With WordPress, you can easily create Child Pages (i.e. subpages) for a Page. (Keep in mind that we’re talking about “Pages” here, not “Posts.”) The problem, however, is that creating a Child Page really doesn’t do anything on the front end of your blog (i.e. the part the public sees). You cannot, for example, easily check a box or two and then display those Child Pages automatically on the Parent Page.
Some sites seem to cry out for a random post button – i.e. something your visitors can click for a little impromptu journey into your content.
If your site is one of them, read on.
While there are a number of messy solutions out there that will have you digging into your template files and messing with code, there’s an easier solution in the form of the WP Siren Random Post by Click plugin. And it also offers some pretty nice graphics control too – which is always a plus.
Getting Your Button on Your Site
You’ve probably been to a site before and seen text that has been highlighted with a colored background (often in yellow) like this.
Upon looking for the highlighter button in your WordPress editor, you’ve no doubt come up empty-handed. There’s a good reason for that – it doesn’t exist.
Worry not, however. We’ve got four easy solutions for you – two in plugin form, and two via a more manual approach.
First Up, Two Plugins
1. CKeditor for WordPress
The CKeditor for WordPress plugin will replace your default editor with one that will give you the option to highlight text (and much more).
On this the first day of a new year, it only seems appropriate that we talk about things that are new and first, and not only that, but new things that are first.
What we’re talking about, of course, is making new comments first on your WordPress site.
By default, the oldest comments on a post are placed at the top (i.e. first).
If you would like to reverse that, it’s easy to do (even though you might not know that by searching in Google – which seems to mostly return old, difficult, and messy solutions).
Now Built In!
There may be a number of reasons for wanting to duplicate a WordPress post or page. One common reason may be to provide an easy way for clients to get the basic look of pre-configured post/page. They can then change what they like without having to know how to format anything.
Luckily, there’s a very handy plugin called Duplicate Post that will let you do just that.
Using the Duplicate Post Plugin
There may be a number of reasons why you wouldn’t want a post to show up on the front page of your site as posts normally do in WordPress.
For example, maybe you’d like to keep the front page reserved for truly top-notch, in-depth posts. While your lighter-weight posts may still be valuable, you might decide that they’re not worth the “top billing” that your front page provides.
Making an ordered list (i.e. a numbered list: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. etc.) is very easy in WordPress. But what if you wanted to reverse the order of a list – i.e. make a list that starts with the highest number and then counts down (e.g. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.)?
In this post, we’ll run through how to do that.
Make a Regular Ordered List First
In order to make a reverse ordered list, first set your list up as if it were a regular ordered list.
There may come a day when you decide that either you want to convert your categories to tags or vice versa.
Suppose, for example, you’ve found that you keep reusing a certain tag again and again. After a certain number, it occurs to you that it might be worthwhile to create a category for that term.
Of course you could manage to do this manually, but there’s a much easier and automatic way – with a plugin called Taxonomy Converter.
Using Taxonomy Converter
So often with WordPress, we’re used to looking for a plugin or a hack in order to solve our issues.
If you’d like to change the default category that posts get placed into, however, then you’re in luck. No plugin or hack required.
In your admin area, simply navigate to Settings > Writing > and then look for the pull down menu beside “Default Post Categoy.”
By the way, you can also easily change your default post format here as well (e.g. change from a standard post type to an image post type or a video post type, etc.)
As we prepare to head into a new year, no doubt many will take this opportunity to simplify, to look for a fresh start, a clean slate.
And so with that theme in mind, we’ve found 85 of the best simple, clean, and fresh free WordPress themes for you.
Let us know which ones you like.
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