Type The only difference is one column in the database. It’s easier to think of posts as relevant to time and chronological order and pages are outside of that. Both posts and pages can have comments but comments are normally disabled on posts. You can create additional custom post types for anything (e.g. “people, movies, songs, etc”). https:/ /wordpress.org/plugins/pods/ https:/ /wordpress.org/plugins/custom-post-type-ui/ (or implement programatically) • Custom Fields Fields you can add to post types to manage additional data. Very popular for web developers to use these for clients to manage additional content on complex page layouts. Custom fields are native to WordPress but there are plugins to make the admin UI more user-friendly for the content manager. https:/ /wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-custom-fields/ • Taxonomies Taxonomies are a way to organize things. One type of taxonomy that comes pre-installed with WordPress are “Categories”, and another one is “Tags”. You can add additional ones like “Services” or “Generes” – anything you’d like. https:/ /wordpress.org/plugins/pods/
for themes to support. This support must be built into it. The post formats allow for different post layouts in your blog. • Template Tags These tags are available to theme developers to use to query and display data easily. They are mostly plug-in-play. • WP_Query A query to use for getting posts out of the database. Very useful when you need to grab specific posts or manipulate output. • Widgets Widgets add extra functionality or content to specific areas that a theme developer defines. • Slug I don’t mean the slimy creature. Slugs are the alpha-numeric name assigned to a post or page, usually based off what you named it in the title.
theme and base styles off an existing theme or will you use a Skeleton theme or totally start from scratch? • Decision based off your design Is your design simple or complex? Can it fit within the parameters of an existing theme just with a few modifications? • Choose your theme If doing a child theme, most of your work will be complete, sans styles and additional functionality. If you are using a skeleton theme, there are several route to go.
WordPress repository can be updated by its owner automatically. • Don’t modify these theme files, create a child theme instead! • If you’ve made changes to the theme and receive an update from the theme author, your changes will be overwritten!
you are using but need to make a few modifications to the styles, layout, or functionality. • The new style.css file you use in your child theme will overwrite what’s in your parent theme. • The functions.php will load in addition to your parent theme functions file, and will not overwrite. It will load first, before your parent functions. https:/ /codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes
be forked and crafted into your own creation, some-what of a “boilerplate” for WordPress themes. • There are a handful of skeleton themes that are currently maintained. Some popular ones: • Underscores • Roots / Sage • Bones • We use “Gobble Blank 2” - a starter theme authored by us, using the Bourbon/Neat framework (uses scss). https:/ /github.com/gobblelogic/GobbleBlank2
create the design and functionality a user experiences • Sections of the site would be housed in separate files like the header, footer, sidebar, etc. You would plan which parts go in which files. • WordPress determines which template file to use based on what type of page the user is viewing like a post, page, home page, blog page, category, etc. This is called the template hierarchy!
display dynamic information that is being fed by the user • WordPress offers functions (or template tags) to display or return data (e.g. the_author(); vs. get_the_author();). https:/ /codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags
your admin’s can edit the nav. Generally built into most skeleton themes and regular themes. • Featured image field, edit background and edit color fields can all be activated by the use of these functions as well. • Customizer for template changes. https:/ /codex.wordpress.org/Navigation_Menus
Vagrant Vagrants is an evolving Vagrant configuration focused on WordPress dev. https:/ /github.com/Varying-Vagrant-Vagrants/VVV VV - By Bradp Site wizard for VVV. The easiest way to set up WordPress sites automatically. https:/ /github.com/bradp/vv
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