Our Head of Support, Timothy Bowers, usually works from his living room couch in the UK. Last month, he road-tripped across the American south, hitting up three WordCamps along the way.
There are probably thousands of folk out there who can envision the perfect site design in their heads, but lack the skills, time or confidence to attempt creating their own WordPress theme.
If you feel like you’re in this category, you shouldn’t abandon all hope of designing a WordPress theme. There are a number of different tools out there that let you tweak and customize the appearance of your site without having to touch a single line of code.
If you’re an avid user of WordPress, you already know that it’s the greatest publishing tool and CMS on Planet Earth.
But sometimes it’s fun to crunch a few numbers and remind yourself of how much ass WordPress really kicks.
So I’ve scoured the interwebs this morning, and dug up some fun little factoids. These data nuggets really illustrate the dizzying heights that the WordPress community has reached. Enjoy!
Some WordPress statistics…
WordPress 3.3 has been downloaded over 12 million times. This latest version of the software was released on 12 December 2011, making that an average figure of 105,263 downloads per day.
There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they yearn to create their own WordPress widget.
They grow tired of the default selection of widgets that ship with WordPress, and try as they might, they just can’t find what they’re looking for in the WordPress Plugin Directory.
If this sounds like you, perhaps it’s time to step up your game and . . .
Getting started with widget development
At a minimum, you’ll need the following:
An understanding of the Widgets API
At least a passing familiarity with PHP scripting
Any WordPress blogger with half an SEO brain in their head understands the importance of creating backlinks.
If you want your WordPress site to rank well in SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages), you need to build up a portfolio of high quality links, both to your home page and your individual posts, from a variety of different sources on the web.
Google judges the ‘authority’ of a given web page, in part, by the number of other web pages that link to it. More links means greater perceived authority, which translates to higher rankings.
Common strategies for creating backlinks to your WordPress blog
Love it or hate it, you really should be using Google Analytics on your WordPress site.
Even though the dark overlords at Google have restricted a lot of the data that used to be available in Analytics, it’s still an extremely valuable tool for gathering intelligence on your site visitors. Analytics can show you where they landed, what they read, how long they stayed, what they were searching for, and a heap of other valuable stuff.
This is a step-by-step guide on how to learn WordPress, aimed at beginner users who are trying to become competent with the platform in their spare time.
Even if you’re juggling work, family, friends, sport and fifty other things at once, learning WordPress isn’t beyond your capabilities. If you’re willing to invest a bit of free time whenever you’ve got it, you can master the fundamentals of WordPress a lot quicker than you might imagine.
This is a day-by-day WordPress learning regime that anyone can follow. In compiling this tutorial, I’ve made the following assumptions:
Displaying your most popular posts in WordPress is a surefire way to capitalize on your strongest content, and ensure that your best work gets the exposure it deserves.
Displaying popular posts is a common practice among savvy WordPress bloggers, and you can see the concept in action right here on the WPMU.org homepage. In the right hand column is a self-updating list of the most popular posts on the blog, which helps our site visitors locate the stuff they will *hopefully* find valuable.
This posts shares some tips on creating a hassle-free WordPress video gallery. The article was partly inspired by a discussion we had here a few weeks ago, on embedding videos in WordPress.
It’s easier than ever for WordPress users to create sleek and sexy video galleries on their site. Whether you’re trying to start the next great video-sharing community, or simply want to add a bit of spice to your blog with some animated content, these are a few pointers to get you started.
A Caveat: Think twice about self-hosting your WordPress video gallery
It’s a safe bet that just about all of us are trying to make money with WordPress.
I might be wrong, but I’d guess that 90 percent of the WordPress users who read this blog have commercial ambitions of one kind or another. While WordPress is nothing more than a passionate hobby for a lot of folk, surely we all have some inner desire to turn that passion into profit. There’s no shame in trying to make a bit of cash doing something you love.