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.

Avoiding Common WordPress Image Issues

For artists and photographers, WordPress is an ideal platform for showcasing the beauty of your work to the rest of the world. The only problem is, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to make mistakes that can leave visitors to your website less than impressed.

I’m talking about using the wrong themes and plugins, and neglecting to optimize your images.

So in this post we’re going to look at the three most common mistakes you’ll find on image-heavy sites and how to avoid them.

WordPress image issues.

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Learning PHP for WordPress Development: A Comprehensive Guide

So you have a WordPress website and you’ve tweaked your theme, read a bit about template tags, and perhaps even modified your functions.php file in the built-in theme editor.

And now you want to it your skills to the next level and delve into more code.

Luckily, WordPress is a great place to start. There is a truckload of documentation available and the code is – for the most part – easily readable, self explanatory and not too difficult to remember.

WordPress PHP

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How to Create a WordPress Child Theme

WordPress themes can be amazing but there are so many examples of little things we all want to change. A color here, a font size there, perhaps use a different call to action on the buttons?

The problem is that modifying a theme even slightly prevents you from updating it to a newer version in the future, because if you do try to update, you lose all your changes.

Child theme

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Creating WordPress Theme Options With the Theme Customization API

The WordPress Theme Customization API was released with WordPress 3.4, back in 2012. It promised developers a standardized way of adding rich options themes, and users a way of tweaking their website in a, well, user-friendly fashion.

For users, the front-end theme customizer allows you to quickly change the look of your site, and even get a live preview.

The success of this project is debatable but it is being improved upon and is gaining traction. It has been built on a solid foundation and there is no reason not to get started with it.

Theme Customizer

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From WordPress Beginner to Pro: 200+ Career-Boosting Resources

Whether you’re just starting out with WordPress or you’ve been developing with it for some time, you’ll probably find that the resources out there to help you learn are pretty daunting. There are hundreds if not thousands of sites and blogs dedicated to sharing tips, tutorials, news and information about WordPress, and it’s not always easy to know which ones are the most reliable, up-to-date or relevant for you.

WordPress resources.

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The Secrets to Writing WordPress Posts That Convert

If you run a business online, having a blog is essential. It’s a quick way to build an online presence for your brand. Regular blogging has the benefit of keeping your site populated with fresh content. And fresh content means an increased likelihood of fresh eyes on your posts. It also means greater opportunities for search engines to index your site’s pages. When that happens, say hello to increased organic traffic!

Secrets to writing posts that convert

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Make Your Images POP With Super Easy and Sexy CSS Styling

I’m sure you already have an idea of how important images are to the success of your website.

But when it comes to boosting engagement (and ultimately your bottom line), it’s not just about including images on your site, it’s about what images you include and how you present them.

In this post I want to tackle one important piece of that puzzle: the presentation.

Photo filter plugins.

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Make Your WordPress Site BuddyPress-Ready

BuddyPress is a great tool for adding social networking to your WordPress site, but what if your site’s theme wasn’t built with BuddyPress in mind? Even worse, what if you have a regular WordPress theme that doesn’t play well with BuddyPress at all?

Missing menus, pages that aren’t displaying properly, perhaps even a sidebar or two that just look completely wrong… I’ll pause here to let you gasp. If this has been the case for any sites you’ve built, don’t panic! Read on.

BuddyPress

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How To Build WordPress Widgets Like A Pro

WordPress widgets seem to be shortcode’s poor cousins. Perhaps it’s because they are a little more “black box”, a little trickier to code or thought of simply as a sidebar component.

However the prevalence of drag-and-drop builders is freeing widgets from the confines of the sidebar and turning them into an increasingly crucial tool in the WordPress site building process.

Learning how to build your own WordPress widgets is going to enable you to create sites that are quick to build and easy to manage.

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