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Using the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress

Using the Gutenberg Editor

I've installed WordPress's new Gutenberg editor on a few of my websites now. Here's how it interacted with my current and custom themes

WordPress’s new Gutenberg editor has been a controversial addition to the platform since its announcement. But after experiencing the editor with the optional plugin, I’ve come to love it. It’s a refreshing experience to the WordPress editor.

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Using AJAX with WordPress

Using AJAX with WordPress is a little more complicated than the standard scripts. Follow this tutorial for any WordPress theme or plugin

AJAX requests are everywhere. Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) allows calls to the server without interfering with the rest of the page load. This asynchronous behaviour is very useful, especially when loading times are important. When it comes to theme and plugin development Using AJAX with WordPress is a little more tricky than the standard application. Let’s get into it. (more…)

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Setting guides for Fontself in Adobe Illustrator

How to use Fontself

Want to know how to use Fontself to create custom fonts? This easy step by step guide will get you started.

I’ve fallen in love with Fontself. It’s a great plugin for Adobe’s Illustrator and Photoshop, providing an easy way to create custom fonts, both in standard black and colour SVG. Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to use Fontself. It’s not hard to get started, all you need is your editing program, the Fontself plugin, and an idea.  (more…)

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Save Metadata to a Custom Taxonomy

After making custom post types and custom taxonomies, it’s often useful to add custom meta fields so that extra variables can be added to help define the taxonomy. It’s easy to save metadata to a custom taxonomy, and can provide some great functionality.

After making custom post types and custom taxonomies, it’s often useful to add custom meta fields so that extra variables can be added to help define the taxonomy. It’s easy to save metadata to a custom taxonomy, and can provide some great functionality. (more…)

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Customising the WordPress Login Screen

Need a custom login screen for your WordPress site? Editing the default one to match your website is easy

When publishing a website that many different people will log into, it’s nice to have a custom login screen that reflects the design of the website or the brand of the company. It helps with user confidence too. A custom log in screen tells the user that the place they’re entering their secure data (like a username, email or password) is actually with the company they intent to be using. With all these benefits to a custom log in screen, lets add one to WordPress! (more…)

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How To Use Custom Metadata

If your posts have custom fields, you might be wondering how to use custom metadata. This tutorial walks through calling and displaying custom fields in the WordPress loop.

Many plugins offer custom fields for posts. We’ve even spoken about how to add this metadata via a plugin or theme. But how do you use custom metadata? It’s pretty simple, and involves calling the field from the database, then displaying it on a page in the theme. (more…)

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Enqueuing Style Sheets in WordPress

Every website is designed using style sheets. But did you know there are several different ways of enqueuing style sheets in WordPress?

Enqueuing style sheets in WordPress is the beginning of any theme template. There are only 5 files required for a WordPress theme, and style.css  is one of them. But do you know how to correctly insert this file? Or that there are ways to enqueue multiple style sheets, or page specific ones? WordPress is a powerful tool, and utelised properly, can create some very quick-loading websites. (more…)

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BirdFont Interface

3 Quick Ways to Make a Font

It's really easy to make a font. Here are 3 different ways to make a customised font, without breaking the budget.

It can’t be said enough, I love fonts and typography. I love using them, I love making them… I just really like letters. If you want to make a font, but aren’t sure where to start, this is a quick guide for choosing the right program for you. It covers the quick, the free and even creation for those with a bit more experience looking to branch out. (more…)

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Missing RSS feeds in WordPress

If you're using WordPress, and think you're missing RSS feeds... Don't panic! They're there. Just a little hidden and difficult to find. These simple steps will show you how to find any number of missing feeds.

RSS feeds are still an important part of blogging. It lets people subscribe to the blog, and can also be used in clever automation workflows. But what if you have missing RSS feeds, or simply can’t find the best one to share? WordPress has RSS feeds inbuilt, but sometimes these are in unexpected locations. There are a number of ways to identify these feeds, and some clever ways to perform queries to get a specific one. (more…)

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Creating and Saving Custom Metadata for a post

Custom metadata is a really nifty way to add extra information across all posts or custom post types. It lets you limit or free the formatting, and call it using hooks in other pages. But how do you add this functionality to WordPress?

By utilising custom metadata, posts or custom post types can store additional information in the database to be called during a loop. This might be an image, a product description, or the url to a an external page. Whatever type of metadata you need to include, there’s probably a way to do it. (more…)

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