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.

Greet Your WordPress Visitors With Tailored Messages

Would you like to provide bonus content to those visitors who clicked through from your e-newsletter? Perhaps you’d like to welcome visitors who’ve come from an affiliate site? Or maybe you just want to let subscribers know that you are running a special offer on membership?

There are 101 marketing and promotional opportunities for notifications that can be tailored according to a visitor’s referrer and role.

In this article, I’ll show you how to splice two existing plugins to add conditional global notifications to your WordPress site.

Global notifications with conditional content offer unlimited possibilities

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Migrating Multiple Blogs into WordPress Multisite

Managing multiple WordPress installations can be a drag. Remembering different sets of usernames and passwords, and having to install plugins and themes over and over again. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Setting up a fresh WordPress Multisite installation and creating new sub-sites isn’t all that hard, but what about migrating an existing collection of sites into a new or existing Multisite installation?

There are many reasons why you might want to do this, for example you can:

Save time. Instead of installing and upgrading WordPress, themes and plugins across many sites, you can do all of these things just once.

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A Gory Hack For Removing Tags And Categories From Multiple Posts

The WordPress admin interface provides the functionality to add tags and categories to multiple posts but not to remove them.

To do that you’ve still got to edit each post which is a bit of a chore if you’ve got plenty of tags or it’s something you do on a regular basis.

In this post, I’ll show you how to add the ability to remove tags or a category from multiple posts. But be warned, it’s a hack that’s not for the squeamish.

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Showing the Number of Views of a WordPress Post on the Front End

There are all sorts of web statistics plugins and services that will tell you how many views a certain post received. And they certainly have their place. However, sometimes you may just want that information conveniently placed on the front of the post itself.

And so in this post we’re going to go over how you can get that, and also how you can hide that view count from certain viewers while showing it to others if you like.

WP PostViews Plugin
The first thing you will want to do is to pick up the WP PostViews plugin.


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How to Link an Email Address in WordPress

Of course lots of people like to use contact forms on their site. But there may be situations where you’d want to provide a linked email address too, either showing the actual email address (like [email protected]) or some text of your choosing (like contact me).

Doing either is pretty easy. You just need to know the simple code.

Creating Email Links
Creating email links is basically just like making a regular link, but instead of putting http://  in front, you would use mailto:

For example, instead of linking [email protected], you would link mailto:[email protected]

The complete HTML for the above would be the following …


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How to Timestamp Your Posts Like Twitter and Facebook

Here’s a handy WordPress script you might not know about.

Did you know WordPress has a built-in function to display relative time in a human-readable format, just like Twitter and Facebook? For example, instead of your posts displaying, “Posted on January 23 at 10.30am,” you could display, “Posted 5 hours ago.”

In this Weekend WordPress Project I’ll show you how to update the Twenty Fourteen theme to take advantage of the human_time_diff() function and change the timestamp on your posts.

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Set the Default Admin Color for Users in WordPress Multisite

When version 3.8 of WordPress came out, it changed a number of things in the admin area. One of those things was the default color scheme.

It used to be that the default color scheme was lighter in color.

Now it’s much darker and looks like this:

Changing the Color for Multisite Users
While it’s easy to go to your profile and change that if you don’t like it, if you run a Multisite Network, then you have all your users to deal with as well.


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WordPress Security Essentials: Obscurity Tactics and Backups

Security by obscurity is by no means a be-all, end-all solution for keeping nasty hackers at bay, but should still play at part in your overall defence plan.

Obscurity as a security measure is the belief that a site can remain secure so long as nobody outside of its implementation is allowed to find out anything about its internal mechanisms.

In the final video in our WordPress Security Essentials series, we look at obscurity tactics and tried-and-true measures for backing up your site.

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