One of our students wanted to know how to run multiple local Wordpress sites on a Mac using MAMP, so we created this tutorial for him.
There is one reason I keep hearing over and over again from people who don't use WordPress: there's no access control. For large organizations, it's essential to have close control over what users can and cannot do on our site. Drupal and Joomla both have powerful access control systems in the core.
With WordPress, if you choose the right plugin, it is still possible to have close control over what your users can and can not do. We're going to show you how with the Advanced Access Manager plugin.
If you move your WordPress site, you may have trouble getting your pages to show correctly. Often this problem is caused by two WordPress settings: the Site URL and the Home URL.
These are normally easy to change by going to Dashboard > Settings > General settings page. But sometimes that's difficult to do because the move has broken your access to the WordPress administrator area.
Here's how to fix the problem.
WordPress has language files that hold all of the messages and labels you see while using your site. You can change this text if you need to.
Frameworks offer a new level of control over website development. Gantry is one of several frameworks available that extend your ability to layout and modify websites and themes with no coding skills.
WordPress is making great strides as a CMS, but it does lack one feature found in most CMSs: the ability to control over which posts and pages your widgets appear on.
The Widget Context plugin is the best and most usable solution. It consists of a not much more than some radio buttons, some checkboxes and a box for URLs.
The phrase "Responsive Web Design" isn't even two years old, but it's hard to read web design articles these days without hearing it mentioned.
What is it and how does it impact WordPress? Responsive design means that your theme is flexible enough to look good on any device. There is no need to create a separate theme or even a separate subdomain or site. One theme can look good on a large desktop, your tablet and your mobile phone.
In this blog post we'll show you a selection of 10 great responsive WordPress themes to wet your appetite.
The User Switching plugin is logically named. It allows administrators to switch and see the site as another user.
This plugin is a must-have if you run a site with multiple user levels, have a large number of users or use multiple accounts for yourself. Instead of opening two browsers or logging in and logging out repeatedely, User Switching is an efficient way to bugshoot problems with user accounts.
Here's how to use User Switching:
- A new welcome screen
- Changes to the top admin bar
- Flyout menu links added to left-hand admin menu
- A new media uploader
- Widgets that remember their position despite theme changes
WordPress comes with a comments system but many WP sites replace it with something else.
Why? Other comments systems can provide more features and more flexibility. Sites find that visitors prefer these alternative systems and that they help to encourage people to comment and become part of the site's community. This tutorial will show you how to set up perhaps the most popular alternative comment system which is from Disqus.com.
The WordPress Dashboard is a good tool, but it can be improved. If you are tired of scrolling pages, drilling down through menus and searching for little used features, you could increase your efficiency and decrease your frustration with a few plugins.
It doesn't seem like much of a bother to the infrequent user, but if you have a lot to do, you become aware of every extra click, extra menu, and every extra few seconds of wait time. They all add up. We're going to show you some plugins you can use to make your life easier.
This is a getting started guide for people who want to optimize their WordPress sites for search engines. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of the most popular of all WordPress SEO plugins, having been downloaded over 670,000 times since it's launch early in 2011.
You can also click here to read our review of another highly popular SEO plugin called All-in-One SEO Pack.
In this tutorial we're going to introduce you to the WordPress SEO plugin and also show you how to choose settings that will work successfully.
This custom post type tutorial is a follow-up to our earlier article showing how to create custom post types for WordPress.
Let's imagine that you're now empowered by knowledge and have gone wild, creating lots of new custom post types. They work wonderfully, but by default they don't show on your homepage. So, how do you get these custom post types to show on the front page of your blog with the normal post types?
There are a couple ways to do this, neither very difficult. Trying them both will give you practice editing functions.php and The Loop, both at a very beginning cut-and-paste-coder level.
BlogDesk is software you run on your desktop and lets you post to your blog. You don't need to be on the internet to create a new post, but the next time you connect to the internet, your post and all it's pictures will be uploaded. You can even post to multiple blogs.
One of the best advantages to using desktop software is that it gives your users a simple interface for creating blog posts without giving them any direct access to a login on either the front end or back end of the site.
The External Videos plugin allows you to automatically collect and dispay the videos from an external site such as your YouTube user channel. External Videos creates a post for each video automatically. For example, it finds all the videos of the user "Fred" on YouTube and adds them each as a new post type. The videos can be presented in a gallery using the shortcode [external-videos]. There is also a widget to add a list of the most recent videos in a sidebar.
This plugin can be very useful if you are following a channel that produces videos periodically. Once they are published to your video channel, they automatically show up on your site. Currently supported sites are: YouTube, Vimeo, and DotSub.
The WordPress user profile comes with the ability to add social network IDs for AIM, Yahoo IM, and Jabber/Google Talk. However, most of those networks or either dead or dying. So what if you want to add Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or other more popular social networks to your user profiles?
ThemeFuse Extend User Profile is the answer. This plugin comes with fields for social network links, but you can also add more and create custom profiles for your users.
WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog so that it is easy for visitors to read on their mobile phones.
It works with iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.
WPtouch doesn't replace your normal site theme for larger screens, only for smaller devices.
Here's how to make WPtouch work on your site:
BuddyPress is social networking in a box. You can build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress.
BuddyPress is completely free and open source. Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience.
This plugin imports posts from CSV (Comma Separated Value) files into your WordPress blog. It can prove extremely useful when you want to import a bunch of posts from an Excel document or the like - simply export your document into a CSV file and the plugin will take care of the rest.
Contus Vblog is a WordPress plugin which allows you to record videos as you post blogs.
It has a built-in recorder that connects to your webcam. When you post, you can see the button “Add Video Post” at top right of you editor. Just point the camera at yourself and start talking. That's all there is to it.
You don't even need to wait for the video to go live to view the video. You can view the preview of the recorded video as soon as you want, and decide to post the video or rerecord. You can also allow your blog readers/visitors to post video comments for your post.
It's hard not to make a play on words or a pun when talking about 1 Flash Gallery, because it is what it says, and adds what it is, and really makes your site flashy. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) The most popular gallery for WordPress is the NextGen gallery, which is excellent, but this is something quite different.
If you've been looking for a way to put up eye-catching galleries, Flash is one way to go. 1 Flash Gallery is a plugin that will provide Flash galleries for your WordPress site.
Earlier this year we wrote tutorial about custom post formats, in which we explained that they are different from custom post types.
That led some people to scratch their heads ... "what's the difference between post formats and post types?".
Many people confuse the two. In this tutorial we're going to explain custom post types, and give you some ideas on how to use them.
Taxonomy is a common word in biology (and also Drupal!). In science it's a hierarchy of terms used to classify almost everything. Wikipedia has a full explanation here.
Recently WordPress has adopted the word "taxonomy" as an additional way to organize information. It's an uncommon word for a common concept.
When you were in school, you picked up a book and opened to the table of contents, and you were looking at the book's taxonomy. It's just a way to classify and label things. In a web site, it makes it easier to find thing or show them when you need them. Here's how it applies to WordPress:
WordPress continues to improve on its ability to mange content. Custom post types and taxonomies are a big step in making WordPress a fully featured CMS.
If you're not sure what custom post types are, go ahead and read this tutorial first.
Custom post types are powerful tools for creating an information architecture. However, by default you are required to write code if you want to use them.
Fortunately, there are a number of plugins that allow you to create post types and taxonomies to go with them. This tutorial explains the use of Custom Post Type UI.
By default, WordPress comes with a pretty great way to run and manage a multi-site network. You can click here to read tutorials on how to set up a network. However, those networks are designed to be run on one server and for the sites to be deeply inter-connected.
What happens if you have lots of different WordPress sites spread out over lots of different servers? What happens if you're managing sites for lots of different clients? ManageWP.com has an intriguing solution: one dashboard for all your WordPress sites. Here's how it works:
Something not often understood in WordPress is the difference between Post Formats and Post Types.
There are 5 page types built into WordPress: Post, Page, Attachment, Revision and Nav Menu. Since the release of 3.1 you can now add custom types, but we'll go over that in another tutorial. This tutorial is going to show you how post formats work:
Do you need to create a company directory with employee profiles? Maybe multiple departments in a larger company? Or a family directory for your next reunion?
The Connections plugin can make this a fairly easy task, allowing you to load headshots, full contact information and details on every member or employee, then display them on custom pages. In this tutorial we'll show you the basic features. The developers at http://connections-pro.com also sell extra features.
WordPress is great for multi-users and for creating blog sites. But what if you want to monetize it so you can charge for subscriptions? There are some plugins available, this one we found to be not only free, but fully featured.
Of all the ones tested, this was the most complete out-of-the-box, and had the most documentation, with over 50 help videos. The documentation is excellent, but I found the first few steps to be time consuming with trial and error. Here is a quick-start guide to s2Member:
Add Google AJAX Translation to your blog. This plugin allows your readers to translate your blog posts, pages, or comments into 52 languages.
The Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin provides a quick, simple, and light way to add translation to your blog.
A "Translate" button can be added to the bottom or top of posts, pages, and/or comments. When the button is clicked a popup window opens showing a list of available languages.