Quick Guides: WordPress Tutorial Videos for Developers

We love helping WordPress developers solve tricky problems quickly. That's why we've put together this collection of WordPress video tutorials for developers. Each Quick Guide is a simple, to-the-point video tutorial on a topic in WordPress development, plus a text outline that walks step-by-step through the video content.

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Turn on Debugging in WordPress: WP_DEBUG

One could (and perhaps I should) write a whole course on “how to debug in WordPress.” This (unfortunately) isn’t that post, but rather a quick summary of the best first step in debugging WordPress. It is almost the one step you MUST take if you’d going to debug just about anything in WordPress: make sure WordPress is showing the errors by settings WP_DEBUG to true. This isn’t super complicated, but just an invaluable thing to know.



Quickly Add Code Snippets in WordPress

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Debates have raged for ages—and still rage—about how to think about code on a WordPress site. Some people are fast-and-loose types who just want it working quickly as possible. For people in a hurry, the Code Snippets plugin is a quick and effective way to build and manage small quick “WordPress hacks.” While I still think file-system access is a better idea for writing WordPress PHP, I can’t deny the quickness of this (or any) PHP code snippets plugin.



Change Database Values with Better Search Replace in the WordPress DB

Most people in WordPress know that there exists a “database” somewhere in the whole system. And they might also know that there are times you’ll need to do a little “search and replace” within that database. This is useful if you’re looking to change a string you’ve used across a whole array of posts, of if you’ve just moved your site to a new URL. While the full details of the second case—migrating a WordPress site to a new URL—are well beyond the scope of this Quick Guide, we’ll cover a plugin that can be really useful if you’re doing that too: Better Search Replace.



Using Query Monitor for Your Database Performance Optimization

The topics of SQL and database performance optimization are important to a small percentage of WordPress sites. But when they matter, they matter a whole heck of a lot. It is in those situations that the WordPress plugin Query Monitor comes in. Maintained by John Blackbourn, Query Monitor is a great way to see what database queries were run on specific page of your site, and find out what the slow ones are. Once you find that, you’ve still got some work to do—tracking down the problematic query’s source, fixing the code that produced the query, etc—and unfortunately that work is far outside the scope of this little Quick Guide. All that said, let’s cover the basics of how to start to understand what’s going on with the WordPress Query Monitor plugin.



Set Your WordPress Typography with Easy Google Fonts

Today I want to show off one of our favorite plugins here at WPShout. It’s all about making your site look great by giving you the right font, or if you’re fancy “typeface.” (I say that somewhat jokingly aware that there’s a distinction and that people care, but a little too far out of my depth to make the real distinction 🤪) Anyway the fun and useful typography plugin we’re showing off today if the WordPress plugin called “Easy Google Fonts.”