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How to Create WordPress Photo Galleries with the New 3.5 Media Manager

The biggest change in the recently released 3.5 version of WordPress was undoubtedly the way media is handled. Not only did the Media Library change, but the way galleries are created also changed – all for the better.

Below we’ll go over how to insert a photo gallery in a WordPress post. We’ve got both a video tutorial as well as text and images.

First up, a video of the process.

Opening the Media Manager
To create a gallery, you need to click on the Media Manager button at top left of your editing screen.

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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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A WordPress Chat Plugin That Draws A Crowd

As blogging becomes more and more professional, we are seeing a range of new analytic services, tools, and techniques that aim to better understand the mind and intentions of the user.  The user, we are to understand, is a fickle, inscrutable, and unfathomable beast who can only be understood through careful observation by the Jane Goodall of your analytics software.

WordPress Chat Plugins That Draw In Repeat Visitors.

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WordPress Ghost Project Sparks Discussion on the Future of Publishing

In his State of The Word this year, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that two thirds of WordPress users take advantage of the platform as a CMS – not as a blog platform. Certainly, WordPress is the most popular open source content management system in the world. But users often turn to Blogger or Tumblr and the like, when they only want a simple, basic blogging experience. It is true that WordPress is no longer JUST a blogging platform but the myriad options, plugins and possibilities have complicated the experience for users who simply want a way to quickly and easily publish their thoughts online.

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WordPress Wins the Election!

WordPress has its roots in the personal blog, but it has grown to become one of the most widely used web platforms in the world; powering nearly 1 in 6 websites today.

It’s no wonder politicians have adopted WordPress – it allows for the easy display of personal information, which is essential to a candidate getting-out his or her message; and it also provides functional plugins necessary in today’s web – like social networking integration, community building, group creation, event listings, and of course – blog posts.
The WordPress Powered Candidates

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WordPress.org Adds Plugin and Theme Reviews

The WordPress Community Summit is currently taking place in Tybee Island, GA and the WordPress.org website is getting some attention, as attendees discuss ways to improve WordPress. They’ve launched Make-Meta for collaborating on new features and improvements for WordPress.org.

The most exciting announcement of the day is the addition of a new feature: Reviews for Plugins and Themes. Reviews will now be tied to ratings so that in order to add a rating to a plugin or theme, you will be required to provide a review.

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Enable Google Analytics for Your WordPress Site with Dashboard Statistics

For those using WordPress 2.8.0 to 3.3.2, Web Ninja Google Analytics offers a full-service Google Analytics plugin that allows you to enable Google Analytics for WordPress pages and sets up a Dashboard widget for simple and easy Google Analytics tracking and statistics.

Step 1: Install the Plugin
Click Plugins -> Add New and search for Web Ninja Google Analytics. This plugin is available through the standard plugin management system in WP.
Step 2: Configure the Plugin

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