Category: Back-End Development
The Menace of WordPress Theme Creep
One of the first topics I ever wrote about on WPShout, I kind of thought that the topic of “theme creep” had died long ago. But a few times in the last few months–once with someone I’m mentoring in WordPress development, once with someone who was asking how to buy themes–I felt a need to mention this idea. So I’m revising and updating the original essays.
Making Quick Custom Fields Interfaces with Pods
Custom fields are one of the more powerful aspects of WordPress. They’re also, by default, victims of just about the worst interface ever designed. The idea of capturing and using metadata is great, but a better interface helps a ton. Keeping up my current infatuation with the Pods plugin, here’s how it can help you make great interfaces to WordPress post meta data.
How to Create WordPress Shortcodes, and Why I Love Them
Before we look at how to register WordPress custom shortcodes, let’s be clear: If there’s one thing Gutenberg is about to kill, it’s the use of WordPress shortcodes in content creation.
How to Search Through a WordPress Plugin’s Files with Sublime Text
One of the hardest things about debugging or extending WordPress plugins is often simply finding where a piece of code lives. A plugin may have many thousands of lines of code across dozens of PHP files, organized however the plugin developers thought made sense to them.
WordPress Template Tags: How They Show Post Content & More
WordPress template tags are a super-important and super-valuable part of WordPress, especially for theme development. They’re also one of the things I remember spending lots of time not quite getting as I was learning WordPress.
How to Use FTP to Deactivate a Plugin That’s Breaking Your WordPress Site
WordPress plugins can cause all kinds of errors: 500 internal server errors, PHP parse errors (also called syntax errors), errors that simply whitescreen your entire site, and more.
How to Create a Custom Taxonomy in WordPress with Pods
Custom taxonomies are a great way to organize information in WordPress. And the Pods plugin makes it easy create them without having to write any PHP code. We’ve got a full article explaining custom taxonomies in a fair amount of depth, so for here I’ll just offer a summary. You want a custom taxonomy because:
A Complete Guide to PHP Data Types: Numbers, Booleans, Strings, & More
The Many Uses of PHP Output Buffering in WordPress
A Complete Guide to Object-Oriented PHP for WordPress Developers
One of the boogeymen that frighten a lot of newer WordPress developers are “objects” and object-oriented PHP. You kind of get it, you aspire to get it, but you just don’t really understand where any of this code comes from or leads. If that’s the case for you, stop and stay awhile. I’ll be going on at length but I feel pretty sure you’ll get a lot from this.