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Extending Layout Control in WordPress by Combining Shortcodes and ACFs

A lot of my clients want the ultimate control when it comes to the layout of their website. While this isn’t usually affordable or feasible in normal websites, the Advanced Custom Fields plugin has been a godsend in allowing developers to go beyond basic WordPress functionality and into more advanced ways of content control and layouts. This became even more...

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Advanced WordPress Tutorial: Making a Switching Category Menu

A client of mine wanted to make a horizontal menu that listed all of their categories. Easy enough! But the client was going to have lots of categories, which meant that most would either have to be left out, or the horizontal list of categories was going to have to be multi-line. Not so good. So they asked if I...

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Getting Into the Nitty-Gritty of the WordPress Customizer

One of WordPress 3.4’s best new features is the Customizer which allows you to create a place where the theme itself can be updated or modified. The Customizer, also called a theme options panel, is an area in the admin with a list of sections and options to the left in a panel, and a preview of the theme’s homepage...

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Using the new WordPress Customizer and SimplePie Together

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted some code tutorials! Unfortunately the blog has taken a back seat to client projects, a (real!) book I’m writing on Advanced WordPress, and several talks for conferences this summer! However today, I had to write something cool I thought you’d guys would enjoy. Let’s pretend your client wants to show a blog feed from...

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Developing Custom WooCommerce Themes

I recently had a project that required working with WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a free eCommerce framework from the makers of WooThemes. I’ve never been a fan of working with premade themes or frameworks for WordPress, as the devs tend to code completely different than I do and it’s frustrating to have to learn someone else’s style. However, I’ve been a...

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Backing Up WordPress to Dropbox Reliably and For Free

One of my favorite things about WordPress is that fact that you can download a plugin for almost anything. When I first set up this site almost three years ago, I was using a plugin that would backup my site once a week and email me the file. Fast forward to today and a few weeks ago I realized I...

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Custom Tumblog with SimplePie & RSS Feeds

It’s interesting how projects can completely change from the way you first planned them to be. For February’s 12412 project, I originally wanted to play with social media APIs to create a custom tumblog of every site I’ve ever been a part of, in addition to learning PHP to add them all together. I took one look at the API...

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12412 – Experience and Learn 12 New Web Technologies in 12 Months

I stumbled across 12412.org when looking at Paul Davis’s work. Consisting of three developers including Paul, Anthony Killeen, and Stephen Fulljames, 12412 aims to log their activities throughout 2012 as they choose a new technology or technique every month to learn and play with. I thought this was a fantastic idea. I’ve had an insanely busy 2011 and haven’t spent...

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Step-By-Step: Turning A Design Responsive in WordPress, Part 5

Phew, can you believe how far we’ve come? Cross your fingers for the finale, we only have four mockups left to code: blog single, extras, about and contact. Let’s see if we can make it in one post! Other Posts In This Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Blog Single Last week we coded the blogroll page,...

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Step-By-Step: Turning A Design Responsive in WordPress, Part 4

We’ve come a long way in the past few weeks already, but we’ve still got seven more mockups to go. This week we’ll be focusing on the portfolio detail, testimonial and blog archive pages. Other Posts In This Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 5 Portfolio Detail The portfolio detail page is pretty simple. We’ve got a large...

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