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WordPress Weekend Resources: September 11, 2009

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Been a few weeks since the last round of WordPress resources, so hopefully there are some good ones in this bunch to make up for it.

Adding and using custom user profile fields – In another great tutorial from Justin Tadlock, he goes over how to use user profile fields in your theme, as well as how to make your own custom user profile fields such as a “Twitter” field. This can be useful on a multi-author blog to display author info on each of their respective posts.

Allow title overwrite on your WordPress blog – This WordPress recipe gives you the code to override the page title displayed on your blog. This can be especially useful for SEO, since you can use your regular title in your title tag, with a custom title on the actual page.

Best WordPress 404 Error Page Designs – This post at WPBeginner not only showcases a number of creative 404 page designs, it also goes over some best practices when it comes to error pages, and outlines the basics of making your own 404 template in your WordPress theme.

Free eBook: A Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Theme Development – This is a free eBook written by Alex Denning which outlines how to develop your own WordPress themes. In the book you go over the fundamentals of every WordPress theme, along with more information on the various template files included in a theme.

10 Ways to Customize and Personalize your WordPress Blog – This post over at Pro Blog Design outlines several ways to customize your WordPress blog. Tips include having a default Gravatar, as well as having a personalized login page. Each tip comes with example images and links to further resources.

That’s about it for this week. I regularly tweet links to WordPress resources like this on Twitter, among other things. Make sure you follow me if you don’t already.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.

  • Ahmed

    Thanks for the resources the Best WordPress 404 Error Page Designs is really nice post

  • Zipo

    I think the 404 Error Page could be the deal breaker for any site. I spoke about this on Keith’s site before. Many professional blogs can be a bit intimidating (kind of like this one for me) if you are not in the loop so to speak. This page copuld afford some levity, thus a tension breaker. I also wonder why someone does not do this page with audio attachment. Possibly they do. If I thought of it, I am sure someone a lot smarter did before me!

    Thanks Leland.

  • Leland

    Thanks for the comments so far!

    @Zipo: Usually on my own 404 pages I do have some basic navigation such as page lists, categories, and recent posts to help people find what they’re looking for. This is important but there definitely is some room for more creativity.

    Anything is better than 404 pages which say nothing but “404 – Page Not Found” or something similar, which offers no other useful information.

    • Zipo

      I think the 404 page could be a separate career. How many credit hours would it take to get a degree in
      Communication and Animation? Add a little music (elevator is not an option) and you got job security.

      I have yet to find myself on one of your 404 pgs, but I am sure if I do, it will be a great GPS!