On most sites, a means of contacting the site’s webmaster or owner is essential. Sites built on WordPress have a number of options for managing contact forms; a popular choice is Contact Form 7, which will be the focus of a walkthrough here.
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A suite of test data for WordPress, to be used for testing theme appearance and behaviour. Builds on WordPress' own theme test data with years of personal experience to "create a potent cocktail of simulated, quirky user content". Looks like another worthwhile tool in the theme development toolbox.
The WP Daily website has been growing and noticeably active in recent times. One of its latest initiatives is the creation and curation of a library of WordPress-related resources. These run the gamut from news to tutorials to podcasts, touching on numerous subjects over varied media.
This is a welcome initiative because, as powerful as search engines are today, finding relevant, useful, and quality content can still be a challenge for any subject. WP Daily are taking a step to bridging that gap with their Community Resource Library initiative.
WordPress templates allow for the use of numerous template files; when used, these files can clutter up a theme’s root directory. WordPress allows organizing files into subdirectories to keep things tidy; this post shows how to do it.
WordPress provides numerous functions to aid theme developers in building themes. This post features one function in particular: get_template_part().
A niche, yet potentially time-saving, plugin that shows the template being used by pages when listed in the page manager. Removes the need to click into the page editing view to determine which template is in use. This could be especially useful where multiple different templates are in use, which I am facing in a current project.
The plugin is available in the WordPress repository.
A web-based tool for generating various functionalities that WordPress supports, without needing to remember how to create them directly in code.
The following generators are currently provided:
- Taxonomies - code for supporting custom taxonomies
- Post types - create custom post types
- Post status - code to support custom status levels for posts, in addition to published, draft, etc; can also update existing post statuses
- Sidebars - create custom sidebars
- Menus - create custom menus
- Theme support - code for various theme features that need to be activated via
Each of these offer numerous options for customizing the end result. The resulting code can be copied and pasted into a theme or plugin.
There are 6 generators currently; the site indicates that there will be more added, possibly totaling ten to fifteen.
This looks like a very useful resource to return to when needing to implement these capabilities.
A very clever listing of the most popular WordPress Plugins - arranged by most downloads - in the form of the periodic table. I recognize and use a number of plugins in the list, and have discovered a few more to investigate!
A new book on WordPress, this one from fellow Canadian and British Columbian Curtis McHale. While not comprehensive, it does have sections on a number of areas of interest to me. I've started reading, and what I see so far looks good.
A developer-oriented plugin, described as "...one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available." Sounds useful for local plugin and theme development!
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