If you want to create a menu in wp-admin for Theme Options ( Appearance->Theme Options), you can start with this
Just download the zip file, search and replace “sample” of theme-options.php with your theme name.
in functions.php add
require_once ( get_template_directory() . ‘/theme-options.php’ );
then in your index.php ( and other template files) put the following at the top
$theme_options = get_option(‘sample_theme_options’);
For each include ( header.php, footer.php, sidebar.php, etc), do a
Then you can use $theme_options[‘option_name’]
WordPress 3.1 introduces post-formats. You have to activate this “feature” and it gives you a new admin box in the posts type. Although this isn’t a big new feature, it is quite common for sites to have quotes, videos, links, etc. Loop retrieves the post-format for each post, you can then use that to style the post.
Here is the link to codex documentation.
WordPress themes (templates) are the best in the business because its the easiest. The minimum requirement is 2 files: style.css and index.php. I usually start with style.css, index.php, header.php, footer.php and functions.php
Ok, don’t write to me about the ways to get around this security method, I get it. However, this is a cheap method for some easy security measures. Plus, using source control is what every programmer should be in a habit of doing. This also makes wordpress core updates very easy to do.
1) Create a repository and check in wordpress. Yes I realize wordpress already has a repository but this way you have the option to update when you are ready.
2) When you need to build a wordpress site, check it out from your repository.
3) When a new wordpress core version is released, you can update one of your instances and commit it back. You can then svn up all your instances.
4) use svn status to see what if any files have changed. If an exploit changed any wordpress core files, you will see a modification next to the file. Simply delete, svn up, and make sure you patch your source.
Here is a great resource for creating custom post types for wordpress. Use this to generate the custom post type code. The documentation is sparse, and its not entirely clear but its still pretty good.