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.

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.

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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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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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