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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Our Most Popular Video Quick Guides
How to Migrate your Site with All-in-One WP Migration
How to Clear Your SiteGround Cache
How to Use FTP to Deactivate a Plugin That’s Breaking Your WordPress Site
How to Fix Wrong-Sized Images in WordPress
Recent Video Quick Guides
How to Change Your Default Category From “Uncategorized” in WordPress
Categories are a type of taxonomy that WordPress uses to help users organize posts. If you’re a blogger, or create a lot of new content, you’re probably already using them. If you are, you might have noticed that it’ll automatically categorize your new posts as “Uncategorized” in WordPress, forcing you to manually select your desired category before you publish anything new. It’s a small extra step that can easily lead to a majorly disorganized site if you frequently forget it. In this quick guide, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress default category from uncategorized to something custom! It’s pretty simple, so let’s get started:
How to Reset Your WordPress Password with cPanel and phpMyAdmin
In this Quick Guide, we’ll walk you through how to reset a WordPress user’s password using cPanel and phpMyAdmin. To change WordPress passwords from cPanel is simple (it takes less than a minute front-to-back) and it’s a very useful trick to know—one we use at least a couple times every single month in our work with our clients.
How to Use UpdraftPlus to Do a Free WordPress Backup
Backing up any data you care about is a super-important procedure. You just never know when your hard drive (or SSD) will suddenly stop working, either from normal failure or from a freak accident. And while you should trust that your web host has your back on data backups for your website, a second line of defense is always a good idea. That’s where UpdraftPlus comes it—it provides a relatively easy and totally free WordPress backup.
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 Enable Two Step Authentication in WordPress with iThemes Security Pro
Strong passwords are good for WordPress security, but they aren’t always enough. Especially if your password is one you reuse across many sites (but even if not), you’ll sometimes want to consider a two-step authentication in WordPress. That means that you’ll first fill in your WordPress password, and after that is filled in, you’ll be prompted for another code. Most often, this is a 6-digit number which changes every thirty seconds. Most people have probably experienced a 2-Factor Authentication flow (via a phone SMS message) of this kind from their bank or Facebook account.
How to Find and Remove Large Files on cPanel Hosting
Most web hosts limit the amount of storage they’ll allow an individual hosting account. When you begin to run into these hosting disk space limits, your best bet is to find and remove large files from your hosting account that you’re no longer using. This week’s video tutorial explains how to find and remove large files from a cPanel hosting account. We focus specifically on the cPanel software suite because it’s an extremely common choice of hosting interface, especially for shared hosts.
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 Prevent Browser Caching of a CSS Stylesheet in WordPress
This video and text Quick Guide explains how to prevent browser caching of CSS files, with a special focus on doing this for WordPress sites.
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.