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protect emails from spammers

Adding your email address to your site is helpful to your users. But, it also makes it available to spammers. Spammers can use scripts that visit websites and harvest the email addresses that are publicly available. This is called scraping.

This tutorial will show you a great way to mitigate scraping.

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How to Reorder Your WordPress Posts

One of our members asked for a way to reorder his WordPress posts.

Luckily, with Simple Custom Post Order plugin this task is a piece of cake. Let's start...

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Am I Too Old to Learn WordPress?

It keeps surprising me whenever I hear this question by a potential customer.

Am I too old to learn WordPress?

Too old? You're never too old. If others can do it, you can do it too.

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How to Add a Custom Sidebar to WordPress Themes

Sidebars allow you display widgets inside your theme.

And yes, despite the name, you can use "sidebars" to display widgets anywhere you want.

By default, themes come with at least one sidebar.

In this post, I'm going share with you a quick way to add a custom sidebar to your WordPress theme.

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3 Free WordPress Themes to Start your Blog

WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. Even though that used to be its original purpose, with time WordPress has evolved to offer many more features.

In this post, I'll recommend 3 free WordPress themes to make your blog stand out.

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facebook-comments

WordPress does provide a default comments system. However, many people find the default comments to be limited and hard to manage.

I've seen a lot of WordPress sites move to Facebook comments so that they can provide a better alternative. 

In this post, I'm going to show you how to run Facebook comments on your WordPress site.

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Fixing Folder and File Permissions in WordPress

The server's folder and file permissions help with site security. If the permissions are too loose, they can be exploited by hackers. However, if the permissions are too strict, they can prevent legitimate admin actions, like installing themes.

This tutorial will show you a quick and easy way to fix folder and file permissions.

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Decide Where to Show WordPress Widgets with Dynamic Widgets

This week an OSTraining member had a question: "How do I show a WordPress widget on one page, but disable it on other pages?

Our answer was Dynamic Widgets, a useful plugin that will provide control over where widgets are displayed based on several settings, including pages, URLs, categories, and user roles.

Continue reading this post to discover how easy it is to control your WordPress widgets by using Dynamic Widgets.

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Connect Calypso and JetPack to Multiple WordPress Accounts

One OSTraining member is really enjoying Calypso, the new desktop blogging app from WordPress.com.

They wanted to know if it was possible to allow multiple team members to use Calypso on the same site.

Yes, that's definitely possible although it requires some configuration. Here's how to make it work:

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WordAds: is it a WordPress Rival to AdSense?

One OSTraining member was investigating ways to monetize their site and asked us about WordAds, the WordPress-based advertising program from Automattic.

They were curious about how WordAds works and how it compares to Google's Adsense offering. It probably doesn't help that the name is confusingly similar to Google's AdWords program.

Here's our introduction to WordAds and whether it's worth testing on your site.

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How to Create Audio mp3 Playlists in WordPress

One of the strongest features in WordPress is media management.

The WordPress core makes it really easy to create advanced functionality with images and also multimedia.

In this video tutorial, Topher shows you how to create multimedia playlists using only the WordPress core. You can use it for both videos and audio files, although in this example we're going to use mp3 files to create a musical playlist.

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Add Custom JavaScript into your WordPress Site

In some situations, you may need to add custom Javascript to your site. Normally, this would involve modifying your theme files.

However, there is a less intrusive alternative. "Header and Footer Scripts" is a plugin to add custom JavaScript to WordPress without modifying your theme.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how this useful plugin works.

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WordPress Template Tags

In this video, we're going to take a look at WordPress template tags.

If you're a PHP developer, you'll recognize that template tags are simply functions. They are used to either do something or return something inside your WordPress template files.

WordPress template tags are often clearly and simply named. For example, here's the tag used to display the author of the current post or page:

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Testimonial Rotator Plugin for WordPress

By sharing positive comments from customers, testimonials are a nice way to promote your online business.

Testimonial Rotator is a plugin to manage and display testimonials in WordPress.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to create and display testimonials in your site.

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How to fix 404 errors from changing permalinks to post name

One of our Pro members was wondering if he'd lose search engine ranking after he switched his permalinks settings.

This tutorial will show you how to redirect the old permalinks to the new ones, so that you don't get 404 errors. You'll maintain your search engine rankings, as well as keep users happy.

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What WordPress Template Am I Using?

Sometimes you discover a plugin and wonder how you ever survived without it. 

For me, that's true for the "What Template Am I Using?" plugin. This is like Firebug, but specifically for your WordPress site. It's incredibly useful for theme developers. The plugin shows you the current template file you're using, plus any additional files being called such as header.php or footer.php. Oh, and it shows lots of additional information as well.

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Add VK Sharing Service to Jetpack in WordPress

One of our users asked for a way to include Vk.com sharing buttons in their WordPress site.

VK is a large European social network with more than a 100 million active users.

This is certainly possible to do by using the Jetpack plugin.

In this post, I'm going to show you how to add a VK sharing button to WordPress.

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Test Beta Versions of the WordPress Core and Plugins

WordPress is an open source and community supported project. Thousands of volunteers help keep it running smoothly. You too can volunteer and help.

You can contribute to WordPress' development without any coding knowledge. You can help by testing beta versions of the WordPress core and also WordPress plugins.

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WordPress hierarchy

In this post, I'll share with you how the Hierarchy plugin can improve the organization of your WordPress dashboard.

With it, you can merge the WordPress Custom Post Types admin menus into a single list to reflect the same structure as your public content.

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Add External Featured Images to WordPress Posts

WordPress allows us to upload a featured image to posts.

By default, these featured images must be hosted on your site's server. However, what happens if you want to use an image located outside your site? Luckily, there is a plugin for that purpose.

In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to choose a remotely-hosted featured image with the Nelio External Featured Image plugin.

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How to Show a Menu Item Only When Logged In

One of our OSTraining members was wondering how to set up a WordPress menu item so that only subscribers could view it.

He wasn't sure if it could be done with the WordPress core or if it required a plugin.

This tutorial shows you how to control the visibility of menu items based on logged-in status or access group. Let's get started...

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WordPress 4.4, Responsive Images and scrset

WordPress 4.4 shipped this week with a really interesting approach to responsive images.

Joe McGill, who led the project, has an overview of the changes:

WordPress automatically creates several sizes of each image uploaded to the media library. By including the available sizes of an image into a srcset attribute, browsers can now choose to download the most appropriate size and ignore the others—potentially saving bandwidth and speeding up page load times in the process.

That was the goal. Here's an example of the actual code for an image in WordPress 4.4:

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Webinar with ManageWP: Control Many WordPress Sites

Here at OSTraining, we're enthusiastic users of ManageWP. We have an in-depth video class on using ManageWP and use the service to maintain our own WordPress sites.

We're delighted to have hosted a webinar with Nemanja Aleksic from ManageWP.

We recorded and edited the webinar, and have published it below.

This video has something for everyone, from ordinary WordPress users to experienced developers. Nemanaja talked about ManageWP tools and also about the challenges of a project that involves overhauling such a popular system. If you're really interested in project management in the open source area, check out UpStream, a WordPress project management plugin.

Currently ManageWP is in the process of launching Orion, a completely redesigned and rebuilt version of their platform.

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Turn Off Comments in WordPress with Disable Comments Plugin

One of our users asked for a quick way to disable comments globally in WordPress. By using the Disable Comments plugin, it's easy to solve this request.

In this short tutorial, I'm going to show you how to disable comments with a few clicks.

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A Video Introduction to BuddyPress Groups

BuddyPress is the social networking plugin for WordPress.

You can create public, private or hidden (invite-only) groups. 

A BuddyPress group is very similar to a Facebook group and allows your members to organize themselves based on their interests.

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