In this series of articles, I will discuss what I’ve done with this site in particular, a working example on how to strip out the cruft to make a WordPress site lean and mean. Well, the code anyway, the content is up to the publisher.
- Start with a Blank Theme. Many developers take an existing theme and tweak it to suit a particular need, leaving an excess of code and functionality in place that is no longer needed. For a new project, I always start with a blank theme, reducing development and debugging time in the long run.
- Add Basic Functionality. Out of the box, WordPress and a blank theme still needs a few items for SEO, load time, and visual elements. This article goes over a adding few basic items I’ll need for overall site structure and appearance, all without plugins.
- Get Good with Shortcodes. Aside from it’s most outstanding feature – plugin capability – another extremely useful tool in WordPress is shortcode. Most users will add a plugin to add functionality, which can cause conflicts with other plugins or increase resource usage. In this article I’ll show you how I reduce plugin usage by a little coding in combination with shortcodes.
Let’s dig in. In the links below, I’ll walk through most of the construction steps for this web site.
- Start With a Blank Theme
- Stripping the Cruft
- Add Basic Functionality
- Get Good With ShortCodes