Tutorials

All About the Updater Plugin

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Tutorial Tuesdays
With the anticipated release of Vantage 1.1 coming this week, we have prepared and released our new AppThemes updater plugin. The plugin is going to make updates easy and a simple. Dave has created a full blog post about the updater. We suggest giving it a quick read to see what the updater is all about.

This tutorial Tuesday is going to be sweet and simple. We’re going to show you how to install and use the new updater plugin. Dave has a nice written tutorial with instructions on how to install the new AppThemes updater plugin. Once you have it installed, check out the video created by Vantage developer Josh Ronk. In the video, Josh shows us how to use the updater plugin to update a theme.

These tutorials are very brief. But that’s because the updater is that straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s also the best way to update all our themes. So hop on over and check it out then download your own copy of the AppThemes updater plugin.

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Auto Post Listings to Facebook, Twitter and More

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Tutorial Tuesdays
We have one tutorial today, but it’s a really good one thanks to a tip from AppThemes user orangemedia.

You Gotta Be Social!

dlvr.it TutorialWant to jump start marketing and traffic generation for your ClassiPress, Clipper, JobRoller or Vantage site? Well, you’re going to need to be very active on social networks. Tweeting new ads, listings and coupons help announce new content on your site and attract new visitors.

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Restyle Your Vantage Site with a Child Theme

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Tutorial Tuesdays
We have a couple of useful tips for Vantage owners in today’s post. And another tip from Dave that will help you avoid the default WordPress error page. Let’s dive in.

How to Create a Child Theme for Vantage

Vantage child theme tutorialWant to take control of your Vantage site? How about giving it a good ol’ remodeling with new backgrounds, colors, fonts – the whole deal? Well, if you have enough HTML/CSS knowledge, giving Vantage a completely new look is well within your hands.

In our first tutorial about creating child themes for Vantage, we will show you how to make a basic child theme. We’ll also show you how to make some simple CSS changes with your new child theme. These tools alone will be enough to totally overhaul the look and feel of Vantage. Make it your very own. Change it to fit your branding. The choice is yours.

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How Indeed and SimplyHired Can Add Data to Your JobRoller Site and Money to Your Wallet

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Tutorial Tuesdays
Raise your hand if you like making money! Let’s see…1, 2, 3, 20, everyone? Hey, in the back – you don’t have your hand raised. This Tutorial Tuesday we’re going to look at job feeds and how you can make some income using them with JobRoller.

Indeed and Simply Hired Data Feeds for JobRoller

Indeed and Simply Hired are two, very well-known employment sites. They aggregate job listing data from thousands of sites from around the world. What you might not know is that all of this data is available to you. Even better, Indeed and Simply Hired will pay you to publish their job listings on your site.

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Have a Child Theme? You Need to Read This!

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Tutorial Tuesdays
This Tuesday, we have some important information that affects users and developers of child themes. So let’s get right to it.

Introducing Wrappers

Click to read tutorialThe new AppThemes framework uses a file called wrapper.php. Wrapper provides a nice tidy place where the html, head, and body tags live. Since these tags are no longer in header.php or footer.php, it reduces the need to make repeated calls for get_header() and get_footer().

While it is more efficient, we need to warn you that the new wrapper file can break existing child themes. The good news is that you don’t have to do a lot to fix it. Dave Cowgill has created a tutorial introducing the AppThemes wrapper.php file. The more technically inclined might want to read Scribu’s post on wrappers.

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A WordPress Security Tip & Customizing the AppThemes Importer

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Tutorial Tuesdays
It’s another week and another installment of our new feature: Tutorial Tuesdays. We are generating at least one tutorial a week, sometimes more. Along with new tutorials, we will highlight some archived tutorials that are worth another read. This week, we start with a little security tip.

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Customize the Design of JobRoller with Child Themes

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Tutorial Tuesdays
About a month ago, we started an internal campaign to produce more tutorial content. Everyone at AppThemes is contributing to the effort. The result will not only include some great articles on how to use our themes but also some fantastic insights into WordPress from one of the best teams in the business.

To help get the word out, we’re introducing Tutorial Tuesdays to the blog. Tutorial Tuesdays will be run down of all instructional from the previous week. We will also highlight some important content from our archives and occasionally link to tutorials from other sites.

And now, on to the tutorials…

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Video: Creating a Listing in Vantage

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We would first like to announce that the response to Vantage has been phenomenal. We are really encouraged by how much people like the theme and have posted some very supportive comments. Thank you everyone. We look forward to adding even more features to Vantage as soon as possible.

Quite a few people have asked us about the checkout process after an end-user creates a listing in Vantage. It’s not possible to see this with the demo, so we thought it would helpful to create a video.

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Creating ClassiPress Category Icons

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If you have visited the ClassiPress Demo recently you may have noticed some color and pizazz that you hadn’t seen before. If you take a closer look you will see that…wait, there are icons for every category!

Wow, that’s great.┬áBut how are you going to get icons onto your ClassiPress site? Well, we are here to give you a small tutorial on how to add one icon to one category, giving you the knowledge that will allow you to create categories for ALL your icons!

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ClassiPress Child Theme Tutorial (Part 2)

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This post is outdated. Please follow the instructions on creating a ClassiPress child theme on our docs site instead.

Before attempting this tutorial, you should have already read and completed the “ClassiPress Child Theme Tutorial Part 1“. Assuming you have done this you will already have a folder for your child theme which leaves us right where we left off.

What we will Cover in Part 2

  • Creating the functions.php file.
  • Overwriting an existing function (the prices function in this tutorial).
  • Creating your own new function in the function file.
  • Use the child theme to modify the index-directory.php file so that our homepage is modded.
  • Build a new dashboard template to show confirmation messages and activate it.

Step 1: Creating the functions.php file

Navigate to the child theme folder you previously created. Now we need to create a new file in it. You can do this a variety of ways, but we are going to use a technique that is the most “universal”.

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