Mini-review & Competition: How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer 2

Learn the advanced tools for WordPress mastery

WordPress is arguably the biggest, most prevalent content management system on the market. Earlier this year, reported that the WordPress CMS has been downloaded over 32.5 million times. WordPress today is no longer regarded as just a blogging tool, though that was the reason it was created. Its flexibility and ease of customization has led WordPress to be one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) used in the web design and development industry.


Who's this Book for:

Rockstar WordPress Designer 2 picks up where the original Rockstar WordPress Designer book left off and teaches you the advanced tools for WordPress mastery! Rohan Mehta translates his extensive experience as a WordPress developer into a straight-forward, practical guide to advanced WordPress features like custom post types, widgets, and more.

What You'll Learn:

In this book, author Rohan Mehta will show you how powerful WordPress can get as a content management platform, and not just as a blogging platform. Entire sites can be run on WordPress and the ways to customize it are limitless. You will learn how to develop code for WordPress that is reusable across projects - the theme options and meta box classes can be adapted across themes extremely easily and without much effort at all. 

Example Themes and Files in the Book:

  • Photoshop Files - The PSD files for the design used in this book. 
  • HTML Theme - This is the HTML version of the PSD theme. It consists of the various used in the theme - home page, static page, blog page, single blog post, etc.
  • HTML Admin - This is the HTML design of the administration panel used in the theme. 
  • Basic Framework - This is the folder with the basic framework for the theme, where you will find the basic structure. This consists of the regular WordPress theme files, including the index.php files, style.css stylesheet and various other regular theme files such as page.php, single.php, etc.
  • Complete Theme - This is the final completed theme which is ready to use. It is basically the BasicFramework plus all the advanced features you will learn about in this book.


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Table Of Contents


  • Files Included with the Book
  • A Code Convention

Setup & Managing Files

  • Managing Files
  • The functions.php File
  • Basic Setup
  • The wp_nav_menu() function 
  • JavaScript Files
  • Image Functions

Theme Options Pages

  • The Options Page Design
  • Options Files
  • Generating the Pages
  • Styling and Scripts
  • Including the Files
  • Using this Theme Options Framework in Another Theme 
  • The Home Page Slider Options
  • The JavaScript Code
  • Coding the Slider

Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

  • template_portfolio.php
  • single_portfolio.php
  • taxonomy_portfolio_cat.php

Meta Boxes

  • The Meta Box Options Files
  • coding the Meta Box Class
  • Including the Files
  • Using the Class in Other Themes

Custom Widgets

  • Making the Theme Widget-Ready
  • Custom widgets
  • Latest Portfolio Item Widget
  • Contact Form Widget
  • Tabbed Widget

Miscellaneous Items

  • Breadcrumbs
  • Shortcodes
  • Threaded Comments
  • Post Thumbnails 

Internationalization and Translation

  • Text Domains
  • l18n Functions
  • Different l18n Scenarios
  • Generation the .po Files
  • Using the PO File

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