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.

A Clever Way to Keep Unsatisfied Visitors from Leaving Your WordPress Site

Recently I came across a site called Contextly. They are essentially a turbo-charged service for related posts. They’re also pretty expensive.

One of the more interesting features they have is the ability to put list of related content in a miniature sidebar stuck directly into the post itself.

Of course most people don’t just land on a blog post and start reading. Most will start scanning first.

If enough of the post catches their interest, then they’ll start reading.

But what if the post doesn’t catch their interest? Many will just hit the back button.


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Content Modelling: The Most Overlooked Route To A Successful WordPress Site

Too many WordPress site owners force round pegs into square holes by building their sites on the built-in content model of posts, pages, categories and tags, creating major long-term headaches and constraints for the design and management of the site.

Taking a little time up front in the design process, or even overhauling a current site, to create a content model that genuinely reflects the type and range of content you are publishing will dramatically increase your site’s flexibility and provide a superior experience for both you, the site owner, and your visitors.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how simple it is to model your site’s content, when to use the built-in model and when to extend it with custom post types and taxonomies.

Handdrawn diagram of the built-in WordPress content model

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Focus Your WordPress Front Page and Awesomize Your Archives with Various Post Counts

WordPress makes it easy to control the number of posts you show at a time on your site.

All you need to do is go to the Reading panel under Settings and control the number there.

The problem is that whatever number you put in that spot will apply to your whole site. So if you wanted 5 posts on your homepage, for example, but 10 posts on your category pages, you couldn’t do it.

There is a workaround, however. And so that’s what we’ll go over below.


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Why Trying to Get 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights for Your WordPress Site Will Drive You Mad!

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on my WordPress site in an attempt to reach 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights.

I thought it would be easy. “All I need to do is make a few tweaks here and a few optimizations there,” I told myself. “Smush my images and set expire headers; install W3 Total Cache and all will be sweet. A piece of cake.”

How wrong was I.

Feature image

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20 Best Free Photography WordPress Themes

You might wonder what the difference is between a photography theme and a portfolio theme. The truth is that at times they might both serve the same purpose. But at other times they may be a little different.

To my mind, a portfolio theme concentrates on providing a section of the site that is dedicated to showing off a collection of images.

Of course a photography theme might do that too, but the way I look at it, a photography theme puts more emphasis on the blog aspect and less emphasis on creating a separate section to show off a collection of photos.


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How to Give Your First Post a Unique Style in WordPress

You don’t always need a fancy, sophisticated theme for a blog. Sometimes a simple, plain, newest-post-first type blog is fine.

That said, it’s also nice to have a little bit of extra pop on a blog, especially near the top. If nothing else, it helps draw the reader’s eye down into your content and also break things up a little.

One way you can get that extra pop is to simply give the first post on your homepage a different style from all the other posts.


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