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.

Don’t Waste Time Improving Your WordPress Site Search

You’ll often find articles that start with how bad the built-in WordPress search function is (it’s not actually that bad) and then go on to explain how you can upgrade it.

Whilst there are a truly excellent search plugins out there that add a plethora of new features, you need to make sure you know why you are upgrading because it’s quite possible that you might just be wasting your time, effort and money.

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What To Do When Your WordPress Site Has 17,871 Landing Pages

During February 2014, visits to WPMU DEV started from over 17,000 different pages.

As site owners, we’ve known for some time that visitors weren’t just coming through the front door but what we’ve probably underestimated is the sheer scale of the shift and what impact that has on our site’s ability to meet its goals.

So what can and should you do when your home page is not only one of a myriad of point of entries to your site but potentially no longer the main point of entry?

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Sit Back And Relax, Put WordPress Post Management On Auto-Pilot

The only WordPress post task that you can schedule is publishing but wouldn’t it be good if we could also schedule the closing of comments, the expiring of a post, adding and removing a post from featured content, even restricting or unrestricting access?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’re going to put get on that path to schedule heaven with a new plugin with seven new actions and a look at how to extend it with our own custom actions.

Sit back, relax, everything is scheduled!

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How to Set the Default Theme for WordPress Multisite

When you create a new site in your Multisite network, a new theme will be automatically assigned. If your network is using the latest version of WordPress, the default theme will be Twenty Fourteen theme.

But what if you don’t want to use Twenty Fourteen? What if you would rather set your own default theme across your network?

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to set your own default theme.

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Personalizing WordPress: Show Avatars, Profiles, or Facebook Info to Visitors

If you have a site where your visitors need to register for one reason or another, then it’s good to remind them that they are part of your community.

You can do that in very large ways, like installing a complete social system such as BuddyPress, or you can do it in more subtle ways, like greeting them by name on the sidebar when they’re logged in and showing their avatar.

In this post, we’re going to go into the subtler ways.


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Save Time And Effort With Reusable WordPress Content

As WordPress site owners, we often find that we need to repeat the same content across posts and pages: advertisements and promotions, legal notices, special announcements, reproduction notices.

It may be content that needs to appear on every page or just particular posts but the point is we want to just want to create that item once and then have an easy way to include it wherever is appropriate.

In this WordPress Weekend Project, we’ll take at look at saving you valuable time and effort by creating and using reusable content.

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Adding Custom Images Sizes to the WordPress Media Library

When you upload an image to the media library, WordPress creates a stores a range of different sizes for that images. These are: thumbnail, medium, large and full-size.

If you run a site where you need the images to be a specific size, such as an e-Commerce size where you need the images to be a particular size for uniformity, these defaults may not suit your needs.

For today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’m going to show you how to add a custom image size to the media library.

Adding Custom Image Sizes
As I mentioned above, there are four default image sizes in WordPress:

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5 Quick Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

No one likes waiting around for a site to load, so much so that 40 per cent of people abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load.

Slow page load speeds are especially crippling for eCommerce sites. Almost 80 per cent of shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site’s performance are less likely to buy from the same site again, while a one second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16 per cent.

Even Google factors site speed into their algorithm when ranking websites. So if your site loads too slowly you can expect your Google rankings to fall, and in turn attract less traffic to your site.

So what can you do to make your site faster? Here are a few simple ways to keep your page load times low and your visitors happy.


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How Many Of These 7 UX Blunders Is Your WordPress Site Making?

Such is the often stunning visual quality of today’s WordPress themes that it’s easy to get carried away with the look of your site and spend little to no time focussing on how easy it is for visitors to use.

WPMU DEV’s resident user experience expert, Joji Mori, is on a mission to change that and like any seemingly impossible mission it starts with one small step, or in this case, site.

In fact, it starts with your site. So, take a deep breath and see how many of Joji’s 7 Biggest UX Blunders your site is making and how to fix them.

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