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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
WordPress released version 3.4 last month. Now a roadmap is starting to take shape for version 3.5. What can we expect from WordPress 3.5 and on into 2013? Read on to find out.
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 [...]
One very popular WordPress beginner question is “How do I put a contact form in WordPress?”. When you search for a contact form plugin in the WordPress directory, you get around 699 entries returned. So, the real question isn’t so much “How do I put a contact form in WordPress?” but “Which plugin do I [...]
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 [...]
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.
WordPress allows you to create custom layouts for all of your pages. These custom layouts are called templates. For example, if you have a webdesign blog, you can create a custom template that will put the PHP logo on every page about PHP. Some themes come with many templates already created, but creating your own [...]
Have you ever experienced Microsoft’s famous Blue Screen Of Death? Well, WordPress has it’s 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, [...]
“Taxonomy” is a confusing word and one that many people don’t like. It’s hard to remember, it contains the word “tax”, and it sounds like a little too much like “taxidermy” for comfort. However, recently WordPress has adopted the word “taxonomy” as an additional way to organize information in more advanced ways than can be [...]
Over the last few years people have been pushing the boundaries of WordPress as a CMS. One of the most important boundaries has been only having posts and pages as option for your content. Custom Content Type Manager (CTM) is a plugin that allows you to go much further. CTM allows you to create custom [...]
Child themes are the professional way to modify WordPress themes. Matt Mullenweg who founded WordPress said that “child themes are the only way you should build your WordPress site on top of a [another theme]“. A child theme can use all of the functions, CSS and design features from a parent theme. The child themes [...]
The first beta version of WordPress 3.4 was released today. So what’s new? At first glance, you might say “not much”. Unlike version 3.3, there are no easily visible changes to the admin area. WordPress 3.4 is all about making theme customization easier, but even when you click on Appearance, you still won’t notice any [...]
WordPress has nearly 20,000 plugins, which is both a blessing and a curse for beginners. On the one hand, it’s wonderful that so many developers have produced so much free software. On the other hand, it can be really hard to find the good plugins when there are so many to sort through. We often [...]
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 OSToolbar is a great way to provide OSTraining videos to your customers. You can give your webdesign customers WordPress videos, and they can all be watched directly from inside their site. No more confused phone calls. No more emails asking about simple WordPress features. Give them the OSToolbar, and they can watch and learn [...]