Word camp 2014 So Obvious You Miss It


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Word camp 2014 So Obvious You Miss It

  1. 1. So Obvious You Miss It! WordPress Tips WordCamp Miami 2014 © vizred.com
  2. 2. vizred.com See Me? Bet You Missed Me!
  3. 3. vizred.com Screen Options Many WP dashboard screens have their own Screen Options button.
  4. 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. 5. vizred.com Help! Many dashboard screens have their own Help buttons
  6. 6. vizred.com Click the Help Tab to reveal help for the admin screen you are on.
  7. 7. vizred.com Organize the Dashboard
  8. 8. vizred.com Drag & Drop Panels Put dashboard panel widgets where you need them. Click & hold to move them around
  9. 9. vizred.com Collapsible Panel Widgets
  10. 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. 11. vizred.com Edit Faster
  12. 12. vizred.com Quick Edit Post, page & other admin screens have ‘Quick Edit’ options
  13. 13. vizred.com ..disable comments, change publish dates, switch the author name.. and more Use Quick Edit to..
  14. 14. vizred.com Bulk Edit Quick Edit’s Big Brother. Checkmark the box at the column head then select a Bulk Action
  15. 15. vizred.com Find Faster Search posts, pages and comments...
  16. 16. vizred.com Sortable Columns Click the triangle in a column header to sort rows alphanumerically
  17. 17. vizred.com Filters Filter by date and category. Different screens have different filters.
  18. 18. vizred.com To Edit or Not to Edit.. Some files should not be edited
  19. 19. vizred.com Never Edit WP Core Files
  20. 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. 21. vizred.com Create Child Themes Use the Plugin: Child Theme Configurator
  22. 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. 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. 24. vizred.com To rename a plugin.. Open the plugin’s main php file, change the “Plugin Name” and rename the parent folder.
  25. 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. 26. vizred.com Snippets of Code & Functions.php
  27. 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. 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. 29. vizred.com Code snippets can be put into the active theme’s functions.php file
  30. 30. vizred.com Look Before Leaping
  31. 31. vizred.com Read Changelogs When Updating Plugins & Themes
  32. 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. 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. 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/