How to Create Native Admin Tables in WordPress
WordPress list tables are a very common element of the WordPress admin interface. They are used by nearly all default admin list pages, and also often implemented by developers while writing plugins. However, creating one of those tables is not really an intuitive thing to do when you haven't done it before, and I've seen cases where people where trying to replicate one, with techniques such as using the WordPress CSS classes on personal markup, or even replicating the CSS from scratch.
In this article, we'll see how WordPress provides native functionality that can be used to generate some native admin tables. We'll have a look at a typical WordPress table and its different components, showing how it is possible to implement them the right way.
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For the previous years I've been trying to point out the areas of my workflow that were taking most of my time to try to optimise them.
One of these areas was database interactions meaning the famous 'SELECT', 'INSERT', 'UPDATE' and 'DELETE' statements. When I was still discovering PHP, I spent far too much time hard coding every single database query. It was time consuming, but also very annoying.
Then, for a project, I discovered Zend, a powerful PHP framework. I loved the way it handled the queries, by having a database class with predefined methods for each interaction. The only problem was that Zend is far too bulky and complicated for simple projects.
After investigating if there were easier ways of achieving the same results, I am presenting here today a list of my favourites mysql functions, with their brief description and how you can use them. I hope that it will save you time in your future developments like it did for me.
The Watch is a list of curated quality links about web development. I've been maintaining it for a year now so I thought I would share the results with everyone as this will probably be useful to somebody else. I select the links from Twitter mostly based on their usefulness. They contain interesting reads, points of views, helpful scripts, articles, resources... Well plenty of things worth bookmarking when you are interested in web development.Read more
It's now quite common to swap the old url format containing file extensions and non explicit query strings by SEO friendly ones, only made of keywords and slashes, hence their name.
There are several techniques to do so, and I certainly do not have the pretention to say that this one is the best of all, but it is the one I use in personal projects as it works nicely, and it is robust and dynamic.
It makes use of an .htaccess file to rewrite the urls, of a php function to parse the given parameters, and a content manager to serve the appropriate content according to them.
Before we start I'd like to make a personal thanks to Josh Moont for his precious help.