WordPress News, Tutorials, Opionions and How-Tos https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/ Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:20:13 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Email WordPress Users When a New Post Is Published https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/notify-users/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/notify-users/
Email Users When a New Post Is Published

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.

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:48:29 -0400
How to Add Custom Fonts to WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-fonts/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-fonts/
How to Use Custom Fonts in WordPress

An OSTraining member asked us how to add two extra fonts to their WordPress site:

  • A custom font
  • A safe font, such as Times New Roman 

In this tutorial, I'm going show you how to use CSS to add fonts to WordPress.

valentin@ostraining.com (Valentin Garcia) WordPress Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:45:58 -0400
All About WooCommerce's New Onboarding Process https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/woocommerce-onboarding/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/woocommerce-onboarding/

WooCommerce 2.4 was released in August, and had a really cool codename, "the Helpful Hedgehog."

Why did the WooCommerce team choose that name? Because they focused on making WooCommerce much easier to use.

In particular, the WooCommerce team worked on a brand new onboarding feature. When you install WooCommerce 2.4, you'll now several screens that walk you setting up your store.

This onboarding process really is easy to use and it's one that many plugin developers could emulate.

Here's a video of the onboarding in action:

steve@ostraining.com (Steve Burge) WordPress Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0400
WooCommerce or Magento for Your E-Commerce Store? https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/magento/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/magento/
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.

jodie@example.com (Jodie Pride) WordPress Mon, 28 Sep 2015 10:20:00 -0400
How to Use the Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/events-calendar-plugin/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/events-calendar-plugin/
Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress

The Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress is simple to use.

The free version comes with the basic features to manage events in WordPress, including a calendar view to display events to your visitors.

I'm going to show you how to install and start using Events Calendar Plugin.

valentin@ostraining.com (Valentin Garcia) WordPress Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:09:17 -0400
The Simmer Plugin for WordPress Food Sites https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/simmer/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/simmer/
Simmer WordPress

Food blogs are enormously popular at the moment.

The Simmer plugin is a great option for building a food site in WordPress. Simmer enables you to quickly and easily publish your recipes. You can add ingredients, step-by-step instructions, sub-headings, structured cook times, and a lot more all within a user-friendly drag and drop interface.

The 2 videos below will introduce you to using Simmer. These videos are part of our complete video class, "Build a WordPress Recipe Directory".

steve@ostraining.com (Steve Burge) WordPress Wed, 09 Sep 2015 12:19:25 -0400
Redirect a WordPress site from non-WWW to WWW https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/non-www/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/non-www/
How to Redirect non-WWW to WWW in WordPress

The following tutorial will show you how to redirect your WordPress site's domain from non-www to www or vice versa. Redirecting one to the other is useful for SEO.

If you go to https://www.wordpress.org, you'll see the URL changes a bit once you click enter. It goes to the non-www version. In order words, it goes to https://wordpress.org. It's a subtle change and it's usually not noticed by users.

So why have they done this? It's because, technically, the two are different domains but they have the same content. Without the redirect, they end up with duplicate content. With the redirect, they only have one site, so only one set of content.

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:58:15 -0400
How to Use Embeds in WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/embeds/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/embeds/
wordpress embeds

One of the things I love most about WordPress is that it's easy to use. WordPress has made embeds easy too.

Embeds allow you to add a URL to a post and then watch as WordPress magically pulls in content for you. This works for YouTube videos, Twitter messages, Instagram photos, Slideshare presentations and many other types of content.

Here's a short video tutorial on using embeds in WordPress, plus some pro tips.

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Wed, 09 Sep 2015 06:00:34 -0400
Win Monstroid, the New WordPress Theme from Template Monster https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/monstoid/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/monstoid/

Monstroid is a brand new, multipurpose WordPress theme from Template Monster. 

It was released with a splash in July this year, and has already managed to gain a lot of attention.

Monstroid costs $79, but today 3 of you have a chance to get Monstroid absolutely free! If you want to be amongst the winners, read on ...

steve@ostraining.com (Steve Burge) WordPress Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:00:57 -0400
Customize the Read More Links in WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-readmore/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-readmore/
custom readmore

WordPress makes posssible to override many things, but it's not always easy to override language strings.

Sometimes language strings are in the WordPress core and you can override them using plugins.

However, sometimes language strings are included in the theme, and one common example is the "Read More" link for posts.

In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to customize the "Read More" link with a few lines of code.

valentin@ostraining.com (Valentin Garcia) WordPress Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:20:09 -0400
How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/uninstall-plugin/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/uninstall-plugin/
How to Uninstall a WordPress Plugin

Sometimes you're done with a plugin and it's no longer needed. If that's the case, it should be uninstalled. Unused plugins can add maintenance and security headaches to your site.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a WordPress plugin. Let's get started ...

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:49:01 -0400
How to Change Usernames in WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/change-usernames/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/change-usernames/
Change Usernames in WordPress

So you'd like to change a username on your site?

Unfortunately, a default installation of WordPress doesn't allow username changes.

When you go to edit a user, the username is greyed out and there's a "Usernames cannot be changed" message beside it.

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:10:59 -0400
How to Find a Slow WordPress Plugin https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/slow-plugin/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/slow-plugin/
find slow plugin

Your site's getting popular, but with the increased traffic, it seems slower. You picked a fast host, enabled caching, but for some reason, it's still loading slowly. What's causing the performance issue?

The answer is that it's likely an unoptimized WordPress plugin. One slow plugin can slow down the entire site.

This tutorial will introduce you to P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). With it, you'll be able to see each plugin's performance on the site.

nick@ostraining.com (Nick Savov) WordPress Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:41:16 -0400
Create WordPress Child Themes with Child Theme Configurator https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/child-theme-configurator/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/child-theme-configurator/
child theme configurator

Child themes are the best way to modify WordPress themes. With a child theme you can add custom code and keep the original theme intact in case needs to be updated in the future.

However, child themes aren't always easy to create. Today, I'm going tol show you how to create child themes with just a few clicks, using the Child Theme Configurator plugin.

valentin@ostraining.com (Valentin Garcia) WordPress Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:06:55 -0400
Our Pods Framework Class is Now Free https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/pods/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/pods/
wordpress pods

We love the Pods Framework. It's one of the very best ways to create custom fields and content types in WordPress.

So today we're happy to annnounce that we've partnered with the Pods team to make our 11-part video class on Pods available for free.

This series is a great introduction, for those who are new to Pods, and are looking to use Pods without writing any PHP code. These videos cover creating custom post types in Pods, adding fields to the Pods, using Pods Templates and shortcodes to display fields in the content.

steve@ostraining.com (Steve Burge) WordPress Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:01:47 -0400
Custom Permalinks for WordPress https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-permalinks/ https://www.ostraining.com/blog/wordpress/custom-permalinks/
custom permalinks

Custom Permalinks is a useful plugin when you need to assign a custom path to individual posts, pages, tags or categories. This is very helpful in many situations, such as migrating a site to WordPress or creating custom landing pages.

In this tutorial, I'll show you how easy it is to use the Custom Permalinks plugin.

valentin@ostraining.com (Valentin Garcia) WordPress Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:38:53 -0400