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Explanation of update_post_(meta/term)_cache

I was reading over some best practices from 10up and they mention setting these two flags to false in a WP_Query ( depending on what you're querying ): 'update_post_meta_cache' => false: useful ...
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don't publish custom post type post if a meta data field isn't valid

I have a custom post type (CPT) called event. I have a meta box for the type with several fields. I would like to validate some fields before publishing an event. For example, if an event's date is ...
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Install Wordpress on my VPS (Virtual Private Server)

Initial Research I have done: I know I need to have a database running with a section for WordPress. I found something called WebPI that I believe will make installation relatively simple, but I'm ...
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Best Practice - Multiple Templates & append Posts

I'm new to Wordpress and I've Html/Js/Php Knowledge. May I know is this a correct way to develop a custom theme site? I will have multiple templates files like : home,about,contact-us templates ...
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Associating special meaning with user id 0

I'm writing a plugin that creates a custom table holding data which is linked to a user account with a user_id field. Now if that users account would be deleted for any reason I would like to set that ...
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Theme file structure best practice

I'm building a custom theme and want to have an organized file structure. Is there a standard best practice? I looked at the file structure of popular starter themes and they all use different ...
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Is it bad practice to use $_POST['post_type'] in an action hooked on save_post?

In a custom plugin I wrote an action hooked on save_post that Only needs to fire when a particular Custom Post Type is modified Sometimes uses wp_insert_post to add a post of a second Custom Post ...
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What is the proper way to embed the HTML of an external form such as payflowlink from paypal?

I've had a request to paste in the following into a donations page for a group. The trouble is that WP is (rightfully) curtailing this HTML to prevent me or anyone from doing something less than ...
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Conditionally Loading JavaScript/CSS for Shortcodes

I released a plugin that creates a shortcode and requires a JavaScript file and a CSS file to load on any page that contains that shortcode. I could just make the script/style load on all pages, but ...
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Adding functions to hooks from within a class

Below is a trimmed down version of my plugin, to keep it simple. My setup function is being called, but when I go to the login page, it's not dying like it should. I had the plugin working earlier, ...
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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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Plugin: register custom post types, child ready and performance best practices

I would find best practices in performance, clean code and child theme ready, for plugin that add some custom post types to my theme. What di you think about something like this? if ( ! ...
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Should I paste CDN links in a JS file or use a Bootstrap CDN plugin?

I'm new to WP development and I don't have the experience to know if I should place CDN links in a JS file and enqueue it or use a nifty plugin such as this one. What is best practice? What should I ...
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Custom Post Types and Removing Slugs - should we do it?

I've run into issues trying to remove my custom post types slugs and I've read other questions on here from people with the same problem. We don't want that slug in our URL! But the solutions to this ...
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When is get_template_part() preferable to simply using the template.php files?

In this post on wordpress.stackexchange.com I asked whether using get_template_part(), as demonstrated in the TwentyTen theme, is a recommended best practice. The general consensus I got was that it ...
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Registering an optional custom post type from a plugin

I see the codex notes to call flush_rewrite_rules() on plugin activation and deactivation when registering a custom post type from a plugin but I'm looking for the best practice if a plugin gives ...
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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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Why user_pass column in wp_users table is varchar(64)

while working on a project, I found that "user_pass" column in "wp_users" table is varchar(64). WordPress always stores user password in md5 which is a 32 char ASCII string. So why not store it in ...
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Should non-WordPress data get its own DB?

I couldn't find anything on Google or on here about best practice for data that is not really Wordpress related. Say we have a database of clients that we'll be accessing through PHP/SQL. Should I ...
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Strategies for a plugin to support CDN-enabled WordPress sites

I'm writing a plugin to manage favicons. Basically it: Store image files under wp-content/upload. Inject HTML in page headers with the URL of the images. I would like to support WordPress sites ...
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Best Method to Switch Between Terms (Custom Taxonomy)

Looking to learn something, here. With the following code, I am loading an external file for each condition based on a known set of custom terms. I'm using has_terms to check for a specific value ...
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Best practice: What belongs in theme and what in plugin for large eCommerce website

I am about to create a large custom eCommerce website that does not fit within WooCommerce. (Most of the times I use WooCommerce for eCommerce.) It has also a completely custom design. However I know ...
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Trouble Dynamically Generating XML

I am trying to dynamically build a krpano viewer, the XML is output through a function where I grab stuff like hotspots from the database. I am trying to output the XML from a function, but since I am ...
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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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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 filters and actions for plugin API?

I want to integrate a public API to a plugin that I develop. The usual way other plugins integrate APIs is to define some functions that can be called by any theme or plugin. However, I think this ...
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Custom templates vs page-slug

I've currently been using the slug to set the page template, using the normal hierarchy For example, if I wanted to change the page template for http://www.example.com/about-us, I would edit ...
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Best Practices for a Completely Customizable Homepage - without plugins

Let's say you have a homepage where you want to be able to feature 10 posts of various types (posts, pages, and Custom Post Types). You have hundreds of these posts to choose from. What would be the ...
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How do i best handle custom plugin page actions?

I'm constantly running into the same annoyance, so i thought i'd see if there's any ideas or experience out there... I've created a plugin that uses it's own admin page. It has to. Now that i sorted ...
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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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Can a plugin add to header/footer/body content?

I am just wrapping up my first WordPress plugin and the last thing I would like to do is take a piece of data that the plugin knows about (from wp_options table) and display it in either the header or ...
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Plugin Development - Functions or Hooks?

I am brand new to WordPress plugin development and have a few questions, mostly about best practices but also some specifics. Essentially I just want to trigger an action (invoking a PHP class and ...
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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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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 ...
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How to Set up a Multisite WordPress?

I would like to build a multi-site WordPress in which users can make accounts for their website but I'm not sure how I can actually achieve this. What is the best way to create a WordPress multi-site? ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the best way to load the WP environment in a subdomain of my multisite Wordpress install?

I have a subfolder install of WP multisite, let's say at "domain.com". I now need to load the WP environment in subdomains of domain.com, say "sub1.domain.com", "sub2.domain.com", ... ...
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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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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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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 ...