WordPress Tip

Do you consider yourself a basic WP user and are you currently using the TwentyEleven theme? Do you wish you had a sidebar on every page and post?

Good news - you're getting a lot more design control. First, there is a visual editor built into the new WP version (3.4.1) and second, if you're like me and you like sidebars to be omnipresent - simply load this plugin and set the options to show the sidebars on all pages and posts.


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Twenty Eleven Theme Extensions

Twenty Eleven Theme Extensions is an easy-to-use plugin designed for use with the latest default WordPress theme, Twenty Eleven. It adds a set of customizable features for the theme, designed to add m...

Forum permissions on bbpress

This is an advanced and pretty specific need, but good to have in your toolkit.

On bbpress 2, if you set a forum from "Public" to "Hidden" or "Private", then back again to "Public" there is a bug that will hide the all the public forum posts from general users! Here's a great solution (posted by mjpg): Install the WordPress plugin "User Role Editor" and set the extra capabilities of the user role right there. SOLVED!

Thank you for sharing mjpg!

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Forum Participant role cannot view private forum

WordPress Custom Fields

We all see it... that Custom Fields area hanging down below the editing pane for each page - but have you used them?

Custom fields are very helpful when you're looking to create dynamic data (especially helpful per page/post) that you want pulled into your theme. I'm currently using it to color the background and header image for a site in development.

This is easy stuff for developers, not as easy for non-techies, but not impossible!

Here's an overview of the steps to use Custom Fields: Within the WP page or post interface, establish a value (the variable) and create a key for it. Then, within your theme's .php file(s) you call the key and echo it to have it show in your code. It's just that simple! (See attached page for syntax.)

Something of note that wasn't mentioned is: I didn't have good luck using it with a key that I named with a dash (-) in it. I will test this further, but it's made me gun shy to use special characters, spaces or capitals. Also, it makes using them as variables even easier.

#wordpress #programming #customized

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Learn how to use WordPress Custom Fields | Kriesi.at - WordPress Themes and HTML Templates

Learn how to use WordPress Custom Fields, to create complex WordPress Themes.

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Traditional graphic designers have been rejoicing breaking away from the standard boring set of web fonts and SEO experts have simultaneously been rejoicing the breaking away from the use of Flash (swf) or pixelated images to show stylized text.

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Your complete site backup

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It’s very easy to “set it and forget it”. Take a few moments to ensure your site is backed up and have the security to know you’re covered, should anything happen.*

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