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 Upgrade WordPress Themes – Even If They Are Customized

Upgrading your website’s theme to the latest version is highly recommended, not only because it ensures you have all the latest features, but you’ll also be up-to-date with any security patches.

There are many ways to upgrade a WordPress theme. In this post we’ll look at a few different methods, from automatically upgrading to ensuring a customized theme isn’t unintentionally over-written.

Back Up Your Theme Files

Upgrading WordPress

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How to Change the Default WordPress Uploads Folder

There are many different reasons why users might want to change the default upload directory in WordPress.

In terms of performance, it makes it possible to host images on a subdomain, also making backups more efficient. Changing the directory can also create a different URL structure and organization for media files.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you how to easily change your default uploads folder.

Media folder

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How to Remove the Date from Your WordPress Posts

If the content on your site isn’t time-oriented, you may want to remove the dates from your posts since this information isn’t relevant.

Removing the date may also be helpful if you don’t regularly update your site – posts with older dates can give the impression that your content is outdated.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you a couple of methods for removing the date from your posts.

Remove date

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Making Your WordPress Images More Than Just Eye Candy

Why do you include images in your WordPress posts?

Is it just to break up the text, make it look a bit prettier, a bit more inviting? Or are they an integral part of the story you are trying to tell?

Here’s how to elevate your WordPress images from eye candy to storytelling juggernauts with descriptions that overlay on click, automatically appear when the image is visible or form a CSS-inspired image maps.

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How To Stop Your WordPress Intranet Becoming An Unmanageable Mess

Given its popularity, it’s only natural that organizations should look to WordPress as a potential intranet solution.

It’s far too easy, however, to get carried away and load up a site with every plugin imaginable and end up with an unmanageable mess.

So how you can avoid disaster and ensure that your WordPress intranet is fit for purpose, is solving your organization’s problems and is not going to have co-workers muttering about you over the water cooler?

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How to Quickly Remove WordPress Widget Titles

Recently, I was adding widgets to the footer of a WordPress site I was putting together and the widget titles just didn’t look right with the theme. The Twitter widget I was using didn’t need a title – it was obviously displaying the latest tweet.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an option in WordPress to disable widget titles (now that would be a handy little feature), but there are ways and means of getting around it.

Widget titles

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5 Awesome Free WordPress Shortcode Plugins

Shortcodes provide an easy way to add custom content to your site. Whether you want to add tabs to a page or buttons to a post, shortcodes let you quickly insert elements you regularly use.

WordPress introduced the shortcode API with the release of WordPress 2.5 six years ago. Many themes and plugins (including many of our own) use shortcodes to allow users to customize their sites and display content where they choose.

Shortcodes

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How To Add A New Yorker Style Header To Your WordPress Site

The New Yorker does it and so does The New York Times, so perhaps it’s just a Big Apple thing.

But changing and then fixing the page header as the reader scrolls up seems like an entirely sensible approach to not only maintaining branding but also to providing consistent and easy access to the primary navigation.

In this post, I’ll show you how to do the same with your WordPress site, even if you don’t live in New York.

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Creating A Mobile App For Your WordPress Site: A DIY Guide

You’ve probably thought before about how good it would be to create a mobile app for your WordPress site. The advantage of having that icon on a home screen, a single tap to engagement, perhaps just the kudos of being able to say “of course we have an app”.

But you checked out the options and they are either too complicated or too expensive and so the thought got reluctantly tossed into the “too hard” basket.

Well, go rummage in that basket and retrieve that thought because here’s a DIY approach that will allow you, for little cost, to create that basic app.

PhoneGap Build + WordPress = Mobile App

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