@jeremyjaymes

Hi, I'm Jeremy, a WordPress developer, small business owner, and military veteran.

Charlene WordPress Theme V2 Beta Out

It’s taken forever, much longer than I’d hoped or thought but I finally have something to share in regards to the Charlene WordPress theme.

It’s in beta and it’s up on GitHub. Honest, have a look https://github.com/jeremyjaymes/charlene.

I’ll write a more comprehensive post regarding this version but here’s what I’ll say for now. The theme has been completely reworked from top to bottom, this is not to be considered an upgrade from V1 or older. It is however very similar with most of the same features so the transition should be fairly painless.

Here’s what’s on tap:

  • HTML5 and Responsive
  • Post Formats Included
  • No more theme options
  • A few sensible customization options using the theme customizer
  • New default font
  • Same content focused layout

You can see the demo here http://papertreedesign.com/themes, it will be updated as I push new changes.

Which brings me to my next note. As mentioned above it is available on GitHub and I have enabled support for the GitHub Updater, so if you’re feeling brave and would like to give it a go please feel free but I do not recommend running it on a production site just yet. That said, if you do happen to play around with the theme a bit I would love to get your feedback, you can email me jeremy[at]papertreedesign.com.

That’s all for now.

WordPress Plugin: Custom Page Labels

Custom Page Labels is a no frills WordPress plugin that allows you to add a custom label (identifier) to a page making it is easier to quickly identify a page on the all pages screen.

Why?

Not all page titles are as simple or as identifiable as “About Us” or “Home Page”. More often they’re carefully crafted and even a bit lengthy. For example, about us becomes “Our Amazing Widget Company Employs Only the Best and the Brightest.”

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Display Attachment File Type in WordPress Theme

Let’s say we have a list of downloadable items listed on a post or page, case studies for example. To help the end user understand what they will be downloading we’d like to display a file type adjacent to a download link.

e.g. Click to Download | PDF

Background: In this particular example our Case Studies are going to be a custom post type and the file attachments (downloads) are going to be added to each individual custom post type using custom fields. These custom fields are generated using the excellent Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress.

This bit of information is important because by using Custom Metaboxes and Fields we are able to easily retrieve the attachment ID, which is what we really need to make this work. (see this example)

So, keep that in mind, the following can be used as long as you have that attachment ID.

Explanation: The above assumes that we’re in a loop of some sort and have already retrieved our attachment id, e.g. $file_id = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), '_my_download_id', 1).

Then we use wp_get_attachment_url( $file_id ); to get the url for our attachment. We need this to generate the actual download link but we also want to save it as a variable so that we can use it in the wp_check_filetype( $file_url ) function. wp_check_filetype() returns an array of values containing the extension and mime type.

We then use the $filetype variable to output the extension with $filetype['ext'].

I might expand on this a bit more in the future to explain in detail how this was used but there should be enough there to be potentially useful.

Add Tax ID Column to WordPress Taxonomy Admin Columns

Problem: In a recent WordPress project we needed to provide an easy way for the site manager to locate the numerical ID associated with a custom taxonomy.

As WordPress developers we have a handful of methods at our disposal to recover that ID  but those options are not always that easy to explain to our clients.

So let’s make it easier.
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Add Microdata to WordPress Thumbnails

In a recent custom WordPress build I needed to add microdata to all images output by the_post_thumbnail inside of a custom template and where a catch all function did not make sense.

Specifically I needed to add itemtype=”photo” to thumbnail images associated with a “Place” in a custom place listings template but these are implementation specific details that will vary based on your needs.

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Find Me on Facebook

No literally, find me… from now on I’ll link to the Facebook home page, you take it from there. Deal?

Because hey, that’s what it sounds like you want me to do.