Esther Velez

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Creating a WordPress Plugin #1

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I am building a WordPress plugin for practice. It’s a modification on the Hello, Dolly plugin that doesn’t really do anything.

As it stands, the Hello, Dolly plugin displays a single, random line from the Louis Armstrong song “Hello, Dolly” at the top of the admin screen.

My version of the plugin will allow you to choose a different song to display. It will also allow you to input your own song with its own lyrics.

Shall we take a look at what we have so far?

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Create a WordPress Theme #2: Wireframes

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!

This time around, I’m creating a WordPress Theme for a story/game development knowledge base.

Yeah, that sentence scares me, too. Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

What Did You Use to Make the Wireframe?

There are many different programs online that can help you create wireframes quickly, and I think they’re awesome, but I knew they wouldn’t work well for this project. I would probably spend more time trying to find one than actually putting it together.

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Create a WordPress Theme #1: The Idea & First Sketches

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!

This time around, I’m creating a WordPress Theme for a story/game development knowledge base.

Sound a bit scary? Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

Why Create a Knowledge Base

One of the most frustrating things about creating a story of any kind is keeping all of your character information organized. There are several writing programs, such as Scrivener, which help you organize your notes, the manuscript, and character info. But it’s just not displayed in a way that’s intuitive.

I was browsing starwars.com and I came across the Databank section of the site. If you’ve never ventured to this corner of the Internet, the Star Wars Databank is like a brief Wikipedia article on any character, location, or event from within the Star Wars Universe. None of the information is very in depth, but it gives just the sort of overview you would need when writing a story.

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Create a WordPress Theme #3: Hydrogen BootStrap (Modifications)

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!

At this phase of the adventure, I’ve found a BootStrap theme that I like, but I need to modify it to suit my purposes.

Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

When All Else Fails – BootStrap

Let’s just say that I didn’t have any success when putting my design into HTML and CSS. Maybe it’s because I’m not that good yet. Either way, it wasn’t working out for me, so I knew that I had to go somewhere else for help. And where do you think I went next?

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Create a WordPress Theme #5: Add Features

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!
I’m creating a WordPress Theme and I need to add a few features to make it better. Keep reading to see how it’s gonna get done!

What Features Am I Going to Add?

I didn’t realize this at first, but WordPress is missing a lot of things right out of the gate. I mean, things like Featured Post Images and Excerpts are all functions that exist somewhere, but they have to be initialized. As I poured over the Hydrogen BootStrap design, I knew there were a few things that I needed to add, specifically:

1. Customizing the Comment box
2. Including a Featured Post Image
3. Displaying a short excerpt of the post

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