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.

Display the Full TinyMCE Editor In WordPress

The WordPress visual editor was given a decent trim in version 3.9. It now has just 14 buttons, or 26 when the kitchen sink is enabled.

It looks great (I love minimalism) but sometimes less isn’t always more. Sometimes more is more. Really, I just want more.

So I set out to enable all of the buttons available in the visual editor.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to display more than the basic 14 buttons and also how to permanently show the buttons in the kitchen sink.

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Turn Your WordPress Comments into Forum Posts for More Engagement

Unless a site is massively popular with lots of comments on nearly every post, leaving a comment on a post can feel a little lonely.

Single posts tend to feel a little walled off from everything else. Once you leave a comment on a post, you may feel like browsing around and finding another post to read, but you don’t typically get the impression that you’re in the middle of thriving discussion.

That’s where forums can excel.

Although a forum thread is also walled off to degree, you’re always only one click away from lots more discussion.

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WordPress Glossary Plugins: Unsexy but Super Useful

“When I first read the dictionary,” goes an old joke by comedian Steven Wright, “I thought it was a poem about everything.”

Part of what makes that joke funny, of course, is that dictionaries (and glossaries alike) get a bad rap for being nothing but boring old reference material. But boy are they useful when you need them.

Some sites seem to positively cry out for a glossary (i.e. a mini dictionary). And yet those that have them are few and far between.

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Display Your WordPress Posts In A Facebook-Style Timeline

One sure fire way to make your WordPress site stand out from its competitors, is to be different. And if you can be different by using a technique that is already very familiar, then it can be a win-win situation.

Presenting your WordPress posts as a Facebook-style timeline is one such situation.

In this article we’ll walk-through how to implement a timeline on your WordPress site using the recently released Timeline Pro plugin.

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A Clever Way to Keep Unsatisfied Visitors from Leaving Your WordPress Site

Recently I came across a site called Contextly. They are essentially a turbo-charged service for related posts. They’re also pretty expensive.

One of the more interesting features they have is the ability to put list of related content in a miniature sidebar stuck directly into the post itself.

Of course most people don’t just land on a blog post and start reading. Most will start scanning first.

If enough of the post catches their interest, then they’ll start reading.

But what if the post doesn’t catch their interest? Many will just hit the back button.

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Content Modelling: The Most Overlooked Route To A Successful WordPress Site

Too many WordPress site owners force round pegs into square holes by building their sites on the built-in content model of posts, pages, categories and tags, creating major long-term headaches and constraints for the design and management of the site.

Taking a little time up front in the design process, or even overhauling a current site, to create a content model that genuinely reflects the type and range of content you are publishing will dramatically increase your site’s flexibility and provide a superior experience for both you, the site owner, and your visitors.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how simple it is to model your site’s content, when to use the built-in model and when to extend it with custom post types and taxonomies.

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Focus Your WordPress Front Page and Awesomize Your Archives with Various Post Counts

WordPress makes it easy to control the number of posts you show at a time on your site.

All you need to do is go to the Reading panel under Settings and control the number there.

The problem is that whatever number you put in that spot will apply to your whole site. So if you wanted 5 posts on your homepage, for example, but 10 posts on your category pages, you couldn’t do it.

There is a workaround, however. And so that’s what we’ll go over below.

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