I have been working on a new website recently – On My Bike. It’s a personal motivation website, I’m doing a lot of thinking, reflecting, etc. while I shop for a new bicycle. Once I get the bike I want to monitor some stats, etc. So I use IFTTT to relay data from my bike rides, scale, etc. to that new WordPress site. Those posts are automatic and I don’t get to set my featured image as they post. The theme I am using really looks best when featured images are included, so I wanted to add specific featured images per category since my auto posts are assigned their own categories. Here’s how I got that done.
We spent yesterday figuring out how to get rid of all the green in 2014 and set up a new colour. I like the looks of that, but there is still one more thing bugging me. I’ve had several posts over the years about the same thing. I don’t like how narrow things are in the theme! Well, here’s a quick fix to change that!
More times than not, I write posts here on VoodooPress to help myself find useful information later on down the road. I like to post it so I can find it; but I hope it helps my readers as well. I know I’m going to want to remember this site. GenerateWP has a good deal of useful tools and it looks like it is constantly being updated with new tools. Let me tell you why I think this is cool.
Back in August, I ran a little article about running queries from functions.php. We did a little pre_get_posts work, and a bit of a conditional stuff. Well, I learned a bit more since then, and you need one more essential piece of information! Let me key you in on that!
I’ve been working on an overhaul of my personal blog for a while now. My old theme was pretty bloated, and way more than I needed since I offloaded everything away. The site used to have everything on it, but I moved all my WordPress posts to VoodooPress, and all my Voodoo Empire specific stuff to its own site. My blog doesn’t need all the features it had, and it was slowing things down. I haven’t had time to finish my custom theme, so in the meantime I decided to play around with some available themes, starting with Fanwood from DevPress. I have all of my custom stuff that used to be in the theme living in its own functionality plugin now. So I can activate any new theme, and within 20 minutes, have all my custom stuff in place. But the one problem I ran into – FanWood is a complex theme, not always using the standard WordPress templates I would expect – single.php for instance. Well, what’s an easy way to know what template is being loaded at all times? I’ve got the answer for ya!
So over the past couple of days, we got a basic child theme setup. We started with basic width and header images. Then we moved on to margins, and relocating some stuff in the header, and customizing widgets a bit. Let’s just look at our final code.
Google recently let their +1 button loose upon the masses. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to implement it here on VoodooPress. We already have everything in place that we need. If you followed along with this tutorial you are already all set up too! If not, check it out. You don’t need to do exactly what we did there, just follow along with the concept. We’re just going to insert the +1 button into the code to display it at the bottom of our posts.
I’ve never made a plugin before. I really never thought I had a need. But recently I changed my way of thinking. So I decided to learn how to make a plugin to display my followers, fans and subscribers in a widget. Now this widget is about as basic as possible. But it’s a starting point. I learned something, and maybe you can too! Let’s take a look at the why and how.
So far in this little mini-series, we have learned how to add in new post formats to our twenty ten child theme. We have set up meta boxes to enter in a URL for our Link post format. We have split out our formats to individual templates, and we set up our new link format in it’s own template, and made use of the URL to link the title of the link post format to the original article. But what if someone visits our site and comes directly to the single post view of the link post? Our edits so far have only affected the index/blog view (and archives). Well today we will get that link added in to the single post view. Check it out!
If you are like me, you probably spend a decent amount of time writing your posts. Trying to make sure everything is accurate, proofreading, etc. It’s great to get that information out there as many ways as possible. Using RSS is a great tool for getting your message across. However by default, WordPress does not include images in the RSS feed. You may use the featured image option, or you may attach images in your post. I know I spend a fair bit of time selecting or crafting an image for my post. I would really like for that to come across in my RSS feed. Let’s take a look at ways to include your images in your feed.