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How to get the url to tag & category base set by the user?

I'm searching for half an hour now on how to get the url/permalink base in Wordpress (the 'category' and 'tag' value set in the backend). Could you please point me in the right direction? I want to ...
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reason of splitting theme files to multiple files

I can create my theme without splitting it into separate files. Why do theme developers split WordPress theme into a few single files like header.php sidebar.php and etc?
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What is the purpose of an extra file for translation?

What code is required to put in functions.php in order to make the theme translation ready? The TwentyEleven theme has only following line: load_theme_textdomain( 'twentyeleven', ...
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Why to check if function doesn't exists in functions.php?

I see in the twentyeleven theme, before most custom functions they check if it exists <?php if ( ! function_exists( 'twentyeleven_comment' ) ) : function twentyeleven_comment( $comment, $args, ...
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How to display wp_nav_menu() conditionally only when not on a 404 page?

I made a custom design for my site. On my header i put my navigation so everytime i call the header the navigation will be called to, so that i would not be calling it all the time. But now i have a ...
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What is the best book to learn how to make themes for wordpress?

Do you any good book or video tutorials that easily explain how can I make my own theme for Wordpress? and how to change the structure of the content? Cheers.
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Is it proper to create a page just to generate a listing page (eg. for a custom post type)

I find myself creating pages just as a "placeholder" to a listing page. eg. I create a page "Blog" and "Portfolio". Both has the editor emtpy. And I just use it so that I can use page-blog.php and ...
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Suggestions for creative use of post format feature, or themes that use them well

I'm looking for themes or examples of sites that use the post format feature in an interesting way. I suppose adding special styling for each post format would be a good start. But if anyone knows ...
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Authentication / login mechanism (non wp-admin)

I am developing a theme. I need to have a user login system, that allows users to see all contents of the application and interact with it only after they login (not admin panel login). I need to ...
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With Wordpress themes, where do I store the images and files relatively?

In pure HTML, I'm used to storing the files relative to where the particular HTML file is, such as css/style.css. However, with the theme I'm using with Wordpress, "Responsive" I don't know where the ...
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How to set the default value of a option in a theme?

$shortname = "nuod"; array( "name" => "Custom Logo URL", "desc" => "Enter the link to your site's custom logo.", "id" => $shortname."_logo", "type" => "text", "std" => ...
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Theme Review: post thumbnail, header image, content width

A followup to my previous question about my theme that was rejected for the WordPress.org theme directory: RECOMMENDED: No reference to the_post_thumbnail() was found in the theme. It is ...
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Escaping built-in WP function return strings

Should one filter the output of builtin WP functions such as get_permalink() and well-known WP plugins such as ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) such as get_field()? For instance get_permalink() calls ...
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Adding widgets programatically: how to avoid collisions?

I am developing a theme, and I'm trying to add widgets programatically to its sidebar. I read this excellent answer: http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/51086/14225 But there's one thing I'm not ...
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is there a simple way to list every templates / php files used to generate a specific page?

To customize a theme , it is not always easy to trace every files that are used and find out which one do what . For example i' like to find out how my menu is generated so i can add some conditions ...
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Should I use set_transient or update_option?

I want to store some Twitter API data in WordPress. After every hour, I want to fetch new data from Twitter, and update only if the data is successfully retrieved from API (sometimes the API gives ...
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When to use esc_url, esc_html, esc_attr, and friends?

Discovered esc_url today while customizing an _s theme. I understand what the function does (sanitizes the URL inside), but what I'm unsure of is the scope of its use. It makes sense to me that if ...
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Where to put archive-{post-type}.php

I have a plugin that adds a custom post type for a website I'm building. I am using the_content filters to change how a singular page looks, and it works great, allowing me to keep everything ...
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What is the best practice for customizing a plugin's JavaScript/jQuery?

Most well written plugins support a safe means for a developer to customize/theme the plugin by copying PHP files to the theme directory and modifying the copies rather than the original plugin file. ...
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How wp_cache is supposed to work, and does it help with performance?

I was coding my recent comments widget, and using $wpdb->get_results and I wanted t use cache so it doesn't perform the query every time the page loads, so I used: $comments = ...
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What is the difference between strip_tags and wp_filter_nohtml_kses?

What is the difference between strip_tags and wp_filter_nohtml_kses. I tried to figure wp_filter_nohtml_kses from the source but it looks like it does something a bit more complex than strip all html ...
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Why max-width:97.5% on content images?

Is there a specific reason why we can find max-width:97.5% instead of 100% in common themes such as Twenty Eleven?
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Run shortcode before filters

My users post snippets code in comments. I created a shortcode for this : function post_codigo($atts,$content=""){ return '<code>'.$content.'</code>'; } ...
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Check for featured image in WP_Query

Is there a way to filter posts by featured image when initialising a WP_Query object? Example $my_query = WP_Query(array("has_thumbnail"=>true)); or, more ideally $my_query = ...
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is_home() returns false on the home page! When is the home page NOT the home page?

I've placed the following code in my functions.php file if(!is_home()){ echo "Not Home";} if(is_home()){ echo "Home";} However, no matter what page I'm on, I get "Not Home", And I'm real sure I'm ...
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Why might $input (Settings API) be coming through empty?

I'm trying to be a good thememaker and pass all my settings through the Settings API, but I'm running into some difficulty in the sanitization callback function. The core of the problem is this: the ...
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Integrating plugins in themes

I could not find a thread discussing this, so starting this one. I am currently working on a rather elaborate theme for 3.1+, and by elaborate I mean that in addition to styling and regular front-end ...
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Theme file for all pages that are a child of a specific page

Is it possible within the current theme file naming hierarchy to define a template for for all pages that are a child of a specific page? For example, in this navigation: About Us Contact Who We ...
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Seeking clarification on page request life-cycle

I'm just trying to get my head around the "life-cycle" of a typical page request in WordPress. The Action Reference page lists 38 actions that occur during a typical page load, but two things aren't ...
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Add a preview to a Wordpress Control Panel

I'm trying to create a new wordpress template and inside it I added a Control Panel, inside this control panel there is an option that allows user to choose where he want's to place a on a map, I try ...
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Can You Export Theme Settings From WordPress Multisite?

I do local WP development on a WordPress Multisite instance. What is the best way to move theme settings from there to the live instance? By theme settings I am talking about widgets and theme ...
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How to get the registered sidebar's name by its id?

Let's say I have this code in my "functions.php": function mytheme_widgets_init() { register_sidebar( array( 'name' => esc_html__( 'Sidebar Name', 'mytheme' ), 'id' ...
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What is best practice for writing/using custom PHP classes in a theme?

I want to use a custom PHP class in my theme, however I am not sure where to add it. Is there best practice used by the community for including PHP classes with a theme or is that an individual ...
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Get file headers in custom file

in my one of my plugins i have modules (kind of like plugins in a plugin), is there a function like get_plugin_data() or wp_get_theme() that will allow me to get the header section of a custom file ...
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WordPress settings API error when checkbox unchecked

I am trying to creating some custom options for a template I am developing but I am getting an error when the checkbox (Line 130) is unchecked: Warning: Illegal string offset 'show_admin_dev' in ...
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How to remove duplicate link from add_menu_page

In the theme admin menu below, the "MyTheme Menu Label" is being duplicated twice on the sidebar menu, once for the main menu link and again for the first submenu link. How can I remove the 2nd ...
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How to wrap the widget content with a div or get the widget title outside?

Is there a way to get the widget title outside of the widget area like this: <ul> <li> <h2 class="widgettitle">The title here</h2> <div class=""widget> ...
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Active theme responds to theme change request to alert user

I'm trying to intercept the install themes routine in order to alert the user from the active theme. I'm cobbling together a crude javascript alert below. What are some other options? if ( ...
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How to force Media manager to overwrite files of same name?

I have a widget that works with my theme that expects images named in a certain way, slide1.png, slide2.png, etc... However, when the user uploads their own images, named slide1.png, slide2.png, etc ...
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How to call the_excerpt() with tags or the_content() as an excerpt?

Is it possible to call the_excerpt() with tags intact? I'd like to create a excerpted listing of my posts in a specific category, but I'd also like the links and formatting carried over from the post ...
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Custom theme sufficient or custom plugin neccessary for this feature set?

I plan some sort of an event website. There are organisations, which can host zero, one or multiple events. Events are never published on their own. Events will be published as 'inline' snippets only, ...
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Translate third party plugin and save translation files in custom theme

I'm using Codestyling Localization and I want to translate a plugin and I want the translation files to be saved in the translation directory in the theme I'm building and not in the plugins ...
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Confused about image sizing business in Wordpress

I'm creating my first Wordpress theme and I've got everything working fine, and by following this tutorial and few others I've understood how to add custom image sizes by using add_image_size() ...
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Trigger Customizer saving process with Javascript only

I'm working on a custom theme that uses WordPress Customization API to let the user play with parts of the content of his website, basically the front-page which he can modify by adding/removing ...
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How to add a section to the menus configuration, offering hard coded items?

So, let me explain what I'm actually trying to do, maybe there's a better way to achieve it. I'm working on a theme, and I'd like the user to be able to easily position "special" items in the menu ...
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How to hide fields from my user profiles

I want to hide the fields link nick name, first name, last name, etc. I could not find an answer in the codex and I do not want to touch the core files. Is there any solution for it?
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Change permalinks for posts but not for custom post types

Currently my permalink structure for posts is domain.com/post-title I'm using a static front page and a "blog" page for posts. I'd like to to change the permalink structure for posts, tags and ...
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Show a user their recently viewed posts

I am working on a project that showcases a number of products, so I'd like to add a "recently viewed product" selection that keeps track of the last 5 or so viewed products or posts. I saw this ...
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Enqueue scripts inside a class

I have written a small class that will handle enqueues in my theme : <?php class Header { public function init_hooks() { add_action('wp_print_scripts', ...
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Multiple Custom_Background, is it possible?

Is it possible to create multiple "custom background" administration pages? A site I'm doing now needs 2 different background in 2 different areas, I would really love giving my client the same ...