logo or header in use, perhaps allow them to change the colour of the background, the width of the site too. These options are designed to save people time but more importantly, to make it easy for non-developers to make a few alterations to their theme without needing to go looking through the code. So first we need to create ...

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