In this Advanced Custom Fields Tutorial we are going to cover how to use this simple yet powerful tool to develop customized and interactive edit screens and custom meta fields. WordPress does a great job of providing an easy user experience but there are some things that can still be improved on when developing a site for someone else to use. Sometimes we need to add custom input fields in the dashboard, create specific pages for all of the home page settings, or even build a page builder that will allow your clients to build their own website (kinda). You can create fields using code from the WordPress Codex but by using Advanced Custom Fields you can create incredible dynamic user experiences without having to code your life away and wasting all of your budget. Let’s take an in-depth look at this plugin.
Knowing how to use the wp_query function can truly take your development skills to the next level. The purpose of the wp_query function is to extend/customize the WordPress loop, giving you very specific queries and producing some very powerful functionality in your websites. It is definitely a more complex piece of code and requires a lot of precise pieces of information but once you learn the basics it is easy to get the hang of using it.
Knowing how to write WordPress if statements can help you take your websites to the next level. They are meant to pose a question and based on the answer to that question you can do or show something. This can be a really powerful tool in your development work belt, especially with the conditional tags WordPress already has built into the core. In this tutorial, I am going to give you the basics of WordPress if statements and provide a few real world examples.
Would you like to know how to use Masonry in WordPress? This article will show you the basics of getting it set up in your development project. The best thing about using Masonry in WordPress is that it is actually built into the core of WordPress. So we don’t actually have to do very much work to get it working. Good thinking WordPress!
We have finally come to the conclusion of the Let’s Build A WordPress Theme From Scratch tutorial series. The final file I want to mention is literally the most important file. “Why?”, you ask. Well it’s because in WordPress you only need two files to start a theme, and those two files are a template file (index.php, home.php, or front-page.php) and style.css.
Functions.php is finally here on Let’s Build A WordPress Theme from scratch! Your functions template file in WordPress is really the engine behind your theme. It controls a lot of specific functions that you website will require to run, and for you to be able to better take control of it. The functions file is really limitless. You can go out and look for WordPress code snippets and 90% of those snippets will tell you to put them in the functions.php file. Because of this fact, I will only be covering generic functions that you can use to run your WordPress website.
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Moving right along in our eighth installment of the Let’s Build A WordPress Theme From Scratch tutorial series, we are going to be learning about the footer.php template file. This is a very important file, much like it’s counterpart header.php, because it repeats on every page. Plus it is the end of your document and the final thing viewers will see when they scroll to reach the bottom of the page. This is the last impression of your website to your audience so it is crucial that you put some good cross marketing, social media links, or additional calls to action so that people don’t just leave your website at that point. For example in my footer I have a subscription area because I would like people to subscribe if they have enjoyed the content (hint hint). Then I have some additional information and links to contact me. Other than what you see on the surface, the footer.php file will hold some really important functionality that we need to discuss. Let’s get to it!
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Today we are going to learn about Category.php and Tag.php as we continue this Let’s Build A WordPress Theme From Scratch tutorial series. This will be a fairly short and simply tutorial because these two template files are very straight forward. As I am sure you know by now, WordPress allows you to add categories and tags onto posts. I have already shown you how to display those on the home.php template and the single.php template. If you are actually building along with this WordPress theme tutorial you probably noticed that categories and tags are links. When you click on a specific tag or category they display all the posts that are within that specific category or tag. I’m sure you can see what is coming next.