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 Bulk Install Your Go-To WordPress Plugins

If you regularly set up new WordPress installations, you probably have a go-to list of plugins you like to use on all your sites, but installing and activating plugins manually, one-by-one, can quickly become tediously repetitive.

Luckily, there’s a quick way to install all of your favorite plugins in one go, saving you time.

In this post I’ll show you how to bulk install plugins.

For this tutorial we’re going to use Multi Plugin Installer, a handy tool that allows you to install multiple plugins in one go. It’s available for free in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

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Advanced WordPress Google Maps Made Simple

Maps showing your office location are all well and good but with the right WordPress plugin and a little bit of tweaking, your WordPress-embedded Google Maps can be a whole lot more engaging for your visitors.

In this tutorial, we’ll create custom post types from a CSV datafile, create a plugin to dynamically generate a KML and then overlay that file on a Google Map: a technique you could use for any geocoded post type.

So, roll up those cartography sleeves and let’s get mapping!

Google Maps, KML overlays and custom post types all come together for massively engaging maps

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How To Test WordPress Plugins With PayPal Sandbox

Virtually all WordPress plugins that collect payments, from e-commerce stores to fundraising, offer integration with a PayPal product.

Testing this integration prior to launch means setting up the PayPal Sandbox and this, like PayPal itself, can be a little confusing.

In this article, we’ll look at how to create a PayPal sandbox environment and where to find the data that the majority of PayPal supporting WordPress plugins ask for.

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Creating Categories and Tags for Your WordPress Media

The media system in WordPress has come a long way in the last few years. It’s seen many welcome improvements.

As usual, however, it could probably be a little better. And one obvious way would seem to be adding categories and/or tags to media.

This would allow for easier management and even a little creative curation.

With that in mind, we’re going to go over a few ways you can assign categories or tags to media (such as images), and also how that might help.

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Beyond Pie Charts: Add Mind-blowing Visualizations To WordPress

When it comes to embedding graphs and charts in your WordPress posts, there are quite a few options in the plugin repository.

But what if you want to go beyond pie-charts and bar-graphs? What if you want to add the kind of interactive, data-visualizations that will leave your visitors’ minds well and truly blown?

Then you need to strap on the D3 javascript library and take a leap into data-driven documents.

It can be a lot of work but the results of D3 visualizations are truly mind-blowing

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Boost Your Site’s Impact With Custom Sidebars and Widgets

If your WordPress site uses static sidebars and widgets then you are missing out on a massive opportunity.

Would your Contact Us page be enhanced by having its own sidebar? Do you have a free download that you’d like to display in a widget for just a week? Would you like to show a special offer to logged-in users only?

In this Weekend WordPress Project, we’ll give your static sidebars and widgets a dynamic makeover that will dramatically improve the relevance and impact of your site’s content.

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Highlighting Comments on Your WordPress Site Since Your Last Visit

We get a lot of comments on our blog from our awesome members, but it can be hard to keep track of comments.

It can be a pain to subscribe to comments (more pesky emails landing in my inbox!), though after a few hits of the refresh button, new and old comments blur into one when discussion really takes off on a popular post.

Luckily, there’s a simple way for site admins to help their readers.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to highlight new comments made on a post since a person’s last visit.

Comments Since Last Visit

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How to Make a WordPress Blog Completely Private

Although it’s easy to make individual posts private or password protected in WordPress, what if you wanted your whole blog to be private?

We’re not talking about partially private here. We’re talking about a blog that’s completely off the grid except for those who have access.

We covered this topic a while ago, and at that time it took a combination of several plugins to make a site completely private.

Since that time, however, some plugins have upped their game, and really you only need one.

Private Only Plugin

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