Let's start with a little free association exercise. I'll say a WordPress phrase and you guys holler out the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Meta Data.
I bet almost all of you just shouted custom fields! And that's awesome. When I discovered the power of meta data and custom fields, I unlocked a whole new world of functionality in my WordPress work. I could save extra information on any post I wanted. But meta data doesn't have to stay on just the Write New Post screen! Armed with a few core functions, we can save, edit and do amazing things with meta data linked to posts, pages, comments - even users - dynamically, from our front-end templates.
This three hour course will review a number of real life examples, coded live on-screen during the session. We'll cover things like using get_post_meta to create more dynamic templates, using update_user_meta to save custom data to individual users, and even go full circle using update_post_meta in our templates and then querying posts based on our new custom data.
The session will include a lot of hands-on code and students would most benefit from bringing their own computer. We'll be doing a lot of code up on the big screen and we'll have companion worksheets, but the best way to learn this stuff is to actually do it.
Clark has been working with WordPress full-time for 8 years now. He's built large client sites, high-profile blogs, and experimental playthings- all while learning new things everyday.
In the past year he's become highly active in the WordPress Austin Meetup Group, delivering a dozen or so talks to an ever-growing group of WordPress enthusiasts. SkillShare will be the new home of his more complex WordPress instruction.