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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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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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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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