The perfect base WordPress theme

If you like using Bootstrap and WordPress as much as I do, you should now have the perfect base WordPress theme to start any project moving forward. At this point, our WordPress theme has all the Bootstrap components and features, several custom page templates, styled comments, Font Awesome, custom functions, and much more.

In the following video, I go over how you can use this base theme for your WordPress projects and how you can quickly add a custom homepage to the theme.

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Customizing the WordPress search results page

This tutorial goes over how to customize the WordPress search result page. We are going to make the post meta look like the rest of the site and also highlight the searched terms throughout the content of the results page. This will provide a better user experience for your visitors since they will be able to easily scan the content to find exactly what they are looking for on your site.

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Adding a Built-in Contact Form to WordPress

This tutorial will go over how to add a built-in contact form to your WordPress theme without having to use a plugin. I am not saying that using plugins are bad, it is just nice to have this functionality built-in to your WordPress theme out-of-box.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a new contact page template, go over the PHP code that does the form processing and error handling, build the Bootstrap contact form, and create a contact widget area. We will also add the Bootstrap Alert component to display the status of the form submission to the user.

By the end of this tutorial you will have a working contact form that sends all submissions to the admin’s email.

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Adding an Author Info Box under each Post

It’s always nice to give the author a little credit for the work they put in to create the content for your blog. In this tutorial, we are going to add an author info/meta box under each post to display content about the author. We will make this author box only appear if the author filled in the description field in their WordPress profile.

I will also show you how to add custom text fields to the WordPress profile page so you can use them for things like social profile links within the author info box. After this tutorial your theme will have an author info box with:

  • author avatar
  • author name that is linked to their published posts
  • author description
  • social links that use Font Awesome

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Styling the WordPress Comments with Bootstrap

This tutorial goes over how to use the callback option in the wp_list_comments function to customize each comment within WordPress. We will also use the different comment_form options to style the WordPress comment form with Bootstrap classes. Once you complete this tutorial, your WordPress theme will have nicely styled comments with a Bootstrap inspired comment form.

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