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.

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.

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Supporting Clients After a Project Ends – and Scoring More Work

We’ve all been there. You’ve launched a client’s site and now you’re silently high fiving yourself because it looks fantastic and the client is thrilled.

You met your deadline and you’ve got another project already lined up. The next day your client emails you asking for a small change to their site, which you happily do for him, no questions asked.

But then a couple of days later he asks for another change… And then another change after that and, of course, he expects all these changes for free and you’re not paid a cent for your time. How can you say no?

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Giving Your Posts Mad Style by Spicing Up the First Paragraph

Giving the first paragraph in a story a distinctive style is something that slick, expensive magazines have done for years.

It not only brings extra attention to your opening, helping to draw readers down into the article, it can also liven up the page aesthetically.

One other thing it does is help reset the reader’s attention when they move off that first paragraph into the second. (Btw, studies have shown that resetting a reader’s attention is quite desirable, as readers often get bored and lose focus easily.)

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How To Have Paragraph Commenting Just Like Medium

Paragraph commenting, or annotations is not exactly new. Readers have been scribbling in the margins of books, magazines and uni assignments for years.

The online world has been slow to adopt this approach which is perhaps why Medium caused a stir and no shortage of admiring looks when it went the annotation route.

Well, admire forlornly no more because I’m going to show you how to add paragraph commenting to your WordPress site.

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Don’t Let Your Empty Search Page Drive Off Visitors

Keeping visitors on your site is vitally important, so the last thing you want for those searching your site is a page with little more than the message “no results found”.

That’s telling visitors to “move along, there’s nothing of interest to see here”.

But you can change this message by making your search results page work much harder. Here’s how.

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Building a Rad Overview Page that Lists Posts for Every Category

When you have a lot of posts on your site, it’s hard for your visitors to get a good bird’s eye view on everything.

Of course they can probably easily see your categories, maybe your latest posts, and other typical navigation you might supply.

But that still doesn’t let them quickly scan down through a much wider range of your content. It doesn’t give them a 40,000 foot overview for your whole site.

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How To Allow Anyone To Preview A Post Without Logging In

Previewing is an important part of the publishing process and generally requires the previewer to be logged into WordPress.

But what if you want someone to do a one-off review? Perhaps you’ve written about them, or they are an expert on the subject matter. Creating a WordPress account, getting them to log in and then deleting the account when the process is finished is a little excessive.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to send them a private link, with a configurable expiry date, that took them straight to the content and only that content? Of course it would and here’s how.

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Finally! Getting Images to Sit Side-by-Side in WordPress

Have you ever tried to get two images to sit side-by-side in WordPress? Did it drive you crazy? If so, you’re not alone. It’s driven me crazy a number of times.

The good news is that it might now not be as maddening as it was in the past.

The bad news is that the good news above might not actually apply in your case.

Not to worry though, there’s more good news – we’ve got alternative methods below if the easiest methods don’t happen to work for you.

4 Different Methods for Side-by-Side Images
We’ve got four basic methods for you.

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