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Developer: Getting to Know the WordPress Customizer

WordPress’ Customizer API provides a standardized way to implement settings in themes and plugins with front-end context. WordPress 4.0 introduces several additions to this API, enabling developers to build exponentially larger solutions into the Customizer.

For this meetup, Nick Halsey will explain how to implement live-previewable options in themes and plugins with the Customizer, focusing on the additions in 4.0, exploring some advanced and under-documented Customizer tricks, and discussing the future of the Customizer in core. Topics covered will include:

* Customizer sections, settings, and controls.
* Customizer panels: a way to group sections and create customization contexts.
* New built-in control types: textareas and generic input support; new control parameters: descriptions and input_attrs.
* Contextual controls: implementing front-end-context-specific options.
* Custom controls, and when to use them; customize control JS API.
* Custom setting types, improvements to the customize_update_$type and customize_preview_$type actions, and how to use them.
* What’s next for the Customizer in core.

For more information about the new stuff in 4.0, check out Nick's post on make WordPress core: (particularly the API section). His talk will go into depth with these concepts, looking at specific use-cases and examples, and answering your questions on the Customizer, its APIs, and its future.

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  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    excellent info from a GSOC volunteer on how the WP customizer API is being re-made now & in the future.

    August 13, 2014

  • D Michael W.

    I like the new customizer direction. Every blog is unique and while the theme is important so is content style variation. The ease of making color changes and seeing formatting changes while your doing it will allow trying out more options. Thanks, great presentation.

    2 · August 13, 2014

  • Tom D.

    Thanks for the latest on the coming customization of the customizer. I could actually see the code on the screen. White letters on black background works well.
    Also, thanks to Zack and everyone involved for putting on all of these meetups. They are very helpful.

    3 · August 13, 2014

  • Zack T.


    2 · August 12, 2014

  • Derek H.

    I really wanted to go to this one, and was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I had to launch the new Envato Market Blog instead. Ended up pulling an all-nighter like Robert. To sleepy and still coding. :-(

    Fingers crossed for video or slides.

    August 12, 2014

  • Kronda

    Sorry to miss this one! I'll be in the woods.

    August 5, 2014

    • Zack T.

      Enjoy the woods!

      August 12, 2014

  • Robert L.

    Bummer, I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Pulled an all-niter last night and the lack of sleep has caught up with me! :-( Hopefully slides and/or notes will be posted later.

    August 12, 2014

    • Zack T.

      We require a note from a parent or doctor in order to excuse this absence ;) Good luck getting some rest!

      1 · August 12, 2014

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