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A listing and summary of all posts that I’ve contributed to the Envato WPTuts+ blog.

Writing Maintainable WordPress Themes

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One of the most difficult aspects of building any type of software is the amount of work that’s required to maintain the project after its release.

Sure, shipping an initial version is challenging and this is not to understate the amount of planning, feedback, iterating, and general work that goes into a project; however, once it’s out in the wild and more and more people begin to use it, discover bugs, hammer on it, and so on, and additional ideas for features are developed, it becomes an entirely different challenge to keep the project rolling.

And though people would argue whether or not WordPress themes (or plugins or any script-based utility, for that matter) constitutes actual software, the truth is that it’s still subject to the same rules and methodologies as different software projects.

As such, one of the challenges of theming is actually writing maintainable WordPress themes such that they can continue to be improved over time. So in my latest series for Envato, I’m writing exactly on that topic.

Publicly Display Post Meta Data in WordPress

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared a simple plugin that added a meta box to the post editor dashboard screen that demonstrated how to display post meta data within WordPress. After it was released, I received a few questions as to how one would go about displaying this information on the frontend of a WordPress blog.

That is, how would one go about displaying the post meta data as part of the content for a single post (or post type) in WordPress.

Though I’m not necessarily a fan of doing this, I am a fan of giving other developers practical advice on how to extend existing plugins (using practices used throughout an existing plugin), and I’m also a fan of discussing why I am a fan or not a fan of doing something.

So in my latest article at Tuts+ Code, I did exactly that.

Getting Started With WordPress

Last week, I had the opportunity to answer a question that I’ve often gotten via email, Twitter, meetups, and so on:

How do I go about getting started with WordPress?

It’s a simple question, to be sure; however, for those of us who are actively involved within the WordPress economy – or for anyone who has been involved in any development community, then you are more than likely familiar with how easy it is to forget what it was like getting started with the platform.

To that end, I wanted to provide some practice tips for how to do exactly that for the absolutely beginner.

Dealing with Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, and Permalinks

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One of the most confusing aspects of working with WordPress is managing its rewrite rules. For anyone who has taken a dive into the Rewrite API and looked at how it works, and how to customize it to fit your own needs can vouch for this.

Honestly, if you’ve ever done any work with custom post types, taxonomies, and permalinks and worked with the rewrite parameter (or perhaps have left it out), then you’ve experienced a little bit of the confusion (or frustration, perhaps) that can come with it.

For those who have been wrestling specifically with the latter, I wrote up a short guide for making sense of this occasionally confusing aspect of WordPress.

The Beginner’s Guide to Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress

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When it comes to writing code for WordPress, I’ve been told that I come off as someone who espouses object-oriented programming as the way to write code for WordPress.

Within theme development, that definitely isn’t true, and when it comes to plugins, it’s true only when the plugin has more than than a few functions or few moving parts that are needed to get work to done.

But one of the things that I’ve noticed in speaking with other developers is that people those who aim to start out writing object-oriented code with WordPress are kind of figuring it out as they go.

Though doing this can yield some positive results, it may also end up preventing you from learning some more of that basic techniques – or even some of the more advanced techniques – that object-oriented developers users in their day to day work.

So in my latest series on Envato, I’m working on series targeting the absolute beginner who wishes to learn object-oriented programming, and to do so within the context of WordPress.

Officially Partnering with Envato and WordPress

For the past several years, I’ve contributed a number of articles and premium tutorials to Envato specifically around WordPress.

The content has ranged from topics such as Strategies For Supporting WordPress Plugins up through my current series on Using WordPress For Web Application Development.

To say that I enjoy contributing code and content to WordPress is an understatement.

To that end, I’m proud to announce that I – or, more specifically, Pressware – is officially partnering with Envato and WPTuts+ in 2014.

Using WordPress For Web Application Development

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As WordPress continues to grow in popularity and continues to evolve as a web application, developers are beginning to see how it can be used for web application development.

This isn’t to say that it should replace any of the frameworks or foundations that are already available, but that it should be considered as a serious contender for certain types of web applications.

In my latest series on Envato, I’m going to be taking a look at what it means to use WordPress for web application development, how it differs from existing frameworks and foundations, how to think about it in the context of design patterns, and why its existing facilities provide a solid foundation outside of the box.

A Guide To The WordPress Theme Customizer

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One of the neatest, and nicest features of WordPress (since 3.4) has been the WordPress theme customizer.

In fact, I’m such a fan of it that I think that it has the potential for us to decrease or even remove our theme options pages by giving users all of the tools they need straight in the Theme Customizer.

But as with any new feature or API, there’s a lot to learn and things to understand about how it works, how to implement it in our day-to-day work, and how to use it in place of APIs we previously used.

So in my latest series on WPTuts+, I’m looking at doing exactly that.

Write For WPTuts+ – Here’s How, Here’s Why

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One of the things that I’m most passionate about as it relates to software is education. This is why I spent a significant portion of my week blogging both here and on other sites, as well.

In short, I think the Internet has given us as all an amazing vehicle for a variety of things – obviously – the least of which is not helping others to move further, faster in the direction that they’d like to take their career.

This is one reason why I try to write for WPTuts+ and why I always recommend others do the same, if they have the time.

How To Move Your WordPress Database

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Last month, I shared my process for performing WordPress-based site migrations. For the record, this process is the one I prefer and that I’ve found best in my day-to-day work, but it’s not necessarily perfect for everyone.

So there are obvious alternatives some of which may work better for you than others.

In my latest serious on Tuts+, I’ve got a three part series that will walk you through how to move your WordPress database.