9/3/2017 - 9:21 PM

This is the alpha version of my WordPress Cheat Sheet. I hope you will find this one helpful.

This is the alpha version of my WordPress Cheat Sheet. I hope you will find this one helpful.

Theme Files

style.css – This is your theme’s stylesheet file.
index.php – This is the main body template for your theme. Its job is to bring together all the information in the other theme files using template tags.
header.php – This file contains the header information that appears with the <head> section of your site, stuff like metadata and the link to your stylesheet.
sidebar.php – Everything in you sidebar goes in this file, like widgets, categories, additional menus, search form, etc.
footer.php – This file contains your footer information, such as copyright details, widgets, and social icons.
single.php – This file displays just one post.
page.php – When you create a page on your site, this is the template responsible.
comments.php – This file is responsible for displaying comments.
404.php – When visitors try to visit a page on your site that doesn’t exist, this file will general an error page.
functions.php – This file is where you can place special functions. We always recommend creating a child theme rather than edit this file directly.
archive.php – Display an archive with this file so visitors to your site can go way back when and read your Hello World! post.
search.php – Help your visitors search your site with this page.
searchform.php – Display a search form for your visitors with this template file.

Defining a New Theme

Theme Name: Twenty Sixteen
Theme URI:
Author: the WordPress team
Author URI:
Description: Twenty Sixteen is a modernized take on an ever-popular WordPress layout — the horizontal masthead with an optional right sidebar that works perfectly for blogs and websites. It has custom color options with beautiful default color schemes, a harmonious fluid grid using a mobile-first approach, and impeccable polish in every detail. Twenty Sixteen will make your WordPress look beautiful everywhere.
Version: 1.2
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
License URI:
Tags: black, blue, gray, red, white, yellow, dark, light, one-column, two-columns, right-sidebar, fixed-layout, responsive-layout, accessibility-ready, custom-background, custom-colors, custom-header, custom-menu, editor-style, featured-images, flexible-header, microformats, post-formats, rtl-language-support, sticky-post, threaded-comments, translation-ready
Text Domain: twentysixteen

This theme, like WordPress, is licensed under the GPL.
Use it to make something cool, have fun, and share what you've learned with others.

Template Include Tags

<?php get_header(); ?> – Includes the header.php file
<?php get_sidebar(); ?> – Includes the sidebar.php file
<?php get_footer(); ?> – Includes the footer.php file
<?php comments_template(); ?> – Includes your comments

Template Header/Bloginfo Tags

<?php bloginfo('name'); ?> – The title of your site, or blog name
<?php bloginfo('url'); ?> – Your site’s URL
<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?> – Link to your themes’s stylesheet file
<?php bloginfo('template_url'); ?> – Location of your site’s theme file
<?php bloginfo('description'); ?> – Displays the tagline of your blog as set in Settings > General.
<?php bloginfo('atom_url'); ?> – Link to your site’s atom URL
<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?> – RSS feed URL for your site
<?php bloginfo('pingback_url'); ?> – Pingback URL for your site
<?php bloginfo('version'); ?> – WordPress version number
<?php bloginfo('html_type'); ?> – The HTML version your site is using
<?php site_url(); ?> – The root URL for your site
<?php get_stylesheet_directory(); ?> – Location of your stylesheet folder
<?php wp_title(); ?> – Title of a specific page

Template Tags

<?php the_content(); ?> – Displays the content of a post
<?php the_excerpt(); ?> – Displays the excerpt used in posts
<?php the_title(); ?> – Title of the specific post
<?php the_permalink() ?> – Link of a specific post
<?php the_category(', ') ?> – Category of a specific post
<?php the_author(); ?> – Author of a specific post
<?php the_ID(); ?> – ID of a specific post
<?php edit_post_link(); ?> – Edit link for a post
<?php next_post_link(' %link ') ?> – URL of the next page
<?php previous_post_link('%link') ?> – URL of the previous page
<?php get_links_list(); ?> – Lists all links in blogroll
<?php wp_list_pages(); ?> – Lists all pages
<?php wp_get_archives() ?> – List archive for the site
<?php wp_list_cats(); ?> – Lists all categories
<?php get_calendar(); ?> – Displays the built-in calendar
<?php wp_register(); ?> – Displays register link
<?php wp_loginout(); ?> – Displays login/logout link only to registered users

The Loop

    if ( have_posts() ) :
        while ( have_posts() ) :
            // Post Content here
        endwhile; // end while
    endif; // end if

next_post_link() – A link to the post published chronologically after the current post
previous_post_link() – A link to the post published chronologically before the current post
the_category() – The category or categories associated with the post or page being viewed
the_author() – The author of the post or page
the_content() – The main content for a post or page
the_excerpt() – The first 55 words of a post’s main content followed by an ellipsis (…) or read more link that goes to the full post. You may also use the “Excerpt” field of a post to customize the length of a particular excerpt.
the_ID() – The ID for the post or page
the_meta() – The custom fields associated with the post or page
the_shortlink() – A link to the page or post using the URL of the site and the ID of the post or page
the_tags() – The tag or tags associated with the post
the_title() – The title of the post or page
the_time() – The time or date for the post or page. This can be customized using standard php date function formatting.

You can also use conditional tags, such as:

is_home() – Returns true if the current page is the homepage
is_admin() – Returns true if an administrator is logged in and visiting the site
is_single() – Returns true if the page is currently displaying a single post
is_page() – Returns true if the page is currently displaying a single page
is_page_template() – Can be used to determine if a page is using a specific template, for example: is_page_template('about-page.php')
is_category() – Returns true if page or post has the specified category, for example is_category('news')
is_tag() – Returns true if a page or post has the specified tag
is_author() – Returns true if a specific author is logged in and visiting the site
is_search() – Returns true if the current page is a search results page
is_404() – Returns true if the current page does not exist
has_excerpt() – Returns true if the post or page has an excerpt