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.

Are You Avoiding These Common WordPress Code Issues?

There are numerous articles about fixing code errors and more than enough on mistakes to avoid as WordPress users. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some coding issues which work but would be considered inefficient, or bad code.

I’ll focus on some of the most common problems I’ve seen around and some errors which I’m ashamed to say I’ve committed in the past myself.

A cleaner sign

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Five for the Future: How to Help Out in the WordPress Support Forums

You probably remember the hullabaloo a few months ago around Matt Mullenweg’s rally to the greater WordPress community to create a more sustainable vision for the future of the open source project.

Automattic’s founder suggested that businesses revolving around WordPress (either webhosts, developers, designers, etc.) contribute 5 percent of their workforce to helping WordPress core. While some in the WordPress community criticized his sentiments, others embraced the call to action, including us to the point we’re currently trialling and training seven new support staff members, two of whom will be assigned to work full-time in the WordPress Support Forums.

Five for the Future

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The Easy Way To Create Content Grids in WordPress

CSS grids in design are very popular these days. While some people will argue semantics when it comes to grid, there’s no denying the ease-of-use it brings to the table. Even more so when you give this power to the end users.

By using a grid shortcode users can create arbitrary layouts in WordPress – a freedom that would have been much-envied 5-6 years ago. There are many column plugins in the repository which will allow you to take advantage of this functionality right now, I thought it would be nice to build our own, to understand how it works a bit better.

Grid

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Stop Printing Ugly WordPress Pages With This Easy Fix

As a WordPress designer, you fret and worry about how your pages and posts look – on the screen. But have you ever checked to see what they look like when printed on paper? Chances are good that your pages don’t look so great when printed. Surprisingly, a lot of people like to print web pages – and some clients will insist that their pages have to look good when printed – but getting WordPress pages and posts to look great in print isn’t always easy. The key to getting great-looking WordPress pages in print is print styles, and in this post you’ll find out how to get your own customized WordPress print styles.

Three pages printed instead of three.

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Top Cloud Hosting Companies for WordPress

Traditionally, websites are hosted on a single server within a company’s data centre. High traffic websites are normally hosted on a dedicated server and smaller websites are hosted on a server with other websites (i.e. those with a VPS or shared hosting account).

There is another way to host a website that is becoming more and more popular: cloud hosting.

Cloud hosting

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Create a Multilingual WordPress Website With WPML

WPML is a plugin for creating multilingual websites with WordPress. The plugin gives you lots of options for how the different versions of your content is stored and displayed, and it can even help you find translators to create your multilingual content. Find out how WPML can help you build a multilingual WordPress website in our guide to using this plugin.

Guide to WPML for WordPress-800x220

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22 Brilliant Videos For Mastering WordPress You Don’t Want to Miss

We often gather up links to the most compelling articles and resources around the web related to WordPress. However, video tutorials and the like are pretty lacking. That’s why I wanted to spend some time poring through YouTube to find the best of the best tutorials and interviews that have been posted in the past year.

Now, a few caveats. All of these videos that have been published anytime in the past 12 months, including some from 2013. More videos means more awesome resources to check out. You can’t fault me for that, right?

WordPress video tutorials

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Creating A Customizable Post List Template in WordPress With Advanced Custom Fields

I’ve mentioned Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) in previous articles before, I thought it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and show you how it can be used to create great features with relative ease. In this article we’ll be using ACF to create a page template which allows users to list posts based on category, status or any other criteria.

Advanced Custom Fields

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A DIY Guide to Taking Your WordPress Storytelling to New Heights

We often talk about the amazing content produced by websites such as the New York Times, Pitchfork and The Global Mail that takes storytelling to new heights.

We are slowly seeing the emergence of WordPress plugins such as Aesop’s Story Engine and Storyform that can help authors elevate their stories beyond a standard post but naturally these solutions have their limitations.

If you truly want to create uniquely engaging content then you are going to have to do-it-yourself. The good news is that if you take a pragmatic approach, plan and use the right tools then it’s well within your grasp.

Post feature image showing 3 iPad screens overlayed with a WordPress logo

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Most of What You “Know” About WordPress Typography is Wrong

When we put text onto a WordPress page or post, we’re setting type. And that means – like it or not – we are typographers. The problem is that most of us are not very good at typography, and much of what we think we know is wrong. While it’s not necessary for us to know everything about kerning, tracking, alternate characters, and other typographic niceties, it’s not hard to put good typographic principles to work for us. Try some of the typographic resources highlighted in this article, and take your WordPress website to the next higher level.

Stylistic view of typography.

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