Craig is a recovering engineer and avid tech writer. His sites OrgSpring.com and OrgSpring.org provide resources and tutorials on how nonprofits and politicians can turn their plain websites into web destinations! When he's not writing he enjoys riding motorcycles and playing guitar - though not at the same time - that's just dangerous.

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Add Custom Post Types to Tags and Categories in WordPress

WordPress gives you the ability to add custom post types and taxonomies easily with some simple code in your functions.php file, or through the use of a plugin like CustomPress. That means, you can quickly turn your WordPress site into a fairly well-featured CMS.

The only problem is, out of the box, WordPress does not automatically take your newly created custom post types and add them to the archive pages for existing taxonomies ‘categories’ or ‘tags.’

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Customizing the WordPress Menu with Custom Classes

The standard menu in WordPress, while powerful and easy to add onto almost any theme, leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to styling.

Not to mention, the built-in WordPress menu classes can be quite confusing. There’s menu-item-type-taxonomy, current-menu-parent, current-menu-ancestor, and a whole bunch of other confusion selectors you can choose from to make styling your menu about as fun as pulling out your hair.

A standard WordPress menu looks like this:

Gray bar with a darker gray hover. Not too much to look at right?

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Better Forms with the Enhanced User Interface

If you want to capture information from your website visitors, having user-friendly forms is a necessity. On the other side of the coin – having clunky, hard to use forms will almost certainly assure your visitors never submit any information.

That’s why so many site admins turn to Gravity forms, a premium form plugin that works amazingly well with WordPress.

In today’s daily tip, we’re going to show you one simple adjustment you can make to your standard gravity forms that will make them more user-friendly, and more in-line with what users expect to see with online forms today.

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Create, Manage, and Charge for Events with the Events + Plugin

Your organization puts on events and you need a way to create, manage, and display those events for maximum exposure. You need a place to collect RSVP’s, spread the word about your events through social networking channels, maybe even charge for those events and collect payments online – not just at the event. We’ll, we’ve got you covered – with the Events + plugin.

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How to Embed Google Maps on Your WordPress Site

Placing maps to your posts and pages adds a graphical flair to your site, breaks up long blocks of text, and makes the experience better for your readers.

In this daily tip, we’re going to focus on two easy ways you can add map functionality in just a few minutes:

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Google Maps plugin from WPMUDEV

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Visit Google Maps and type an address in the search box. Google finds your address. In this example, I’m using: 1000 5th ave, seattle, wa 98101. Here’s what we get:

 

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Quick Content Creation for New Sites with the Theme Unit Test

WordPress makes it easy to export content from one site and then import it into another. This is done through the import/export setting, which you can find in the TOOLS menu in your WordPress admin dashboard.

But before you can import or export all that fancy data, you need to create those new posts and pages. Designers and developers know what a chore it can be to constantly create content just for the purposes of testing the site before it goes live. The developers or WordPress know this too, which is why they created the Theme Unit Test.

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