Sometimes the small improvements can greatly help your productivity.
The Inline Preview plugin is a small improvement that can make your WordPress writing easier.
The basic Preview in WordPress opens up a new tab. The Inline Preview plugin shows you a preview directly where you're writing.
WordPress celebrated it's 10th birthday this week, and it is still changing and evolving.
In a previous blog post, we speculated on what WordPress might look like in future versions.
Now with the arrival of a plugin called MP6, we have a clear idea of what the WordPress admin area will look like later this year.
If you exclude the core plugins, All in One SEO Pack is the most popular WordPress plugin of all time, having been downloaded over 14 million times.
All in One SEO is so popular because it appeals to both beginners and experts.
For beginners, All in One SEO works out of the box with very little configuration needed. Also, as the name implies, it eliminates the need for multiple plugins because it contains many key features such as handling metadata and installing Google Analytics.
For experts, it offers a lot of flexibility for setting up your metadata and integrates smoothly with a wide range of other extensions.
We covered All in One SEO back in 2011. Here are 2 new videos tutorials to get started with All in One:
By default, every WordPress site looks the same.
For a variety of reasons, people want to customize the WordPress sites with their own logo or styles.
In this tutorial we're going to show you an example of how to customize WordPress the right way. We're going give you an introduction to using functions and CSS to style your site in a way that's safe from any updates.
WordPress 3.6 is big and exciting.
We haven't been able to say that about recent WordPress releases.
During 2012, WordPress didn't undergo any major changes. There wasn't much new in WordPress 3.4 except easier theme customization. WordPress 3.5 had a midly different new theme, some media improvements and not much else.
In contrast, WordPress 3.6 feels like a big step forward. There's a bold new theme and several useful new features. Overall, WordPress 3.6 provides strong hints of where WordPress is headed in years to come.
Here are 6 great improvements in WordPress 3.6.
Bootstrap says that it "helps nerds do awesome stuff on the web".
That's very true. Bootstrap is an entire framework that was developed by Twitter to allow them to quickly and easily create consistent, good-looking, mobile-friendly designs. It worked so well that it's now become an independent project used across the web.
Bootstrap is so popular that Joomla adopted it entirely. There are also a good number of WordPress designers using Bootstrap.
In this blog post, we evaluate 8 free WordPress themes built on Bootstrap.
Moving a WordPress site to a new folder is something you may need to do regularly.
The most common reason is that you're launching a new site. In this tutorial, we''ll show potential problems during the move and how to overcome them.
Wysija is a newsletter program that will let you send out newsletters from your WordPress admin.
Wysija is easy to use and allows you to design your newsletter with a drag-and-drop interface. Once it's been set up, Wysija is a perfect solution for automatically sending your new posts to subscribers.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create, design and send your first Wysija newsletter.
It's not due out until December, but WordPress 3.5 already has a beta release.
With the exception of a new theme, version 3.5 is primarily focused on removing and improving existing features, rather than adding new ones.
3.5 brings improvements to the media library, theme previews and plugin installer. It also removed the Links feature, which has been around for over a decade.
It should be a simple task: move your blog from the homepage to an inside page. It's often an important part of using your WordPress site as a CMS.
Nonetheless, we often get asked to explain how to do this. Moving your blog is simple, but only once you know how.
Here, in a few short steps, is how to move your blog away from your homepage.
Backing up your site is good.
Automatically backing up your site is better.
Automatically backing up your site to somewhere easy to use like Dropbox.com is the best.
Wordpress Backup to Dropbox is simple plugin that will automatically backup your WordPress site to your Dropbox account. Here's how it works:
Events Manager for WordPress is an excellent event registration plugin.
It has almost all of the features you'll need to organize events via your WordPress site. Features include recurring events, calendars, Google map integration, booking management and more.
WordPress is a very secure and well-coded platform. However, simply because it is so enormously popular, a lot of people try to create hacks and viruses for WordPress sites.
The Wordfence plugin is a great way to keep your WordPress site safe. Wordfence is a free plugin that scans your site for viruses, malware, trojans, malicious links and more.
In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to configure Wordfence, how to identify hacked files and what your options are for repairing them.
Starting in 2010, the WordPress team started to annually release a new, default theme for WordPress sites.
This year they are cutting close to their own deadline. The Twenty Twelve theme narrowly missed inclusion in WordPress 3.4 and so will become the default with the December release of WordPress 3.5.
However, Twenty Twelve has now been released for testers and will soon be released to the general public via the WordPress Theme Directory.
Are you wondering which words attract visitors to your site? Do you want to know why people might be leaving the site? Google Analytics is the first choice, and most popular answer, for these questions.
The biggest stumbling block in the beginning is figuring out how to do the integration and where to place the code that Google Analytics needs. The Google Analytics plugin by Yoast is an easy solution and involves no messing around with the code. Here's how to use the Google Analytics plugin:
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular photo gallery plugin for WordPress, and with over 5 million downloads it is one of the most popular WordPress plugins of any kind.
NextGEN allows you to create beautiful galleries but also comes with powerful features such as bulk image uploads, grouping galleries into albums, and more.
We're going to show you how to get started with this popular and powerful plugin. We'll show you how to uset NextGEN to create a gallery and place it inside a post or page.
If you want to build a paid membership site, then WordPress is a great option for you.
There are many paid membership plugins for WordPress and, in this tutorial, we're going to recommend three.
Any paid membership plugin needs to do two things: create different access levels and collect payment from people who want to access those levels. We've chosen three plugins that do both well.
Jetpack is many plugins in one.
Built by Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com, JetPack offers around a dozen features including comments, statistics, social bookmarks and more.
They only have one plugin you need to pay for at this point. It's easy to see they are planning to add more of those, but the free ones work well and are adequate for a lot of websites.
Gtranslate for WP is a plugin that will place a translation widget on your site, and allow for instant machine translation into 58 different languages.
Machine translation looks a bit strange to native language speakers, but it's still very useful. The free version of this plugin sends your page through Google Translate. There are also a pro and enterprise version where you can get professional translation done.
I found the installation of this to be a bit confusing. I'm going to show you how to install it so you don't have to spend time scratching your head over the non-standard installation method. Then we'll put a widget on the sidebar and see how it looks.
The Google XML Sitemap plugin will generate a special sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. Your SEO will be greatly improved if you use sitemaps, in fact, it's one of the first things you should do to get indexed faster.
With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
The default WordPress editor is designed for 80% of people. It's simple to understand, simple to use and simple in terms of features.
However, advanced WordPress users often need more features and the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin is a good choice for them.
Here's is a short guide to Ultimate TinyMCE.
Everyone is concerned about the speed of their website for at least two important reasons:
- Search engines now take page speed into account when ranking.
- People are increasingly using mobile phones and slow pages become even slower on phones.
One way to make your WordPress site run faster is with cache. WP Super Cache is just about the best cache plugin around.
This tutorial is a brief introduction to WP Super Cache that will help install and use the plugin.
If you're an aspiring WordPress developer, one of the most important files you need to master is the functions.php file.
If you're developing or modifying a theme, you need to know how to get the most out your funcations.php file.
Beginners don't need to know complex coding to manage their menus and navigation in WordPress. They just need to understand the Custom Menu feature that's part of the WordPress core. Before you will be able to use it, though, you will need a theme that supports it. Most of the customizations you would like to make are included in a well designed theme with the proper support.
No matter what CMS we're teaching, when we come to talking about themes and designs, one question always comes up quickly: "How do I make a dropdown menu"?
This tutorial provides one answer to that question in WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg said: "Child themes are the only way you should build your WordPress site on top of a framework."
Why are child themes the only way to build? If your theme updates and you don't use a child theme, all your changes will be lost. And if you don't update, you're site may well be insecure.
So, child themes are great. But the sad fact is almost no-one uses them.
It can be difficult to edit WordPress templates. Many have a lot of CSS files, which makes it difficult to test and to make changes.
We recommend that you use Firefox to help you edit WordPress themes.
Firefox is a great browser but also a great tool for working with themes. Firebug is an add-on for Firefox that gives you two really important powers:
- You can test template design changes before you make them.
- You can quickly track down the exact file and line number where you need to make changes.
In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to use Firebug. We're going to edit the site title in the default WordPress Twenty Eleven theme.
Have you ever experienced Microsoft's famous Blue Screen Of Death? Well, WordPress has its own version commonly called the White Screen Of Death.
You are most likely to see this after upgrading WordPress to a new version, adding a plugin or a theme.
It is possible to turn on debug mode to find the problem, but that won't really help if all you can see is a blank screen. Here are some ways in which you can recover from the White Screen of Death.