Category: Back-End Development


How to Create an Excerpt From a Post Without an Excerpt and Limit It by Character Count

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WordPress posts have two types of texts associated with them: the post’s content, and its excerpt. The content is the main part of the post, and the excerpt is either filled out in its own field or generated by WordPress by extracting the first part of the content.



Turn on Debugging in WordPress: WP_DEBUG

One could (and perhaps I should) write a whole course on “how to debug in WordPress.” This (unfortunately) isn’t that post, but rather a quick summary of the best first step in debugging WordPress. It is almost the one step you MUST take if you’d going to debug just about anything in WordPress: make sure WordPress is showing the errors by settings WP_DEBUG to true. This isn’t super complicated, but just an invaluable thing to know.


A WordPress LAMP?! An Introduction to WordPress Infrastructure

This article introduces one of the most foundation topics in WordPress development: the server-side software that makes WordPress work. Often referred to as “the stack,” as this article explains the “LAMP stack” that most WordPress sites run on is just an initalism of the software packages of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. And that stack is just as useful today as it was 15 years ago when WordPress started.


Quickly Add Code Snippets in WordPress

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Debates have raged for ages—and still rage—about how to think about code on a WordPress site. Some people are fast-and-loose types who just want it working quickly as possible. For people in a hurry, the Code Snippets plugin is a quick and effective way to build and manage small quick “WordPress hacks.” While I still think file-system access is a better idea for writing WordPress PHP, I can’t deny the quickness of this (or any) PHP code snippets plugin.


4 Steps to Become a WordPress Plugin Developer

This article will take you by the hand and lead you to become a WordPress plugin developer. We’ll analyze when the circumstances call for writing a plugin, where to place your plugin code and some best practices, and give you a taste of a few WordPress concepts regarding plugin development while coding a simple plugin.



How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch

When it’s time to choose a WordPress theme for your website, you have tons of options. Perhaps the most powerful is to forego the readymade themes on the market and build your own. Building your own theme puts you in complete control when it comes to looks and functionality. It can take your project up to that next level. That’s why today, we’re going to show you how to create a WordPress theme from scratch.


Using Query Monitor for Your Database Performance Optimization

The topics of SQL and database performance optimization are important to a small percentage of WordPress sites. But when they matter, they matter a whole heck of a lot. It is in those situations that the WordPress plugin Query Monitor comes in. Maintained by John Blackbourn, Query Monitor is a great way to see what database queries were run on specific page of your site, and find out what the slow ones are. Once you find that, you’ve still got some work to do—tracking down the problematic query’s source, fixing the code that produced the query, etc—and unfortunately that work is far outside the scope of this little Quick Guide. All that said, let’s cover the basics of how to start to understand what’s going on with the WordPress Query Monitor plugin.