Custom post types and custom fields are powerful WordPress features that can initially seem intimidating. This is the first in a series of blog posts describing when, why, and how to use them.
Short How-To articles, similar to Case Studies but on a smaller scale.
This article is for php coders who are familiar with the sprintf (and printf) functions but who haven’t yet figured out why, when, and how they should use them. Until recently, I was one of them. Although I’ve been coding in php since 2001, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve […]
Custom fields in WordPress (meta-data) can be extremely handy for controlling how you display your blog posts. In this article, I describe how I used custom fields — together with modifying the WordPress loop for the site’s front page — to solve a not uncommon problem: When blog posts about events from the far past show up in the “Recent Posts” section of a site’s home page, visitors might react negatively. It’s a little like letting newspapers pile up in your driveway when you’re on vacation: people might think you’re lazy or not home. Deleting such posts isn’t the answer.
Are Your iPhone Photos Upside-Down or Sideways? If so, I have a solution. (I even have a partial explanation. Emphasis on “partial”.)
Boy, if there isn’t a whole lot of junk out there on the Web! But there’s also a lot of good stuff. Unfortunately, finding the good stuff can be difficult. So much of that junk just gets in the way. Even if you’ve found a blog (or blogs) you like to read, you might be spending too much time sifting through articles that are of no real interest to you. At some point, you probably give up. This article is written for people who read blogs. If you’re one of them, the tips herein might make your blog-surfing time more efficient and rewarding.
For people who are new to blogging, the concepts of Categories and Tags can be confusing. The first challenge is understanding what they are and how they differ. The next challenge is using them effectively. The purpose of this article is to offer guidance in addressing that second challenge.
I can’t explain why I’ve waited so long to try out the Advanced Custom Fields plugin. All I can say is I’m glad I finally did. Today. This article will show you one simple method for displaying the values of those custom fields in your Genesis child theme.
CSS descendant selectors (also known as contextual selectors) allow you to write lean, clean, semantic html and CSS markup with a minimum number of class and ID names, making your code easier to understand and maintain, and maybe even giving you a sense of harmonious calm. In this article, I explain this claim with an example.
Without question, the most common operation in the Web applications I build is retrieving gobs of structured data and displaying that data in some order. In most cases, the data comes from database tables. But not always. In this article, I share what I’ve found out about how one can use the array_multisort function to sort multidimensional arrays.
While the child theme method works well for many WordPress Web-site builds, sites based on vendor-built child themes require a different strategy. This article describes my current favorite approach and invites discussion on the topic.