- DevelopmentUsing WordPress for Web Application Development: The Conceptual Model
- DevelopmentUsing WordPress for Web Application Development: Rethinking Architecture
In this series, we're in the process of talking about how we can build web applications using WordPress. And though this isn't a technical series in which we'll be looking at code, we are covering topics such as frameworks, foundations, design patterns, architectures, and so on.Read More…
- DevelopmentUsing WordPress for Web Application Development: An Introduction
Now more than ever, developers and designers are beginning to see the potential for using WordPress as a way to build web applications.
By that, I mean that the community is beginning to see that WordPress can be used for more than blogging and more than just content management: Instead, it can be used to power database-backed applications that run within the context of the web browser.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: Review and Resources
In this series, we've taken a look at the WordPress Theme Customizer and built a small theme demonstrating how to implement it in our current and future work.
The amount of material available on the WordPress Theme Customizer and how to actually go about implementing all of its various features are far more than a single series can adequately cover.
So in this final article, we're going to wrap up development of our theme, provide a link to the repository, and then take a look at some resources available that provide a more in-depth look at the Theme Customizer to which you can refer in your future work.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: Advanced Controls
Throughout this series, we've been taking a look at the Theme Customizer, how to implement it in our themes, how to save, serialization, retrieve settings, and how to implement the options so that they automatically refresh whenever the options are updated.
As we begin to wind down the series, we're going to be taking a look at the advanced controls offered by WordPress, and how to implement one of them in our theme. Then we'll be reviewing some of the resources that are available for those of you who opt to consider researching, implementing, and leveraging the Theme Customizer in your day-to-day work.
But first, let's begin by taking a look at some of the controls that are offered natively with WordPress.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: A Methodology for Sections, Settings, and Controls – Part 2
In the last article, we defined a simple methodology for everything that's required to establish a new Section, Settings, and Controls within the Theme Customizer.
In this article, we're going to continue with doing more of the same; however, we're going to be adding new settings and controls into the existing section, but we're going to be looking at a variety of different options such as radio buttons, select boxes, and input boxes.
So with that said, let's continue.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: A Methodology for Sections, Settings, and Controls - Part 1
At this point in the series, we've covered everything from understanding why the Theme Customizer is beneficial to those of us who are designers and developers, how to implement it in our theme, and understanding the relationship between sections, settings, and controls.
We've also taken a look at how to implement our own setting and control into one of WordPress' predefined sections.
In this article, we're going to take a look at what's required to introduce our own section and a variety of settings and controls. This article will cover a methodology that can be followed for implementing new settings and controls, and how to apply this methodology for introducing a new section, setting, and control.
We'll expand on this topic in the second part of this article by introducing additional controls. But, for now, let's take a look at the methodology, and let's introduce a new setting into the Theme Customizer.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: Adding a New Setting
By now, we've taken a look at what the Theme Customizer is, how it works, and the components that are unique to it. We've even discussed how options are serialized into the database so that we may retrieve them later when using our theme.
To that end, it's time for us to begin doing our own work with the Theme Customizer. In this article, we're going to take a look at transports, how they work, and the difference in their two primary methods.
Additionally, we're going to introduce our own control into one of WordPress' existing sections and see how it works with the various transport models.Read More…
- DevelopmentA Guide to the WordPress Theme Customizer: Sections, Settings, and Controls
In the last article, we created a very basic theme that included the Theme Customizer so that we could see how it looks within the context of the WordPress Dashboard.
After tinkering around with the provided options, it's easy to see just how powerful this particular feature can be. Generally speaking, this single feature can allow us to steer users away from complicated options pages and allow them to see the result of their changes as soon as they make them without having to hop back and forth between the dashboard and the public-facing side of the site.
And as much fun as it is to begin writing code to bring new features to life, it's important to understand what we're working with before we begin actually doing work with it, right?
So in this article, we're going to take a survey at what goes into working with the WordPress Theme Customizer. By the time you finish this article, you should have a clear understanding of the Theme Customizer, and how to begin introducing your own settings into existing sections, creating new sections, as well as some of the built-in controls that are available for us to use in our work.Read More…