The holidays are approaching and soon we will be entering 2016, just in time for us to look at a few WordPress development tools we aren’t going to want to live without. There are numerous tools available for developers but this list of the top 6 WordPress development tools comes straight from my workflow. These resources have taken my development skills to the next level and decreased the time it takes me to finish a site. Let’s go ahead and look at the first one:
If you are looking for the best WordPress hosting, look no further! I was recently in the market for a new hosting company that specialized in WordPress because I was really tired of hearing “Well we don’t really know much about WordPress” from the customer service/support team. I thought to myself, well isn’t WordPress the CMS for 23% of the web? Indeed it is and growing as we speak. So I set out to find the best WordPress hosting company I could find. There are quite a few good choices but, in my opinion, Site Ground is the best! Here is why:
Greetings from the beautiful Westin Lake Resort & Spa where the first-ever LoopConf is being held. The resort is absolutely breathtaking and the Twitter buzz is palpable. LoopConf is the self-proclaimed “Greatest conference ever created for WordPress developers” and from the crazy amount of talent, not only speaking but also attending, I have no doubts they will prove this point.
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.
WordCamp San Antonio 2015 is officially debuting to our great WordPress community. A group of passionate WordPress lovers/users got together and convinced the people at WordCamp to allow us to have this world-wide event here in our great city. I happen to be one of those lovers/users and was able to be on the organizing committee and lend my design and development skills to benefit the team. This means I was able to create the first-ever WordCamp San Antonio logo and I am super honored and proud!
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.
WebTegrity’s WordPress Theme Development courses are taking off like a rocket! Spots are filling up left and right and we are getting ready to get everything up and running. This video explains our full 16 week course a little bit more in-depth. If you think you would benefit from learning WordPress or you have always wanted to become a coder and learn WordPress theme development, check out the Web360 program.
I also have a big announcement coming soon about WordPress and the San Antonio Community. We have been busy planning and setting up for a ‘first’ to hit SATX and we can’t wait to share it!
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!
If you have ever been interested in designing, developing, and optimizing websites for a living, you need to come learn WordPress in San Antonio. I have partnered with WebTegrity to be one of their lead instructors teaching a brand new WP course called Web360.
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.