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Poopy.life Free Unlimited WordPress Sandbox

Are you a WordPress beginner and want to test WordPress themes and plugins?

Last month, the team behind WP All Import launched a site called poopy.life, which allows you to create free WordPress sandboxes.

Yes, that's really the name.

No, I don't know why they called it that.

Yes, it does work really well.

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Find the Page ID or Post ID in WordPress

Although WordPress is quite intuitive in most cases, there are some things that are not as obvious, such as:

"Where do you find the the page ID in WordPress?"

This is especially useful if you're trying to exclude by Page ID certain pages that appear in the Pages Widget.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly find the hidden Page ID or Post ID in WordPress.

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How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts

One common problem facing WordPress users is the amount of spam comments.

There are some spam-fighting tools such as Akismet and Mollom, but some of users prefer to turn off comments entirely.

One of our students wanted to disable WordPress comments, so we created this step-by-step tutorial for him.

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Caldera Forms for WordPress. Win $300 of Caldera Add-ons!

Forms plugins are the swiss-army knives of WordPress.

A single WordPress site often uses multiple different types of form, including contact forms, registration forms, payment forms, newsletter sign-up forms, feedback forms, and many others.

A search for forms on the WordPress plugin directory produces over 1,000 different plugins.

How can you choose between all the options? It takes time, but fortunately, many of these plugins have free versions.

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What's Your Favorite WordPress Contact Form? Answer and Win a Free Year at OSTraining!

Want to win a one-year subscription to OSTraining?

We're running a competition on YouTube, and entering is dead simple.

Simply click here and visit this video on contact forms in WordPress.

In the comments under that video, answer this question:

What is your favorite WordPress contact form plugin?

Do you use NinjaForms, Gator Forms, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Formidable, WP Forms, or something else?

One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a one-year subscription to OSTraining.com. Be sure to like, subscribe and comment.

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WordPress: The Difference Between Tags And Categories

Out of the box, WordPress offers two different ways to organize Posts; Categories and Tags. The technical names for all these are taxonomies.

"What’s a taxonomy?" you may well ask. It’s simply a way of describing things. On a geography blog, for example, you might have a "Country" taxonomy, which could be filled with country names.

Categories and Tags are more generic terms that you can fill in with specific information for your site.

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5 Ways to Tell if a Site is Built in WordPress

One of the most common questions we get from WordPress students is,

"How can I tell if a site is built in WordPress?"

It's not possible to answer this question without knowing a few tips and tricks.

If you look at a website there is no way of telling whether or not it is built in WordPress. The design of a site often gives zero clue about the platform it's using.

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Tiled Mosaic WordPress Photo Galleries With JetPack

One great way to improve the design of your WordPress galleries is the JetPack plugin

Once JetPack is installed, you can enable the "Tiled Galleries" feature. If you have a photo gallery set up, you will now get a "Tiled Mosaic" option for your galleries. This will show your images in a beautiful mosaic layout.

What's the difference between a normal photo gallery and a mosaic photo gallery?

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How WordPress Pings Google and Other Search Engines

Even if you update your site regularly, you can't guarantee search engines will find your site. Pings can help.

In this video, we talk about WordPress' ability to send out a ping. A ping is an alert to other sites that something has changed on your site.

Search engines like Google use pings to understand when you've added new content.  WordPress will send out a ping whenever you update your content. If you need help writing regularly, checkout the PublishPress plugin to help you create great WordPress posts.

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How to Change the WordPress Site Title and Tagline

This tutorial will show you how to change the site title and tagline on your WordPress site.

The title and tagline are very often shown in the top-left corner of your site's design. They are the first thing that many visitors will see when they arrive at your site, and so it's important to make sure they are correct.

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How to Install WordPress Themes

This tutorial will show you how to install a WordPress theme. This guide is intended for absolute WordPress beginners and those wanting to make sure they did it right.

The first half of this guide will talk about free themes from WordPress.org. Scroll down the page for a guide to installing commercial themes.

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How to Add Microdata for Products to WordPress Pages

Microdata makes it possible for search engines to understand important details about your site's content.

We talked about WordPress microdata in a previous blog post. However, this time we will go more specific and show you how to add Products microdata to your WordPress pages without using a plugin.

This is very useful to promote the value of the products you sell through a WordPress site. Let's start...

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The Easiest Google Maps Plugin for WordPress

I use Google Maps almost every time I use the house. And, I'm definitely not alone. According to some calculations, Google Maps is the world's most popular phone app in the world.

It's not just apps: millions of websites use Google Maps to show location information.

If you use WordPress, there's now a really easy to add Google Maps to your sites. With the EmbedPress plugin, you can add Google Maps using just a URL. You don't need to be messing around with embed codes that break easily

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How to Use Square and WooCommerce for Point-of-Sale

WooCommerce is the most popular way to build an online store. Square is the most popular way to build a point-of-sale solution in many countries. Why not bring the two together?

That's the idea behind the new Square for WooCommerce plugin. This was the most popular requested feature by WooCommerce customers.

Here's an overview of how the Square integration works with WooCommerce. If you enjoy this tutorial, check out WooCommerce Explained, the comprehensive (and best-selling) introduction to WooCommerce.

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Conditional Logic with Gravity Forms in WordPress

WordPress' Gravity Forms plugin allows you to have certain forms appear, based on conditions being met.

However, when a form is complex, it's not always intuitive how to set up the conditional logic.

This tutorial will show you how and we'll use an example. Let's get started.

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How to Uninstall a WordPress Theme

We always recommend uninstalling WordPress themes that you aren't using. Themes can have security holes, and your site will be safer with fewer installed themes.

However, uninstalling a theme in WordPress should be simple, but it's harder than you might think. The setting to delete a theme is well hidden.

This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a WordPress theme.

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Display Category Hierarchy in a Widget in WordPress

One of our members at OSTraining set up an ecommerce site using Easy Digital Downloads. She wanted to create a widget to show the store's categories to visitors. However, she could only get the top level categories to display.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a widget that can show any number or level of WordPress categories.

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How to Use Shortcodes in WordPress Widgets

One of our OSTraining members was having an issue with shortcodes in widgets, so we created a tutorial for her.

By default, WordPress allows you to run shortcodes in many different places. You can use shortcodes in the text area of Posts and Pages. You can use shortcodes in WordPress emails.

However, by default, WordPress doesn't execute shortcodes inside the default text widget. This tutorial will show you an easy way to get shortcodes working in widgets.

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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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