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Where to put my code: plugin or functions.php?

Is there an easy to understand scheme to decide what kind of code belongs to a plugin or the theme’s functions.php? There are many cases and many debates about that topic, mostly because there are ...
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Menu items description? Custom Walker for wp_nav_menu()

Normal Wordpress Menu looks like: Home | Blog | About us | Contact But I've seen many pages with descriptions under these links: Home Page | Our Blogs | About us | ...
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What is the preferred way to add custom javascript files to the site?

I've already added my scripts, but I wanted to know the preferred way. I just put a <script> tag directly in the header.php of my template. Is there a preferred method of inserting external or ...
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Software for WordPress Theme and Plugin Development? [closed]

What software do you use for your WordPress related needs? Please state your OS. On windows XP I use: filezilla (FTP) notepad++ (for reading of PHP / CSS files) firebug (a firefox extension to ...
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How can I add a URL field to the attachments window?

For example... add_action('init', 'reg_tax'); function reg_tax() { register_taxonomy_for_object_type('category', 'attachment'); } Adds a "Category" input field to the media manager and ...
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Does the functions.php file ever get called during an AJAX call? Debug AJAX

Trying to figure out an issue a fellow programmer is having. I was wondering if the functions.php file get called at all when you do admin side AJAX? I know that when you do an AJAX call a part of ...
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What is the advantage of using wp_mail?

What is the advantage of using wp_mail() over mail(). Codex says they're similar, but they seem to be very similar.
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framework for plugin/theme options panel? [closed]

I found that the longest part of a plugin or theme development is creating the options panel, at least in my case. So i like to know what's your take on that. Do you use a ready made framework or ...
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Theme Activate Hook

I would like to write a function to email me the URL of the website when my theme is activated. What is the hook initiated when the theme is activated?
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How to use logout function on custom menu link?

All I am using wordpress custom menu, and there is one menu as Logout. I know wordpress Logout function <?php echo wp_logout_url(); ?> But how can i use it in custom menu ?
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Worthwhile to restrict direct access of theme files?

I've run across the following snippet in themes from time to time: if ( ! defined('ABSPATH')) exit('restricted access'); It's at the beginning of some (all?) PHP files in a theme and it's supposed ...
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Proper use of Output Buffer

I'm attempting to use actions to override function calls I currently have throughout a template (to make updating certain replicated sections easier). For example, in archives.php I have the following:...
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Creating Page Based on Category

I'm using WordPress 4.0, and the Hemingway theme. I've created a custom page template which currently pull blog posts based on the category I give it. However I'm currently using query_posts('...
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How to show a custom meta box on the “Quick Edit” screen?

I've used add_meta_box() to add a custom meta box to the WordPress edit window on both pages and posts. How can I make this meta box also show on the "Quick Edit" screen? Ideally, I'd like it to ...
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Including jQuery and JavaScript files the correct way

I'm having some trouble with this. I'm not sure how to do it the correct way, and I read so many different techniques and ways to do it that I don't know what to make of it. Some questions and ...
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Enqueue a stylesheet for login page and make it appear in head element

I try to style the login page in my theme. Very simple: add_action( 'login_enqueue_scripts', function() { wp_enqueue_style( 'TEST', get_template_directory_uri() . '/css/login.css' ); }); ...
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Automatic Updates For Private And Commercial Themes?

Is there any way to get wordpress to check for, download private theme updates? I found this plugin for private plugin updates.... http://w-shadow.com/blog/2010/09/02/automatic-updates-for-any-...
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Guidance with The Loop for CMS

Maybe I'm going about this the wrong way but this is my scenario... I would like to use WordPress as a CMS rather than a blogging platform. I have a website that will have somewhere between 25-50 ...
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Form to Add Posts to Custom Post Type

Basically I want to display a form on my blog (on a certain page) that will allow anyone to fill it out and it will create a post in a custom post type. I saw the answer once before but I can't find ...
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How to Link External jQuery/Javascript files with WordPress

So I'm using Starkers to base my next WP theme on and I've run into a small issue, I was including my own version of jQuery in the header.php file but when inspecting my site using Firebug I noticed ...
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How to store widget fields data as an array?

I am creating a widget, it needs to store about 10 IDs. Right now I'm using following field method to store each of the ID in a separate field. It stores data of each field in a separately in the ...
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Enqueue Stylesheets After Theme's “rtl.css”

I am currently developing a theme with internationalization support, and would like to load stylesheets after my theme's rtl.css (an alternative style.css loaded for languages with a right-to-left ...
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Autoloading & Namespaces in WordPress Plugins & Themes: Can it Work?

Has anyone used autoloading and/or PHP namespaces within a plugin or theme? Thoughts on using them? Any harm? Pitfalls? Note: namespaces are PHP 5.3+ only. Assume, for this question, that you know ...
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How to add a checkbox element to attachments editor with example

The code below adds a custom input field to the attachments editor. How can I convert the text input to a checkbox and get/set the value of the checkbox on load and save? Note: "input" => "...
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Get first image in a post

I am using this code directly from the codex. function echo_first_image ($postID) { $args = array( 'numberposts' => 1, 'order'=> 'ASC', 'post_mime_type' =>...
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Should Plugin Folders Include a Blank index.php File?

WordPress itself, in the wp-content folder, includes an empty PHP file which looks like this. <?php // Silence is golden. ?> Should plugins include an empty file like this as well to stop ...
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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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Questions about WordPress.org theme review

I have created one theme. The theme was denied today for the following reasons: Theme Review: Themes should be reviewed using define('WP_DEBUG', true); in wp-config.php Themes should ...
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How do I remove a pre-existing customizer setting?

My theme doesn't use the tag line, how can I remove it from the customizer?
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Call dynamic_sidebar but include/exclude named widgets?

Is it possible to include or exclude specific named widgets that are assigned to a named dynamic_sidebar call? For example, if I've registered a sidebar named "my_sidebar" and the user had placed a "...
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Strict Standards Error bootstrap navwalker

I am having trouble understanding this error and I've not come across it before, please could someone help? Strict Standards: Declaration of wp_bootstrap_navwalker::start_lvl() should be compatible ...
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Trouble with conditional tags

I've got some code I want to run on every page other than the blog page and the archive page. If I use <?php if ( !is_home() ) { ?> The code correctly doesn't show on the blog page. If I ...
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Adding items to page template dropdown on Page Edit Screen

I am developing a WP theme with MVC approach. It only have index.php, functions.php and styles.css on the parent directory. So, I do not want to place page templates on it rather then I want to ...
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What process do you use for WordPress development?

I'm interested in how other people develop themes and plugins for WordPress. To me, the in-browser editor in the admin panel just doesn't cut it. Currently, I'm just using an IDE with a PHP plugin (...
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How to detect mobile devices and present them a specific theme?

I would like to create a new modified version of my theme (check my profile if needed) to present to visitors if I detect that they are visiting the site from a hand-held device, like iPhone, Android, ...
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When to use is_home() vs is_front_page()?

I've found that is_front_page appears to return true when I'm viewing the home page and have a single sticky post assigned there. It also returns true when I've assigned a page as the static front ...
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using upload image with media_handle_upload .. but !

I'm tring to upload image in wordpress by using some function .. I found the way to upload images but there are one problem .. when the user upload his image , wordpress create more than one image ...
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What is the constant WP_USE_THEMES for?

Regarding the WP_USE_THEMES constant, the Codex states: If you are using The Loop inside your own design (and your own design is not a template), set WP_USE_THEMES to false. But what is ...
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When to use add_action('init') vs add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts')

In my theme's functions.php, I'm calling an add_action in order to gain a measure of control on where jquery is loaded (in the footer along with my theme's other scripts). The problem I'm having is ...
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How To extend WP_Customize_Control

I'm looking for a way to add a new kind of control to the customize live preview panel. I have seen how to add new sections to the panel using add_action( 'customize_register'... The control I want ...
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Where can I learn to create my own theme?

I want to learn how to create a theme for WordPress. Where can I find information and resources on how to do it?
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Adding a div to wrap widget content after the widget title

I'm trying to add a div to a widget's content in my dynamic sidebar. Here is the register code; register_sidebar(array( 'name' => "Sidebar1", 'id' => 'home-sidebar-1', '...
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How to set permalink structure via functions.php

I'm setting up a Wordpress Network and wanted all new sites to have the same permalink structure (i.e. "/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/"). I'm wondering if this is possible to do via hooks or hacks in ...
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Add Plugins to Wordpress Theme

I'm creating a wordpress theme that I aim to sell at some point. Now, I've discovered that some of the wordpress.org plugins would be great for things that I want to do. They already hold much of the ...
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Show a WP 3.0 Custom Menu in an HTML Select with Auto-Navigation?

As part of a theme for a client, I want to be able to show a custom menu (defined via the admin) in a select box that automatically changes pages after changing the selection. Is there a plugin (or a ...
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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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What is the best way to export and import theme options?

So what is the best way to create an export and import feature, I tried serialize() and urlencode() on an array of options to be used in a url like so: export.php?data=(long string), and use $_GET ...
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Wordpress API Menu/Submenu Order

I'm developing a child-theme using Wordpress 3.4.2 and the development version of the Options Framework by David Price. This is my first theme and I'm relatively new to this, so I've had a look into ...
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Do I actually need to link my theme's style.css in the theme files

So I am developing a wordpress theme using a series of LESS files for the CSS. These compile using codekit to a combined and minifed stylesheet that I use for the theme's styling. I understand a ...
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Plugin for custom sort order for categories?

I'd like to employ a sort order option in my theme to allow categories to be sorted similar to pages. Can anyone recommend a plugin that does this?