WordPress is a wonderfully powerful CMS that ships with many versatile features giving it the flexibility to work out of the box for a wide range of users. However, if you are a professional building custom themes and plugins, sometimes these features can be problematic. The same features and options that allow off-the-shelf themes to adapt to many different use cases can sometimes also be used to undermine a carefully designed custom theme built for a specific use case. The following article comprises a collection of code snippets that I use again and again on almost every WordPress project. What they all have in common is that they limit functionality that is either unnecessary, confusing, or unsafe. Everything that follows can be used on any site, but these tips are especially applicable for professionals making custom themes and plugins for clients. The notable distinction is that custom themes can be built to serve a specific purpose. So the blanks for the authors’ content can and should also be much narrower. A well-designed WordPress theme should make as many design decisions as possible so the author doesn’t have to. There is no good reason why anyone should be live-editing
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