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  • 1. So Obvious You Miss It! WordPress Tips WordCamp Miami 2014 © vizred.com
  • 2. vizred.com See Me? Bet You Missed Me!
  • 3. vizred.com Screen Options Many WP dashboard screens have their own Screen Options button.
  • 4. vizred.com We can checkmark the options we want to be visible Screen Options let us change the details we see in the screen we are viewing
  • 5. vizred.com Help! Many dashboard screens have their own Help buttons
  • 6. vizred.com Click the Help Tab to reveal help for the admin screen you are on.
  • 7. vizred.com Organize the Dashboard
  • 8. vizred.com Drag & Drop Panels Put dashboard panel widgets where you need them. Click & hold to move them around
  • 9. vizred.com Collapsible Panel Widgets
  • 10. vizred.com Look for the Arrows See one of these arrows on a panel widget? Click it to open or close the widget the arrow is on
  • 11. vizred.com Edit Faster
  • 12. vizred.com Quick Edit Post, page & other admin screens have ‘Quick Edit’ options
  • 13. vizred.com ..disable comments, change publish dates, switch the author name.. and more Use Quick Edit to..
  • 14. vizred.com Bulk Edit Quick Edit’s Big Brother. Checkmark the box at the column head then select a Bulk Action
  • 15. vizred.com Find Faster Search posts, pages and comments...
  • 16. vizred.com Sortable Columns Click the triangle in a column header to sort rows alphanumerically
  • 17. vizred.com Filters Filter by date and category. Different screens have different filters.
  • 18. vizred.com To Edit or Not to Edit.. Some files should not be edited
  • 19. vizred.com Never Edit WP Core Files
  • 20. Need to edit the core code? vizred.com WordPress core files are overwritten when WP updates. File edits are lost. Use a plugin, a child theme or add a code snippet in functions.php
  • 21. vizred.com Create Child Themes Use the Plugin: Child Theme Configurator
  • 22. vizred.com 3 Reasons to use Child Themes Easy to make We can edit the code Template edits are safe when the parent theme updates
  • 23. vizred.com Rename Plugins When we customize a plugin, we rename the plugin & its folder to protect against the original plugin’s update releases
  • 24. vizred.com To rename a plugin.. Open the plugin’s main php file, change the “Plugin Name” and rename the parent folder.
  • 25. vizred.com When we rename a plugin, the old plugin & the new plugin cannot usually be active at the same time.. ..without the new plugin’s function names being renamed first.
  • 26. vizred.com Snippets of Code & Functions.php
  • 27. vizred.com Hooks and filters are found in core WP code, themes, & some plugins. Use action hooks & filters to.. ..plug code into WordPress.
  • 28. vizred.com When you write a code snippet like the one below that adds text to the footer.. function vr_foot_text() { echo ‘<p>Some text</p>’; } add_action(‘wp_footer’,’vr_foot_text’, 14) ..you can add the snippet to functions.php
  • 29. vizred.com Code snippets can be put into the active theme’s functions.php file
  • 30. vizred.com Look Before Leaping
  • 31. vizred.com Read Changelogs When Updating Plugins & Themes
  • 32. vizred.com Changelogs tell us about.. new features, bug fixes, plugin name changes, whether settings will be lost, WP version compatibility, warn of product end of life (EOL), & more
  • 33. vizred.com We have learned Screen Options The Help Button Drag’n’Drop Panels Collapsable Widgets Quick Edit Bulk Edit Sortable Columns Search Filters Never Edit Core Files Use Child Themes Rename the Plugins We Customize Use functions.php Read Change Logs
  • 34. vizred.com Blanca Stella Mejia Social Media Consultant/Blogger blanca@vizred.com Twitter: @miamishines @micaminar Lee Hodson Web Developer/Tech Blogger leehodson@vizred.com Twitter @lee_hodson @vizred Presentation: http://vizred.com/wordcamp-miami-2014/