WYSIWYG Editor for your custom box

If you have a custom text box in the edit post page, and you want to have the built-in editor, it’s quite easy to do.



wp_editor($content,’id’ . $post->ID);

To get ajax data, you can call global tinyMCE object

Creating a custom widget

Here is the basic code to use to create a widget.

class myWidget extends WP_Widget {
function myWidget() {
// widget actual processes
parent::WP_Widget(false, $name = ‘myWidget’);

function form($instance) {
// outputs the options form on admin

function update($new_instance, $old_instance) {
// processes widget options to be saved

function widget($args, $instance) {
// outputs the content of the widget
<li> …


Custom Boxes in Posts

You can create a custom box in post/page/custom-post-type by adding a couple of actions and telling it to trigger for the post-type.

1. add_action( ‘add_meta_boxes’, ‘people_add_custom_box’ ); // this hooks into the ‘add_meta_boxes’ action, and calls the function people_add_custom_box

2.     function people_add_custom_box() {
__( ‘Quote’, ‘quote_textdomain’ ),
Each add_meta_box creates a separate box, in this case it calls function people_inner_custom_box() to generate its HTML

3. function people_inner_custom_box($post). Use this to generate the form fields. You can use a nonce to prevent accidental posting

$collection_link = get_post_meta($post->ID,’collection_link’,true);
$template = get_post_meta($post->ID,’template’,true);
$video = get_post_meta($post->ID,’video’,true);

function designer_page_template($post) {
$collection_link = get_post_meta($post->ID,’collection_link’,true);
$template = get_post_meta($post->ID,’template’,true);
$video = get_post_meta($post->ID,’video’,true);
Page Type: <select name=”template”>
<option value=”landing” <?php echo ($template==”landing”) ? ‘selected=”selected”‘:”;?>>Designer Landing Page</option>
<option value=”history” <?php echo ($template==”history”) ? ‘selected=”selected”‘:”;?>>History Page</option>
<option value=”inspiration” <?php echo ($template==”inspiration”) ? ‘selected=”selected”‘:”;?>>Inspiration Page</option>
<option value=”video” <?php echo ($template==”video”) ? ‘selected=”selected”‘:”;?>>Video Page</option>
</select><br />
Collection Link: <input type=”text” name=”collection_link” id=”collection_link” value=”<?php echo $collection_link;?>” style=”width:400px”/><br />
Video embed code:<br />
<textarea style=”width:500px;height:100px;” name=”video”><?php echo stripslashes($video);?></textarea>

4. add_action( ‘save_post’, ‘people_save_postdata’ ); // hooks into save_post and calls function people_save_postdata(). You can then use update_post_meta() to store the data.

5.function people_save_postdata($post_id) {
if ( defined( ‘DOING_AUTOSAVE’ ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE )
$address = $_POST[‘address’];
if ($address) update_post_meta($post_id,’address’,$address);


Theme Options

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

global $theme_options;

Then you can use $theme_options[‘option_name’]

WordPress post formats

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.