The Whiteley Designs Blog

The WPEngine Staging Site – My Favorite WPEngine Tool

Posted by Matt Whiteley on January 16, 20170

WPEngine is one of my go-to hosting solutions. Their platform is second to none, their customer service is top-notch and they offer a strong set of features that can make hosting, migrating, backing-up and all the other mundane tasks of running a website simple and safe. Today I’m going to talk about one of my […]

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Move WordPress blog posts with featured images

Posted by Matt Whiteley on January 1, 20176

Over the years I have been asked to move WordPress blog posts many times. The most frequent need for blog post migration is during the development of a new site where the client needs to keep all blog posts, but has no need for other things from the old site. Instead of migrating the entire […]

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Using WordPress get_template_part in Shortcode Loop

Posted by Matt Whiteley on August 27, 20160

I came across a project recently that required the use of a custom post type for ‘News’ articles. No problem. It was also required that the news articles show on various other pages throughout the site within the page content. Again, no problem, a simple shortcode can handle this without issue. The issue comes with […]

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Responsive YouTube Embed

Posted by Matt Whiteley on July 23, 20164

One frustrating thing I’ve run in to multiple times is the difficulty in working with YouTube embed codes when it comes to responsive design. Typically you can make an image, or video, responsive by simply assigning a 100% width with a variable height, but that doesn’t work with YouTube embeds. If you use this tactic […]

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Show Loading Graphic During Page Load

Posted by Matt Whiteley on May 3, 20160

There are circumstances where it may be a better user experience if you display a loading graphic during page load. In a recent project I was tasked with displaying a page that included 12 posts, each of which had 3-5 high resolution images that needed to rotate when the user hovered over the featured image. […]

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Editing the WordPress Admin Menus

Posted by Matt Whiteley on April 20, 20164

The WordPress Admin area is a well-organized hub for all of your website needs. Although it is laid out quite nicely, there are often times when removing, reordering or adding WordPress admin menus and items specific to your needs would be extremely beneficial. In this tutorial I will show you how to do the following: […]

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Add Shipping Address for Virtual Products in WooCommerce

Posted by Matt Whiteley on March 25, 201614

I came across a project recently that needed to offer a variety of products that offered free shipping, while other products in their WooCommerce store needed to have a shipping cost associated with them. This can be a bit tricky, and one of the simplest solutions is to simply mark any products that you want […]

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How to use jQuery LazyLoad

Posted by Matt Whiteley on November 9, 20151

One of the more popular way of loading images these days is jQuery LazyLoad. Essentially, this means not loading the image until the image is visible on the screen, or until a specified point on the page with relation to the image is scrolled to. There are some nice advantages, both aesthetically and performance-wise for […]

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A Review of Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)

Posted by Matt Whiteley on June 26, 20150

A brief description on why Advanced Custom Fields is now an essential part of my work-flow to ensure a great user experience and an efficient development process.

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How to ensure you choose a quality WordPress developer

Posted by Matt Whiteley on April 12, 20150

Choosing a WordPress developer for a project can be a daunting task. Many claim to be experienced WordPress developers, but few are. There are a few key aspects that should factor in to your decision when choosing the right developer for your project that I will discuss below. What is your project scope and budget? […]

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