Tag: Custom Fields

Organizing Your WordPress Data: Understanding Custom Taxonomies vs Custom Fields

This article looks at the two major systems for adding data to posts in WordPress: custom taxonomies and custom fields. Since some needs can reasonably by solved by either custom fields or custom taxonomies, we’ll use a practical example—a movie review site—to help define overall principles for when it’s best to use each tool.

Really Easy Custom Post Backgrounds For WordPress

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been having great fun with the new Nometet.com design. It’s now sporting a feature that allows the author to set a custom background for the post just by uploading an image. This image doesn’t even need to be the correct size; that’s all done on the fly. Uploading isn’t hard either; I’ve implemented an uploader that sits inside a meta box so the hardest bit is choosing the image! In this post we’ll have a look at how it’s done.

Using WordPress As A CMS

I’ll let you into a little secret. WordPress is a CMS. Arguably it’s a simple one, but it’s still a CMS; I’m currently writing my content and using WordPress as a system to manage my content. WordPress needn’t just manage content for my blog though. With pages and page templates you’ve got a quick and easy way of making a killer content management system.

In this post we’ll look at how to understand just how to use WordPress “as a CMS” effectively and efficiently.

How To: Display Quotes From A Random Post in WordPress

Whilst considering the best way to show off all the content effectively on WPShout, a thought occurred to me – why not have quotes from articles popping out on the sidebar? In the end I decided against the idea, but I thought I’d write it up for all to see. I’m writing this a bit differently – good, bad? Please do let me know.

Display Random Adverts in WordPress with Custom Fields

Whilst building the exciting new version of Nometech (to be launched very, very soon!) [update – it has launched, this is it!], I needed a way of displaying a random 300×250 advert in the sidebar. After a bit of Google-ing to no avail, something came to me –  ‘why not use custom fields?!‘. Really, why not! In this post I’ll show you how to display a random advert in WordPress using custom fields and a couple of posts you’ve already written.