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.

Put Your WordPress Related Posts on Steroids & Boost User Engagement

Greater user engagement should be at least one of the goals you have for your site. Not only will more engagement help you with SEO, but more importantly, it will build a stronger relationship with your visitors.

If visitors are checking out more of your content, it’s a sign that they’re interested.

Of course you need interesting and relevant content. And many sites have that. But one thing they often lack is a successful strategy to help users find more content that will be of interest to them.


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How To Ease The Load Of Sending Email From WordPress

Your WordPress site can generate a lot of email especially if you use a newsletter plugin or provide your visitors with new post notifications and this looms large as a potential problem as your traffic increases.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll find out how to address these potential problems in less than 15 minutes by outsourcing your site’s email to Mailchimp’s transactional email service, Mandrill.

Take a load off your WordPress hosting, outsource your email

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How to Reset Your WordPress Site

Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to hit the reset button and start again?

Resetting your WordPress site can be useful if you are testing out a bunch of plugins and themes and want to reset your test environment to clear out the options table along with everything else.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to quickly nuke your site, leaving you with a blank slate.

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Improve the WordPress Visual Editor With These Cool Hacks

WordPress 3.9 will feature the updated TinyMCE version 4 in core when it’s shipped next month.

Version 4 looks real nice. It’s got a completely new GUI, simple and faster dialogs, and new and improved APIs and default plugins and better code quality.

It’s also minimalistic. Buttons have been dumped for WordPress, such as the paste from Microsoft Word button (who uses that, anyway?). There are just 14 buttons.

What a lot of WordPress users don’t realize, though, is that there’s more to the WordPress Visual Editor – and its backend, TinyMCE – than meets the eye.

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How to Set Up a Free Mini-Course in WordPress

There are lots of ways to give visitors to your site extra value. One such way is to let them take a free mini-course.

Instead of just putting up the course and letting anyone access it, you could use the opportunity to get people onto your mailing list.

In order to do that, you’ll need to put your course behind a “paywall,” even if the cost is only the submission of their email address.

And so that’s what we’re going to go over in this post — setting up a free mini-course behind a payway.

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Creating A Disaster Recovery Plan For Your WordPress Site

Do you have a Disaster Recovery Plan for your WordPress site?

If you answered no then you’ll probably in good company because not many sites do. Yet how well you’ve planned for disaster will determine how well and how quickly you recover from it.

Putting together a Disaster Recovery Plan is quick and relatively easy. And if disaster strikes it’ll save you so much time and angst that you’ll wonder why you ever thought you could live without one.

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Find Hundreds of WordPress Plugins on GitHub

The WordPress Plugin Repository recently hit 30,000 plugins, but did you know there are hundreds more plugins at GitHub?

Many WordPress developers upload and share plugins to GitHub and use it to find resources for projects.

But what makes it a popular and invaluable tool for developers is the ability to collaborate on projects. Project repositories can be copied by a user – or forked – and then worked on independently before the changes are merged with the original project.

While the official repository is – for most people – the go-to place for free plugins, there are a lot of cool lesser known projects hosted at GitHub that fly under the radar.

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How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress in Under 60 Seconds

There’s no doubt Google Analytics sets the standard when it comes to gathering information on your site’s visitors.

Analytics can show where they landed on your site, what they read, how long they stayed, what they were searching, the browser they were using, where they live, their age and even their interests.

Adding Google Analytics to your site is easy. So simple, in fact, that it takes less than a minute!

For today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to add Google Analytics to WordPress with very little time and effort.

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Allowing Temporary Access to Premium Content with WordPress

Software developers have done it for a long time now – for a limited time offered their services or products for free.

But that model wouldn’t seem to make sense for premium content, would it?  If you always offered your content for free for a limited time, it would seem that all someone would need to do is to check it out right after it was published.

And that’s true. That’s all they would need to do.

And yet this model has worked for some. One site that currently employs this strategy is the very successful entrepreneur interview site Mixergy.

Give access to premium content then shut it off with a pay wall.

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