Why take the scenic route when you can take a shortcut? In today's Weekend WordPress Project, we give you the code to create your own shortcodes so you can run circles around WordPress with shortcuts and make posting to your site a piece of (short) cake.
When you have a website, being social is kind of mandatory nowadays. Social media rules all and if you haven’t started tweeting, liking, and pinning yet, you’re well behind the curve.
An underutilized social resource is SlideShare, a site dedicated to allowing users to create compelling slideshows with just a few clicks that can then be shared across the Internet with ease. It’s a really useful tool, especially for those in industries who find themselves needing to explain complicated subjects over and over again.
Overwhelmed by hordes pumping out low quality “content” day and night and Google’s ever more stringent rules for what makes it to the top of their search pages, many are starting to realize that producing quick, superficial, rehashed content is a massive waste of time.
In order to compete, in order to win, you need to produce something of substance, something of quality. That often means long posts and articles. Sometimes very long.
“Substance” and “quality” aren’t always defined by length, of course. There are plenty of exceptions there.
There’s been a veritable explosion of really good design-related shortcode plugins of late.
These plugins make it easy to spice up your Posts or Pages and give them very professional-looking elements such as columns, tabbed boxes, pricing tables, special headers, and much more.
Because of the improvement in these plugins of late, other plugins that haven’t evolved with the times have been left in the dust. Or even if they’ve added such things as the Bootstrap icon library (as some below have), they haven’t improved in other areas.
Earlier this month, Rae published a great post on how to fully customize and brand your site’s login page.
If you only have 15 minutes though, there is an alternative and that’s to add front-end login, registration and password recovery directly into your site’s pages and sidebars.
The problem with the builtin sign-in, register and password recovery forms are that they carry the WordPress branding and don’t look anything like your site.
Looking for a nice accordion plugin? Below we’ve listed the top 10 free WordPress accordion plugins on the market today, giving a short overview of each and then rating each on ease of use and appearance.
Accordions are great for a number of different specific design challenges on a WordPress site.
Maybe you’d like to compress a lot of content into a small area. Or maybe you want to give the reader the option of seeing or not seeing certain content, such as movie spoilers or answers to quiz questions.
Google search results often now contain a small thumbnail image of the author next to a result.
Anything that draws the searcher’s eye to your link and gives your post more authenticity has got to be worth implementing.
In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll take a look at how to get your face attached to your posts in the Google search results.
Google is currently piloting the inclusion of author information in search results. When Google recognises the author of a post, it adds the author’s profile image, name and Google Circle info to the search result.
Google Trends is a very handy tool for finding out what people are searching for around the world. Enter any search term and you’re instantly presented with the data for how often it is searched for, relative to the total number of global searches. Generally, this service is most often used for comparing the volume of searches between two or more terms.
Charts displaying comparison data make excellent fuel for conversation. Since Google loves for you to embed their products everywhere, it’s actually quite easy for you to get this data and display it within WordPress posts and pages.
Being able to surf around the world via the internet is an amazing thing. You can you find a job in a foreign land, rent an apartment in a country you’ve never been to, or book a restaurant reservation from 10,000 miles away … to name but a few things.
Do you have info your visitors REALLY should pay attention to? If so, then an alert box may be just the way to go.
Alert box plugins let you easily bring attention to content by putting it in a colored box. And on most sites, these boxes will stand out as long as you don’t overuse them.
Below we’ve collected five of the better free ones we could find. Each has different styles and different functionality, and so your own particular needs will dictate which ones might be right for you.