Upcoming Presentations

As many of you may already know, WordCamp 2020 has been postponed and MidCamp has decided to be a digital only event

Our April speaker has also tentatively cancelled, and while I am inclined to put together a presentation of my own I am going to hold off on making any announcements for a while until there is better information about just how cautious we need to be with holding public events

In the meantime I will be creating and expanding a knowledge base section for this website to keep the flow of information coming!

If you would like to help in this project, please submit content via the “Contribute to the knowledge base” form on the “contribute” page, or contact me directly via email

-Jeff McNear


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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