Where did 2013 go?!

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Apparently 2013 doesn’t exist on my website! Wow, I missed a whole year of potential blogging. But, what a year it was! Though I’m not usually one to reflect on a year gone by in a post, I do want to highlight some things that happened that I think were pretty awesome (and why I was MIA)!

  • At the beginning of the year I moved into my own place – no more roommates! I still have pictures to hang up…
  • I got to see Armin van Buuren, which was a lot of fun.
  • I went to Europe for a week (I know right, only a week?!) to see¬†Liliana, one of my closest friends. I got to spend time in Utrecht, Amsterdam, and even went to Prague for a few days! I can’t wait to go back.
  • Went to WordCamp Vancouver, of course, where I got a bunch of cool swag and got to catch up with Chris from VIU.
  • And of course, busy busy at work! Which means sometimes you just don’t want to look at a computer on the weekends. ūüôā

Now that we are almost done January of this year, I can see it really is going by so fast already. For a few weeks now I’ve had ideas swimming around in my head for potential ideas to blog about. I plan to continue my WordPress series, whether it is with more complex tutorials, or small but helpful bits and pieces. I also would like to start an HTML email series, as over the past year I have been doing more and more HTML emails, and yes… I do kinda sorta maybe like them. A little.

They’re like a puzzle, okay?

I doubt I’ll have a chance to pop out a post before the rest of this month is up, so stay tuned for some articles and tutorials coming next month!

What exciting things did you get around to in 2013? Share below!

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays everyone!

I have been meaning to post a lot sooner than now (busy, busy!), specifically about WordCamp Vancouver that I went to back in October. Well, I will say now that I had a GREAT time at WordCamp and definitely recommend it. They are held in many, many cities, so just go to the WordCamp Central website to see if one is happening soon near you! I will definitely be going next year.

2012 is nearly over, and it sure has flown by. What a year! I graduated from Vancouver Island University with my degree in Digital Media Studies, I moved off “the rock”, and I am now working at the fabulous Bstro. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store!

I wish you all very Happy Holidays, and a fabulous New Year! See you in 2013. ūüôā

WordPress: Multiple Search Forms

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This entry is part of my WordPress development series, providing tutorials on specific things you can do in WordPress. Read some more?

Sometimes you may need to have multiple search forms within your website. You can easily call the WordPress function get_search_form()¬†wherever you want your search forms to be. An example of this could be when you have a search input in the header or footer of your website. But then, you may have a search form at the top of your mobile navigation that slides out on mobile devices. Or, there’s one on the Search page of your website as well when there’s no results.

However, if you’re someone (like me) who tries to have valid code (or as close as we get), then this won’t work with the default WordPress search form because it will use the same ID for each one, which won’t validate.

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WordPress: Sortable Custom Columns

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This entry is part of my WordPress development series, providing tutorials on specific things you can do in WordPress. Read some more?

Continuing on from the previous tutorial where we added custom columns, we are now going to make these columns sortable like the regular default columns in WordPress (such as post/page title and publish date).

For simplicity, we will continue to work in our functions.php file. You can edit this file by going to Appearance > Editor in your WordPress admin panel, or using a text editor with FTP.

From the last tutorial, I have already created my custom columns for my custom post type “Cats”. So first¬†we have to tell WordPress to make our columns sortable using the function add_filter().

// Make columns sortable
add_filter( 'manage_edit-cf_cats_sortable_columns', 'cats_sortable_cols' );

function cats_sortable_cols( $columns ) {

	$columns['age'] = 'age';
	$columns['toy'] = 'toy';

	return $columns;
}

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WordPress: Adding Custom Columns

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This entry is part of my WordPress development series, providing tutorials on specific things you can do in WordPress. Read some more?

This tutorial is going to show you how to take the metadata stored in your custom meta box (or boxes) from your custom post type and display it as columns on the browse or “All” page – for my custom post type, that would be the page “Cats”. This is a great way to show some extra information about your custom posts at once without having to go to each¬†individual¬†post. Continuing on from the¬†previous tutorial, I am going to display the age and favourite toy metadata that I stored for my cat Azaezel.

For simplicity, we will continue to work in our functions.php file. You can edit this file by going to Appearance > Editor in your WordPress admin panel, or using a text editor with FTP.

To begin, we first have to create the columns. We do this by using the function add_filter().

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Treehouse – Watch Videos & Unlock Badges

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Ever wanted to learn how to code HTML or CSS? JavaScript? Learn how to use Photoshop? Get started with HTML5 or CSS3? Well you can learn that and a whole lot more at Treehouse! From the Treehouse website:

Our mission is to teach Web Design, Development and iOS to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world.

I have been a member of Treehouse since the end of February and I love it! What’s so fantastic about it is you get to unlock badges as you go along watching videos that teach you things like:

  • HTML – Lists, Objects, Text, Forms, HTML5
  • CSS – Selectors, Box Model, Page layout, CSS3 Techniques
  • Typography, Web Fonts, Photoshop
  • JavaScript, Ruby, iOS
  • …and so much more!

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