First off, I apologize if this ends up duplicating. I posted a post similar to this about an hour ago and it has yet to publish...I the looked around and realized that I should have used pastebin (which may be why it isn't publishing, because there was quite a bit of code in it :P
Hey guys...at the moment I am building a theme that I am going to try to provide for free to the community. I have been working with wordpress for the past year and a half now, but this is my first theme that will be distributed to many people, where I have to provide a lot of customization ability, so I am learning a lot as I go.
The blankslate theme that I downloaded did not offer as much as I would have preferred in terms of easy customization. Took a lot of hacking to get smaller things to do exactly what I wanted, and basically figured I would be better off doing it from scratch and just keeping the default functions that were bundled in the bare theme.
Problem is that I am not quite sure if my substitution would cause any problems? Or if it is even considered good practice?
I set up the archive loop as follows, and was wondering if there is anything that I am missing (such as an already built-in wordpress function)
But basically takes the URL structure for the Archive page that you land on, dissects it, divides it up into year/month/day and then applies a date_query based on it.
Is the following "okay" to use in terms of efficiency and would it be considered an acceptable template?
Functions well no matter what date you select, or whether you just pick a day or a month or a year...but I am curious as to if my code would be considered acceptable or if there is an easier, more modern or simply a wordpress function that takes what I did and condenses it.
What I want to keep: Maximum control over custom elements (this is why I used a query loop...I've always found it the easiest to add whatever elements I want, where I want.)