Words for WordPress

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Here’s a bit of a break from the news, tutorials, and discussions as we recover from a pleasant Christmas. We thought we’d cook up a few words to describe people who work with WordPress. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

WordPressographer (noun):
1. one who works with or studies WordPress
2. someone who blogs about a WordPress-related topic

We consulted a WordPressographer to help develop this new widget.

WordPresser (noun):
1. also known as a theme developer; one who creates WordPress themes

After quickly creating several professional-grade themes, I can finally call myself a proficient WordPresser.

WordPressography (noun):
1. the study of WordPress (see also: WordPressographer)

One of my favorite blogs is offering a free course on WordPressography next weekend.

WordPressing (verb):
1. creating something with WordPress; turning a design or markup into a WordPress theme
2. writing a blog post from the WordPress interface to be published with WordPress

During the long hours I spend on the road you can frequently find me WordPressing about my travels.

WordPressify (verb):
1. to turn a design or markup into a WordPress theme (see also: WordPressing)

I had to quickly WordPressify this markup to meet the client’s deadline.

WordPressed (adj):
1. integrated with WordPress; made into something compatible with WordPress

After three days my new theme was finally WordPressed and ready to go live.

Change a Post’s RSS Permalink Using Custom Fields

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If you’re subscribed to John Gruber’s Daring Fireball RSS feed, you’ve probably noticed that most of his posts are links to other sites. Instead of linking back to his site first and then to the site he’s referring to, you’re simply taken straight to the topic website from the RSS post. In other words, his RSS permalinks are modified to link to the source site instead of his blog, saving an extra click and page load for his readers. John’s site runs on Movable Type, but this function can be easily done with WordPress as well. Read on to find out how to write this simple function. Thanks to Ryan McCue for the code for this tutorial. Continue reading

Weekend QuickTip: Echo Quicktags in Template Files

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Ever wanted to insert a quicktag into one of your theme’s templates without having to add it via a post or page from the admin? You may not know it, but WordPress has provided a template tag to do just that. Simply insert <?php echo do_shortcode('[quicktag]'); ?> into your template to use any quicktag currently installed on your blog, whether it be for galleries, forms, or any other tag that comes bundled with a theme or plugin. Enjoy!

Seeing Stars: Five Post Rating Plugins

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With WordPress being used in all kinds of ways nowadays, there are plenty of sites that call for some sort of post rating system, whether it be for products, resources, or sites in a gallery. What better way to rate these posts than the classic 5-star rating system? Here are five post rating plugins that do an excellent job at storing, displaying, and sorting rated posts.

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Weekend QuickTip: Post Meta in Sidebar

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Ever wanted to include additional data from your post’s custom fields in the sidebar of your page? Almost every theme utilizes the sidebar.php template, but if you’ve ever tried to use the standard method of calling custom field data in the sidebar, you’ll know that it doesn’t work like you’d expect it to. Here’s the workaround.

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Weekend QuickTip: Two Sidebar Templates

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Ever had a layout with two or more sidebars? The standard convention is to put both sidebars inside sidebar.php if they’re beside each other, or one in header.php and the other in the standard sidebar template. However, there’s a quick little WordPress trick that actually allows for two separate sidebar templates.

You’ll need two files: sidebar.php and sidebar-right.php. The first will contain the first sidebar on the left of the page, and the second, obviously, contains the area for the right of the page.

Now, in your template files, you can use the <?php get_sidebar(); ?> function to call the left sidebar, as usual. But now that you’ve added a second file, <?php get_sidebar('right'); ?> can be used to call the “right” sidebar file from the template. Note: the “right” file is the only file that seems to work; ‘sidebar-left’ will not.