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WordPress Full Site Editing – impacts on custom theming

We will be on hiatus during November and December for the holidays.

We are looking for presenters… Interested? Please contact Jeff McNear at jeff@plasterdog.com


WordPress Full Site Editing

As of version 6.0 WordPress includes full site editing as an option for those themes that support it. We will go through the advantages, pitfalls and some useful work-arounds for using the full site editing experience and how to configure a custom theme in this new environment.

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Block Pattern Plugin presentation

In this presentation we will go through how anyone with a WordPress site can make their editing process more efficient by using block patterns … and how anyone who can do a little bit of coding can create their own set of custom block patterns and wrap it all up in a little plugin.

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Desktop Server – ServerPress is no more!

In 2010, Steve Carnam started ServerPress with the vision of creating simple-to-use workflow services for WordPress Designers and Developers. These services allowed for easy onboarding, yet remained robust enough to allow for infinite growth with the user…. at the beginning of August the announcement went out that they will be shutting down operations.

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Setting permissions by Custom Post Type

Most membership and restricted content plugins focus on the limitation of of access to front end content where a validated user is able to see content that is denied to the non-validated user. The approach to most is to restrict content by taxonomy term, specific pages or posts, sections of templates that are coded to require validation but surprisingly not often by Custom Post Type.

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Alternate post templates

One of the fundamental elements of WordPress theming is the ability to create alternative page templates – posts and custom post types can have multiple templates as well!

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Making Reusable Blocks more obvious in the editor

One of the better Gutenberg features is the Reusable Block, but for the moment they are too easy to edit directly in the post interface rather than in the “manage reusable block” section found at (site root URL)/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=wp_block.

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Forcing Yoast to the bottom

lmost everything about Yoast SEO except the fact that its’ meta-box forces all other meta-boxes (particularly those created via ACF) to drop below it. However this article has a solution!

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Menu Order & posts

For some reason when you are in the editor for posts you will not see the menu order controls you see when in the page editor – indeed you may not even see a panel for post attributes at all

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Associating a CPT with default taxonomies

There are arguments against having multiple post types share a common taxonomy – mainly since the back-end sorting interface will not work as completely as you may want it to. If more than one post type use a taxonomy you can really only sort the array of posts a single time before having to start over (since a second sort will give the user an “invalid post type” prompt). But there are cases when the front-end wants to see mixed results…

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The :empty pseudo class

The :empty CSS pseudo-class represents any element that has no children. Children can be either element nodes or text (including whitespace). Comments, processing instructions, and CSS content do not affect whether an element is considered empty.

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there are cases when the limited bandwidth of mobile visitors demands that less than crucial elements on the page are eliminated from the page load

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Creating a Block Pattern Plugin

While the Block Pattern Builder Plugin is a fantastic innovation, as of the writing of this article (5/22/20) there is no JSON export as found in reusable blocks – which means that while the pattern exists in the site where you built it, it isn’t easily portable to another site.

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Taking control over the Gutenberg Color Palette

For many of the block elements in Gutenberg there are color settings for text and/or background colors.
The default color selections are less than perfect in my opinion – thankfully they can be over-written by taking a few steps in your theme.

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WordPress Overview Presentation

Wordpress has an impressive market share of 34% which makes it the single most popular framework around. Flipping this equation tells us that nearly two thirds of site owners probably have little understanding on how WordPress works.

We will cover a high level overview on the default structure of this CMS, how to extend it and how the theming system works. I will also be sharing my somewhat opinionated views on best practices from the perspective of a developer who has repaired dozens of malformed and under-performing websites built by those whose experiments and improvisations with WordPress have failed.

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ACF and WordPress – Jeff McNear

With the advent of Gutenberg and the increasing popularity of other page builders like Beaver Builder the WordPress ecosphere is increasingly embraching drag and drop process to achieve layout configuration. It is important to realize that the data generated via the page builder process generally lives within a single database field.

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