Chapter 5: Working with Custom Fields

In This Chapter

arrow.png Understanding what Custom Fields can do for you

arrow.png Working with the Custom Fields interface

arrow.png Adding custom field codes to your templates

arrow.png Using custom fields in a variety of ways

In Book IV, Chapter 1, I discuss all the different elements you can add to your blog posts and pages when you publish them. By default, WordPress allows you to give your posts and pages titles and content, to categorize and tag posts, to select a date and time for publishing, and to control the discussion options on a per-post or per-page basis.

However, you may sometimes want to add extra items to your posts — items you may not want to add to every post, necessarily, but that you add often enough to make manually adding them each time you publish a nuisance. These items can include a multitude of things, from telling your readers your current mood to what you’re currently listening to or reading — pretty much anything you can think of.

WordPress gives you the ability to create and add metadata (additional data that can be added to define you and your post) ...

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