Get to Know the WordPress Hierarchy

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WordPress’s popularity and usefulness as a multi-purpose content management system, continues to grow, and the more people flock to using this CMS the more an understanding of some of the basics of how it operates becomes necessary.

In that vein, I have put together this post that examines the WordPress template hierarchy and the use of conditional statements. Technically you only need two files for a WordPress theme to work, index.php and style.css.

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Creating Helpful and Effective WordPress Archives

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One of the most important elements of your blog, is the content that you painstakingly put together to gain readers and keep the online masses surfing your waves. So why do so many bloggers not take the extra time and give more attention to their archives?

Afterall, without an easy to navigate archive section, then all of that great content that you crafted will become lost in the backpages of your post progression as you continue to crank out the content. It seems that once a post has served its initial use for us, that we carelessly discard it to the forgotten areas for the post to die, rather than institute an accessible archive that will allow those past posts to continue to deliver the punch you packed within.

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40 Hand-Picked Themes For Joomla

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Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) that lets you create websites, blogs, web portals and online applications with a minimal amount of coding. It has a lot in common with WordPress.

We haven’t covered Joomla in any way previously on this blog, so we’re going to start by giving you a taste of the sites that can be made with Joomla. The following 40 themes are all free to use and show you the starting point you could have for your next site if you use Joomla with it.

If you’d like to see more Joomla coverage in the future, just let us know. Or of course, we can stick to good ol’ WordPress!

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40 Free Premium-Quality WordPress Themes

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In my opinion, one of the best ways to learn about wordpress theme development is to take one of the many clean and nicely layed out free themes and start customizing them yourself.

With this hands on approach with a working model, you have the ability to see for yourself what is happening to the theme with each of the changes that you make. The guesswork becomes less guessy when you have an established functionable framework to start with, and then the tweaking teaching takes you through each step of the personalization process.

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The State of WordPress “Theme Options” Pages

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A “Theme Options” page is designed to give control over how a theme looks and functions, solely by setting options in the WordPress dashboard. The user then has no need to edit the core theme files.

Theme Options have become a standard feature in premium WordPress themes (And some free ones too!), and aren’t that complicated to set up.

This post is a roundup of how Theme Options have progressed so far showing you what the advantages are, some resources for creating your own, and a collection of premium themes offering options pages so you can see what’s out there.

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Design Review: Yamidoo Magazine

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Yamidoo Magazine is a premium WordPress theme recently released by Pavel Ciorici of WP Zoom. It’s entering a tough market, but it does a lot of things well. Things that we can learn from!

You can see a live demo of the theme in action here.

This review was sponsored by Pavel, but it has been written in the exact same way as all my other design reviews. There is a competition to win a free license at the end of the post, and if you’d like to purchase the theme for your own site, you can do so here.

Now, onto the review!

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Design Review: Spotlight WordPress Theme

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Spotlight is a premium WordPress theme designed by Mohsin Naqi of Blogging Bits and, Muhammad Haris. Newspaper themes are a tough genre, so let’s see how well it’s done.

This post was sponsored by Mohsin, but it’s going to be treated exactly like every other design review I write, so hopefully you’ll still learn from it even if you aren’t interested in getting a new theme!

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