Kim Maida

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WP Custom Sharing Links


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). more



WordPress Author Bio on Posts


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including instructions on how to update your author contact methods, since the fields built in by WordPress are a bit outdated (AIM, YIM, Jabber). more



WordPress functions.php File


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. more



Custom Post Types, revisited

Custom Post Types, revisited

A couple of months ago, I did a comprehensive overview on how to set up custom post types, taxonomies, and custom meta boxes in your WordPress installation. Now I will revisit custom post types and taxonomies, except this time we will use efficiency rather than learning as our guiding principle and go over the quickest way to set up customization of post types for WordPress. more



Custom Post Types & Taxonomies


WordPress 3.x boasts some powerful features for creating Custom Post Types, custom taxonomies, and custom meta boxes, bringing the popular and powerful blog platform another big step closer to a full Content Management System.

Get your hands dirty with plugin-building and theme customization to make these features fully functional on your site. I’ve provided a sample plugin and sample theme files to get the WordPress theme developer up and running with their own custom post types, taxonomies, and custom meta boxes. more



Gradient Strokes in Illustrator


As of CS5, Adobe Illustrator still does not have the inherent ability to apply gradients to strokes. Hopefully a future version of Illustrator will introduce this functionality. However, there are various ways to finagle the software into imitating this capability (which is a commonly-used feature of Adobe Photoshop). Here is a fairly easy way to simulate gradient strokes in Illustrator. more

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