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Themes create the public (front-end) interface for a WordPress site.

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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 | Contact ...
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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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Between functions.php (theme), widgets, and plugins, which is loaded first?

Customer asks if a specific carousel plugin he uses can be widgetized. That means I should create a widget inside functions.php which calls the plugin's function. That means that the plugin's code has ...
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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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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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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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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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Get the blog page URL set in Options

I have set the blog to be a different page other than the home page. I want to have a link from single.php to this blog page. Is there any function that pulls out URL for the blog ?
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How to create .pot files with POedit?

I've spent hours today on what seemed like something really simple, which is to create a .pot file for a Wordpress theme that I'm creating. I've read the Smashing Magazine article, the Tutsplus ...
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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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How to get the path to the current theme?

This code is used to get the directory of the current plugin: plugin_dir_url( __FILE__ ). What should I use to get the directory of the current theme?
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ajaxurl not defined on front end

I am trying to create a ajaxform on the front side. I am using the code jQuery.ajax( { type: "post", dataType: "json", url: ajaxurl, data: ...
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How do I get the theme URL in PHP?

I need to get the URL of my theme directory to reference an image in the theme's image/headers directory. How is this done in PHP?
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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 the ...
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Why when I submit a form in wordpress it loads a 404 page though URL is correct

I am just creating a simple contact form, but I notice that it seems to post to an invalid page. The url in the browser is correct but the title of the page is "Page not found" on the top of the page ...
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Meaning of "if ( is_home() && ! is_front_page() )" snippet?

I see the following code a lot in index.php files. I understand that is_front_page() returns true when viewing the Site Front Page (whether displaying the blog posts index or a static page), while ...
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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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What process do you use for WordPress development? [closed]

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 Do I Protect My Premium WordPress App Theme from Copying?

They say WordPress is GPL, and therefore all plugins and themes made with it are supposed to be GPL. Fine, but if I spent three months coding an extremely complex app theme with the intent on selling ...
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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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Using wp_add_inline_style without a stylesheet

I need to add custom inline styles to the header of a custom theme I'm creating. I've come across the wp_add_inline_style() function, which works but doesn't really suit me as it depends of a specific ...
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Why does WordPress use outdated jQuery v1.12.4?

While checking the source code, I saw that WordPress uses jQuery v1.12.4. Why does WordPress use this outdated version of jQuery?
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WordPress Theme Preview Image

I'm developing a custom WordPress theme. When I go to select themes in the Appearance menu, my theme does not have a preview image. Is there something I need to do to get a preview image to show up? I ...
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How to add posts to custom menus?

I'm just beginning to work the "Custom Menu" functionality that was introduced in 3.0 into my theme. I like everything about this new capability and API, with one exception: Why no posts? I can ...
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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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What is the difference between front-page.php and home.php? [duplicate]

When developing a theme wordpress grant us to use front-page and home page templates, so what is the major difference between these two templates as they seems like identical. I also want to know what ...
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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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How to display value of custom fields in page

I have a custom post type called 'software', contained within are various custom fields such as subtitle, price, screenshots, download link, etc. I created a function to allow use of the tinyMCE edit ...
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When to use _e and __ for the translation?

What is difference between _e() and __() functions for the translation? In what cases e() and __ ()should be used?
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CSS not updating in browser when I change it

I am working on the CSS of my wordpress site. When I make changes and refresh the page the changes are not reflected. When I clear the browser history and cache the changes are still reflected. When I ...
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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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How can I get page slug

How can I get the slug of a page or post?
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What is a Theme textdomain?

I've found that any WordPress theme uses this functions, but I don't understand what is the purpose of it and what is it, in this case 'themify'? Here are some examples in Themify functions.php: 1). ...
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Custom post type single-{custom}.php not working

I made a custom post type with the machine name special_media_post and wordpress is simply not seeing the single-special_media_post.php. I am at a complete lose. It keeps defaulting to the index.php ...
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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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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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How to add CSS class to custom logo?

I enabled custom-logo for my theme and have it printed with <?php the_custom_logo(); ?> into the header. Is there any chance to simply add some more classes to this image directly? Per default ...
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How to add custom css file in theme?

Some themes ask you not to edit the style.css file, instead use custom.css file. If you write code on custom.css, it will overwrite the same element style in style.css. I think this is done in order ...
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Display Search Result Count

Until now I have been using below code to get the number of results when someone searches and to display that count. <?php /* Search Count */ $allsearch =& new WP_Query("s=$s&showposts=-1")...
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Custom post type - order field

In a custom post type, is there a way to include the "order" field that is available for pages? Is there any built-in logic that prevents duplicate values in the "order" field? The idea is to be ...
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How important is it to enqueue a theme's stylesheet?

I have trawled the net looking for an answer to this, but for some reason all I can find are actual examples, but without that particular explanation, which is clear say in the case of scripts. Can ...
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wp_nav_menu(), how to change <li> class?

I'm building a menu for my website. The static is looking like this: <nav> <ul id="menu"> <li class="item_1"><a href="#">Item 1</a></li> <li ...
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How to remove dashicons.min.css from frontend?

Is there any way to remove the dashicons.min.css file from the frontend? I know that they are used by the admin panel, but my theme doesn't use them so it's an unnecessary request.
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wp_redirect() - headers already sent

I am trying to use wp_redirect() to redirect the user after successfully submitting a signup form on the page. It's not working and shows the following error: Warning: Cannot modify header ...
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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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theme path in javascript file

I need to include the path to my theme file within a javascript file. How would I go about this? I have already tried: var templateUrl = "<?php get_stylesheet_directory_uri(); ?>"; function ...
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Issues with title-tag and document_title_parts

Wordpress version 4.5.1 I'm trying to dynamically update page titles on a particular template. After lots of digging and learning about the wp_title() changes, I'm attempting to use ...
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Display Menu Name using wp_nav_menu

I have a custom menu that I can call just fine using wp_nav_menu. Is there a way to have the menu name displayed inside an h3 tag before the menu? Ex. <h3>My Menu Name</h3> <nav> &...
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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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Is wp_is_mobile() effective?

I'm going to test the user agent to load a mobile template instead of the desktop theme. There are many mobile detection scripts out there. Does wp_is_mobile() function work well? What is your ...
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