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WordPress in Plain English: Custom Fields

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Custom Fields lets you add additional information on to your website that can be used by Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types.

One of the ways WordPress stores information is with meta data (data about data!).
By default WordPress provides us fields like Title, Categories, Tags, Featured Image, Excerpt and more. Once we enable Custom Fields, we can add almost any type of data we want.

You will define those new bits of information by giving them a name, which is known as meta key. You only have to create your Custom Field once, once you create it, it will be available for you on your website, and you'll be able to add the values or that specific information to it.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

 Beginners Guide To Adding Custom Fields

 Custom Post Types, Fields & Taxonomies

 Custom Fields vs. Custom Posts Types vs. Custom Taxonomies

 Custom Fields Hacks For WordPress

 WordPress Custom Fields 101: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

WordPress in Plain English: Custom Post Types

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WordPress provides different types of content to publish, one of them is known as a post.Lets think of a traditional blog for a second, those that show a list of articles vertically and are ordered by date.  These articles are posts in the WordPress world.

There are five post types already setupin your WordPress installation:

  • Posts used by blogs and displayed in published date order
  • Pages display static content and are not published by date.  They can be organized in a hierarchical order for you to be able to create a menu with sub-items for example.
  • Attachment is any external file that has been uploaded to your site through the WordPress interface.
  • Revisions; they are drafts of your posts and show the different versions and changes of your content.
  • Navigation Menu holds the information of the items that will create your website menu.

Custom post types are new types of posts you can create depending on what your website needs, they add another level of flexibility to your website. They basically help you define another way to organize specific types of information, and distinguish it from other types of content. You can define what this post is going to be, its features, availability and other characteristics. You can create custom post types for books, movies, reviews and any type of content you can imagine. Custom Post Types let you define the content, and its proper user will take your CMS  beyond its basic features!

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

  The Complete Guide to Custom Post Types

  Create a WordPress Custom Post Type

 Create your first WordPress Custom Post Type

 A Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types

  WordPress Custom Post Type Generator

WordPress in Plain English: Child Themes

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WordPress works with themes.  A theme is the one that defines the look, feel and structure of your website, it includes templates of the different type of pages your website can use, the styles of the fonts and colors in which the content will be presented.  It also includes the functionality to it.

A Child Theme is a theme we create based on the main theme, but it allows us to re-write some features and functionality of the original one without modifying its source code.

When we create a Child Theme, we are able to modify selectively, modify the layout, styling and functionality without major consequences in the original code.

It will still follow the guidelines and work as its parent theme, but it will be able to have unique customized features that will help you create a different version of that theme.  For example, you find a theme that you love online but you wished its colors and fonts were different and that the sidebar was on the other side of the screen. This is easily done by creating a Child Theme and re-writing the instructions from the parent theme that specify the colors, fonts and position of that sidebar.

I insist and persist that when working with WordPress you always create a Child Theme and work from there, that way, anytime an update of the parent theme is released, you don't loose your customizations by updating the source files, and will not corrupt the original parent by changing the source code.  Keep the source code as it is, and build your customizations based on it.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

 What is a WordPress Child Theme? Pros, Cons, and More

 Child Themes Basics and Creating Child Themes in WordPress

 WordPress Child Themes, Close Up

 What are Parent and Child Themes?

  A Guide To: WordPress Child Themes Development


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Crafting Websites: Get Inspiration from offline sources in addition to online sources

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Another great way of getting inspired is to look outside the online world. Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere, think of typography, photography, color palettes, composition, scale and functionality.

When you're looking for inspiration, you need to see things in a different way and from a different perspective.

Look for close-ups, organic and geometric shapes, learn how a structure works and observe how it can be translated into a different medium and to serve a different purpose. A great example of this is how printed mediums have been translated to the web; magazines, newspapers and later to tablets; books. Another great example is museums creating online exhibitions or virtual tours of galleries, giving their visitors a different way to experiment art and be a part of the exhibitions.

When I start a new project, I tend to look everywhere, from packaging to books, from color palettes in the art world to scientific close ups, even to movies and specific era posters.  These help you build your vision or at least to get a better sense of what are you aiming for and how you can use some of these elements in your website (and your brand) to deliver a strong message.

ARTICLES FOR YOUR INPIRATION

  Why we need an antidote to the culture of Google

  Infographics, Explained by LEGOs

 Offline Inspiration for Web Designers

 Offline Inspiration: How To Find It and Get The Most Out Of It

  Five (offline!) ways to find inspiration


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