Category: Back-End Development
WordPress Hooks, Actions, and Filters: What They Do and How They Work
This article introduces one of the most important topics in WordPress development: WordPress hooks, including action hooks and filter hooks. Hooks are at the core not only of how WordPress plugins work, but nearly all code in the WordPress ecosystem: most WordPress themes use hooks heavily, as does “WordPress core” itself. WordPress hooks are absolutely a must-know topic in WordPress development.
How to Debug WordPress Beyond the Basics
Debugging WordPress starts with WP_DEBUG, but can go far beyond that. In this article, we will:
Using Custom Taxonomies and Custom Fields in WordPress Development
This course covers the key points of two of WordPress’s most powerful APIs for defining custom post data: custom fields (also called post meta), and custom taxonomies. The course introduces each tool, and then—since some problems can be addressed by either tool—covers practical guidelines for when to use custom fields and when to use custom taxonomies.
An Introduction to the WordPress PHP Coding Standards
Coding makes you follow rules – every language has its own syntax to which you have to adhere if you want your code to compile or run. But there is another set of rules, that while isn’t essential for the actual running the code, helps in peripheral parts of coding. These rules are called Coding Standards.
How to Create an Excerpt From a Post Without an Excerpt and Limit It by Character Count
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.
Making Plugins and Themes Translation-Ready
Internationalization makes WordPress accessible in other languages, and it’s a must-have for work intended for wide distribution.
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.