Learn WordPress Development: The Basic Course
WordPress development is a hugely useful skill, but it’s also tricky to learn—especially if you learn things out-of-order and try to tackle advanced topics while remaining confused on the fundamentals.
How to Link to Page Content from a WordPress Navigation Menu
It’s pretty common in WordPress: wanting to link to a section of a page. I remember fondly my first time [stares wistfully into the middle distance]. This Quick Guide explains how to do that, and how to then add that link to a navigation menu. Need to link users to a specific heading within an article?
Become a Freelance WordPress Developer: How to Make a Career of It
This article explains what I’ve needed to know to work as a freelance WordPress developer.
Course: WordPress Theme Development (Core Concepts)
Welcome! WordPress themes are one of the most important topics that one must understand to be good at WordPress development. Themes underlie the entire visual half of WordPress sites, but often grow to do even more. Because of the visual importance, they’re a great place to dive in if you’re interested in getting to the “code-side” of WordPress. I myself “cut my teeth” on WordPress themes back in 2007 and 2008. WordPress themes were where I started to come to grips with the power (and limits) of PHP, CSS, and HTML. So this course is great for newbies, and those just looking to confirm their understanding of the whole system.
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 and Why to Make a BASH Alias
This Quick Guide covers a common question whose lingo may confuse newbies: how do I make a Bash shell alias? For those for whom that sentence was Greek—let start here: Bash is the “Bourne Again Shell.” (There’s not relationship to the Matt Damon movie character, for better or worse. ;p) In the world of “command line interfaces,” Bash has been the go-to standard for decades, and is still the most common “terminal” in use. In the “terminal” world, Bash aliases solve a common problem: wanting to do things quicker and more effectively. So we’ll quickly and effectively walk you through how to make BASH aliases.
How to Enlarge an Image in WordPress (Lightboxes!)
Whether you’re writing about technical topics or something even more visually demanding like art, sometimes you just want to make a picture bigger in WordPress. That can mean a number of things, from how it appears on the page to what happens when you click it. We’ll shortly cover the first case, and then spend most of our time introducing using a “lightbox” from the Simple Lightbox plugin to make our images appear over our content in a large size when clicked.
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.