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Using Sessions to Filter Posts - bad thing?

I have a post type archive with filtering in a sidebar and pagination at the bottom. One of my biggest problems is that I'll always lose any $_POST filtering whenever I click pagination as the page ...
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How to make a text with hyperlink translatable in WordPress?

I've seen different ways of doing making a text with a hyperlink translatable. However, I have been unable to find a single best practice. So, some of the solutions I found: // METHOD 1 sprintf( __( ...
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Best practices for using plugin source in multiple projects with tortoise

Today I uploaded my first two plugins to WordPress. I use these plugins in most of the websites I develop. I am using NetBeans on my desktop. I am trying to figure out how to best use Tortoise SVN to ...
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When is it OK to create a custom table for a plugin? [duplicate]

A while ago I wrote a question asking about storing easily queryable data associated with a given attachment. The recommendation that I received at the time was that I should avoid using the WP ...
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Dealing with Many Meta Values, 30+

I have a "Listing" post type with 30+ meta keys which I feel like can cause a strain on the database when there's 100+ posts. Usually what I do is save each meta value 1 by 1 like so: ...
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Set cookie for visitor

I'm writing a new plugin that will allow visitor to vote. After a visitor rated a post, I'd like to block double voting. I think the better way to do it is using cookie, but of course I can't insert ...
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Best practice to create required pages

Some times, when we work on custom wordpress themes, we need required pages. For example - custom login page. Some times, when user change slug, page template or something else - it a very difficult ...
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Creating Ajax backend for Specialised Page Template? Should admin-ajax.php be used?

We're scoping an upcoming project that will require the development of a large php web application within an existing wordpress site - this is for our use only and we've no intention of trying to ...
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Why doesn't WP_Image_Editor save images using the Filesystem API?

I was in the process checking some of my existing plugins for any unsafe filesystem accesses, when I ran across WP_Image_Editor's save function, which calls _save, which finally calls make_image ...
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Default value for add_settings_field

I'm creating a simple settings page by following these instructions. Since this is a custom plugin, I'd like one of my settings to start with a predefined value (that can later be changed). What is ...
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(Beginner) Need help installing Wordpress on my VPS (Virtual Private Server)

Introduction: (I will remove this later of course) Hi. I think it would be smart for me to ask the professionals how I can best install WordPress on my VPS so that I don't run into problems with my ...
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Why haven't I see plugins using get_file_data to handle retrieving plugin version?

In terms of best practices, I'm curious as to why I haven't seen anyone using get_file_data or get_plugin_data to handle getting a plugin version (for versioning CSS/JS files). Many quality plugins do ...
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What is right way to go about adding functionality to a published WordPress plugin?

So I looked all over to try and find some kind of rules, or at least some common-courtesy guidelines, concerning this issue and couldn't find anything. Essentially I'm wondering what I should do when ...
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What is your best practice to execute one-time scripts?

The Problem We all have been in a situation like this, and a lot of questions on this site need a solution like this. You either have to update a database, insert a lot of data automatically, convert ...
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Is it advisable to use `add_rewrite_rule()` to serve a custom page?

I have a page called "dynamic" that's not stored in the post table at all (not a post, page or custom post type of any sort); the reason being is all the data is completely dynamic based on $_GET ...
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“Static” pages within a theme

What I want to achieve is to add vCards to my contact pages, created on the fly and downloadable. I guess I could make a very bare template with the functionality and the correct mime-settings to the ...
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Assign Page Template Within A Custom Post Type

I have registered a Custom Post Type and created a file called archive-myCPT.php and another one for single posts called single-myCPT.php. What I want to do is to create a page where I will show just ...
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CMS: Making complex pages editable by the end user

I have been tasked with re-creating a small-ish corporate Web site (maybe a dozen static pages and a blog section) using WordPress. I have no troubles with the actual Web design, nor with the PHP ...
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restore_current_blog() vs. multiple switch_to_blog() followed by removing $GLOBALS['_wp_switched_stack']

Related to this answer, which states After every instance of switch_to_blog() you need to call restore_current_blog() otherwise WP will think it is in a "switched" mode and can potentially return ...
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How long is “as long as possible” in wp_cache_set()?

The documentation for wp_cache_set() says that if you pass in 0 for $expire (which is also the default), then it is cached for "as long as possible". How long is this? What determines it? Are we ...
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Wordpress and event-driven programming - what is it about?

I want to state very clearly that this does not intend to revive the discussion about functional/procedural programming versus object-oriented programming. There is plenty said about that, on WPSE and ...
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Enqueue scripts based on options

What is the best method to enqueue scripts based on options I have? Let's say I have 50 options and for each I need to enqueue a script(some of them might repeat.). Can I have any ...
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How to optimize multiple WP_Query() calls on one page?

The current site I'm building has a homepage that is going to have around 10 instances of WP_Query(). Some of them are going to pull a series of posts, while others are targeted at one single post ...
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Naming script handles right way

I was wondering is there any convention or what is the right way for naming handles in wp_register_script() and wp_register_style() functions? For example if I am developing a plugin that uses ...
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Should I delete the default themes?

when managing a Wordpress site it gives me great pleasure to see nothing needs updating. Should I delete the default themes or is it best to leave them there? By default themes I mean: Twenty Eleven ...
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Best Way to Add UnEditable HTML to Posts

I find myself more and more needing to use tables or divs inside my wordpress posts content. The problem I find with this is that one wrong backspace or newline, copy / paste has the possibility to ...
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How can I import a class privately into a plugin?

I've written a Wordpress plugin that makes use of a simple controller/templating library I have authored, to separate out business logic from presentation. I have a (slightly theoretical) query about ...
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Is there an action/filter called when WP_Query->query is finished and assigns posts

I took a look at the WP_Query->get_posts() function and couldn't see any action/filter that is called AFTER a query finishes. I want to be able to manipulate the results once they are sent, rather ...
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Best practice - Meta Query vs. post_clauses for “left join” ordering

Moreso a psuedo-code question than actual code. I have some custom post meta attached to attachments, and created a list table column for this meta. The meta is either 1, or null (not set), but I am ...
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What is WordPress file encoding?

I noticed that WordPress files use UNIX end-of-line and UTF-8 without BOM. Is this a standard that should be used? Is there anything else to pay attention to? I noticed that Filezilla fails to ...
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Best Practices for Seperating jQuery from HTML/PHP

I am creating several jQuery scripts to help validate forms before they are submitted. I have read that it is best to always separate jQuery scripts into a separate file so that you can load the ...
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How to create an API for my plugin?

I have been developing plugins for WordPress, most plugins I have developed use two or three classes, hence not as huge as Buddypress or WooCommerce. I am planning to develop two open source plugins ...
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What are the best practices for maintaining and deploying several parent themes?

I've been trying to commission a freelancer to make me a custom website and hit a roadblock when I said I wanted a parent theme. The freelancer strongly preferred to make a child theme based on his ...
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How to break down importing of feeds

I am attempting to update a large array of feeds into WordPress, using fetch_feeds. As can be expected, when going over 50 feeds the server is starting to time out. I would still like to update the ...
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apply filters only to specific post listing without check the url parameters

I have made a custom post type named as: slider, in my plugin class, I am adding a filter which calls the method remove_row_action that unsets view links from actions ...
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What are the main parts of a Wordpress Template?

This may sound like a stupid question, but... What are the main parts of a Wordpress template, and which parts are mandatory and which parts are optional? So far I am aware of: Posts (mandatory) ...
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What's the best way to implement AJAX in WordPress?

WordPress has a framework in place for handling AJAX which is well documented here: http://codex.wordpress.org/AJAX_in_Plugins My concern with this is that every time you execute an AJAX query, (even ...
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What would be the correct way to manage a multiple locale site with Wordpress [closed]

We are a professional company with lots of big clients and have adopted Wordpress 2 years ago to build professionnal grade websites. Being locate in a multiple language country, we have to make our ...
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REQUIRED: Could not find wp_link_pages. See: wp_link_pages by Theme Checker

I have run my theme through WordPress theme checker to see if it can be submitted to WordPress.org. I encountered this error: REQUIRED: Could not find wp_link_pages. See: wp_link_pages But this ...
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Is it ever okay to include inline CSS in plugins?

Normally in a plugin I would add styles using wp_enqueue_style. However, I am currently creating a plugin that only needs a few lines of CSS and I am wondering if it might be better to serve the ...
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Why have <?php and ?> on every line

I've seen this convention pretty much everywhere, and, at times, it comes close to driving me nuts: <?php //The loop ?> <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?> <?php ...
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Where should I use get_option in a plugin

I am working on creating a plugin to help me with future development projects. I want to make sure what I am using best practices when I write it. My question is about the use of get_option in my ...
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Translating long texts with html formatting

I was wondering what is the best way to translate some longer texts with html formatting. There was a couple of solutions I came across, but did not know what would be the best one. Writing a couple ...
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Optimize shortcode callbacks

I created a plugin to add some shortcodes in my WordPress site. But I'm a PHP newbie, so I believe it may have some errors or ways to optimize it. It's working fine, and apparently there are no ...
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Best way to abort plugin in case of insufficient PHP version?

You write a plugin which requires PHP 5.1. Someone tries to install it on a server with PHP 4. How do you deal with that in a safe and user-friendly manner?
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get_template_directory() vs bloginfo( 'template_directory' ) vs TEMPLATEPATH

I was reading this article: Common WordPress Development Mistakes and How to Fix Them, and in it, they author says: Getting the theme location: If you are using TEMPLATEPATH or bloginfo( ...
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Failed to invoke other hook from the init hook

Related to this question (Use wp init hook to call other hooks?) but not the same. Sometimes, I found that the hook will failed to run when I place inside the init hook, e.g. Not Work: ...
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Where to store the name of a custom table?

I'm extending the $wpdb object with properties for my custom tables. function setup_wpdb() { global $wpdb; // Create properties for custom tables $wpdb->my_plugin_table1 = ...
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If I want social media icons that link to my site's corresponding accounts, is that better to do with a plugin, or manually?

I feel like it's simple enough that coding it in would be beneficial, but I'm not sure.
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Does all editing of Wordpress occur within the dashboard, or can we use our own text editor?

I've recently ventured into the world of CMS, and I'm used to editing everything by hand with an editor like Sublime Text 2, my personal favorite. Do we do this in Wordpress, if I wanted to customize ...