Build a Bare-Bones WordPress 2.8+ Widget
This tutorial is going to be a little more advanced than some of the fare around here, but in the end you'll have all the information you need to know to create your very own WordPress widget! And that's worth the effort, I think. However, you will need to understand a little bit of PHP for this to make much sense.
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Consider this – If you found a WordPress theme that you like so much but it is not widget-supported, don’t give up just yet. Methods below helps you to widgetize non-widget theme to a drag-drop widget theme.
It's common in many blogs to have an about me widget in the sidebar of the blog which displays the biography of the author. This is a great place to show everyone your name, your biography, your picture and your social media links. If you want to do this in WordPress you can add a standard text widget and input this information manually.
In this tutorial I will show you how to easily create a WordPress dashboard widget to display your favourite tweets.
Web development may change rapidly, but two things that are here to stay are WordPress and responsive design. Knowing how to build responsive WordPress themes and plug-ins is a must. In this tutorial, we will look at building a WordPress plug-in and theme template for a responsive portfolio.
Is the core of WordPress enough for you? No, probably not. Almost all the time, we install WordPress plugins and themes to help build our websites. And that's all right, because WordPress isn't meant to be a one-size-fits-all solution. We do need extra functionality and design elements, and we meet our needs with plugins and themes... and more. WordPress help doesn't necessarily have to come in the form of a plugin or a theme.
Follow this overview of the build process to create your own custom WordPress theme. We'll be taking my latest theme design from its basic HTML and CSS mockup and inserting the various WordPress template tags to build a fully working theme ready to install on your blog.
If you've been following parts one and two of this portfolio website tutorial series you will already know how to design the concept in Photoshop and build a working demo in HTML/CSS. Now let's take the design and convert it into a basic WordPress theme so you can easily manage and update your website through the popular WordPress application.
If you're confident with your CSS and HTML, its not hard at all to step up to the challenge of building a custom Wordpress theme. This overview shows the process of how my latest custom Wordpress theme was built from design concept through to completed theme. See how the static design is split up into the various Wordpress theme files, and discover how the simple PHP snippets can add that dynamic functionality of a blog.
Ever got bored of installing WordPress? I did. I mean, it's short but it's not a "five–minute installation process" as advertised. It could be shorter, I think. Turns out, there are more people like me—and they're more talented than me. In this part of the "Toolbox of the Smart WordPress Developer" series, we're going to go through WP Quick Install, a tool to build out-of-the-box WordPress installations.