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Many WordPress themes rely on "Excerpts" to show a short summary of your WordPress content.

You'll find an "Excerpts" box on all your WordPress Posts, but you won't find them on Pages. Excerpts on WordPress pages used to be a standard feature, then they were removed in WordPress 3.1.

Fortunately, if you need to use excerpts, it is easy to put the excerpt window back for "Pages". All you need is a single line of code.

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Does it matter how many words you write in each blog post?

Yes, for many people, it does.

Some writers set themselves a target number of words per day, as a good habit. Whether your target is 500, 1000, 2000 or even more words, a lot of writers love the discipline of hitting a daily target.

Some other writers are aiming for a specific word count simply for marketing purposes. It's generally thought that Google gives a higher rank to longer posts, so long as they're interesting. So many SEO experts recommend you write posts between 2000 and 2500 words.

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When you’re developing plugins, messing up is just part of the process.

There’s a lot of trial and error involved in developing plugins for WordPress. You don't need to beat yourself every time you make an error, but there are some really common mistakes you can avoid.

Read on to find out how to avoid eight of the most common mistakes you'll make when first creating plugins for WordPress.

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WPML is the most popular plugin for multi-lingual WordPress sites.

WPML is an acronym for "WordPress Multilingual" and the plugin is installed on nearly a million sites.

In this tutorial, you'll see 6 videos that introduce you to WPML and show you how to configure it correctly.

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My client has asked me to build a WordPress plugin for them. Help! How do I learn to build WordPress plugins?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

I'm going to show you the skills needed for WordPress plugin development. I'll also give you links to start learning those skills.

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One of our customers recently asked us how to set up a multilingual WordPress site to manually translate it. The Polylang plugin does just that.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Polylang plugin to create a multilingual WordPress site from scratch.

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You write great content and want to build up an audience of people who read your blog regularly. In this situation, there's no better way to keep your audience up-to-date than by email.

Here's how you automatically notify users whenever you write a new post. We're going to use the free features of the PublishPress plugin.

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How do I get started with theme design?

That's a common question we get from people who join OSTraining for the first time. They want to know about the skills they will need, and what kind of classes they should take.

Here's an overview of everything you need to get started with WordPress theme design.

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Introducing BoldGrid, the WordPress Website Builder

The new Gutenberg editor is nearly here and the WordPress landscape is about to change in a big way.

Many plugins are themes are going to be impacted. In particular, people are curious how page-builder plugins such as Beaver Builder and Visual Composer will respond. The answer, looking at BoldGrid, another popular plugin in the same niche, is to do more. BoldGrid doesn't just build pages, it builds complete websites. It allows you to build an entire WordPress website without any code and in a ridiculously short amount of time. 

BoldGrid provides layouts, themes, an SEO plugin and more. It also has developer-friendly tools such as Staging plugin and a Backup plugin. All-in-all, it offers far more than BoldGrid will ever offer. It's a website builder, rather than a page builder.

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SEO Optimize Your Multilingual WordPress Site

If you have a multilingual website, it's worth thinking about the SEO challenges you'll face.

Most website owners only need to optimize for one language. Simply adding another language doubles the amount of optimization work you need to do. Plus, you need to think about another version of Google, with different competitors and different challenges.

SEO concerns a real with multilingual websites. In this guide, based on advice from the "How to Build Multilingual WordPress Sites" class, we'll focus on key ways you can improve your site's SEO.

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WordPress security

WordPress is one of the simplest and versatile content management systems. Any beginner can quickly build a professional website with it.

It offers basic security out of the box to get you started. It also allows you to harden your site security.

In this post, you will learn 10 tips to easily enhance the security of your WordPress website even if you are a beginner.

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So your WordPress website offers good content to your visitors. And it offers an amazing user-experience. And it's safe and secure!

But it all will be in vain if your site keeps suffering from downtime.

In this blog post, I will discuss possible reasons for WordPress downtime and ways to monitor incidents.

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Gator Forms is our favorite WordPress forms plugin.

One of the reasons we like it so much is that it has a wide range of display options. Gator Forms doesn't require you to put your form inside a Post or a Page. You can show your forms in pop-ups, tabs, accordions, lightboxes and other effects.

In this guide, I'm going to show how you to create a form that automatically opens and closes for visitors.

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Gator Forms is our favorite WordPress forms plugin.

One of the reasons we like it so much is that it has a wide range of pop-ups and buttons you can use to make your forms more visible.

Gator Forms doesn't require you to put your form inside a Post or a Page. You can show it around the outside of your site too.

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Open a WordPress Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

Some websites make it really hard to contact them. The "Contact Us" page is hidden in the footer. The social media icons, if there any, lead to accounts where no-one ever replies.

Why not make it as easy as possible to contact you?!?

One good idea is to place a "Contact Us" in your menu. As soon as people click on it, they'll get a pop-up box with a contact form. Your visitors don't even need to visit a different page. That's as easy as it gets.

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What are Website Internationalization and Localization?

When you build multilingual websites you will probably come across two keywords, "Internationalization" and "Localization".

These are complicated words for fairly straightforward ideas. In this guide, I'll explain what Internationalization and Localization are, and what you need to understand about them when building your multilingual site.

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How to Find a Translatable WordPress Plugin

If you're building a multilingual WordPress site, there are four things you need to find translations for:

  • The WordPress core
  • Your content
  • Your theme
  • Your plugins

In a previous tutorial, we took a look at how to find a multilingual theme. In this guide, we're going to take a look at how to find multilingual plugins. Not every plugin has been translated or is capable of being translated.

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Alternative to the Co-Authors Plus WordPress Plugin

Do you accept guest blog posts on your WordPress site?

It's a great way to drive traffic to your site, improve your SEO, and create connections with other bloggers.

However, by default, everyone who writes on your WordPress site has to have a user account. So to accept a guest author post, you need to create a user account that the author may never use.

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handle spam without captcha

Spam is more than an irritation. It can reduce your productivity. Sometimes the spam prevention can be as bad as the spam itself, making your visitors spot similar images, do maths sums or answer questions to prove that they are human.

This can put people off interacting with your website. Fortunately, WordPress has plugins that can handle spam transparently, without creating irritation to either you or your visitors. In this blog post, you will take a look at two of them.

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WordPress and WooCommerce as oEmbed Providers

You probably know that WordPress makes it easy to embed social media in Posts and Pages.

But did you know that you can easily embed snippets from WordPress posts and WooCommerce products in other content, using just a URL?

Here's an overview of how WordPress allows you to share posts on other sites (and even your own site).

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WooCommerce or Magento for Your E-Commerce Store

Magento and WooCommerce are both huge players in online selling.

When you're deciding on an online sales channel, how do you choose between these two titans of ecommerce?

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a look and compare them.

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Featured Image Support to a WordPress Theme

WordPress themes makes it possible to give your users control of many aspects of their site's designs.

One of the most common design features in themes are featured images. Many bloggers love to use large, high-quality images for their posts.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to add featured image support in a custom WordPress theme.

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WordPress makes adding videos easy. However, many WordPress users don't realize that they can make their videos more attractive.

In particular, it often helps to add a preview image to your videos. An eye-catching preview image can really draw attention to your video. If you allow the preview image be chosen automatically, you can often end up with a snapshot taken at a bad moment in the video.

Please note, this will only work with videos that you have directly uploaded and stored in WordPress. This won't work with WordPress YouTube, WordPress Vimeo, or WordPress Wistia videos.

This tutorial will show you how to add a custom preview image to your WordPress videos.

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Create Password Protected Posts in WordPress

Did you know that WordPress offer the ability to password-protect the posts that you write?

This feature doesn't require a plugin and is a core feature of WordPress.

In this short, I'm going to show you how to create protected posts. Each WordPress post will need it's own password, so this won't work for protecting a whole site.

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Move A WordPress Site From Localhost To Production

So you have everything ready for launch and your site is sitting on your local computer. You're ready to move WordPress to the "real" server and start publishing.

Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to export and import your data base, and get WordPress running on the new server.

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Top 5 WordPress Project Management Plugins

WordPress is the key technology tool for many companies. They use it for marketing, e-commerce, CRM and 1,001 other tasks. So, it's not surprising that a lot of WordPress users also rely on it for project management.

After all, if you allow customers to pay you on your WordPress site, or raise a support ticket there, why not also collaborate on projects using the same platform.

In this overview, we'll introduce you to 5 of the best WordPress project management plugins. All 5 have free versions available on WordPress.org. You can download them, test them, and see if they're a good fit for you and your projects.

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Review of the Best WordPress Checklist Plugins

If you really care about your WordPress content, you know that it's a constant struggle to maintain high standards.

It's not easy to create consistent, high-quality posts. Without a careful approach, you'll find your site has a different approach from post to post, and you'll soon end up with lots of messy content.

One solution is a WordPress checklist plugin. These plugins enable you to decide the requirement for each post before you publish.

We downloaded and tested all the checklist plugins for WordPress. Here's our review of all four WordPress checklist plugins ...

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