Kim Maida

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Articles tagged “themes”

Jan

24

WP Custom Sharing Links

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Sometimes you may want to design and build a theme that doesn’t use the same boring, standard social sharing buttons that spit iframes out all over your pages. There is a huge selection of social sharing plugins available for WordPress, but I’ve often felt the vast majority of them look and feel too much like… well, plugins. They display like what they are: disparate chunks of third party code that have been Krazy-glued onto your elegant theme.

If you want something of your own design and are willing to forgo the ability to display a count, you can try building something a little more custom. And if you’ve got a passing knowledge of template tags and Javascript, this is a piece of cake to implement! It also allows you to avoid doing things like wrapping a jQuery plugin (ie., Sharrre) in a WordPress plugin (and then possibly having to wrestle with php.ini files and server settings as well).

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Dec

09

WordPress HTML5 Blank Theme

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Download a bare-bones WordPress theme, ready for customization and styling. WordPress’s native themes are feature-rich but can be tedious and exhausting to customize out of the box. Likewise, creating themes repeatedly from the ground-up can also be an arduous task.

This template HTML5 theme contains popular features such as post thumbnails, threaded comments, menus, jQuery, and more, but with minimal styling. The template was built to be a platform for custom development and is fully ready for to be repurposed and expanded for your theme-making needs.

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Jan

26

WordPress Author Bio on Posts

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If you have a WordPress blog with multiple authors, you may find that it would be helpful to display an author blurb/bio somewhere on each post. Here are some instructions to do this using the get_template_part() function. I am also including instructions on how to update your author contact methods, since the fields built in by WordPress are a bit outdated (AIM, YIM, Jabber).

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Jan

06

WordPress functions.php File

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So you’ve got a WordPress theme that you’re either creating for the first time, or that you’d like to edit to suit your needs. You want to modify your theme’s functionality or add features— where to start?

This is a beginner’s introduction to the functions.php file in WordPress themes. You do not need experience in PHP to follow along, though you should have solid knowledge of HTML/CSS and be familiar with using WordPress.

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Jan

03

WordPress No Post Title

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When a WordPress post has no title, it is beneficial to provide fallback text that will print to still provide a link to the post.

Place the provided code in between the title permalink anchor tags in your loop to generate “Untitled Post” text for any post where the user has not entered a title. Edit the code as appropriate for your needs.

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