By Michael Fields

Administration Panels

The Administration Panels are what you use to make changes to your WordPress-powered website. Basically this term applies to everything that you see after you log in to your WordPress installation. Read more in the Codex. View entries


The Portland WordPress User Group is a monthly meetup bring together WordPress users of all skill levels. I try to make it out to as many of these as possible. If you’re in the Portland area and looking to meet other WordPress geeks you should come out! Find more info on the official website and Meetup. View entries

Post Formats

Post formats are a feature that will be introduced in version 3.1 of WordPress which allow authors to add context to the different posts they have written. Version 3.1 offers 10 unique formats that can be assigned to posts including: Standard, Aside, Audio, Chat, Gallery, Image, Link, Quote, Status and Video. More information can be found in The Codex. View entries

Roles and Capabilities

One of the many features available to WordPress administrators is the ability to create new users who can add, edit and delete information. While having a site where multiple users can modify content is a wonderful thing, it is important that the administrator have the power to control which parts of the site the other users can edit. This is where Roles and Capabilities come into play. The default Roles in every installation of WordPress are: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor and Subscriber. Each of these roles has a predetermined set of capabilities. Please visit the Codex for informative charts. If you find that the default roles and capabilities do not fit your needs, I suggest that you look into the Members plugin by Justin Tadlock. View entries


This function was introduced in WordPress version 1.5. It is used internally to prepare the global post object for use in many template tags in The Loop. It is also used where multiple posts are displayed in the Administration Panels. View entries


The term taxonomy can easily be defined as the practice and science of classification. Within WordPress, different taxonomies have been created to help users classify their content. In a default installation, you will find the following taxonomies defined: Categories, Tags and Link Categories. WordPress also allows you to create you own custom taxonomies. For more information about why you would want to do this please see my custom taxonomy article. View entries

Theme Development

This page is a catalog of everything that I have written pertaining to theme development. I really like making my own from scratch and building custom functionality into ones that already exist. View entries

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