Editor/Writer: Joe specializes in writing about themes and plugins, as well as helping users work more easily with WordPress by providing how-to posts and tutorials. You can connect with him on Google +.

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How to Show Different Menus to Different WordPress Users

There are all sorts of reasons for wanting to show certain menus to some users but not others.

As many visitors to WPMU DEV often build or run sites for clients, let’s take a simple client example.

Let’s say you have a client that needs things to be as easy as possible. This client accesses the site by going to the homepage first. They can easily get to the admin area from there, but what if they aren’t logged in? On many sites, there is no easy link to the login page.

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How to Delete User Roles from a WordPress Site

There are a number of reasons why you may have user roles on your site that you don’t need or don’t want. Perhaps you decided to try a new user system that you’ve now abandoned. Or maybe you’ve installed a plugin or a specialized theme that automatically created new roles.

While plugins or themes that create roles often let you delete those roles, maybe you uninstalled them so long ago you can’t even remember what created them in the first place.

Below we’ll go over an easy way to delete those roles.

Deleting Roles

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Setting Up an Index of Child Pages on Parent Pages in WordPress

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.

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How to Get a Random Post Button in WordPress

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

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How to Highlight Text in WordPress

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.

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How to Make New Comments Appear First in WordPress

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!

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How to Duplicate a WordPress Post or Page

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

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How to Hide a WordPress Post from the Front Page

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.

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How to Make a Reverse Ordered List in WordPress

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.

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