Here’s How to Retrieve Any Post You Want With WP_Query

If you’ve built simple themes in the past, chances are the need to retrieve posts on your own didn’t arise. After all, WordPress loads the most recent 10 posts on the main page and the correct posts on archive pages. What about more complex scenarios? What if you would like a sitemap of sorts and you want to list all your posts and pages ordered by date?

WP_Query is your friend, it allows you to pull posts from the database according to your criteria. You can retrieve all posts from a single category that contain certain tags as well. You could retrieve all pages created last year and posts which do not have a featured image.

In this post I’ll give you an in-depth look into how WP_Query works – let’s get started! (more…)

10 Ways to Change the Way Your WordPress Site Works With Functions

It’s not often that a WordPress developer doesn’t modify the functions.php file within a theme they’re developing.

Why? Because functions.php gives you the power to control functionality specific to the theme. With some simple code inclusions and/or modifications, you can override existing website functionality and execute multiple functions in an efficient manner, instead of using potentially bulky and insecure plugins to achieve the same thing.

Although adding a few plugins can get the job done, learning the following ways to change WordPress websites through the functions.php file – located in your theme’s folder – is rather quick and easy. (more…)

5+ Best Medical WordPress Themes in 2014

Medical services are among the most searched for and close to client services in the world. So here is a list of the 5 best medical WordPress themes, with attractive designs that are user friendly and easy to handle. And besides that, they will bring you new clients and improve your relationship with the existing ones. In the digital era, a great business card comes from the way information is presented to the public and from the feedback that follows. (more…)

WordPress Black Friday and Cyber Monday Discounts and Coupon Codes You Should Look Into

Everyone’s favorite time of the year is here! WordPress community always tries to satisfy its clients by giving them the chance to buy their favorite products with less money than usually.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming, and a lot of special offers and lower prices are available.

We made a selection with some of the most interesting 2014 Black Friday deals related to WordPress. From themes to plugins, to web hosting & domains … you can choose what fits you best.

WordPress Themes


ThemeIsle – get 50% off

You can get 50% off everything by using the code PIRATESINBLACK



How to Create a Landing Page in WordPress

The name landing page is basically meant to represent a scenario in which the visitor comes to your website and lands on that specific page – effectively making it the entry point to your website.

Now, what landing pages are about is grabbing that visitor and convincing them to take care of a given predefined action. In most cases, this is about getting them to subscribe to an email list, click a specific link/button, buy a product, or perform some kind of social-media-related activity (like clicking the re-tweet button).

In other words, the goal here is to take that new visitor and immediately put them through some marketing process on the site, as opposed to letting them wander around, looking for something to do.

So what makes landing pages special?

Of course, you don’t actually need something like a landing page to try convincing your visitors to take some specific action. You can do so from any kind of page that can be built inside the WordPress platform or even from the homepage of the site itself. (more…)

What Most Web Designers Have Wrong About WordPress Theme Hierarchy

WordPress theme design can at first seem rather daunting; even for seasoned web designers. The simplest of themes seem to be made up of multiple files that are somehow interconnected.

But the good news is this: There is a logical system behind the confusion. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and learn a little PHP, you can turn your static HTML designs into dynamic WordPress websites.

You could of course use our services instead, but we like to give you a choice!

In this article I want to start by focusing on the key mistake that most would-be WordPress theme designers make when it comes to working with the WordPress theme template hierarchy, then go on to give you a broad overview of how WordPress themes should come together. (more…)

20+ Best WordPress Themes of 2014

When we take a look at the market of WordPress themes these days, it seems that there are only two types of themes available: (1) responsive themes, and (2) outdated themes.

(Okay, okay, that’s just my small jab…)

But let’s be honest for a minute. Using a responsive WordPress theme won’t be the magic solution to make your site successful all on its own, but at the same time, not using a responsive theme is like shooting yourself in the foot and then trying to run a marathon. In a way, you can still do it, but someone with two perfectly good feet will probably beat you to the finish line.

So, let’s take a moment to have a look at 25 great responsive WordPress themes that will make your content accessible on the majority of browsers and devices in use today.

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and then purchase the product, we’ll receive a small fee. No worries though, you’ll still pay the standard amount so there’s no cost on your part. (more…)

Should You Develop a WordPress Site for a Client From the Ground Up or Use … Ekhm … a Helper?

Every designer has his/her habits…

Maybe it’s this one type of shadow effect that you like putting on most sidebar elements.

Or maybe it’s the way you’re separating the breadcrumb links.

Anyway, there’s always something.

But what if we take it much further, and much broader? Namely, should you be using a placeholder WordPress theme when building sites for clients? Or should you start from scratch and build your way up, element after element for each client project individually? (more…)

WordCamp Europe 2014 (#wceu) Day 1 – Here’s What’s Going On

– Sep 26th –

This year’s WordCamp Europe started a bit earlier than expected. Even though the official green light was given this morning (Sep 27th), things actually started happening yesterday evening.

That being said, the agenda wasn’t particularly tense as the most popular hashtag apart from #wceu was … wait for it … #beer. People seemed to be reaching out to other like-minded WordPress enthusiasts in hope of having a quick meet-up and talk some WordPress things over a nice cold beverage.

Fast forward to today’s morning.

– Sep 27th 8am –

Just like planned, the registration started at 8am, and the table looked quite impressive with all the name badges (sorry about the pic quality): (more…)

Determining the Best Placement for Your Social Media Icons

How many websites have you been to where you’re searching for social media buttons and just can’t find them? Then, it’s not until you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page that you see them nestled in the footer. Sometimes, they’re so tiny they might as well not even be there at all.

Social media is too large and too important to relegate to the bottom of your clients’ sites. It deserves a prominent position somewhere. It doesn’t have to be in your face, but it should definitely be eye-catching and easy to find. Basically, if a site visitor likes your client’s content and wants to follow them on Twitter or Facebook, they should be able to do that without having to hunt around for the icons or links. (more…)