Rachel McCollin
Rachel McCollin is a WordPress developer who writes books, articles and tutorials about web design, with a focus on WordPress and on responsive and mobile development. She runs a web design agency in Birmingham, UK and has published three books on WordPress, including WordPress: Pushing the Limits, an advanced resource for WordPress developers.
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    How Theme Frameworks Actually WorkBuild your own theme framework preview image
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    Theme Frameworks can be extremely powerful. For non-technical WordPress users, they make it possible to create a unique site which looks like it's running a bespoke theme, and for WordPress developers they can help you apply the DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle and give you the ability to build custom sites fast. If you've been using a third party framework for a while and have become frustrated with the bloated code or lack of flexibility, or you just want to have complete control over your code, then building your own theme framework could be the best approach.Read More…
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    Adding the CSS for a Color Scheme in the Theme CustomizerTheme customizer color scheme preview
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    In the first part of this two part series, I showed you how to create the settings and controls for a color scheme in the WordPress theme customizer. In this part, you'll use these to define CSS in the theme based on what users select using the customizer.Read More…
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    Settings and Controls for a Color Scheme in the Theme CustomizerTheme customizer color scheme preview
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    The theme customizer is a great tool to allow your users more freedom to tweak a theme without having to edit the code. But if you want to let your users change the colors of their site, things can get complicated. Adding a control for every single element they can change will make things cumbersome and users may end up with a site which looks like a garish mess. Instead of adding lots of controls for all of the elements you want users to be able to change, you can simply create a color scheme, allowing users to select a few colors and then applying those to a range of elements in the theme.Read More…
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    WooCommerce: Adding Virtual Products to Your StoreGetting started with woocommerce preview
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    Now that you have your WooCommerce store set up and your product settings configured, you need to start adding some products to it. In the last article, we took a look at how to add and configure physical products, and now we'll learn how to add virtual or downloadable products to your WooCommerce store.Read More…
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    WooCommerce: Adding Physical Products to Your StoreGetting started with woocommerce preview
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    Now that you have your WooCommerce store set up and your product settings configured, you need to start adding some products to it. Here, you'll learn how to add and configure physical products.Read More…
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    WooCommerce: Checkout, Shipping and Accounts SettingsGetting started with woocommerce preview
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    WooCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce add-ons for WordPress: At the time of writing it's been downloaded no less than 3.6 million times. The core WooCommerce plugin is free and you can augment it with premium add-ons; however for many online stores, the free plugin is all you need to start selling. In this series of tutorials, I'll show you how to install and configure WooCommerce and add both physical and virtual products to it. In this part, learn how to complete the setup process.Read More…
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    WooCommerce: General and Product SettingsGetting started with woocommerce preview
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    WooCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce add-ons for WordPress: At the time of writing it's been downloaded no less than 3.6 million times. The core WooCommerce plugin is free and you can augment it with premium add-ons; however for many online stores, the free plugin is all you need to start selling. In this series of tutorials, I'll show you how to install and configure WooCommerce and add both physical and virtual products to it. In this first part you'll install the plugin and work with the general settings and those for products and taxes.Read More…
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    Understanding and Working with The WordPress Options TableWordpress
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    In the earlier parts of this series, we looked at the tables in the WordPress database and the relationships between them. In this part I'll cover a table which is different from the others - the wp_options table.Read More…
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    Understanding and Working with Taxonomies and Terms in WordPressWordpress
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    Taxonomies are what takes WordPress beyond a simple blogging platform and into the realms of a CMS. But how are they stored in the database?Read More…
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    Understanding and Working with Metadata in WordPressWordpress
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    So far in this series, we've looked at the main content types in WordPress. But what about the additional data about all that content? That's where metadata comes in.Read More…
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    Understanding and Working with User Data in WordPressWordpress
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    In an earlier tutorial in this series, we looked at the different content types in WordPress, of which user data is one. Here, I'll go into user data in more depth and show how it's stored and used by WordPress.Read More…
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    Understanding and Working with Posts in WordPressWordpress
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    Like so many examples of WordPress terminology, the term 'posts' can be confusing, as it refers to a post type as well as a content type stored in a specific database table. Here, I'll clarify the difference between the two and look at post types in detail.Read More…