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Creating custom sites with post types, taxonomies and meta

Thanks for attending my talk at WordCamp Tampa 2015. Once the video is up on wordpress.tv, I’ll post it here to supplement the slides and links below – in the meantime, I’ve got a simple video up on Vimeo for you to go along with. Helpful links from the presentation Putting things where they belong (building a functionality plugin) GenerateWP WordPress Developer Code Reference WordPress Codex register_post_type() register_taxonomy() Dashicons CMB2 (wiki) WP_Query Template Hierarchy get_post_meta()


Show prefix/suffix for posts in a certain category

This function allows you to show a suffix or prefix on the post title for posts in a certain category without actually editing the post title.


Managing projects in git with branches

This is my development workflow that I use for projects based in git. The idea is simple: branch everything and create branches for each of your hosting environments too.


Deploying your plugin to GitHub and WordPress.org simultaneously with great ease

Using a deployment script is the quickest and easiest way to get your plugin or theme deployed to GitHub and simultaneously to wordpress.org. And the best part? You don’t need to know anything about Subversion.


MotoPress Content Editor: drag-and-drop content layouts

MotoPress Content Editor allows you to create highly customised layouts with a drag-and-drop editor, quickly and easily. This eliminates the issue of ruining layouts when you change your theme, because it’s built into a plugin.


How to use YOURLS with WordPress

YOURLS Link Creator is the best bridge between YOURLS and WordPress, allowing you to use personalised short URLS and collect their data for your own use.


Pass YOURLS short links to Jetpack’s Publicize and Sharing modules

Using filters, you can pass your YOURLS shortlink to Jetpack’s Publicize and Sharing modules to get the most out of your YOURLS click stats


Click to Tweet: increasing engagement and social sharing

Click to Tweet allows you to create short shareable excerpts throughout your content where users are encouraged to “click to tweet”. Used well, sparingly and on poignant arguments in your content, it will increase engagement by emphasising points that people will agree with.


Bloom: a new email opt-in plugin for WordPress

Elegant Themes have released a new email opt-in plugin and it is extraordinarily beautiful, powerful and simple to use. They’ve hit that sweet spot of not overwhelming beginners nor underserving professionals.


How to deactivate certain plugins on your development servers

There are certain plugins that you simply don’t want running on your local or staging sites, so this is how I manage systematically deactivating them.