How to Change Your WordPress Admin Username

Hi admin!

Just kidding. That’s not your name is it? Then why keep using it as your WordPress username? Not only is it boring, imagine how easy it is for hackers to guess your admin username.

Well, good news, changing your WordPress admin login username is easy. First, go to your”wp-config.php” file (in the root directory of your WordPress install) and find the name of your WordPress database. It’ll be defined in a line of code that looks like this:

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/** The name of the database for WordPress */

define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');
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Add a Custom Javascript Editor to WordPress

Adding custom Javascript to your WordPress site can be a bit stressful if you don’t know where to add it or what you’re doing. The Custom Javascript Editor was created to make it easy and convenient to add Javascript through the WordPress dashboard.

It keeps your custom Javascript additions separate and tidy in this handy editor, very similar to the way you’re used to editing WordPress template files.

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Expand Your Skills with Codecademy’s Free HTML and CSS Courses

Codecademy is an interactive, fun way for beginners to learn how to code. It allows you to track your progress as well as your friends’ progress so that you can motivate each other to learn faster.

Codecademy currently offers four main tracks for learning:

JavaScript Fundamentals – This introductory course to JavaScript gets you started with programming basics, JavaScript apps and building games.
Web Fundamentals – This course teaches you how to build websites with HTML and CSS.
jQuery – The jQuery course covers DOM manipulation, event handling and animation creation.

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How To Find Out If A Site Is Running On WordPress

In my recent tutorial on the additional screen options in the New Post/Page screens, I briefly covered the topic of trackbacks. They can be an effective way of promoting your blog, by letting other blog owners know that you are linking to them.

However, I also mentioned that WordPress blogs are set up by default to send and receive automatic pingbacks. If pingbacks are enabled, you should not send trackbacks. Duplicate trackbacks/pingbacks can be seen as spam, which would produce exactly the opposite effect to what you are hoping for.

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Everything You Need To Know About The WordPress HTML Editor

Please note: this tutorial assumes that you are using WordPress 3.3.1 with the default Twenty Eleven theme installed.

Okay – I’ll be the first to say that a beginner’s tutorial for a feature that assumes you have a good knowledge of HTML (and by extension, CSS) may not make sense to you. But this tutorial is for people who are new to WordPress, not necessarily new to web design.

With that said, this tutorial intends to cover the features, functionality and limitations of the WordPress HTML. Although the editor may look straightforward enough, there are a few quirks and foibles that you should be familiar with.

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Tips For Dirty Bloggers Pt 2: Is Clean Code That Important?

I could keep this article very short by simply saying “yes”.

…but that wouldn’t do you much good, would it? After all, if you spent all of your time simply following people’s advice on the internet without understanding the reasons why, you’d be doing an awful lot of crap.

Before I start, I should clarify that when I refer to “code”, I basically mean anything that relates to the back end of your blog. So code, images, and anything else that could be considered “back end” (oo er).

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Lazy Load WordPress Widgets for Increased Performance

If you’re looking for small ways to improve page loading on your WordPress site, you might consider lazy loading your widgets. The Lazy Widget Loader plugin is for use on slow widgets with content from 3rd parties, such as Facebook, Twitter, AdSense and others.

How does the Lazy Widget Loader plugin work?
This plugin postpones loading the content of the widgets you choose, so that their content is loaded after the main content of the page that is displayed. By default the plugin will not load any of your widgets this way – you’ll need to select which widgets it affects.

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Magic Zoom Uses Fancy Javascript to Zoom Images on Your WordPress Site

The smooth Javascript image zooming that you’ve seen on many high-end store websites is now available as an easy-to-use plugin for WordPress users. If you’re one of the many people who has suffered lightbox fatigue, then you’ll want to check out Magic Zoom.

Magic Zoom displays images in greater detail when you hover over the image. Current features include:

Zoom
Smoothing
Cross fade
Fade in/out
Internal zoom
Multiple images
Reverse opacity
Titles above/below image
Position top/left/bottom/right
Borders/colors/cursors and other CSS options

Magic Zoom Dashboard Options:

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Reorder WordPress Posts, Pages and Custom Post Types with Drag and Drop Capabilities

WordPress generally displays your posts and pages in order of the date published. Rearranging their order can become quite tedious if you’re depending on changing dates and times.

The Post Types Order plugin provides a solution to this problem. It allows you to order post types objects (posts, pages, custom post types) using a drag and drop sortable Javascript capability.

After you install the plugin a re-order link will appear in each post type section and this is where you will go when you want to sort the order.

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