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Open a WordPress Form by Clicking on a Menu Link

Some websites make it really hard to contact them. The "Contact Us" page is hidden in the footer. The social media icons, if there any, lead to accounts where no-one ever replies.

Why not make it as easy as possible to contact you?!?

One good idea is to place a "Contact Us" in your menu. As soon as people click on it, they'll get a pop-up box with a contact form. Your visitors don't even need to visit a different page. That's as easy as it gets.

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What are Website Internationalization and Localization?

When you build multilingual websites you will probably come across two keywords, "Internationalization" and "Localization".

These are complicated words for fairly straightforward ideas. In this guide, I'll explain what Internationalization and Localization are, and what you need to understand about them when building your multilingual site.

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How to Find a Translatable WordPress Plugin

If you're building a multilingual WordPress site, there are four things you need to find translations for:

  • The WordPress core
  • Your content
  • Your theme
  • Your plugins

In a previous tutorial, we took a look at how to find a multilingual theme. In this guide, we're going to take a look at how to find multilingual plugins. Not every plugin has been translated or is capable of being translated.

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Alternative to the Co-Authors Plus WordPress Plugin

Do you accept guest blog posts on your WordPress site?

It's a great way to drive traffic to your site, improve your SEO, and create connections with other bloggers.

However, by default, everyone who writes on your WordPress site has to have a user account. So to accept a guest author post, you need to create a user account that the author may never use.

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WordPress and WooCommerce as oEmbed Providers

You probably know that WordPress makes it easy to embed social media in Posts and Pages.

But did you know that you can easily embed snippets from WordPress posts and WooCommerce products in other content, using just a URL?

Here's an overview of how WordPress allows you to share posts on other sites (and even your own site).

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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.

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wordpress video thumbnail

WordPress makes adding videos easy. However, many WordPress users don't realize that they can make their videos more attractive.

In particular, it often helps to add a preview image to your videos. An eye-catching preview image can really draw attention to your video. If you allow the preview image be chosen automatically, you can often end up with a snapshot taken at a bad moment in the video.

Please note, this will only work with videos that you have directly uploaded and stored in WordPress. This won't work with WordPress YouTube, WordPress Vimeo, or WordPress Wistia videos.

This tutorial will show you how to add a custom preview image to your WordPress videos.

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Create Password Protected Posts in WordPress

Did you know that WordPress offer the ability to password-protect the posts that you write?

This feature doesn't require a plugin and is a core feature of WordPress.

In this short, I'm going to show you how to create protected posts. Each WordPress post will need it's own password, so this won't work for protecting a whole site.

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Review of the Best WordPress Checklist Plugins

If you really care about your WordPress content, you know that it's a constant struggle to maintain high standards.

It's not easy to create consistent, high-quality posts. Without a careful approach, you'll find your site has a different approach from post to post, and you'll soon end up with lots of messy content.

One solution is a WordPress checklist plugin. These plugins enable you to decide the requirement for each post before you publish.

We downloaded and tested all the checklist plugins for WordPress. Here's our review of all four WordPress checklist plugins ...

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WordPress - Fatal error: Allowed memory size

Does your WordPress site show a message similar to this?

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 19456 bytes) in wp-admin/includes/theme.php on line 81

If your answer is "yes", this tutorial is for you.

We've helped several of our students with similar issues so we decided to write a tutorial to hopefully help someone else out as well. 

Before starting to read this guide, it's worth understanding what PHP errors are in WordPress.

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Weglot Translate WordPress Plugin - Popular Plugin to Easily Create and Maintain Multilingual WordPress Sites

If you’re looking to translate and display your website in different languages, whether it’s to increase your audience or to reach more customers, you should be very interested in Weglot plugin.

It is a WordPress multilingual plugin. It enables you to translate and manage your translations. With this plugin, you can deploy and display your translated pages extremely efficiently.

In this blog post, you will learn how to quickly set it up. You will also take a look at how to enjoy multi-lingual features Weglot Translate offers to you.

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child theme configurator

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

However, child themes aren't always easy to create. In this post, you will learn how to generate them with just a few clicks, using the Child Theme Configurator plugin.

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Setting up WordPress Multisites Tutorial

Multisites allow you run multiple websites from just one WordPress installation. Each website can have different users, different themes and different plugins.

This is possible because the old WPMU (WordPress Multi-User) project was merged into the main WordPress system. This is the same codebase that allows WordPress.com to run millions of sites, so you can be sure it works well.

In order to set this up, you will need access to your files so that you can edit them. This tutorial will show you how. When you've finished, click here to read Part 2 of this tutorial: Managing WordPress Multisites

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How to Set Up Email Subscriptions to WordPress Comments

Last week one of our customers asked how to enable their WordPress site visitors to subscribe to comments.

By default, WordPress doesn't offer such configuration. In this tutorial, you will learn how to do the job with the "Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" plugin.

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Introducing Fusion - a Flexible WordPress Page Builder

While the default WordPress editor is easy to use, it has limitations. It can cause frustration if you want to create flexible page layouts.

An alternative that can help is the five-star rated Fusion Page Builder plugin. With this plugin, you can create complex and responsive pages. Your pages may have a variety of different content types, as well as WordPress widgets.

In this blog post, I will walk you through how to use Fusion. 

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Making Sure Your Site Complies with Google's Security Guidelines

Way back in 2014 Google made a push towards the use of HTTPS and SSL. Since then we all know that we need to check for the little lock on the address bar before we enter personal information. Right? But what does it mean for your website?

Learn in this post how to make sure your WordPress site complies with Google Security Guidelines.

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Introducing PublishPress: WordPress for Teams

PublishPress is a really useful WordPress plugin that our team have been working on as a side project.

The plugin is designed for any WordPress site with multiple team members. We developed it to help keep ourselves organized on a busy site with lots of writers creating lots of content. The slogan of the plugin is "WordPress for Teams".

The main feature is a big editorial calendar. You can create, reschedule and plan content from a single screen.

Click here to try a free demo of PublishPress.

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Better Category URLs in WordPress with Remove Category URL Plugin

By default, when the SEF URLs are enabled in WordPress, the category links include the word “category” just before the category slug.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to easily remove “category” from your URLs in WordPress by using the “Remove Category URL” plugin.

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Alternative to the Co-Authors Plus WordPress Plugin

Co-Authors Plus is an old and popular WordPress plugin.

By default, WordPress allows you to choose a single author for content. Co-Authors Plus was a solution to this, because it allowed you to assign multiple authors to one content item.

However, Co-Authors Plus has only had a small number of updates in the last few years. Also, it can be hard to use because it requires you to edit your template files.

The Multiple Authors add-on for PublishPress is a fork of Co-Authors Plus that's worth checking out.

We reviewed the main PublishPress plugin, which is a really good editorial calendar. Multiple Authors is an extra feature for that main plugin.

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Conditional Logic with Caldera Forms in WordPress

The general rule for building forms is that you should have as few fields as possible, as too many fields can lead to a drop in conversions. But you also have to avoid creating a form that doesn’t gather the information you need. This is where the conditional logic in WordPress form builders is so great -- your form can tailor itself to the exact needs of the person filling out the form.

If you’re looking for a powerful and free conditional logic from a WordPress form builder plugin, Caldera Forms is a great choice. Caldera Forms has a page builder-like drag-and-drop interface and an intuitive conditional logic system. As a free alternative to Gravity Forms and Ninja Forms, Caldera Forms conditional logic is a free feature.

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gator forms logoUnlike Joomla or Drupal, WordPress doesn't have a default contact form. However, there are many good options to choose from. We recommend a plugin called Gator Forms.

The Gator Forms plugin allows you to embed forms of all types in your WordPress site.

It has a lot of configuration options to build and display highly customizable forms and a great variety of styles to adapt each form to the look of your website.

In this tutorial, we’re going to cover the installation and basic usage of this plugin.

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A Guided Tour of WordPress's wp-config.php File

The single most important file in your entire WordPress Installation is wp-config.php.

Your WordPress website is made up of two elements: a WordPress database, and your WordPress files.

wp-config.php is the one element that links the database and files together.

In this tutorial, we're going to cover:

  • Where you can locate your wp-config.php file.
  • What each line affects and common settings.
  • How you can use wp-config.php to improve your website security.

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Using WordPress as a Static Website

We teach many different types of software. No matter what we teach, students often arrive with ideas about the sofware.

Our job is to convince them they're wrong. Some people believe Drupal is too difficult. Many people believe WordPress is just for blogs.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you that WordPress can be used to build an ordinary website with static pages.

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Creating Printer-friendly Versions of Wordpress Posts

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to place Print This Post buttons into WordPress posts and pages. The main reason you'd want to do this is to extend a courtesy to your readers. Many of them still print things they read online and you don't want them to waste that expensive printer ink just to print your logo and theme as well as the post.

Without this solution, you'd likely need to create a separate CSS file with styles specifically for the printed page. Fortunately, the WP-Print plugin makes this much easier. It will automatically create a printer-friendly version of each post or page.

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How to Block Spam Comments in WordPress with Akismet

Have you heard people complain that Windows computers get more viruses than Apple computers? There are many reasons for that. One of the most common is that there are just so many more Windows computers out there. That's why they make a much more inviting target.

The same is true with WordPress sites. More than 25% of all websites run on WordPress. Hence, they are a very attractive target for malicious users. It's common for WordPress beginners to end up with hundreds of spam comments on their posts.

The solution? Akismet.com. They provide a great spam-blocking service. You'll need it because around 83% of all comments are spam. 

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How to Add a Sitemap to Your WordPress Site

Every website needs a sitemap, but it might not be for the reasons you expect.

Sitemaps do not improve your ranking in search engines. However, they do make sure more of your site's pages get indexed. They also make sure those pages get indexed more quickly. This article presents evidence that the difference is astounding:

  • Google with a sitemap: 14 minutes
  • Google without a sitemap: 1375 minutes
  • Yahoo with a sitemap: 245 minutes
  • Yahoo without a sitemap: 1773 minutes

I'm going to show you how to add a dynamic sitemap to your WordPress website.

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How to Migrate Joomla to WordPress

This tutorial will show you how to migrate a Joomla site to WordPress.

We're going to do this with an out-of-the-box Joomla site with demo content and a brand-new WordPress site.

There are two things to note before we start:

  1. This will move all of your Joomla articles and convert them into WordPress posts. However, it won't move any components, templates, modules or plugins. To achieve similar functionality with your WordPress site, use WordPress plugins.
  2. Both the Joomla and WordPress sites need to be on the same database server. This won't migrate sites if they are hosted separately.
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