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.

5 Simple .htaccess Tips to Tighten Your Site’s Security

The .htaccess (short for “Hypertext Access”) file in your site’s directory is a configuration file you can use to override the settings on your web server. With the right commands, you can enable/disable extra functionality and features to protect your site from spammers, hackers and other threats.

Some of these features include basic redirects, locking outside access to particular files, or more advanced functions such as content password protection or preventing image hotlinking.

In this post, we’ll look at a few simple changes you can make to your .htaccess file to boost the security of your site.

Editing .htaccess

Security

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How To Go Horizontal With Your WordPress Content

It’s a curious thing but whilst WordPress themes largely continue to revolve around the tried and trusted methods of delivering content and a reading experience, it’s the app makers that are pushing the boundaries.

Horizontal scrolling as an approach is pretty much shunned by WordPress theme developers, and yet is being embraced as a storytelling technique particularly on tablets.

So, let’s take a leaf out of the tablet and look at how to bring horizontal scrolling content to your WordPress content.

Screenshots from a tablet with sample horizontal content

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How To Manage The Content In Your WordPress Multisite Media Empire

If you publish more than one WordPress site then the chances are that you’re using the world’s favorite CMS in multisite mode.

You’re already reaping the benefits of easier management and reduced exposure to downtime from centralizing your codebase, your plugins and your themes. Your users love that they can use a single set of credentials to log into all the sites in your network.

So, why are you still letting authors create content across your network? Why haven’t you centralized that process? Why haven’t you created your very own Content Hub?

A diagram of a site network

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Thank You for Sharing Your Video Testimonials! Entries Are Now Closed

Wow, you guys, you’ve really blown us away!

We received an overwhelming number of video testimonials from members. They made us smile, they made us laugh. It was awesome to see how our plugins and support have helped so many people create their own website, not to mention how we’ve helped many of you make a living with WordPress.

Due to all the videos we’ve received, we need more time to watch them all and decide who will receive prizes. So, we’ll be announcing winners next Tuesday, July 1. Stay tuned, we may have other surprises in store!

Thank you

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How to Remove the Login Shake Effect From WordPress

If you’ve ever forgotten the password for your WordPress site, then you know the login box shakes.

I don’t really mind it at all, though for sites that have a custom login page, the shake effect might not suit the tone of the company.

Plus, the shake and the red error box are more than enough to get across to a user that they have the wrong login credentials.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to quickly remove the shake effect.

Login form

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How to Make WordPress Pages Act and Look Like Posts

For whatever reason (we’re not here to judge), some people would like their Pages to act like Posts.

In other words, they’d like them to be able to put them in categories and assign tags to them. They’d also like them to show up on the homepage when published (as Posts do in traditional blogging style).

If that’s what you want, you can do it. We’ll show you how below.

Categories and Tags for Pages
The first part of this equation is to get categories and tags for Pages.

You can do that with a plugin called Post Tags and Categories for Pages.

featured-pages-like-posts-twins

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Delivering WordPress Content With Web Apps Using AngularJS

The recent conversation about WordPress themes shows just how much they dominate our thinking – and our navel gazing – when it comes to delivering our content.

But WordPress 4.0 4.1 expected to include the JSON REST API as part of the core, leveraging web apps to provide tailored, innovative interfaces unhindered by conventional website approaches.

In this article, we’ll hook up a sample AngularJS web app with your WordPress site and look at the challenges of delivering content via web apps.

Will the inclusion of the WP API in the core drive WP and web app integration?

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How to Set Up WordPress Locally for PC/Windows with WampServer

Having WordPress set up as a localhost on my computer has become invaluable to my workflow, particularly as I regularly test themes and plugins.

My local sites run much faster, plus testing products on my local machine is much safer than testing on a live site – not to mention much cheaper without the cost of web hosting.

Setting up a local server environment for WordPress isn’t difficult and will save you time in the long run since you won’t have to install and uninstall a fresh copy of WordPress online each time you test or develop something for WordPress.

WampServer

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Upscale Your WordPress Post Pagination: Your Readers Will Thank You

Splitting your longer posts into more easily digested bite-size pieces can be a incredibly effective technique for keeping readers engaged.

However, the out-of-the-box pagination support provided by WordPress is so basic so as to not be worth the effort.

If you really want to help your readers you need to forget about pagination and start thinking about content navigation.

If you want to provide real benefits to your readers navigate don't paginate

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