Difficulty: Intermediate

WordPress Hooks, Actions, and Filters: What They Do and How They Work

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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.




A Story of WP Option Autoload: A wp_options Cleanup

Today I want to dive into a kind of esoteric topic: WP option autoloading. It’s not something a lot of WordPress developers are likely to hit or to need. But vague knowledge of this topic saved me a bunch of time and confusion on a client project, so I want to help you understand how casual use of the update_option function without understanding WordPress’s autoload options feature can cause you pain and heartache.



See Your WordPress Scheduled Tasks

Sometimes, a developer will want to know why a WordPress site gets slow at a particular time, why their WP-Cron scheduled task isn’t working, or want to force one to run at off time. For all of these problems, the WP Crontrol plugin is the perfect tool. It’s a WordPress plugin to quickly debug your WP-Cron issues, all in one convenient place.


Why You Should Use CSS Grid

CSS Grid is a very cool technology, and one I think more and more WordPress developers should both know about and use. While I’m hardly a CSS expert, that’s specifically why I feel well-qualified to tell you to learn CSS grid: if this non-expert can find it great and useful, surely it has arrived as a technology you must know.



Schedule Design Changes in WordPress

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One of my favorite recent changes to WordPress is the ease of scheduling design changes. I admit that while I find this feature very cool, I don’t use it a lot. But if you’re the kind of person who like to mark holidays, sales, or something else with customizations to look of your WordPress site, you should really know about this amazing power of the WordPress Customizer. It’ll really change the game if you’ve never used it before.


Learn WordPress Development: The Basic Course

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So You Want to Learn WordPress Development

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.