WordPress themes control how WordPress displays content. An incorrectly coded WordPress theme can cause a lot of problems ranging from display issues to incorrect template logic. Here are some common WordPress theme coding mistakes I’ve made myself or seen in other people’s code. Ignoring the template hierarchy One of the more common errors I’ve seen is the confusion between front-page.php Read More

If you have been following WordPress news for the last year or so, you’ve probably heard of the WordPress REST API. In fact, it’s hard not to hear about it. Take a look at the schedule of a recent WordCamp, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a talk about the REST API. There’s no doubt it’s Read More

I recently ran into this issue: after an upgrade to the latest WordPress version, I tried to log in to the dashboard, only to see this notice: “No Update Required. Your WordPress database is already up-to-date!” Clicking on the “Continue” button takes me back to my site’s home page. I was locked out of my WordPress dashboard. Read More

I had the privilege of speaking at WordCamp San Diego this past weekend. Here are some of the things I learned there. It wasn’t necessarily new information, but rather things that were reinforced or reintroduced. Keep calm and speak on This was my first time speaking at a WordCamp. I had some pre-talk jitters but once I Read More

If you’ve ever used ZURB Foundation with WordPress, you’ll likely run into a jQuery version problem. Foundation 5 uses jQuery 2, but WordPress, as of version 4.1, loads jQuery 1.11.1. If you’re tempted to dequeue WordPress’ jQuery, be careful. Since WordPress loads its own jQuery in no-conflict mode, removing it may create a chain of problems. So what are Read More

Yesterday I posted about my 10 favorite WordPress developer plugins. Today I am going post my 10 favorite owner’s plugins. Enable Media Replace If you are a stickler about filenames like me, then you absolutely hate it when you try to replace a file only to have WordPress add a “-1” to the end of the Read More

Here are my top WordPress plugins that helped me do my job in 2014: Theme Check Theme Check helps me uncover issues with my theme. If you are interested in submitting a theme to WordPress.org, then this plugin is a must. You can run the tests in the admin area and all the results are displayed Read More

Hybrid Core is my favorite WordPress theme framework. The framework is developed and maintained by Justin Tadlock, a very familiar name in the WordPress community. I’ve been using the framework for about three years now, and even though I’ve tried some other frameworks, I keep coming back to Hybrid Core. For most of my WordPress Read More

I recently came across some misconceptions about WordPress that I thought I would address here. Most of these misconceptions are half-truths, which is what makes them very appealing. If you use WordPress, you’re stuck with the “WordPress look” False. It is true that there are many free and premium themes that look the same — slider on Read More

If you’ve done some WordPress theme development, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions: What is the difference between front-page.php and home.php? When should I use each file? Home is where the blog is Because of its blogging heritage, WordPress considers your “home” page to be your blog index page. In other words, it is the list of Read More