This is a post format that I’ve never used. Here’s a link to First Draft Fiction. Ooo! That’s cool – the title of the post becomes the link! I guess the body is supposed to be the description of where the link goes.
This is an example of a post formatted as an Aside. Different themes will display asides differently. They tend to be short, and without a title (at least in the main blog listing).
After youâ€™ve written a few posts you will probably want to organize them so that visitors have an easier time finding things. WordPress has two mechanisms for this â€” categories and tags. Today Iâ€™ll be discussing how to create categories.
Hereâ€™s my take on the whole Category vs. Tag debate: I think of categories as classes, while tags are attributes. For example, you might have “Horse”, “Cat”, and “Dog” categories, and “Brown”, “Spotted”, and “Fast” tags. Get it?
Back to the â€œhow toâ€ discussion.
The “formal” way
There are two different ways to create a category. The first is via the Dashboard menu: Continue reading Adding Categories and Subcategories to WordPress
A question came up in the WordPress, SEO, & Internet QuestionsÂ forum on Facebook recently, about ways to tell if your site visitors truly were part of your target market. One suggestion was to split a post into multiple pages and see who actually read the second (and later) pages. But how do you actually do this?
It turns out to be really simple. Just includeÂ <!–nextpage–> in your post. (You have to switch your editor into Text mode to do this, otherwise the < and > signs will automatically be converted to < and >.)
But there’s a catch:
There are different kinds of WordPress users (or clients, or developers). Where do you fit in? Here’s how I group them, written from the perspective of a WordPress professional. (Note that I’ve included developers here, including myself.)
- First is the client who simply wants a website with laundry list of appearance and function requirements. They donâ€™t care how itâ€™s implemented, just that it meets their requirements. If those requirements include frequent changes/updates they will often hire someone to maintain it for them. Their interaction with their own site is minimal.
- Continue reading What kind of WordPress user are you?
I don’t have any particular Grand Plan for this version of my website, so I’ve been taking an organic approach of trying this and playing with that, and keeping the stuff I like. One thing I decided I wanted to include early on was something called Pull Quotes.
All I wanted was a stupid pull quote. I had one around somewhere (I’d used the example code to start my first plugin) but I couldn’t find it. I tripped over Shortcodes Ultimate instead.
Shortcodes Ultimate has the dubious honor of making me uncomfortable about my philosophy regarding the proper separation of presentation, content, and function. It is a functional element (a plugin) that changes the way content is presented. Furthermore, it places the control of that presentation within the content.
Do you think you want to write a plugin to enhance your WordPress site? Looking for a how-to guide to get you started? Let me tell you my approach.
Why write a plugin?
I’m not going to get into the philosophy of plugins – what makes for a good plugin, what should be in a plugin vs. what belongs in a theme, plugin programming best practices, etc. Those will be touched on in future posts. Today I’m writing a how-to article describing how to write a simple plugin.
By the way, this plugin will not qualify for inclusion in the WordPress Plugin Repository. That, too, is a topic for another day.