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.

How to Quickly Remove WordPress Widget Titles

Recently, I was adding widgets to the footer of a WordPress site I was putting together and the widget titles just didn’t look right with the theme. The Twitter widget I was using didn’t need a title – it was obviously displaying the latest tweet.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an option in WordPress to disable widget titles (now that would be a handy little feature), but there are ways and means of getting around it.

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5 Awesome Free WordPress Shortcode Plugins

Shortcodes provide an easy way to add custom content to your site. Whether you want to add tabs to a page or buttons to a post, shortcodes let you quickly insert elements you regularly use.

WordPress introduced the shortcode API with the release of WordPress 2.5 six years ago. Many themes and plugins (including many of our own) use shortcodes to allow users to customize their sites and display content where they choose.

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How To Add A New Yorker Style Header To Your WordPress Site

The New Yorker does it and so does The New York Times, so perhaps it’s just a Big Apple thing.

But changing and then fixing the page header as the reader scrolls up seems like an entirely sensible approach to not only maintaining branding but also to providing consistent and easy access to the primary navigation.

In this post, I’ll show you how to do the same with your WordPress site, even if you don’t live in New York.

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Creating A Mobile App For Your WordPress Site: A DIY Guide

You’ve probably thought before about how good it would be to create a mobile app for your WordPress site. The advantage of having that icon on a home screen, a single tap to engagement, perhaps just the kudos of being able to say “of course we have an app”.

But you checked out the options and they are either too complicated or too expensive and so the thought got reluctantly tossed into the “too hard” basket.

Well, go rummage in that basket and retrieve that thought because here’s a DIY approach that will allow you, for little cost, to create that basic app.

PhoneGap Build + WordPress = Mobile App

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How to Inform Your Users When Comments Are Closing

WordPress allows you to close comments after a certain number of days, but if you have visitors actively taking part in a discussion in the comments of a post, it might be a shock to them when they discover they can no longer comment.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to add a warning message to the bottom of your posts to alert visitors when comments are due to close.

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6 Steps To Optimizing Your WordPress Site For Mobile Devices

It’s tempting to think that catering for your mobile audience is as simple as installing a responsive theme.

Even if your theme does look good on a mobile device (and there’s plenty that do), there’s still plenty more you can, in fact, should, do to optimize your mobile visitors’ experience.

Here’s 6 steps to delivering the perfect mobile WordPress experience.

WordPress logo in an iPhone in landscape and an iPhone in portrait

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How to Remove the WordPress Admin Toolbar From Your Site

WordPress automatically displays a toolbar at the top of the page when you’re logged in. Whether you’re viewing the WordPress dashboard or the front page of your site, it’s still there – and for many people it’s an annoyance.

For developers, the toolbar can slightly throw off a theme’s design, especially if you have some CSS styling that may not be visible if the admin bar is displayed. For others, the toolbar is just distracting.

Admin toolbar

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