WordPress Articles from David Hayes

David B. Hayes is co-owner of WPShout. He's been using WordPress since 2007, and has a mature love (like an old married couple) for the content managment system. He's done loads of client work with it, uses it on a variety of personal projects, and generally thinks it's worth most people keeping it in their toolbox.

In addition to WordPress, he's into cycling, board games, and civic tech (running Code for Fort Collins). He also loves coffee and write about it at LowKeyCoffeeSnobs.com. And lastly (for this space) he writes about code beyond WordPress at Thoughtful Code.


How to Create and Use WordPress Custom Fields

This article describes how to work with WordPress custom fields, also called post meta. In it, we describe how to use WordPress’s post meta PHP functions, especially get_post_meta() and update_post_meta(), and provide in-depth code demos as well as practical advice for working with custom fields tools like Pods and Advanced Custom Fields.


Simple WP_Query Example: Using a Shortcode to Display Post Titles

In this video and text Quick Guide, we present a basic use of WP_Query inside a WordPress shortcode, to show the post titles of the five most recently published posts. We’ve designed this Quick Guide to be a simple intro to using WP_Query in general, as well as to using WP_Query to display post titles and other post data inside a shortcode specifically.


We were on the BoldLife podcast!

We were on the BoldLife podcast. It was a great time. We (well, especially Fred) talked a length about the complex reality of where generous human people meet the weird world of corporate policies. More than that, we talked about what that means when you’re shopping for the best WordPress hosting for  your own website. And why talking to the nicest person from one of the those companies is probably a less reliable way of finding good hosting than we are.


PHP Math Functions: Understanding the Basics

Our focus today is PHP math. Or “PHP maths,” if you prefer British English. We’re not going to teach you the basics of mathematics itself, but just explore some of the common ways we use math in our PHP code and some of the less-clear things that end up super-valuable for web development using the PHP programming language.


How to Change WordPress Password in phpMyAdmin (a cPanel tool)

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In this Quick Guide, we’ll walk you through how to change a WordPress user’s password using phpMyAdmin, a tool found in most webhosting cPanels. To change WordPress passwords from phpMyAdmin is simple (it takes less than a minute front-to-back) and it’s a very useful trick to know—one we use at least a couple times every single month in our work with our clients.


Should you make an app?

Tom Scott is one of my favorite YouTubers. (I know a lot of nerdy YouTube channels these days.) He is clear, knowledgeable, and a bit like what I’d make on YouTube if I’d started eight years ago and was British.


HTML Can Do That!?

This is a fun and short little post over at Dev.to from Ananya Neogi. It’s essentially a short-list of lesser known features for which you can just add some HTML markup and have cool features.



Using WordPress: Add Script to Header

There’s a tricky thing about this idea, “WordPress add header script” I have written down as our topic today. That problem is that “adding a header script” can mean a bunch of things. In our case, I’ll be explaining how a WordPress user (who may be a developer, but doesn’t necessarily understand code that thoroughly) can add a JavaScript file or code to their pages.