Giving Woodworking A Try – Entry Table

While I do like to make things, I’ve not spent much time making things out of wood aside from a few workbenches or small shelves. So, clearly, I’d be able to make a nice piece of furniture out of expensive walnut using joinery techniques I know nothing about, right?

We moved into a new house a year or two ago and my wife wanted a nice entryway table. She showed me a few pieces she liked and I said “That’s so expensive and it looks really simple. I could totally make that.” However, the only tool I had was a cordless drill, a circular saw, and an orbital sander. So I also said that I’d need at least a table saw and a router to do the project. That means I got an early Christmas gift of a DeWalt 7485 table saw (with a stand), and then I picked up a Kobalt router and router table. This was early November and I’m writing this post in May – I’ll let you decide if she regretted her decision.

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Using a Shelly RGBW2 for under cabinet lighting

We recently moved into a new house and the first thing I wanted to do was to install under cabinet lighting. I knew that I wanted to DIY the LED strip and controller – I didn’t want a remote. I also have never done anything like this before and we have pretty, brand new cabinets and I didn’t want to ruin anything.

I did a ton of research into which controller to use and settled on a Shelly RGBW2. Mostly thanks to The Hook Up – I really like this guy’s videos and they’ve been super helpful while I’ve been researching LED strips and various other smart home things.

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How To Make Simple Staff List Single Staff Member Templates Work With Your Theme

Now that Simple Staff List has support for single Staff Member pages – you’ll need to make them fit in with your theme. This is really much easier than it sounds – I’ll walk you through it.

Now, as I said in my introductory post about single Staff Member pages, you don’t need to do anything for the default WordPress themes (Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, etc.). But that doesn’t help if you’re not using one of those themes does it? Here’s how to add support for whichever theme your website is using.

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Getting Started with Simple Staff List Single Staff Member Templates

So this has probably been the most requested feature since I released Simple Staff List several years ago – single Staff Member templates. With Simple Staff List 2.1.0 you’ll be able to customize what’s shown on a single Staff Member page.

All of the default template files are located in simple-staff-list/public/templates. To override a file, copy the template file you want to change into a directory within your theme or child theme named sslp-templates keeping the same file structure.

If this style of templating sounds familiar to you, it should. I’ve taken the same approach that WooCommerce does to templating.

For example: If you want to override the staff bio section, copy wp-content/plugins/simple-staff-list/public/templates/single-staff-member/staff-bio.php to wp-content/themes/yourtheme/sslp-templates/single-staff-member/staff-bio.php. The file in your theme will now override the default Simple Staff List file.

There’s also built-in support for the TwentySeventeen and TwentySixteen default WordPress themes. So if you’re using one of those themes, you’ll only have to override the templates if you want to change the layout.


I hope this gives you a quick overview of the new templating features in the latest version of Simple Staff List. Please don’t hesitate to open a support ticket if you have questions or run into any issues. For a more in-depth look at how this feature works, keep reading below.

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Whole30 Week 3 Recap

Time of death – 8:43pm Friday, March 10th. Well, it was at least a decent attempt at another round of Whole30. But Friday night, hunger, sleep deprivation (due to a 7 month old) got the better of us and we fell off the wagon. I won’t go into all the delicious details for those of you that might still be attempting a Whole30, but let’s just say it involved taco shells made of Doritos.

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