The newbie on the WPMU Dev team with a bent for hacking WordPress, content management and online media.

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Add Courses To Your WordPress Site In Just 10 Minutes, For Free!

There are many reasons why you might want to add courses to your WordPress site: to broaden your appeal to your audience; to generate revenue; or simply to educate and inform.

Whatever your reasons, you’ll need a course management system to manage your courses and your students. CoursePress (Free VersionPro Version), is just a such a system and is the latest release from WPMU DEV.

Let me show you how you can add courses to your WordPress site in less time than it takes to read this post.

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How To Share Media Across WordPress Multisite

WordPress multisite installs might use a single codebase but when it comes to media each site operates in its own silo.

If you are using multisite to publish multiple sites then reusing media across your sites either means inserting with a url or loading the image up twice. Hardly satisfactory.

In this Weekend WordPress project, we’ll take a look at how to share images, video and audio across your site, saving you considerable time, trouble and disk space.

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Build Apple-Inspired Full Page Scrolling Pages For Your WordPress Site

That full page scrolling is becoming increasingly popular is hardly surprising as it taps into our paper-based reading experiences and provides all the visual clues about needing to read to the end before “turning the page”.

In this post, I’ll show you how to leverage all the advantages of full page scrolling in your WordPress site by integrating the fullPage.js library – the gold standard of full page scrolling – to build an Apple-inspired, full page, scrolling landing page with animation.

5 Apple iPhone 5Cs with the title Apple fullPage.js Demo

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How To Add Background Videos To Your WordPress Posts

Fullscreen background videos, used judiciously, bring a certain something to WordPress posts. They catch the eye, grab the attention of your visitor and start telling the story before the text can even get a word in.

But getting background videos to work on WordPress is much harder than it should be. Enough theme, browser and format gotchas to give even the most determined a headache. Luckily, we’ve got the aspirin you need.

And as a bonus, we’ve also got a bit of lateral thinking that might let you avoid the headache altogether.

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Boost Engagement By Prioritizing Comments On Your WordPress Site

WordPress authors crave comments. They tells us that someone felt strongly enough to take time out to share their thoughts – complimentary or otherwise.

The problem is that a single comment in the wrong place can undermine all your good work. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to put those comments that enhance your post front and center and hide those that don’t?

In this post I’ll show you how to take control of your comment lists so that they work for your WordPress site and not against it and make engagement easier by moving that comment form to the top of the comment list.

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How To Launch Your WordPress Videos In A Lightbox

Lightbox is a widely accepted tool for focussing readers’ attention by darkening the page and overlaying a fullsize version of the image.

But if images can benefit from this distraction-free viewing why not other media types? Why not video?

In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll look at using the WP Video Lightbox plugin to bring all the benefits of Lightbox to your embedded videos.

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Slideout Your WordPress Comments Just Like The New York Times

Sitting comfortably in the top 50 visited US sites, The New York Times probably knows a thing or two about delivering a decent user experience to its millions of visitors.

Their handling of comments is one example. Removing them from the page flow and placing them in a slideout sidebar is certainly not conventional, but it works. Brilliantly. And solves plenty of comment-related issues.

So, let’s engage in the sincerest form of flattery and bring slideout, New York Times-style commenting to your WordPress site.

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Stop Guessing, Start Testing Your Content For A Successful WordPress Site

There are 2 approaches to making sure that your content is helping your WordPress site achieve its goals.

The first is to guess what works and keep your fingers crossed. The second is to test versions of titles, content, calls-to-action and see what what gets your audience to behave the way you want them to.

If you are serious about your WordPress site’s success then you need to stop guessing and start testing your way to better engagement on your WordPress site.

Content developers need to develop a culture of testing to keep sites productive

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How To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your WordPress Post Titles

Just as there isn’t one simple trick to look 20 years younger or one surprising food that will give you a flat tummy in just 3 weeks, there isn’t a sure-fire method to writing headlines that guarantee click-thrus.

The inconvenient truth, just like dieting, is that writing effective headlines takes time and effort, in this case to find out what catches your audience’s attention. And key to that process is testing. Trying out different approaches and analyzing what works.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to set up title experiments that will help you work out what grabs your visitors.

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