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Creating WordPress RSS Feeds for Categories and Tags

You can find or create a WordPress website’s RSS feed to do a number of things, including sending out automated email newsletters. Below, we show you how to find or create WordPress RSS feed URLs based on the category of posts on your website or the tags of posts on your website. However, you can…

Capitalize First Letter in a String with JavaScript

In creating a function for a client, I ran into an issue where I wanted to capitalize the first letter in a string with JavaScript, or in other words, uppercase the first letter in a string with JavaScript. The solution is quite simple, all you need to do is use the following function: function capitalize(word){…

Error Establishing a Database Connection

I ran into this error while working on a client site the other day. The steps that I took to solve the issue included the following: Step 1: Check if you can connect to the database in another way Sometimes you may be able to connect to the database via the command line using the…

Check if a String Contains a Specific Word PHP

If you would like to check if a string contains a specific word in PHP, you have a couple options, but, we tend to prefer PHP’s strpos function. If the needle is not found in the haystack, strpos returns false. If the needle is found in the haystack, strpos returns the position of the needle…

Show All Errors PHP

In order to show all errors in a PHP file, you simply need to add the following two lines to your PHP file. Then, PHP will start to throw the error messages back to you, making debugging infinitely easier. Make sure to remove these lines when you push your PHP file to production, as it…

JavaScript isset() Equivalent

If you are familiar with PHP’s isset() function, you know that it is used to determine if a variable has been set and is not NULL. If you do not use the isset function, you risk throwing a PHP error saying that the variable is undefined. The isset() equivalent in JavaScript is the following code:…

Access Multiple WordPress Global Variables

If you want to access multiple WordPress global variables in a function, you need to separate them by commas. So, in the function below, we want to access both the wp_version and required_php_version variables. In order to do that, we simply have to separate them by commas. See the example below: public function example_function(){ global…

Get WordPress Version with PHP

We needed to get the WordPress version with PHP code and we found a global WordPress variable that you can use to access that. All of WordPress’ global variables can be found at https://codex.wordpress.org/Global_Variables. In order to access the current WordPress version, you need to add the following to your function: global $wp_version; Then, you…

Create MailChimp Campaign

Learn how to create a MailChimp campaign in 4 easy steps. We’ll describe what the terminology means and how to start sending out newsletters to your audience. Step 1: Sign up for MailChimp Sign up for MailChimp at https://mailchimp.com/signup/ Step 2: Create List Now that you have an account and are logged into your MailChimp…

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