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.
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
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.
It’s been a cracker of a year here at WPMU DEV. We’ve released lots of new plugins, updated existing ones and helped give our members the best WordPress support out there.
Thank you to all our loyal WPMU DEV Blog readers who have supported us throughout the year and contributed to some fairly robust discussions in the comments of our posts.
Throughout the year we wrote hundreds of articles, so to farewell 2013 here’s a roundup of our biggest and best posts.
Happy New Year!
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
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.
There may come a day when you decide that either you want to convert your categories to tags or vice versa.
Suppose, for example, you’ve found that you keep reusing a certain tag again and again. After a certain number, it occurs to you that it might be worthwhile to create a category for that term.
Of course you could manage to do this manually, but there’s a much easier and automatic way – with a plugin called Taxonomy Converter.
Using Taxonomy Converter
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.
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.
The Christmas countdown has begun, and while stores are playing Jingle Bells and homes are decorated with colorful lights and the sweet smell of pine trees, there’s no reason why you can’t deck your WordPress site with boughs of holly.
To help you get into the Christmas spirit, I’ve put together a fun list of free Christmas plugins, themes and tips – all tried and tested.