Create your own wordpress shortcode to pull tweets from a user

Hello! I’m of the opinion that it is better to code your own functions, shortcode and templates to accomplish even simple things within content management systems, as opposed to downloading a free plugin to accomplish the same task. You might be asking “Why not just download a plugin? Its much easier!”. Well that may be true in the short term, but there are many reasons why investing a little bit of extra time to develop a solution in wordpress yourself is better in the long run. I’ll go into the reasoning first and then I’ll get into how we created our own shortcode to pull tweets from a twitter user. Security Security is more important than anything else. When you use someone else’s WordPress plugin to accomplish a task, you are putting all your faith and trust in that developer’s ability to develop a solution that adheres to security best […]

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 […]