After having read fundamental concepts in our Smashing eBook “WordPress Essentials” and having expanded your knowledge by applying the many options gathered in our Smashing eBook “Mastering WordPress”, it's time for you to go even further with WordPress development.


This eBook “WordPress Tutorials” is filled with detailed techniques which will show you the step-by-step of various enhancement processes on WordPress publishing. Including tabs into the user interface, adding media elements, applying plug-ins and creating custom meta boxes are a few examples of what is expecting you. Why wait until your clients ask what can be done when you can anticipate their expectations and impress them with your know-how?


  • How To Create Tabs On WordPress Settings Pages
  • Create Native Admin Tables In WordPress The Right Way
  • How To Build A Media Site On WordPress (Part 1)
  • How To Build A Media Site On WordPress (Part 2)
  • How To Create Custom Post Meta Boxes In WordPress
  • Getting Started With bbPress
  • WordPress Multisite: Practical Functions And Methods
  • Writing the Perfect WordPress Readme.txt
  • Integrating Amazon S3 with WordPress

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 183
  • Language:English
  • Released: November 2011
  • Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH
  • ISBN:978-3-943075-19-9

Excerpt From Chapter 1

How To Create Custom Post Meta Boxes In WordPress — by Justin Tadlock

What seems like one of the most complicated bits of functionality in WordPress is adding meta boxes to the post editing screen. This complexity only grows as more and more tutorials are written on the process with weird loops and arrays. Even meta box “frameworks” have been developed. I’ll let you in on a little secret though: it’s not that complicated. Creating custom meta boxes is extremely simple, at least it is once you’ve created your first one using the tools baked into WordPress’ core code.

So you have a custom post meta box that works, but you still need to do something with the metadata that it saves. That’s the point of creating meta boxes. What to do with your metadata will change from project to project, so this is not something I can answer for you. However, you will learn how to use the metadata from the meta box you’ve created.

Excerpt From Chapter 6

Getting Started With bbPress — by Thord Daniel Hedengren

Forums have been around forever, so it should come as no surprise that several plugins for the popular publishing platform WordPress provide this feature, as well as support for integrating other forum software. One project, however, has a special place in the WordPress community, and that is bbPress. This is the software created by WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg, as a lightweight system for the support forums. In true open-source fashion, the bbPress project was born as a lightweight standalone alternative for forums.

bbPress 2.0 changed it all again, because bbPress has now been officially reborn as a plugin for WordPress, something that had been in the works for quite some time. This is where we stand today, with a fresh release of the first version of the bbPress plugin. In the coming weeks (or right now, depending on when you’re reading this), the plugin will get proper documentation and more support for cool functionality. That shouldn’t stop you from giving it a go right away, because getting started and taking advantage of its core functionality is easy enough.

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