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.

The Best Places to Find Free Stock Images for Your WordPress Site

A picture paints a thousands words, or so the old adage goes.

Images can tell a story in a quick glimpse more than endless paragraphs on a page. This is even up by data that shows 90 per cent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text.

Online, visuals are even more important. Research has found 46 per cent of people say a website’s design is the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of a company.

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Snapshot, Clone, Copy, Template: The WPMU DEV Multisite Copying Toolkit

WPMU DEV’s recent release of the Cloner plugin put another powerful site copying tool into the hands of WordPress multisite network owners’ hands.

Cloner, together with Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier and New Blog Templates, provides a suite of multisite tools that cover the bases when it comes to copying data from one site to another, even multiple, destinations.

But which tool should you use when?

Montage of promo images for Snapshot, Multisite Content Copier, Cloner and New Blog Templates

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How To Add Feature Images To Your WordPress Categories

Featured images for categories is one of those ideas that’s so obviously beneficial that you’ve probably not thought about it before.

A Featured image can, and does, make a huge positive impact on the the post pages so it’s only natural, when you think about it, to extend that impact to our category pages with the added bonus of giving the visitor an instant visual cue as to the topic.

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to specify a featured image for a category and give you some tips on how to update your theme to display them.

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How to Bulk Upload Files to the WordPress Media Library Using FTP

Copying multiple files to the WordPress media library is easy enough. However, copying hundreds to your website is another story.

Unfortunately, you can’t just simply copy files into the Uploads folders in your WordPress directory. While the files will appear in your folder, they will not appear in your media library. WordPress doesn’t not recognize files that are not uploaded via the dashboard uploader.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you a straightforward way to transfer media to your site via FTP.

Uploading with Add From Server

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How To Properly Add Background Images To Your WordPress Site

Adding a background image to your WordPress site is easy. Right?

Not if your theme doesn’t support it. And wouldn’t it be nice if the background image was full-screen? Be good to have different background images on categories too. And while we are at it, how about using a post’s featured image as the background image?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to do all the above and add a visual finishing touch to your WordPress site.

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How to Upgrade WordPress Themes – Even If They Are Customized

Upgrading your website’s theme to the latest version is highly recommended, not only because it ensures you have all the latest features, but you’ll also be up-to-date with any security patches.

There are many ways to upgrade a WordPress theme. In this post we’ll look at a few different methods, from automatically upgrading to ensuring a customized theme isn’t unintentionally over-written.

Back Up Your Theme Files

Upgrading WordPress

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How to Change the Default WordPress Uploads Folder

There are many different reasons why users might want to change the default upload directory in WordPress.

In terms of performance, it makes it possible to host images on a subdomain, also making backups more efficient. Changing the directory can also create a different URL structure and organization for media files.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to easily change your default uploads folder.

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How to Remove the Date from Your WordPress Posts

If the content on your site isn’t time-oriented, you may want to remove the dates from your posts since this information isn’t relevant.

Removing the date may also be helpful if you don’t regularly update your site – posts with older dates can give the impression that your content is outdated.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you a couple of methods for removing the date from your posts.

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Making Your WordPress Images More Than Just Eye Candy

Why do you include images in your WordPress posts?

Is it just to break up the text, make it look a bit prettier, a bit more inviting? Or are they an integral part of the story you are trying to tell?

Here’s how to elevate your WordPress images from eye candy to storytelling juggernauts with descriptions that overlay on click, automatically appear when the image is visible or form a CSS-inspired image maps.

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