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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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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 ...
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Shared functionality in plugins and themes

I recently started to develop plugins and themes and I found that I need to use several functions of on both. Sometime I think about to check if function / class exist before declared as said on this ...
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Use wp init hook to call other hooks?

I want to know if it is a good practice according to WordPress theme or plugin development. add_action('init','all_my_hooks'); function all_my_hooks(){ // some initialization stuff here and then ...
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add_action(), add_filter() before or after function

When looking through WordPress snippets/tutorials/plugins I often see add_action() and add_filter() being placed before the function is declared: add_action( 'publish_post', 'email_friends' ); ...
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Create Widget or Enable Shortcodes in Sidebar

I'm well aware that WordPress by default does not process shortcodes in the sidebar. My question is why. I'm building a very small plugin that exports some content when the shortcode is present. This ...
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Use safety filters even if after applied intval?

I have some values to save into postmeta and usermeta table. Before save, I already done this: $value = intval($value) . I think this is enough. But I see some plugins still use filters on those ...
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In Which Contexts are Plugins Responsible for Data Validation/Sanitization?

I want to make sure all of the data in my plugins/themes is handled securely before entering the database and before being output to the browser. My problem is that there are situations where the API ...
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How to benchmark a WordPress installation? [closed]

I'm trying to gather some benchmarking data to determine how well my optimizations to WordPress are fairing. I've found this page on High Traffic Tips but it doesn't contain any data. Are there any ...
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Using Images in Wordpress - Best Practices

I'm not a novice to Wordpress Theme Design & Development. I've actually been doing it for a few years now and in recent years, it has become more than a hobby and is slowing shaping into a career ...
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Exposing data using a custom Wordpress API

I'm attempting to create an API through Wordpress exposing some of my back-end data. I've come to the conclusion that I cannot have a stand alone page (plugin) exposing this data because Wordpress is ...
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Loading Modernizr (or other JavaScript libraries) for use in a plugin

Download a copy of Modernizr, put it in your plugin’s directory and simply enqueue the script whenever needed. Done. The problem is that Modernizr may already be loaded by another plugin. You ...
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WordPress product catalog site [closed]

I need to create an e-commerce site with WordPress, but not 100% e-commerce. It is just a catalog site without shopping cart. Users can see various products on the site, for example, car showcase ...
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Is moving wp-config outside the web root really beneficial?

One of the most common security best practices these days seems to be moving wp-config.php one directory higher than the vhost's document root. I've never really found a good explanation for that, but ...
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Hyphens vs. periods in the script slug in wp_register_script?

I have seen script and style handles written in two different ways in wp_register_script and wp_enqueue_script (the same applies to wp_register_style and wp_enqueue_style): wp_register_script( ...
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Pros and Cons of Post Types vs. Multiple Blogs

I currently have 3 WordPress instances. One is primarily a coding blog (with samples/tips, and a few personal insights). One is a photo blog. One is a general quote type blog, small snippets of text ...
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How to remove a filter that is an anonymous object?

In my functions.php file I would like to remove the below filter, but I'm not sure how to do it since it's in a class. What should remove_filter() look like? add_filter('comments_array',array( ...
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How should I store global information such as a phone number so that it is editable through the CMS?

Right now I have a p element in header.php containing the address and phone number my client wishes to use for contact info. How can I set this up so that it is editable through the WP admin area so ...
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How to customize and keep things up-to-date?

I made a few websites in WP (that was kind of my first serious web-related work where I started learning about more serious and concrete stuff other than homework type of programming exercises) and ...
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Best practices: Custom theme sidebar menu - hardcode or widget?

Is it best to hardcode a sidebar menu using functions.php or sidebar.php OR use the custom menu widget? Are there times when each is appropriate?
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What are the ADVANTAGES of ORIGINAL wordpress template structure?

Precondition: coming from a Custom PHP applications(using symfony, zend and so on) world, for me it feels unnatural to have template separated in a way that is done in original wordpress theme. e.g ...
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Best practices - Should I create a child theme vs. customizing a framework theme? (such as HTML5 reset)

I have built quite a number of wordpress sites and have worked frequently with the HTML5 reset theme. My workflow has been to simply edit the files in the theme because I often use quite a bit of ...
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Customizing page content layout

For a while now I have been building WordPress based sites for clients. These sites tend to be brochure sites so feature a collection of pages all with slightly different layouts within an ...
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What is the best way to handle multiple calls to get_template_directory_uri() and similar functions?

Edit: Thanks for your replies, guys. This is exactly what I was after. You each brought up some good points. I think I'll stick with using constants. This is really a best practices/performance ...
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Best Way to Create a List of Musician Gigs in WordPress

I am currently designing a musician's wordpress theme, and am looking to create a user-controlled dynamic gig list. I've done this before using PHP, but am wondering what the best way to do it in ...