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How to Quickly Remove WordPress Widget Titles

Recently, I was adding widgets to the footer of a WordPress site I was putting together and the widget titles just didn’t look right with the theme. The Twitter widget I was using didn’t need a title – it was obviously displaying the latest tweet.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an option in WordPress to disable widget titles (now that would be a handy little feature), but there are ways and means of getting around it.

Widget titles

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5 Awesome Free WordPress Shortcode Plugins

Shortcodes provide an easy way to add custom content to your site. Whether you want to add tabs to a page or buttons to a post, shortcodes let you quickly insert elements you regularly use.

WordPress introduced the shortcode API with the release of WordPress 2.5 six years ago. Many themes and plugins (including many of our own) use shortcodes to allow users to customize their sites and display content where they choose.

Shortcodes

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New Release: Multisite Reader Plugin Transforms Your Network

We’re pleased to announce our second new plugin release in two weeks: Reader.

Reader turns your Multisite network into a community by adding Tumblr, WordPress.com and Edublogs-style “follow” features to your sites.

Modelled on Google Reader, you’ll find many great features similar to Feedly and the WordPress.com reading experience.

Most importantly, Reader encourages your users to engage with sites across your network, without having to leave their site.

Reader

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How to Inform Your Users When Comments Are Closing

WordPress allows you to close comments after a certain number of days, but if you have visitors actively taking part in a discussion in the comments of a post, it might be a shock to them when they discover they can no longer comment.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to add a warning message to the bottom of your posts to alert visitors when comments are due to close.

Feature image

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What to Expect in WordPress 4.0: A Hugely Underwhelming “Milestone” Release

Is it just me, or does WordPress 4.0 seem more like version 3.10?

Did someone get the numbering wrong? Did we accidentally skip to 4.0?

That must be it, because I can’t think of any other reason why such a minor upgrade to WordPress is deserving of a full version number.

WordPress news sites have lauded the “exciting new features” in this release, which is now available to download and test as a beta.

Welcome to WordPress 3.10.

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Introducing Custom Sidebars Pro by WPMU DEV

We’re excited to announce a brand new plugin: Custom Sidebars Pro.

Custom Sidebars Pro lets you to create widgetized areas and custom sidebars on your site, and select which sidebars to display on posts or pages.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because this is a premium release of our hugely popular Custom Sidebars plugin. It adds awesome new features like widget visibility rules so you can control who sees what, the ability to clone and synchronously update widgets, and import and export options.

Download Custom Sidebars Pro and let us know in the comments below what you think about the new and improved premium features.

Custom Sidebars

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How to Remove the WordPress Admin Toolbar From Your Site

WordPress automatically displays a toolbar at the top of the page when you’re logged in. Whether you’re viewing the WordPress dashboard or the front page of your site, it’s still there – and for many people it’s an annoyance.

For developers, the toolbar can slightly throw off a theme’s design, especially if you have some CSS styling that may not be visible if the admin bar is displayed. For others, the toolbar is just distracting.

Admin toolbar

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WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide For 2014

WordPress.org or WordPress.com? If you’re new to WordPress, it’s a common question and often one that needs a little explanation since the two get confused.

In this post we’ll compare the two and look at their pros and cons. We’ll explore:

The differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
Compare each of their:

Costs
Freedoms and limitations
Maintenance and development

How to decide between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

What is WordPress.org?

WordPress is open source blogging/CMS software that powers 22 per cent of the web, including this one.

WordPress guide

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Help! How to Get Awesome WordPress Support – Dos and Don’ts

WordPress is fantastic software, but there are days when you try everything to fix your site and nothing seems to work. Have you ever stared at a header that doesn’t look quite right or code and thought, “WTF is going on?!”

Feeling confused about WordPress is nothing new. We’ve all been there! Luckily, one of the best things about WordPress is there are lots of places to seek out help and even more people willing to help answer your questions.

With the help of Tim Bowers, our Head of Support, I’ve put together this guide to finding great support and getting your questions answered.

How to ask for support

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