Creating WordPress Theme Options With the Theme Customization API

The WordPress Theme Customization API was released with WordPress 3.4, back in 2012. It promised developers a standardized way of adding rich options themes, and users a way of tweaking their website in a, well, user-friendly fashion.

For users, the front-end theme customizer allows you to quickly change the look of your site, and even get a live preview.

The success of this project is debatable but it is being improved upon and is gaining traction. It has been built on a solid foundation and there is no reason not to get started with it.

Theme Customizer

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Changing Your WordPress Multisite to Sub-directories or Sub-domains – Without Errors

If you’ve ever set up a WordPress Multisite install and then decided to swap from sub-directories to sub-domains, or the other way around, you would know it’s not as simple as clicking a few buttons.

If you try to make the switch manually, it’s likely you’ll be met with errors that are somewhat difficult to decipher, and the WordPress Codex doesn’t clearly spell out

In today’s post, we’ll go through the steps you need to take to switch your sub-directory and sub-domain settings.

Directory or domain

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From WordPress Beginner to Pro: 200+ Career-Boosting Resources

Whether you’re just starting out with WordPress or you’ve been developing with it for some time, you’ll probably find that the resources out there to help you learn are pretty daunting. There are hundreds if not thousands of sites and blogs dedicated to sharing tips, tutorials, news and information about WordPress, and it’s not always easy to know which ones are the most reliable, up-to-date or relevant for you.

WordPress resources.

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Twenty Fifteen WordPress Theme Review: When Less Is More

I have to confess: I hate Twenty Fourteen. While I certainly appreciate the work that went into making it, I’ve disliked the visual direction from the first time I saw it. It reminds me of old, overly-busy myspace pages – it’s all a visual distraction to me. Since I love WordPress I tried getting comfortable with it but I never quite succeeded.

At the time I pulled my punches, but now it’s time to review Twenty Fifteen and I decided I would not hold back. I grabbed WordPress 4.1 Beta 1, rolled up my sleeves and prepared to unleash my pent up aggression on the Twenty Fifteen development team.

Twenty Fifteen

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The Secrets to Writing WordPress Posts That Convert

If you run a business online, having a blog is essential. It’s a quick way to build an online presence for your brand. Regular blogging has the benefit of keeping your site populated with fresh content. And fresh content means an increased likelihood of fresh eyes on your posts. It also means greater opportunities for search engines to index your site’s pages. When that happens, say hello to increased organic traffic!

Secrets to writing posts that convert

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Make Your Images POP With Super Easy and Sexy CSS Styling

I’m sure you already have an idea of how important images are to the success of your website.

But when it comes to boosting engagement (and ultimately your bottom line), it’s not just about including images on your site, it’s about what images you include and how you present them.

In this post I want to tackle one important piece of that puzzle: the presentation.

Photo filter plugins.

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Make Your WordPress Site BuddyPress-Ready

BuddyPress is a great tool for adding social networking to your WordPress site, but what if your site’s theme wasn’t built with BuddyPress in mind? Even worse, what if you have a regular WordPress theme that doesn’t play well with BuddyPress at all?

Missing menus, pages that aren’t displaying properly, perhaps even a sidebar or two that just look completely wrong… I’ll pause here to let you gasp. If this has been the case for any sites you’ve built, don’t panic! Read on.


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How To Build WordPress Widgets Like A Pro

WordPress widgets seem to be shortcode’s poor cousins. Perhaps it’s because they are a little more “black box”, a little trickier to code or thought of simply as a sidebar component.

However the prevalence of drag-and-drop builders is freeing widgets from the confines of the sidebar and turning them into an increasingly crucial tool in the WordPress site building process.

Learning how to build your own WordPress widgets is going to enable you to create sites that are quick to build and easy to manage.

Post featured image

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How To Create An Awesome Newsletter Signup Popup For Your WordPress Site

When it comes to newsletter signups, simply putting a form in a sidebar widget doesn’t cut it. You need to get on the front foot and get your signup form in the face of your visitors.

You need a popup. And not just any old popup. You need an awesome popup that is bold, eye-catching with the kind of entrance that makes everyone in a room stop talking and pay attention.

Here’s how.

How to create awesome popups

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