Stay logged into WordPress

    function stay_logged_in($expires) {
    return 172800; // default 48 hours
    // return YEAR_IN_SECONDS;
    add_filter(‘auth_cookie_expiration’, ‘stay_logged_in’);

    WordPress Admin Stylesheet

    To include styling for Administrators:

    function admin_style() {
    wp_enqueue_style(‘admin-styles’, get_template_directory_uri().’/admin.css’);
    add_action(‘admin_enqueue_scripts’, ‘admin_style’);

    WordPress Categories Template

    If WordPress category template file is not working, add the following in category.php, before the loop:

    $cat_id = get_query_var(‘cat’);

    Page Navigation by Category

    $terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, ‘mediaitem’ );
    $args = array(
    ‘in_same_term’ => true,
    ‘category’ => $term->slug,
    ‘screen_reader_text’ => ‘Post navigation’

    WordPress: Loop All Categories showing All Posts

    $post_type = ‘category’;
    $args = array(
    ‘true’ => false,
    ‘orderby’ => ‘term_id’,
    ‘order’ => ‘ASC’
    $tax = get_terms( ‘category’ , $args);
    if ( have_posts() ) {
    foreach( $tax as $cat ) {
    echo $cat->name;
    while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();

    Useful WordPress Development Plugins

    Replace WordPress Media with Enable Media Replace

    Audit WordPress changes using Stream

    Change WordPress administrator menu options with Admin Menu Editor

    Simplify Look and feel for WordPress Editors with White Label CMS

    Easy WordPress Updates Manager with Easy Updates Manager

    WordPress: Easy to remember template hierarchy

    Aide memoir for the WordPress template hiearchy…

    Default for everything – archive pages, single posts and single pages (as well as all other content types):

    1st: index.php

    Select template by page for specific archive displays, like category and taxonomy archives or templates for different page layouts:

    1st: template_{$custom-post-type}.php or template_{NOSIDEBAR}.php
    2nd: index.php

    For all pages that do not exist:

    1st: 404.php
    2nd: index.php

    The user submits a search:

    1st: search.php
    2nd: index.php

    Latest blog posts:

    1st: front-page.php
    2nd: home.php
    3rd: index.php

    For whichever page is assigned as the front page:

    1st: front-page.php
    2nd: home.php
    3rd: index.php

    For a single post page:

    1st: single-{$post-type}-{$slug}.php
    2nd: single-{$post-type}.php
    3rd: single.php
    4th: singular.php (fallback for single.php AND page.php)
    3rd: index.php

    For a single page:

    1st: custom_template.php
    2nd: page-{$slug}.php
    3rd: page-{$id}.php
    4th: page.php
    5th: singular.php (fallback for single.php AND page.php)
    6th: index.php

    For a category page:

    1st: category-{$slug}.php
    2nd: category-{$id}.php
    3rd: category.php
    4th: archive.php
    5th: index.php

    for a tag page:

    1st: tag-{$slug}.php
    2nd: tag-{$id}.php
    3rd: tag.php
    4th: archive.php
    5th: index.php

    For custom taxonomy pages:

    1st: taxonomy-{$taxonomy}-{$term}.php
    2nd: taxonomy-{$taxonomy}.php
    3rd: taxonomy.php
    4th: archive.php
    5th: index.php

    For Custom Post Types:

    1st: archive-{post_type}.php
    2nd: archive.php
    3rd: index.php

    For an author info page:

    1st: author-{$author-nicename}.php
    2nd: author-{$author-id}.php
    3rd: author.php
    4th: archive.php
    5th: index.php

    For a date page archive:

    1st: date.php
    2nd: archive.php
    3rd: index.php

    For an attachment page:

    1st: {$MIME-type}.php (one of: image.php, video.php, pdf.php, application.php, etc.)
    2nd: attachment.php
    3rd: single-attachment-{$slug}.php
    4th: single-attachment.php
    5th: single.php
    6th: singular.php
    7th: index.php

    For embeds:
    1st: embed-{$post-type}-{$post_format}.php
    2nd: embed-{$post-type}.php
    3rd: embed.php
    4th: wp-includes/theme-compat/embed.php

    WordPress: useful additions to functions.php

    * Useful snippets for functions.php

    * Add support for the following:
    add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ );
    add_theme_support( ‘post-thumbnails’ );
    add_theme_support( ‘html5’, array( ‘search-form’, ‘comment-form’, ‘comment-list’ ) );

    * Register Menus
    function register_my_menus(){
    array( ‘primary’ => __(‘Primary Menu’, ‘AD’), ) );
    add_action(‘init’, ‘register_my_menus’);

    * Allow php in widget
    function howman_php_execute( $html ) {
    if ( strpos($html,”<“.”?php”) !==false ) {
    return $html;
    add_filter(‘widget_text’,’howman_php_execute’, 100);

    *Enqueue Datepicker + jQuery UI CSS
    wp_enqueue_script( ‘jquery-ui-datepicker’ );
    wp_enqueue_style( ‘jquery-ui-style’, ‘//’, true);

    * Add widgets
    function bootstrapstarter_widgets_init() {

    register_sidebar( array(
    ‘name’ => ‘Footer – Copyright Text’,
    ‘id’ => ‘footer-copyright-text’,
    ‘before_widget’ => ‘<div class=”footer_copyright_text”>’,
    ‘after_widget’ => ‘</div>’,
    ‘before_title’ => ‘<h4>’,
    ‘after_title’ => ‘</h4>’,
    ) );

    register_sidebar( array(
    ‘name’ => ‘Sidebar – Inset’,
    ‘id’ => ‘sidebar-1’,
    ‘before_widget’ => ‘<div class=”sidebar-module sidebar-module-inset”>’,
    ‘after_widget’ => ‘</div>’,
    ‘before_title’ => ‘<h4>’,
    ‘after_title’ => ‘</h4>’,
    ) );

    register_sidebar( array(
    ‘name’ => ‘Sidebar – Default’,
    ‘id’ => ‘sidebar-2’,
    ‘before_widget’ => ‘<div class=”sidebar-module”>’,
    ‘after_widget’ => ‘</div>’,
    ‘before_title’ => ‘<h4>’,
    ‘after_title’ => ‘</h4>’,
    ) );

    add_action( ‘widgets_init’, ‘bootstrapstarter_widgets_init’ );

    * Register jQuery
    if (!is_admin()) {
    wp_register_script(‘jquery’, (“”), false);

    * Custom Excerpt Length
    function custom_excerpt_length($length) {
    return 25;
    add_filter(‘excerpt_length’, ‘custom_excerpt_length’);

    * Add scripts, stylesheets, fonts, etc.
    function mysite_enqueue_styles() {
    wp_register_style(‘bootstrap’, get_template_directory_uri() . ‘/bootstrap/css/bootstrap.min.css’ );
    $dependencies = array(‘bootstrap’);
    wp_enqueue_style( ‘mysite-style’, get_stylesheet_uri(), $dependencies );
    add_action( ‘wp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘mysite_enqueue_styles’ );

    function startwordpress_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script( ‘bootstrap’, get_template_directory_uri() . ‘/js/bootstrap.min.js’, array( ‘jquery’ ), ‘3.3.6’, true );
    wp_enqueue_script( ‘validator’, get_template_directory_uri() . ‘/js/jquery.validate.min.js’, array ( ‘jquery’ ), ‘3.3.6’, true);
    add_action( ‘wp_enqueue_scripts’, ‘startwordpress_scripts’ );

    function startwordpress_google_fonts() {
    wp_register_style(‘Lato’, ‘,200,400,600,700,800’);
    wp_enqueue_style( ‘Lato’);
    wp_register_style(‘Nunito’, ‘” rel=”stylesheet”>’);
    wp_enqueue_style( ‘Nunito’);
    // wp_register_style(‘OpenSans’, ‘” rel=”stylesheet”>’);
    // wp_enqueue_style( ‘OpenSans’);
    add_action(‘wp_print_styles’, ‘startwordpress_google_fonts’);

    WordPress: Must have plugins, updated

    Must Haves

    All In One SEO Pack
    Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.

    THE security plugin.

    WP Optimize
    Clean Up / Optimise your WordPress installation.

    WP Super Cache
    WordPress Caching.

    WP Smush It
    Optimise graphics files.

    WP Migrate DB
    WordPress database migration.

    Used in Specific Circumstances

    Advanced Custom Fields
    Provides simple flexibility.

    Post Types Order
    Provides simple and easy sorting.


    These we still use occassionally, but simpler to build on the fly:

    Contact Form 7

    These we no longer used as they’re all done by All in One SEO:

    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Google XML Sitemaps

    WordPress: Show title and alt on images

    To add image alt and title attributes to images, add the following to functions.php:
    function add_image_title( $attr, $attachment= null ) {
        $img_title= trim( strip_tags( $attachment->post_title ) );
        $attr['title'] = $img_title;
        $attr['alt'] = $img_title;
    add_filter( 'wp_get_attachment_image_attributes','add_imgage_title', 10, 2 );
    or replace $attr[‘title’] with:
    $attr['title'] = the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' );