Category: Using WordPress
How to Customize Your WordPress Sidebar
This video and text tutorial will teach you how to customize WordPress widgets, including how to edit your WordPress sidebar.
How to Install a New WordPress Theme Using a Zip File
Themes are one of the first things people learn about in WordPress, and for good reason: they control how your site looks. It’s possible to make themes look a little different from other WordPress sites using the same one, but it’s not easy and takes an almost comic amount of work. So instead you should just install a theme that gives your site exactly (or as nearly as you can) the look that you want it to have.
How to Use iThemes Security to Enforce Strong Passwords in WordPress
It’s important to think about password security in WordPress. Enforce strong passwords so that your users are never able to have one like “chicago”, and you’re well on your way. But how? How can you make sure that WordPress passwords are as strong as they should be, when you aren’t the only one with an account on the site? That’s where the iThemes Security plugin in WordPress comes it, it has a simple setting that’ll prevent people from setting low-security passwords, and you’ll have a whole load off your mind. Better yet, iThemes Security is a free plugin.
How to Optimize Images for WordPress Using Smush It Image Compression
Webpage speed optimization is a complex and multi-facet topic, but many of the problems it poses have well-tested solutions. The methods and algorithms of compressing images for maximum performance are relatively well-known and agreed on, but out-of-the-box WordPress doesn’t make that a priority. So, when you want to optimize images for WordPress, you’ll often need to turn to an image optimization plugin. One of the most popular is “WP Smush It”, which is now called “Smush Image Compression and Optimization” on the WordPress plugin repository. The plugin allows you to “smush images” to help increase your site performance, load time, etc.
How to Change WordPress Post Types with Post Type Switcher
From time to time, you’ll need to change the post type of one or more of your WordPress posts. One common need is to change a Post to a Page, when you realize a piece of previously published content is more “evergreen” than “blog.” You could create a new Page, cut-paste the Post’s content and title, and delete the Post—but doesn’t it make more sense to just change the one thing that’s the actual problem, which is the Post’s post type?
How to Use Ninja Forms to Create a Contact Form
Contact forms are one of the most common needs on a WordPress site. Whether you want them because giving people an email address scares you of spam or just because you like to get a more structured amount of data from your correspondents, there are a whole host of possible solutions for dealing with contact forms. One of the greatest of those is the Ninja Forms WordPress plugin—best part, it’s free! Today, we’ll cover how to make a “Ninja contact form.” Hi-ya!
Why Learning WordPress Development is Hard
Over years of teaching WordPress development, we’ve realized something: learning WordPress development is really hard.
How to Set Up File Downloads for Your Site
I recently found myself hunting for a solution that would allow a visitor to click a button to automatically download a free ebook. If you need to allow your users to download files from a WordPress site, today’s post will help.
How to Customize Your WordPress Post Excerpts
The WordPress excerpts system works properly, but it uses lots of functions and it’s hard to know which one does what.
Divi Builder Review: A WordPress Developer’s Perspective
This Divi Builder review is not paid or commissioned by Divi Builder or any other company. This is my honest opinion as a professional WordPress developer, who builds and manages WordPress websites for a living.