Articles by Daniel Pataki

Daniel builds plugins, themes and apps – then proceeds to write or talk about them. He's the editor for the WordPress section at Smashing Magazine and he writes for a bunch of other online magazines. When not coding or writing you'll find him playing board games or running with his dog. Drop him a line on Twitter or visit his personal website.

A beginner’s guide to the WordPress loop

Everyone is familiar with the WordPress loop, even if they don’t know it. It is a method WordPress uses to display posts on any given page. In addition to being performed on most pages you see it offers tons of flexibility by allowing itself to be modified, and that quite extensively, if needed. The end result of this is the ability to list posts by comment count, show only those with featured images, display only password-protected ones and so on. In this article we’ll take a look at how the default WordPress...

How to store temporary cached data with WordPress transients

Transients are such a powerful part of WordPress, yet are overlooked and under utilized. Using the transients API, you can store values in a standardized way, giving them an expiration time. This frees up space in the database and can lead to significant load time improvements. In this article, I’ll show you everything you need to know to use transients, and a few examples to show you just how powerful they can be! Why use expiring data? ... The first question that might be on your mind is, “Why would...
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