Designing for WordPress Without WordPress

Notes on a talk by Rob Spangler

– Enjoys the phrase “independent contractor” better than “freelancer”

– It’s okay to think outside of the box. Don’t be constrained by vague instructions.

Principle to Practical

– Design within limits, but don’t be limited by your design.

– Deliver what is awesome, then scale back if you have to.


– Don’t be scared of using Custom Fields.

– Custom Post Types are pretty spectacular, they prevent hacky use of custom fields.

– Menu functionality is much better than it used to be, and that’s reason to utilize it.

– “I use the crap out of Featured Images” because they are helpful and can make page to page differences extremely easy.

– Text Widget is great for using social media embed codes that then generate tweets or activity.

Custom Plugins

– WordPress is your canvas and we are painting onto it. Know what’s in WordPress and use it.

A great talk that just skimmed the surface of Custom Post Types, Custom Fields and custom WordPress. Follow Rob on Twitter at @robertspangler

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John Hartley is a Director of Product Engineering at Beam Dental in Columbus, OH. With 5+ years of leadership experience he has worked in startups, agencies, and began his career as a freelance Front End Developer. Always looking to iterate, this blog is a place for him to share his knowledge as well as hone his craft, challenge assumptions, and build a strong base of leadership and management knowledge. Connect with him on LinkedIn

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