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Community Library Case Study Case Study – Part 61 Get the Catalog Item Post Image

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This is the 61st in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS) for a Community Library Website. In this lesson we get the post image of the Catalog Item and display it on the Review. This way we don’t need to duplicate data by having 2

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 60 Link Reviews Back to Catalog Items

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This is the 60th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS) for a Community Library Website. In this lesson we create the link on the Review that takes us to the original Catalog Item.  We use get_post_meta to get the catalog item post id and

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 55 Add Sort Order to Custom Taxonomy

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This is the 55th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we add a sort order to our custom taxonomies by means of a modified version of the My Category Order plugin. Once we’ve modified the plugin, we add that sort to

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 54 Sort Archive Posts by Meta Value

This is the 54th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we customize the query string for archive pages so that the results are sorted by meta value. In this case - by callnumber. We capture the global variable $query_string, deconstruct it

Community Library Website – Member’s Progress Report

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In this video we take a quick look at the progress that our member has made in creating her church library website. Her library committee thinks it looks great. Well you know, I’m just tickled to death at your site. It looks absolutely beautiful and you were just going to close by basking it its

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 53 Show the Term Label Only when a Term Exists

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This is the 53rd in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we revise the code we wrote previously so that when there is no taxonomy term associated with a post we don’t display the taxonomy label. We use the get_the_term_list() function to

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 49 – Naming Conflicts in Custom Taxonomies

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This is the 49th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS) for a Community Library Website. In this lesson we discuss issues that have arisen in the project due to naming conflicts in taxonomy terms.  Ordinarily WordPress handles this, however when importing data using CSV

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 50 – Find and Replace Semi-colons in the Database

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This is the 50th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS) for a Community Library Website. In this lesson we directly modify the data in our database using phpMyAdmin and MySQL statements.  We search for the semi-colons in the author names and replace them with

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 51 Modify Taxonomy Names Directly in the Database

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This is the 51st in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS) for a Community Library Website. In this lesson we directly modify the data in our database using phpMyAdmin and MySQL statements.  We previously changed the name of a custom taxonomy, now we search for

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 52 Sort Posts by Meta Value

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This is the 52nd in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we sort the way catalog items are displayed on the Catalog Page by call number.  Call number is a custom post meta value.  We learn how to add ‘orderby’ => ‘meta-value’.

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 44, Custom Taxonomy Query

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This is the 44th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we modify the custom loop for our custom catalog page. This custom loop will display recent posts organized by custom taxonomy. We use the new tax_query parameter to limit the display

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 46, Display Posts from the Last 60 Days

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This is the 44th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we modify the custom loop for our custom catalog page. This custom loop will display recent posts organized by custom taxonomy. We create a “date filter” that will allow us to

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 43, Simple Custom Query

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This is the 43rd in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we create the custom loop for our custom catalog page. We start by creating a simple custom query that we will progressively modify until it displays all posts from the last

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 42, Custom Loop to Display Custom Post Types

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This is the 42nd in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we create the custom loop for our custom catalog page. This custom loop will display recent posts organized by custom taxonomy. We use the WordPress function get_terms() to look at the

Community Library Website – Part 47, Custom Loop If Have Posts

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This is the 47th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we modify the custom loop for our custom catalog page. This custom loop will display recent posts organized by custom taxonomy. We use the “if have posts” conditional statement to exclude

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 45, Add Thesis HTML Structure to Teasers

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This is the 45th in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we modify our custom catalog page so that the teaser display inherits the Thesis HTML Structure. Oh that takes us to step 4 then which now we want to add some

Community Library Case Study Case Study – Part 48, Increase the Number of Posts that Display on the Custom Catalog

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This is the forty eighth in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we change the display of posts so that any post that meets the right criteria for the recent posts category will show. Currently only 20 posts are being displayed. We

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 37, Add WordPress Menus to Archive Pages

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This is the thirty seventh in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we continue working on the menus in our new catalog page. We add the menus to the archive pages by creating a new function in custom_functions.php. The menus now appear

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 41, Add Taxonomy Drill Down Browsing

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This is forty first in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we continue working on the sidebar in our new catalog page. We add the drill down search with the Taxonomy Drill Down Plugin. This allows us to add a Browse by

Community Library Website Case Study – Part 35, Add Styling to WordPress Menus

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This is the thirty fifth in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we continue working on our new catalog page as we style the custom menus we created earlier. Using Firebug and Web Developer, we change the CSS so that the list