Josh Pollock
Josh Pollock writes about WordPress, does theme and plugin development, serves as the community manager for the Pods Framework and advocates open source solutions for sustainable design. You can learn more about him on his website and by following him on twitter @Josh412.
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    Theme Development
    Getting The Most of Post Formats: What Are Post Formats?Postformats
    In this series, I will be introducing you to WordPress post formats, dispelling some of the confusion surrounding them and showing you how to put theme to use in your themes. Post formats may be misunderstood, and have a misleading name, but they are still one of the more powerful tools at a theme developer's disposal. Once you understand post formats you will be able to use them to ensure that all of the different types of posts on a site that your theme is used on display properly, while avoiding using unneeded custom post types that limit data portability.Read More…
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    WordPress
    Mastering WordPress Meta Data: Querying Posts and Users by Meta DataMetadata
    So far in this series you've learned how to access WordPress meta data, and work with the arrays in which they are returned. We don't just add custom fields to WordPress posts so we can display this information, but it also so we can sort by it. Now that you know how to retrieve and display meta data, it's time to learn how to customize the WordPress loop to return only posts with specific meta values.Read More…
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    WordPress
    Mastering WordPress Meta Data: Working With LoopsMetadata
    In the first two parts of this series, we covered what meta data is in WordPress and how to work with the arrays that are typically returned. Now that you've learned to do the detective work necessary to find the structure of an array, it's time to learn to use loops to automate the process of outputting an array. Once you learn this important skill you will never have to write repetitive HTML markup again.Read More…
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    WordPress
    Mastering WordPress Meta Data: Understanding and Using ArraysMetadata
    In the first part of this series, we covered what WordPress meta data is, how it can be retrieved, and the various data types (such as objects or arrays) in which it can be returned. Now it's time to learn about the different types of arrays. When you write an array manually you know what its structure is an what the name of each index is. But when you are building arrays by querying a database, you are going to need to do some detective work to determine the structure of the data returned and the names of the indexes.Read More…
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    WordPress
    Mastering WordPress Meta Data: An Introduction To Meta DataMetadata
    Part of what makes WordPress a powerful CMS tool is the ability to use the wp_postmeta table to store custom fields. These custom fields may contain additional information such as SEO fields added by an SEO plugin, or may be used to display additional front-end content. By adding this additional information to fields you can create custom queries to organize the display of your content by.Read More…