New Company Site Launch for Shift8 Web

Hello! We are excited to announce that we have created a brand new website for ourselves! Sometimes its difficult to focus on ourselves when we are so often focused on our clients. With new and exciting projects on the horizon, we thought we would take the opportunity to chip away and eventually launch a new website for ourselves. While previous site was on the Drupal CMS, we decided it would be nice to migrate back to our old friend, WordPress. Though our site may seem kind of simple, there’s a few interesting things that we did that we wanted to share. Mobile Detection with jQuery Why does anyone ever need to detect for mobile devices anymore? Don’t we just use media queries? Well, yes that is the best practice answer. But throw in multiple layers of caching like Memcache, Page caching, Object caching and Varnish caching and you will soon […]

Creating custom post types and pulling them into a custom page template in WordPress

Hello! Occasionally in WordPress it is necessary to push, what is primarily a blogging content management system, to its limits in order to create a dynamic website. The reason why it may be necessary to create a custom wordpress post type is in just that scenario where you need to create custom and dynamic types of content that go beyond what a wordpress blog “post” by default will allow you to modify. For example you may want to create a car website that lists all sorts of different cars and has a multiple car listing page and single car listing pages. Each car could have many fields like color, make, model, year, engine, features and so on. Doing this in a wordpress blog post just wouldn’t work because out of the box you only have fields like post title, categories, tags and post content. While it is possible to simply […]

Make your own custom WordPress shortcode for pulling category posts

Hello! WordPress is a great entry level CMS that has a vibrant and extensive development community with many free plugins and offerings to help extend your web installation significantly. Once in a while , either with a significant WordPress update or for other reasons, the default plugins wont cut it. Sometimes when you seemingly want to do something simple, the options that a free plugin may offer either don’t work as advertised or don’t do enough. With wordpress, creating your own shortcode that does its own query for posts is quite easy. Why would you do this when there are so many plugins out there? Well if you create your own custom post type in WordPress and are integrating other plugins or perhaps tieing all those plugins together or even further to that perhaps you want to take the custom post type and pull specific content from that post type […]