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.

Upscale Your WordPress Post Pagination: Your Readers Will Thank You

Splitting your longer posts into more easily digested bite-size pieces can be a incredibly effective technique for keeping readers engaged.

However, the out-of-the-box pagination support provided by WordPress is so basic so as to not be worth the effort.

If you really want to help your readers you need to forget about pagination and start thinking about content navigation.

If you want to provide real benefits to your readers navigate don't paginate

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How To Stop Further Comments On Your WordPress Posts

Disabling comments when setting up a new WordPress site is easy but what about if you decide later that with a ton of posts already, that allowing comments is more trouble than it’s worth?

Perhaps you’d also like to reduce the burden of managing and responding to comments on old posts by closing comments automatically on a post after a certain amount of time? Or maybe that author is no longer writing for your website?

In this Weekend Project, we are going to look at simple plugins to allow you to prevent further comments on your WordPress posts.

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How to Install WordPress Locally for PC/Windows with XAMPP

Setting up a local sever environment on your computer will save you a bunch of time if you regularly test or develop themes and plugins.

Not only will your local sites run much quicker than they would online, but you’ll also have a much safer testing environment away from a live site.

This week we’ve looked at Mac solutions for local machines. Today we’re going to look at XAMPP for Windows, a free, popular and easy to install server environment application that’s open source.

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The Secret To Creating Great Looking WordPress Content

Keeping readers’ attention is everything and the longer the content, the harder it is.

A steady scroll of text and embedded images is going to have a tough time maintaining the interest, which is why so many sites go to great lengths for formats that vary considerably.

Bringing these techniques to your own WordPress site is not difficult, once you know the secret to creating great looking content.

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How to Set Up WordPress Locally in 5 Minutes with DesktopServer

Setting up a localhost environment for WordPress can save you loads of time if you regularly test themes and plugins. And thanks to DesktopServer, it can take as little as 5 minutes to get WordPress up and running on your local machine.

DesktopServer is so easy, you may even consider ditching WAMP.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through how to set up the limited version of DesktopServer on OS X.

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How to Install WordPress (and Multisite) Locally on Mac/OS X With MAMP

Using WordPress in a local server environment is a must if you regularly test or develop themes and plugins.

Not only will your local sites run faster, but testing new features on your local machine will be safer than testing them on a live site.

Setting up WordPress locally isn’t difficult and will save you a lot of time if you’re constantly installing and uninstalling WordPress online.

In this tutorial I’ll walk you through how to set up MAMP on OS X, including installing MAMP, basic MAMP configuration, creating a MySQL database, and installing WordPress. I’ve included optional steps for setting up Multisite.

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How to Find Your WordPress Login URL

If you’re new to WordPress and you’ve logged out of your own site and have no idea how to log back in again, it can be a frustrating experience.

While many themes used to feature a link to the admin login URL back in the day, it’s rare to find a theme that nowadays that does.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to quickly locate your login URL.

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UX Hack: Making Long WordPress Posts Easier to Read & Scan

Overwhelmed by hordes pumping out low quality “content” day and night and Google’s ever more stringent rules for what makes it to the top of their search pages, many are starting to realize that producing quick, superficial, rehashed content is a massive waste of time.

In order to compete, in order to win, you need to produce something of substance, something of quality. That often means long posts and articles. Sometimes very long.

“Substance” and “quality” aren’t always defined by length, of course. There are plenty of exceptions there.

First there were content farms. Now we have endless long posts. The reader needs a break.

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