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.

Boost Engagement By Prioritizing Comments On Your WordPress Site

WordPress authors crave comments. They tells us that someone felt strongly enough to take time out to share their thoughts – complimentary or otherwise.

The problem is that a single comment in the wrong place can undermine all your good work. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to put those comments that enhance your post front and center and hide those that don’t?

In this post I’ll show you how to take control of your comment lists so that they work for your WordPress site and not against it and make engagement easier by moving that comment form to the top of the comment list.

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Top CDN Services to Make Your WordPress Site Blazingly Fast (and More Reliable)

If you’re serious about speeding up your site and you’ve optimized the bejesus out of your site (smushed image, minified CSS and Javascript, set up a caching plugin…) it’s time to think about signing up to a content delivery network, or CDN.

A CDN will drastically reduce server lag by storing static resources on a network of fast loading servers.

Choosing a CDN can be tricky since there are many options available. Finding the right one depends entirely on your needs and the popularity of your site.

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How To Launch Your WordPress Videos In A Lightbox

Lightbox is a widely accepted tool for focussing readers’ attention by darkening the page and overlaying a fullsize version of the image.

But if images can benefit from this distraction-free viewing why not other media types? Why not video?

In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll look at using the WP Video Lightbox plugin to bring all the benefits of Lightbox to your embedded videos.

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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.

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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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