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  1. How to Split WordPress Content Into Two or More Columns

    WordPress is a great CMS, but implementing some features within your theme can require a little lateral thinking. The content for your page or post is usually output by the theme code using a single function call: the_content(args); But what if you need to split the content into two or more blocks? That might be…
  2. How to Add Featured Image Thumbnails to Your WordPress Theme

    You may have noticed the "Featured Image" box when editing a post or page. It allows you to upload or select an associated image for the article. It generally appears as a thumbnail when viewing a list of posts, perhaps in a category index or search results. Thumbnail support must be enabled within your theme.…
  3. The WordPress Template Hierarchy

    WordPress themes allow you to change the design of your website, providing control over the look and feel. They are essentially collections of different template files that work together and produce the overall design of your website. Before you dive deeper into WordPress themes, it is important that you have an understanding of how WordPress…
  4. Enterprise Search with Apache Solr and WordPress

    In this tutorial, we will look at what Apache Solr is and how it works. We are going to look at some powerful Solr features and how it is different than MySQL. We will see benefits of integrating Solr into our WordPress website. We will also cover how to install WordPress Solr plugin and also…
  5. So You Think You Know How to Write a WordPress Theme?

    In this article, we'll get you started on WordPress theme development, dealing with what you need to learn before you even think about coding. WordPress has become the most popular CMS in the world. As of May 2013, is was used by 52% of the top blogs across the globe, according to a survey carried…
  6. The Perfect Job - Part 2

    Unfinished Business In the first part of this article, I explained some of the problems typically associated with data management in a HR department, and put together a functional specification for a Web-based application to make the task easier. After putting together a basic database schema and normalizing it, I proceeded to develop scripts to…
  7. Build Your App in the Cloud with Heroku and the Facebook SDK

    When I first came across Heroku it was a Ruby-only cloud service. I wasn't a Ruby developer so I quickly forgot about it. But then they partnered with Facebook and you could create a Facebook app hosted on Heroku with the Facebook PHP-SDK in just a couple of clicks. Now the question: is it possible…
  8. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks (XSS)

    A cross-site scripting attack is one of the top 5 security attacks carried out on a daily basis across the Internet, and your PHP scripts may not be immune. Also known as XSS, the attack is basically a type of code injection attack which is made possible by incorrectly validating user data, which usually gets…
  9. Data Visualization with Flex, Part III

    In our first article, we went over the basics of data visualization, created a data set, and generated a display showing occurrences of keywords in the SitePoint forums. In the second part, we replaced the output with a spring graph—the better to illustrate relationships between keywords—and also added some font scaling to show the relative…
  10. 14 jQuery Live Search Plugins

    [special]A live search is an enhanced search form that uses AJAX technology to deliver results or suggestions within the same view. This is different from a regular HTML input field that is given autocomplete powers from a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari. A live search is often an input field that has been…
  11. More HTML5 Semantics: Content Types & New Elements

    The following is an extract from our book, HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World, 2nd Edition, written by Alexis Goldstein, Louis Lazaris, and Estelle Weyl. Copies are sold in stores worldwide, or you can buy it in ebook form here. Our sample site is coming along nicely. We’ve given it some basic structure, along…
  12. Introducing XUL - The 'Net's Biggest Secret: Part 2

    Last time, we got to know our way around browsing with XUL. Now, let's look at searching and navigation... ... and don't forget to download the code archive for this series, if you haven't already! Desperately Seeking As the last example demonstrated, using XUL, you can give your site's visitors a unique experience by modifying…
  13. Create Your Own WordPress Theme from an HTML Template

    WordPress has become the most widely used blogging platform in the world, estimated to be used on a quarter of a billion websites online today. WordPress works as a blog, but also as a straightforward content management system, ready to use with search-engine-friendly URLs and fully valid HTML and CSS.With so many sites using WordPress…
  14. Modernizing WordPress Theme Development with Sage

    A few years back, we published an article about Roots, a Theme Framework for WordPress. Now Roots has turned into a company and they’ve turned the Roots theme framework into two sets of tools namely Sage and Bedrock. In this article, I’m going to walk you through Sage. It utilizes HTML5 Boilerplate, gulp, Bower, and…
  15. Painless JavaScript Using Prototype

    Prototype is an object oriented JavaScript library (written by Sam Stephenson and friends) that makes JavaScript fun. So it says on the site, anyway. Those of you who are familiar with the open source community's latest and greatest application framework, Rails, may recognise Prototype as it actually forms the backbone of Rails' JavaScript helper. However,…
  16. SitePoint Podcast #115: Live at WordCamp Raleigh Part 2

    Episode 115 of The SitePoint Podcast is now available! This week the panel is made up of Patrick O'Keefe (@ifroggy), Brad Williams (@williamsba), Stephan Segraves (@ssegraves). This show was recorded live at Wordcamp Raleigh with guests Dave Moyer, Kevin Dees, Douglas Hanna, John Ford and Chris Cochran with some great contributions from audience members too.…
  17. Practical Web Design - Fundamentals of Web Design

    I was sitting on the porch with my old Aunt Gracie one afternoon, sipping corn liquor and swapping tales about the old days, when the topic turned, surprisingly enough, to Web design. "You young whippersnappers have fergot about everything that worked good back in the old days of the Internet," she snarled, fixing me with…