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.

22 Brilliant Videos For Mastering WordPress You Don’t Want to Miss

We often gather up links to the most compelling articles and resources around the web related to WordPress. However, video tutorials and the like are pretty lacking. That’s why I wanted to spend some time poring through YouTube to find the best of the best tutorials and interviews that have been posted in the past year.

Now, a few caveats. All of these videos that have been published anytime in the past 12 months, including some from 2013. More videos means more awesome resources to check out. You can’t fault me for that, right?

WordPress video tutorials

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Creating A Customizable Post List Template in WordPress With Advanced Custom Fields

I’ve mentioned Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) in previous articles before, I thought it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and show you how it can be used to create great features with relative ease. In this article we’ll be using ACF to create a page template which allows users to list posts based on category, status or any other criteria.

Advanced Custom Fields

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A DIY Guide to Taking Your WordPress Storytelling to New Heights

We often talk about the amazing content produced by websites such as the New York Times, Pitchfork and The Global Mail that takes storytelling to new heights.

We are slowly seeing the emergence of WordPress plugins such as Aesop’s Story Engine and Storyform that can help authors elevate their stories beyond a standard post but naturally these solutions have their limitations.

If you truly want to create uniquely engaging content then you are going to have to do-it-yourself. The good news is that if you take a pragmatic approach, plan and use the right tools then it’s well within your grasp.

Post feature image showing 3 iPad screens overlayed with a WordPress logo

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Most of What You “Know” About WordPress Typography is Wrong

When we put text onto a WordPress page or post, we’re setting type. And that means – like it or not – we are typographers. The problem is that most of us are not very good at typography, and much of what we think we know is wrong. While it’s not necessary for us to know everything about kerning, tracking, alternate characters, and other typographic niceties, it’s not hard to put good typographic principles to work for us. Try some of the typographic resources highlighted in this article, and take your WordPress website to the next higher level.

Stylistic view of typography.

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Adding Custom Widgets to the WordPress Admin Dashboard

The WordPress dashboard is a place ripe for customization yet usually very little is done to make this tailored to the particular website. Adding widgets is very easy and could change the way you and your users interact with the WordPress admin.

This article takes a look at how you can add your very own widgets to the dashboard. It includes a tutorial on creating a simple comment count graph which you can customize to show the data you need.

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3 Common WordPress FTP Upload Errors and How to Fix Them

There are a few common errors which occur a lot when trying to upload a WordPress site through FTP (File Transfer Protocol). These errors go beyond entering your host, username, password, and port number incorrectly, but cause similar errors.

If the only files you can connect to via FTP are your local ones, or your FTP client disconnects frequently, then you’re going to want to take a seat and pay some attention for the next couple of minutes. I’ll be running through the fixes to the three most common FTP issues.

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Adding Scripts and Styles to WordPress the Right Way With Enqueueing

Many of us use styles to alter the look of our website, and scripts to enhance functionality. It is important to note however, that the way you add these scripts to WordPress is just as important as the content of these files. Instead of plopping them into the header or footer file we need to use WordPress’ enqueue functionality.

In this article I’ll show you how to add scripts and styles to your themes and plugins, wether you are creating something on the front end or in the admin.

A black and white queue

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Creating Custom Page Templates in WordPress

Page templates in WordPress are a great way to add structure variations or highly customized functionality to your website. They are easy to create so even newcomers can get started but they offer enough potential to keep seasoned professionals busy.

In this article we’ll take a look at some common uses for page templates and how to create a basic page template for your own site.

Blueprints

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