WordPress Tutorials

In this category you’ll find all sorts of WordPress tutorials, large and small, simple and complex. One of the great things about WordPress is that it’s relatively simple, but you still have to know how to do things. In this section, we aim to help you out there. Our readers range from beginners to experts, and so we try to covert that gamut with our tutorials as well. For example, a post more toward the beginner end of the scale would be How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress in Three Simple Steps. Another would be How to Upgrade a WordPress Theme.  An example of a little more advanced tutorial might be How to Widgetize a Page, Post, Header or Any Other Template in WordPress. And even further up the scale would be Install WordPress Locally on Windows with Xampp and DIY Truly Responsive Images on Your WordPress Website.

How to Highlight Text in WordPress

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.


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How to Make New Comments Appear First in WordPress

On this the first day of a new year, it only seems appropriate that we talk about things that are new and first, and not only that, but new things that are first.

What we’re talking about, of course, is making new comments first on your WordPress site.

By default, the oldest comments on a post are placed at the top (i.e. first).

If you would like to reverse that, it’s easy to do (even though you might not know that by searching in Google – which seems to mostly return old, difficult, and messy solutions).
Now Built In!


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How to Set Up a Simple WordPress Contact Form in 30 Seconds

There are few websites these days that don’t have a “Contact” page containing a neatly laid out contact form. Adding a contact form to your site is a great way to help visitors get in touch with you without having to give out your email address.

There are dozens of contact form plugins out there for WordPress sites with all kinds of features, but often all you need is something simple.

In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to set up a basic contact form.
How to Set Up a Contact Form in WordPress

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How to Hide a WordPress Post from the Front Page

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.


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How to Make a Reverse Ordered List in WordPress

Making an ordered list (i.e. a numbered list: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. etc.) is very easy in WordPress. But what if you wanted to reverse the order of a list – i.e. make a list that starts with the highest number and then counts down (e.g. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.)?

In this post, we’ll run through how to do that.
Make a Regular Ordered List First
In order to make a reverse ordered list, first set your list up as if it were a regular ordered list.


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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.

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Huge Updates to WPMU DEV Dashboard: Updates, Support and More

Our WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin has had a makeover.

If you’ve got the plugin installed you may have noticed a few changes in the past 48 hours that make it even easier to get access to updates and support.

The latest update to WPMU DEV Dashboard is a big one:

WordPress 3.8 styles compatibility: The WPMU DEV Dashboard looks fantastic with the new-look WordPress backend, no matter which color scheme you choose.

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