WordPress Query Multiple Taxonomies

This example is for an employee directory. We created a custom post type called “employee”. For that custom post type we created two custom taxonomies – “type” and “department”. Lets say we want to find employees in the technology department that are programmers.

	  'post_type' => 'employee',
	  'post_status' => 'publish',
	  'posts_per_page' => -1,
	  'caller_get_posts' => 1,
	  'order' => 'ASC',
	  'orderby' => 'title',
	  'type' => 'programmer',
	  'department'  => 'technology'
query_posts( $args );

// loop it

Hopefully this helps if you are looking to query multiple custom taxonomies from custom post types in WordPress. Have questions? Let us know in the comments!

Cheatin’ uh? Error – WordPress Custom Post Types

This is for those of you hunting for the Cheatin’ uh? WordPress error when developing custom post types.

It’s most likely an issue with what you named a custom taxonomy that you intend to attach to a custom post type.

In our case we had…

register_taxonomy("Types", array("portfolio"), array("hierarchical" => true, "label" =>; "Types", "singular_label" => "Type", "rewrite" =&> true));

This is a frustrating error because you simply get the “Cheatin uh?” message.

Here’s the fix

register_taxonomy("types", array("portfolio"), array("hierarchical" => true, "label" => "Types", "singular_label" => "Type", "rewrite" => true));

Notice the difference? The fix is your custom taxonomy’s name has to be lower case. That should save you a couple hour hunt down a rabbit hole.

WordPress E-Commerce –

Our latest project was a WordPress E-commerce store selling printable baby shower games.


Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Word Scramble

Free Baby Shower Games

What We Did

  1. WordPress Hosting
  2. SEO and Site Optimization
  3. Landing Page Design (see free baby shower games)
  4. Site Configuration / Optimization
  5. WordPress Theme Design and Updates
  6. E-Commerce Integration

Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

Dwolla vs PayPal – Fees

We have started expanding our WordPress services overseas – which is great but it’s surprisingly difficult to get paid without getting gouged. Luckily Dwolla is working on it.

Today, Dwolla posted some graphics today on how their rates compare to using debit / credit cards. Here’s what it looks like compared to PayPal for the average cost of one of our WordPress sites…

PayPal Fees vs Dwolla Fees

PayPal Fees vs Dwolla Fees

It adds up quickly!

How To Add Social Sharing Buttons To WordPress Blog

A recent Quora question I answered… “How can I add social sharing buttons to my WordPress blog?

We’ve talked WordPress sharing plugins before…

But if you want multiple sharing options (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc) then install the Sexy Bookmarks plugin and configure it to use whichever networks you want to have your content shared on.

If you want just Twitter and Facebook you can install just the Facebook Like Button and Twitter Tweet Button.

How To Add Social Sharing Buttons To WordPress
Social Bookmarks In Action on

WordPress Social Sharing Buttons

On most of our WordPress sites we use the Facebook Like button along with the Twitter Tweet button plugins and place theme into the theme with shortcodes. This way we have more control over where they show up and how they look in our WordPress themes.

Got questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

How do I SEO my WordPress hosted blog?

I regularly post answers on Quora to WordPress questions and will be cross posting some of my more popular answers here…

This question was how to SEO a WordPress blog. I always start with these simple steps….

  1. Set up permalinks properly (I use %category%/%postname%)
  2. Install All-In-One SEO plugin
    • Put keyword in Title
    • Put keyword-rich description for Meta description
  3. Optimize On Page elements
    • Post/Page titles should be H1/H2
    • Link to internal pages with keywords
    • Use alt/title elements with keywords in them
  4. Write good keyword-rich content
    • First step is to know what keywords to target
    • Second step is to write well using those keywords

Those are the basics and should get you started with a highly optimized WordPress site. Once you get this far you can begin to take it to the next level…

How do I SEO my WordPress hosted blog?

Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

hashDSM – Des Moines In Real Time

A couple nights ago we launched one of our fun side projects we dubbed hashDSM (or #dsm).

Naturally, we built the site on WordPress but the concept is to monitor commonly used Twitter hashtags in Des Moines, Iowa and aggregate them into a real-time stream organized by topics. We crowd sourced the common hashtags from a question on Quora.

WordPress Site - hashDSM

There are a few issues left we hope to iron out (like caching for when the Twitter API doesn’t respond) but thought we’d get it out there anyway.

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Please let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

Easy WordPress Security Tips

WordPress comes under attack a lot because it’s such a popular platform. We’ve talked about basic WordPress security tips but what do you do when you suspect your WordPress site has been hacked?

Here are some tools to help you keep your WordPress site safe or cleanup after you have been hacked..

WordPress Exploit Scanner [link]
Search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers.

WordPress TAC [link]
WordPress Theme Authenticity Checker… Scans theme code for potentially malicious code.

WordPress Security Scan [link]
Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let us know in the comments!