How to use Actions, Hooks and current_theme_supports

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Today’s Tutorial Tuesday tempts with two tutorials from talented Tyler – whew!

Using Actions and Hooks in Your Child Themes

Using Actions and HooksUsing Actions and HooksYou know the AppThemes mantra when it comes to customizing code, “Child themes, child themes, child themes!” It’s so important to create child themes. Well, we’re making an effort to ensure you have the right tools and information to do just that.

Sometimes, creating a child theme is not as simple as adding template files to your child theme folder. It would be nice if our themes were that elementary. Instead, they are complex, robust applications that require more than templates.

When you’re creating a child theme that needs to work with the more complex features in our themes, you might need to take advantage of actions and hooks. Luckily for you, Tyler has created a tutorial on using actions and hooks to tell you all about it.

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Why “Claim a Listing” is One of the Best Ideas in Vantage

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We have three tutorials for your pleasure today. Two useful tutorials for Vantage and a great little tip from Dave on creating category-specific RSS feeds.

How to Set Up and Use “Claim Listing” in Vantage

Claim Listings in VantageThis simple feature in Vantage is probably also one of the most useful. Business listings are the lifeblood of any decent business directory site. Listings generate traffic, traffic helps you get more listings and more listings help you get even more traffic. It’s an upward spiral once you get it rolling. But how do you get it rolling?

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Developer Tutorials: Payment Gateways

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With the upcoming release of the AppThemes marketplace and the introduction of our framework and payments API, we’re going to focus a little more on creating tutorials for developers.

Whether you want to create a plugin for purchase by other AppThemes customers or you just want to super-charge your AppThemes enabled site, these tutorials will be just what you’re looking for. In fact, we think that code junkies will be so jazzed about these developer-focused tutorials, that we created a special section on our docs site. The list is small now, but we’ll adding more every week. Check back regularly.

So this week’s Tutorial Tuesday will focus on a trio of tutorials about developing gateways for the AppThemes payments API. Payments is already in Vantage and we’re migrating it to ClassiPress and Clipper at this very moment. Soon, it will be available in JobRoller, too. Once all the themes have the payments API, one gateway plugin should work in all themes. Imagine your gateway plugin working in Vantage, Clipper, ClassiPress and JobRoller. Wow!

Here are the tutorials…

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Custom Fields for Registration and Vantage Pricing Plans

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With the release of Vantage 1.1, expect to see a lot of Vantage tutorials. Some of the new features are really useful and we want to make sure that you get the most out of them. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the new payments set up in Vantage.

Setting up Payments in Vantage

Setting up Payments in Vantage: Payments SettingsPricing plans is one of the exciting new features introduced in Vantage 1.1. Pricing plans and the implementation of the new payments API are going to give more choices to create the payment models that work best for your site. This is a huge tutorial so we split it into two parts.

Part one covers settings for listings and payments in Vantage. Part two of the tutorial shows you how to set up pricing plans. The tutorial provides several different examples of plans that you can use on your site. If you’re going to charge for listings on your business directory, you’re going to want to read these tutorials as soon

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Vantage 1.1 Released

Vantage 1.1 releasedWell, here it is. Vantage 1.1 has been released. With this release, it could be said that we’re claiming it may be your favorite release yet. You’ve been patiently waiting for new features and updates, and we have listened. Our development team has been working hard to deliver an awesome feature-packed release!

Check out this list of the highlighted features:

Claiming Listings

You can now import or input many listings and flag them as “Claimable”. When the actual business owner finds their listing on your Vantage site, they can “Claim” it. After their payment, and upon your approval, the listing is handed over to them. They can edit, upload images, upload PDFs, modify any custom fields, etc.

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All About the Updater Plugin

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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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AppThemes Updater – A New Plugin to Keep Your Themes Healthy

We’ve just released a new plugin called the AppThemes Updater which now handles automatic theme updates. Previously, this functionality was baked directly into our themes but there were some limitations prompting us to separate it as a plugin.

Why the change?

As our product offerings continue to grow, we want to provide updates to our API more quickly — without having to wait for individual theme releases. Here are some other benefits:

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Auto Post Listings to Facebook, Twitter and More

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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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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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