Tom McFarlin
Tom is a self-employed developer who loves writing, building, and sharing WordPress-based projects. He runs Pressware where he provides WordPress goods and services. You can follow him on Twitter.
Courses
  • Web Design

    The WordPress Theme Customizer

    1.5 hours
  • Code

    Design Patterns in WordPress

    1.6 hours
  • Code

    Working With Meta Boxes in WordPress

    1.5 hours
  • Code

    Using the WordPress Settings API

    2.2 hours
  • Code

    WordPress Widgets: Front To Back

    2 hours
Tutorials
  • Code
    The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Taxonomies: A Custom PluginTaxonomies 1
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    The only thing we've yet to do is actually put together a plugin that demonstrates how to use the API to implement our own custom taxonomies. So in this post, we're going to do exactly that. Read More…
  • Code
    The Top 50 Code Posts of 20142014
    442 shares
    Though Tuts+ consists are more of just our Code category, here are the top 50 posts of 2014 that ran on Tuts+ Code.Read More…
  • Code
    The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Taxonomies: Themes or Plugins?Taxonomies 1
    287 shares
    Whatever the case, we're doing what we can to make sure that you're armed with as much information as possible when it comes to incorporating custom taxonomies into your WordPress projects.Read More…
  • Code
    The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress TaxonomiesTaxonomies
    392 shares
    In this series, we're going to be taking a beginner's look at taxonomies - from the concept to how they work in WordPress and from how we can use them in themes and plugins to implementing them in our own work.Read More…
  • Code
    Advantages and Disadvantages of WordPress FrameworksWordpress frameworks
    351 shares
    We're going to be looking at the advantages and disadvantages of selecting a framework when working with WordPress to help make better decisions as it relates to building sites, applications, and other projects on top of WordPress.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: RefactoringMaintainable meta boxes
    206 shares
    Throughout this series, we've been focusing on building maintainable WordPress meta boxes. By that, I mean that we've been working to create a WordPress plugin that's well-organized, follows WordPress coding standards, and that can be easily adapted and maintained as the project moves forward over time.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: Save and RetrieveMaintainable meta boxes
    246 shares
    In this article, we're going to continue our work by saving the information to the database, retrieving the information, and displaying it on the front-end. Along the way, we'll also look at some of the built-in WordPress API functions designed to help make this a bit easier for us as well as some tips for double-checking our work in the database to verify our information is being saved exactly as we expect.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: Verify and SanitizeMaintainable meta boxes 1
    188 shares
    Up to this point, we've put together the basic file organization of the plugin as well as the front-end, but we haven't actually implemented functionality for saving information to the database. And if you can't save information, then the plugin is of little benefit to anyone. In this post, we're going to hop back into the server-side code and implement the functionality that will verify the user has permission to save and that the data is properly sanitized.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: Finish The Front-EndMaintainable meta boxes 1
    172 shares
    In this article, we're going to continue with introducing the rest of the user interface, and then we're going to move onto actually writing code responsible for verifying the user input and associating it with the given post.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: The Front-EndMaintainable meta boxes 1
    267 shares
    This article will continue building on what we've done thus far. We're going to be introducing content in each of the tabs, implementing functionality that allows us to toggle the content, and we'll begin introducing the fields for content on the first tab.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta Boxes: The LayoutMaintainable meta boxes 1
    237 shares
    In the first post, we looked at the initial directory structure and setup the basic code required to get a plugin running in WordPress. In this post, we're going to continue planning and building our plugin. We'll also be talking about the decisions that we're making when it comes to separating parts of our code and how it factors into maintainability.Read More…
  • Code
    Creating Maintainable WordPress Meta BoxesMaintainable meta boxes
    294 shares
    Throughout this series, we're going to take at one way that we can write maintainable code in WordPress through an example plugin that introduces meta boxes, various options, and tabbed navigation in the WordPress dashboard.Read More…