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Saying goodbye to post formats

The time has come for me to end my use of post formats. I’ve used them since their creation, but a few years later, I’ve recognised that they’re more trouble than they’re worth, causing theme lock-in and nonsensical emails and RSS items.

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LaunchKey – log in to WordPress with your fingerprint

Launchkey allows you to bypass password-logins by sending a push notification to your phone, where a quick fingerprint scan or facial scan logs you in to your site.

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Hide a taxonomy metabox in the post editor

When you want to have more control over how your custom taxonomies are used, you may want to hide the default metabox provided by WordPress to allow you to use other methods for specifying the terms, such as using CMB 2.0

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Use WordPress’ built-in dashicons for custom post types

Dashicons is a special font built in to WordPress that you can use throughout your site, such as for icons for custom post types in your dashboard menus

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Building social sharing and following with Monarch

Monarch from Elegant Themes has raised the bar for social WordPress plugins. Stunning social sharing and following buttons are so easy to add your site, and are a great way to increase engagement with your readers.

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How to track conversions through Gravity Forms in Google Analytics

Tracking conversions is a good way of better understanding your customers, where they came from and how they navigated your site before conversion, so this is how to do it with Gravity Forms.

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Putting things where they belong

This is the ultimate guide in creating child themes and functionality plugins so that you can edit your WordPress site without breaking anything, with examples showing you how to implement different types of changes.

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Declare constants to easily reference your plugin files

By declaring PHP constants in your plugin file, you can easily reference any file in your plugin without running the risk of breaking non-standard installations.

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How to move pagination links to the end of your content

Sometimes your multi-page article pagination may end up below other items at the end of your post, like related posts and social sharing icons, which makes it hard for users to even realise there’s more content to read, so this is how to fix that.

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Custom Metaboxes and Fields levels up to v2.0

The excellent Custom Metaboxes and Fields plugin has been updated to v2.0, with a completely new codebase.