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.

How to Set the Default Theme for WordPress Multisite

When you create a new site in your Multisite network, a new theme will be automatically assigned. If your network is using the latest version of WordPress, the default theme will be Twenty Fourteen theme.

But what if you don’t want to use Twenty Fourteen? What if you would rather set your own default theme across your network?

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to set your own default theme.

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Personalizing WordPress: Show Avatars, Profiles, or Facebook Info to Visitors

If you have a site where your visitors need to register for one reason or another, then it’s good to remind them that they are part of your community.

You can do that in very large ways, like installing a complete social system such as BuddyPress, or you can do it in more subtle ways, like greeting them by name on the sidebar when they’re logged in and showing their avatar.

In this post, we’re going to go into the subtler ways.


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Save Time And Effort With Reusable WordPress Content

As WordPress site owners, we often find that we need to repeat the same content across posts and pages: advertisements and promotions, legal notices, special announcements, reproduction notices.

It may be content that needs to appear on every page or just particular posts but the point is we want to just want to create that item once and then have an easy way to include it wherever is appropriate.

In this WordPress Weekend Project, we’ll take at look at saving you valuable time and effort by creating and using reusable content.

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Adding Custom Images Sizes to the WordPress Media Library

When you upload an image to the media library, WordPress creates a stores a range of different sizes for that images. These are: thumbnail, medium, large and full-size.

If you run a site where you need the images to be a specific size, such as an e-Commerce size where you need the images to be a particular size for uniformity, these defaults may not suit your needs.

For today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’m going to show you how to add a custom image size to the media library.

Adding Custom Image Sizes
As I mentioned above, there are four default image sizes in WordPress:

Custom image sizes

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5 Quick Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

No one likes waiting around for a site to load, so much so that 40 per cent of people abandon a site that takes more than three seconds to load.

Slow page load speeds are especially crippling for eCommerce sites. Almost 80 per cent of shoppers who are dissatisfied with a site’s performance are less likely to buy from the same site again, while a one second delay decreases customer satisfaction by 16 per cent.

Even Google factors site speed into their algorithm when ranking websites. So if your site loads too slowly you can expect your Google rankings to fall, and in turn attract less traffic to your site.

So what can you do to make your site faster? Here are a few simple ways to keep your page load times low and your visitors happy.


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How Many Of These 7 UX Blunders Is Your WordPress Site Making?

Such is the often stunning visual quality of today’s WordPress themes that it’s easy to get carried away with the look of your site and spend little to no time focussing on how easy it is for visitors to use.

WPMU DEV’s resident user experience expert, Joji Mori, is on a mission to change that and like any seemingly impossible mission it starts with one small step, or in this case, site.

In fact, it starts with your site. So, take a deep breath and see how many of Joji’s 7 Biggest UX Blunders your site is making and how to fix them.

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Stopping Manual WordPress Comment Spam – 5 Ways to Help

In order to stop automated spam in your comment section, you have a wide range of plugins at your disposal.

But most of those plugins can’t help you when it comes to manual spam – i.e. actual people taking the time to visit your site to leave links in your comments.

Below we’ll go over five ways that can help combat manual comment spam. Actually, we’ll throw in a bonus sixth way that can help too.

1. Make Users Register


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Improving the Look and Feel of Your Author Comments

When you’ve spent a lot of time writing a post, it’s a good feeling when you get a tonne of comments.

The problem is, when you get so many comments you can’t keep track of who’s who and your own comments get buried amongst everyone else’s because they blend right in.

Many readers like to scan through comments after reading a post just so they can see whether the author had responded to feedback. Styling author comments provides as easy way for your readers to quickly find what you’ve written when there’s a heap of discussion going on.

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Increase Traffic With Better WordPress Post Excerpts

Do you add a hand-crafted excerpt for every post on your WordPress site? Are the excerpts even used by your WordPress theme?

No? Then you’re missing out because your post excerpt is the clincher for a reader clicking through to your post from your home page, a Facebook share or a Google search result.

In this Weekend Project, we’ll look at how to take control of your WordPress excerpts, how they are displayed, where they are displayed and how they are formatted.

Post excerpts are vital - don't hide them or leave them to automatic generation

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