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.

Offer Your Multisite Users Unique Domains With Domain Mapping

Domain mapping provides a simple way to point multiple domains to your primary hosting account.

For Multisite admins, it’s also useful in that it allows you to map any domain to your network, giving you the option to offer domains to your users.

Mapping domains can seem complex and fiddly if you’re unfamiliar with cPanel and messing around with IP addesses, but it’s actually a straightforward process and doesn’t take long at all.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the Domain Mapping plugin to map a domain to your Multisite network, so http://network.com/awesome becomes http://www.awesome.com

Getting Starting With Domain Mapping

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Slideout Your WordPress Comments Just Like The New York Times

Sitting comfortably in the top 50 visited US sites, The New York Times probably knows a thing or two about delivering a decent user experience to its millions of visitors.

Their handling of comments is one example. Removing them from the page flow and placing them in a slideout sidebar is certainly not conventional, but it works. Brilliantly. And solves plenty of comment-related issues.

So, let’s engage in the sincerest form of flattery and bring slideout, New York Times-style commenting to your WordPress site.

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Creating 301 Redirects With WordPress (and How it Boosted Our Traffic!)

Redirection allows you to forward one URL to another. It’s a handy way of sending both users and search engines to a different URL from the one they originally requested, and allows you to preserve your search engine rankings for a particular page.

It’s also a useful way to preserve the “link juice” of your old, out-of-date content by simply redirecting old pages or posts to new ones with new information.

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Stop Guessing, Start Testing Your Content For A Successful WordPress Site

There are 2 approaches to making sure that your content is helping your WordPress site achieve its goals.

The first is to guess what works and keep your fingers crossed. The second is to test versions of titles, content, calls-to-action and see what what gets your audience to behave the way you want them to.

If you are serious about your WordPress site’s success then you need to stop guessing and start testing your way to better engagement on your WordPress site.

Content developers need to develop a culture of testing to keep sites productive

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How To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your WordPress Post Titles

Just as there isn’t one simple trick to look 20 years younger or one surprising food that will give you a flat tummy in just 3 weeks, there isn’t a sure-fire method to writing headlines that guarantee click-thrus.

The inconvenient truth, just like dieting, is that writing effective headlines takes time and effort, in this case to find out what catches your audience’s attention. And key to that process is testing. Trying out different approaches and analyzing what works.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to set up title experiments that will help you work out what grabs your visitors.

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How To Backup Your WordPress Site To Google Drive

We all know that backing up a live WordPress site is a mandatory task for any site owner.

Storing backups in a remote location available from anywhere, is a sound strategy and anyone with a Gmail account has a cheap and easy solution.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll walkthrough how to use Google Drive as the remote store for those critically important site backups.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Migrating a Local WordPress Installation to a Live Site

Using a local server environment will save you a bunch of time if you regularly develop new WordPress websites. Local development has many advantages – it’s faster and more secure than constantly uploading files to a server.

The only problem is migrating to a web host can be a headache. No one likes to mess around with database tables.

Fortunately, migration is simpler than it sounds and will take you not time at all if you follow the steps below.

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How to Update ThemeForest Themes with the Envato WordPress Toolkit

ThemeForest is no doubt the most popular place to find premium WordPress themes.

Paying a one-off fee for a theme is straightforward and users who buy themes also benefit from lifetime updates (until the theme is removed from the marketplace).

The Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin lets you view your ThemeForest purchases within the WordPress dashboard and select whether or not to receive updates.

Envato WordPress Toolkit

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How To Easily Set Up Monitoring For Your WordPress Site And Minimize Downtime

Every WordPress site owner should care about their site’s availability, regardless of whether its daily traffic can be counted on one hand or runs into millions.

Services that monitor your site’s uptime are fairly common and setting them up is quick and easy. In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll step through how to add the Monitor service from Automattic’s Jetpack suite of plugins.

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