frequently used wordpress tags

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Theme Name: My Site name
Description: an awesome theme that I built
Author: Your name
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head tags

<html <?php language_attributes(); ?>>

<meta charset="<?php bloginfo( 'charset' ); ?>" />

* Print the <title> tag based on what is being viewed.
* We filter the output of wp_title() a bit -- see
* twentyten_filter_wp_title() in functions.php.
wp_title( '|', true, 'right' );?>

<link rel="profile" href="" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" href="<?php bloginfo( 'stylesheet_url' ); ?>" />
<link rel="pingback" href="<?php bloginfo( 'pingback_url' ); ?>" />
/* Always have wp_head() just before the closing </head>
* tag of your theme, or you will break many plugins, which
* generally use this hook to add elements to <head> such
* as styles, scripts, and meta tags.


<body <?php body_class(); ?>>

Page content– THE LOOP

<?php if ( have_posts() ) while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

<h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>

<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php wp_link_pages( array( 'before' => '' . __( 'Pages:', 'twentyten' ), 'after' => '' ) ); ?>
<?php edit_post_link( __( 'Edit', 'twentyten' ), '', '' ); ?>

<?php //comments_template( '', true ); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?>


<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'container_class' => 'menu-header', 'theme_location' => 'primary' ) ); ?>


<ul class="widgets">
<?php dynamic_sidebar( 'primary-widget-area' )  ?>


/* Always have wp_footer() just before the closing </body>
* tag of your theme, or you will break many plugins, which
* generally use this hook to reference JavaScript files.


insert post thumbnail

<?php if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) { the_post_thumbnail('large'); } ?>

or give it a class of 'alignleft'...

<?php the_post_thumbnail('medium', array('class' => 'alignleft'));?>

insert custom field

<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'right_box', true); ?>

add a second loop to a page

<?php //this is a separate query loop that grabs the 3 most recent posts of the category with ID of 12.
$blogquery = new WP_Query( 'cat=12&amp;posts_per_page=3' );
// The Loop
while ( $blogquery->have_posts() ) : $blogquery->the_post(); ?>
<h3><?php the_title();?></h3>
<?php the_excerpt(); ?>
<?php endwhile;
// Reset Post Data
wp_reset_postdata(); ?>

Named Page Template

Template Name: Templat Name
// the line of code above is what makes wordpress recognize this as a template. When editing a page, it will appear as a Page Template in the "page attributes" box.

Insert a link to the post that you are listing (such as on the main blog list)

<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>

create an absolute link to a file that will not break when you migrate the site.

<a href="<?php bloginfo( 'stylesheet_directory' ); ?>/image.jpg">link text </a>

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