Plugins & Theme Tutorials

3 Tricks For Improved Child Theming in WordPress

There are a lot of reasons why it is better to create a child theme instead of modifying a theme, but one of the most important reasons is that doing so allows you to keep the parent theme up to date without losing your customizations.

The more template files you copy from the parent theme to the child theme, the more likely it is that you will miss out on the benefit of a future update to the parent theme as the changes are in a file your child theme is overriding.


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How to Adapt Your WordPress Theme Layout For Different Devices

When you are designing for hundreds of different devices that your site could be displayed on, you can accept the responsive design “one size fits all” approach that leads to unnecessary compromise, or you can use “one design fits most and I’ll fix the rest” approach of adaptive strategies.


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Adaptive Image Optimization For Responsive WordPress Themes

Adaptive design, which has largely gone out of favor as responsive design has dominated the web, adapts to the type of device displaying the page.

The days of mobile WordPress themes – an extreme example of adaptive design – have, for the most part, passed us by, and I couldn’t be happier. Responsive’s one design fits all approach to creating mobile-friendly content is not always perfect. There are several places where incorporating adaptive design principles can create a better user experience, and make a dramatic difference in page load times.

Feature image

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100+ New WPMU DEV Videos Added to YouTube in 6 Months … More to Come!

As part of our on-going effort to produce more, better, and easier-to-access support material at WPMU DEV, in the last six months alone, our crack video team has been somewhat quietly but very diligently hard at work — adding more than 100 new videos to the WPMU DEV YouTube channel (Subscribe!).

First up today (there’s more below — including an invitation for your suggestions), we’d like to announce the latest videos in that effort – a step-by-step tutorial series for our Appointments + plugin.

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How to Create Super Cool WordPress Category Pages

How important are the category pages on your site? Are they just an afterthought? Are they drab and lackluster? Admit it — could they be a lot more valuable (to both you and your visitors)? Couldn’t they be a lot cooler too, like this guy below?

If you’re like most people, then your category pages are probably in the exact same condition they were in on the day you started your site. More than likely they’re just a list of links to your posts with either an excerpt or the full post showing.


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How to Make a Command Line for Your WordPress Site

Are you that level of WordPress user that could use the WordPress back-end blindfolded (figuratively of course)? You know – that user who is so fluent that doing simple tasks in the administration panel are irritating because it’s too slow? That user who maybe knows HTML and possibly even CSS but doesn’t want to venture into hardcore coding?


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How To Display BuddyPress Profile Data On WordPress Multisite Blogs

Displaying BuddyPress profile data outside of the main BuddyPress components is a little trickier than you might imagine. However, this is a common request, especially since many of our readers manage multisite networks. So for this quick tip we’re going to examine a few examples of displaying BuddyPress profile data on multisite blogs.
Basic Example of Displaying BP Profile Info on a Multisite Blog


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Five Free WordPress Plugins to Manage a Multi-Author Site with Ease

If you are running a magazine or a website with multiple authors/contributors, you must already be aware of the difficulties that come along with it. Not only do you have to synchronize with multiple authors, you must also take care of the publishing schedule, editorial workflow, and many other things.

In order to make your life easier, we shall be taking a look at some of the best free plugins that can help you manage your multi-author blog or magazine.  

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Make WordPress Emails Pretty and Responsive With WPMUDEV’s New Plugin!

By default, WordPress’s emails are pretty ugly. No logo, header, or footer or any styling at all really.

Wouldn’t it be nice to add your own branding to it? Make it look like an email someone actually wants to read — instead of looking like a dog’s breakfast of text. Not only that, but you want to make it easy for everyone that reads email on their mobiles, not to have to zoom in and scroll both horizontal and vertical to read!


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