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.

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.

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How To Build A Premium Content Site Using WordPress

From magazines and newspapers to bloggers, virtually every publisher aspires to make money from their content.

Creating a premium content site using WordPress is actually relatively straight-forward but there’s a lot to consider before you start building your site.

In this article we’ll look at how to approach creating and maintaining a premium content site and look at several potential technical implementations.

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How to Safely Move Your WordPress Site (Without Losing Anything!)

Moving WordPress can seem like a challenging task and one easily placed in the too-hard basket.

The WordPress Codex offers a detailed guide, though it’s confusing at best and doesn’t offer an easy guide.

Whether you’re tired of your current web host and want to move to a new one, or you want to just move your site to the root directory of your domain, migrations doesn’t have to be a headache – and you don’t have to fear making a mistake and blowing up your site.

In this step-by-step guide I’ll cover two common scenarios:

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How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

If you publish long posts on your site, it can be tedious for your readers to scroll and scroll through heavy chunks of text.

An easy way to break up your words is by splitting your posts into multiple pages.

Splitting pages is also an easy way to make it easier for readers to consume your content while increasing page views on your site.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Post, I’ll show you how to split your WordPress posts.

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