Category: Using WordPress


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!





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