[...] I’ve never been a heavy WordPress user until now. I have to admit, its most recent version is full of the fun, geeky features that I like as a blogger, stuff that allows designer-editors to fully tweak the way content is output. It’s great.
Had a project recently where I need to output the RSS feed url of the current taxonomy archive page. The function to use is
get_term_feed_link ( $term_id, $taxonomy = 'category', $feed = '' ). Read more at WPSeek.
This function is yet to be documented in the Codex, but it is quite similar with
get_category_feed_link() function, which is an identical function, but only works with categories.
Now, there are many ways done by themes to add a post to a slider. One way is to create a specific slider custom post type. Another is to add something to the post’s custom field. Forever theme shows us an easier way to do it:
Featuring posts in a slider on your home page is easy. You just need sticky posts with Featured Images. Every sticky post you have (up to 10) that has a Featured Image (at least 887 pixels wide) attached will show up there. Easy!
Easy indeed! Sticky post and featured image are both built-in features of WordPress, so there’s a good chance that users are already familiar with it. There’s no need to create separate options, just a couple familiar steps on the Edit Post dashboard area and the user is done. I bet the ordering of the slider can be done simply by changing the post’s date too, so there’s no need to create another interface for it.
This is simple, familiar, and easy. Good idea.
The theme allows for one-column and two-column layout. However, instead of having a select layout option in a theme options page, Reddle chooses the layout by adapting to the content of the user’s sidebar widget areas. If the widget areas are empty, then it shows a one-column layout. Otherwise, it shows the widget(s), hence a two-column layout.
That is a smart, logical idea that can be extended to more layout options. Want a three-column layout? Add the second sidebar to the available widget areas. If it is filled, automatically change to a three-column layout.
The idea here is to make use of WordPress’ built-in features and settings, whenever possible, instead of adding another theme option. I like that.