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.

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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How to Customize the WordPress Post Editor

Did you know you can easily modify the style of the WordPress post editor?

All it takes is a simple stylesheet to create a personalized editing experience. Editor styles are commonly added to make sure the style of the theme on the front-end is mirrored in the style of the editor in the backend. This helps users create content in a more familiar setting.

In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll take a look at how this can be done and I’ll share some of my own tips and tricks in the process. Ready your favourite text editor and let’s dig in!

Editor style

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Customizing the WordPress Comment Form

The comment form is a great tool – it allows your readers to interact with your authors and vice versa. Engagement is extremely important for any website, such a direct line of communication should be fostered with care. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the options we have for bending the comment form to our will.

We will focus mostly on the arguments for the comment form generating function but we will touch on custom styles and plugins as well, let’s jump in!

Customize WordPress Comments Form

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How to Create WordPress Custom Post Types

The custom post type feature is what transforms WordPress from a blogging platform to a fully-fledged content management system.

Post types cannot be created and managed from the admin but can be exposed very easily using a little code.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create a custom post type for recipes and take you from the very basics to some more complex cases. Let’s begin.

What Is A Post?
Before getting into custom post types I think we should clarify some terminology since the naming convention results in a bit of confusion.

Custom post types

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Add Twitter Cards to Your WordPress Website and Boost Your Social Shares

If you want to make your content stand out from the crowd when it’s Tweeted then Twitter Cards are an easy way to do so. In this post you will get an overview of the different types of Twitter Cards and how you can enable them for your WordPress website in order to break free from the 140 character constraints of a Tweet to get more retweets and traffic back to your website.

Twitter player card

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How to Hide the WordPress Update Notification To All But Admins

One of the great things about WordPress as an open source project is that the core code is regularly updated with improvements and security patches.

Whenever there’s a major release available, a notification will display at the top of your admin area, letting you know your version is out-of-date and you need to update the core code.

For many people, this nag can be annoying. And if you developer websites for clients, you may want to hide it. After all, who wants to let their clients know their software is old?

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to easily hide the update notifications.

Update notification

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