I’m in the middle of a server migration, and have about a dozen sites to move from one server to the other. I actual had to restart part of the process, as moving from a shared environment to a dedicated virtual setup requires far more knowledge and experience. Before, everything was easy-peesy, now, I actually have to know something about servers to keep up with maintenance, etc …
Thank, God for Google.
One of the first things I ran into were PHP errors.
As I said, “Thank God for Google.”
Yesterday, on Smashing Magazine, Rachel Andrew had a great post on PHP errors for designers.
Implementing Gravatar’s into your website really adds a nice flavor to it. It adds personality to your comments and helps create a feeling of community. In fact, millions of avatar images are served billions of times per day (29,015 requests per second!) via Gravatar.
As a web user, it’s nice to have a personalized avatar appear and update automatically on blogs you make comments at. Much like a profile picture on Facebook or avatar on Twitter. Many sites use Gravatar for their built-in avatar system, and getting an avatar through Gravatar is completely free and easy to setup.
Here are a few cool ways to implement Gravatar into your website:
This is really cool.
Putting together a multi-column layout template that mirrors the data on the user end.
This takes WordPress to a new level, just past Meta Boxes and Custom Fields.
Fill in the Post or Page like so:
If you’re running the JetPack plugin for WordPress, you can easily add audio you’ve uploaded with the shortcode:
For those interested in slinging their own uploaded audio and video by using HTML5 via a shortcode, here’s how:
Last week we went step-by-step on how to Create a WordPress Church Events Page. We only scratched the surface of how deep WordPress can be as a CMS. Sure, WordPress is great for spinning blogs and putting together a basic website, but when it comes to more advanced functions, it’s tempting to start learning another CMS, dare I say, like Drupal (at least I didn’t say, Joomla!).
Instead of learning something completely new, it may be wiser to dig deeper in a CMS that you’re already familiar with. WordPress is great if you want to build with plugins and sometimes it’s just as easy and efficient to do so, but if you want to do more with WordPress as a CMS with just plugins, you’ll eventually hit a wall. You will build out a site that is so fragile and tangled, you’ll be afraid to update anything.
Does it annoy you that when readers click, “read more,” it jumps down to that same point in the post?
In most cases, this is a solid way of doing things, but there may be times that it either doesn’t work well with your layout, or you just don’t like it.
Maybe I’m just a weird old guy, but the “read more” jump can be confusing sometimes.
If you want to remove the “read more” jump, here’s how:
The week has come to an end and so has your Church Events Page!
Today, we will put your work into action and add one final touch as we learn how to create a WordPress Church Events Page.
We are well on our way to creating a solid, simple Events Page listing for your WordPress Church website.
If you’ve jumping in mid-stream, be sure to start with Part 1, as I’ve outlined the requirements and parameters behind the Events Page:
- Part 1 - Covered the requirements and parameters, and created the Custom Post Type for Events.
- Part 2 - Edited and created the Loop being used by the Event Custom Post Type.
- Part 3 - Created and prepared the Event Page Template.
Today, we will Query the Event Custom Post Type.
By now, you should have created your Event Custom Post Type and edited and created a Loop specifically made for your soon-to-be-created WordPress Events Page.
Like I said, yesterday, WordPress basically flows like this:
- Page > Page Template > Loop
I like to start building from the end, so today, we are going to build our awesome Page Template.
Yesterday, we started to to build a Church Events page in WordPress by creating a Custom Post Type.
Although you can setup an Events page in WordPress by manipulating your categories, we are going to build this out into its own section. Here’s a recap of the requirements for our simple Events page:
- Dedicated Events listing in WordPress Admin.
- List Events on the Events Page in ascending order, based on Event date, not date posted.
- Automatically stop displaying Events on the Events Page that have already occurred.
By keeping your Events listed separately, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of your content. WordPress is a CMS, so let’s treat it like so.
If you’ve completed Part 1, I’m guessing you’re feeling pretty awesome.
Now, let’s get things ready, so we can display your newly created Events.