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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How to Change a Username on WordPress

How to change username on WordPress seems like an easy question, but WordPress has never really supported the ability to change a username. Changing your admin username in WordPress is possible via three different kinds of work-arounds, and it’s just really a question of which you prefer. The easiest one is to create a new user account, but you might also want to use the “Username Changer” plugin, or do the queries yourself. Any and all of the options will solve for you the idea that WordPress usernames cannot be changed.


How to Add Custom CSS Styles to Beaver Builder Elements

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After reviewing WordPress’s page builders in depth, I’ve found that Beaver Builder is my clear favorite, because it caters to people who want to do things right. Case in point: the Beaver Builder team have made it easy to add custom CSS styles to Beaver Builder elements. As with any front-end system, you can do a lot more with Beaver Builder if you understand CSS, and the software encourages this rather than trying to overcompensate for it.



Enable Automatic Plugin Updates in WordPress Without Code

One of the best things you can do for WordPress site security it run updates in WordPress often, ideally as soon as they’re available. Making WordPress automatically pull in plugin updates for you is a great way to make that happen. Automatic plugin update can happen with some PHP code, but there’s actually a great plugin that lets you get this feature from just installing it. It’s called “Companion Auto Update“, and it’ll keep your WordPress plugins and themes up to date without breaking a sweat.


How to Use get_the_author_meta in WordPress to Show Author Info

Your author’s are the heart of most WordPress sites. They write your content, engage with your audience, and generally make the site work as it should. As such, you’ll often want to get WP author meta from the site so that you can show it off in your template. The way to get meta author tag information from WordPress is a handy function called get_the_author_meta (or, if you don’t need to do any processing, the_author_meta). Using this function is a great way to get the author meta fields from your WordPress users, and show those author fields in your WordPress theme templates.


How to Audit User Behavior with a WordPress Activity Log

In the Quick Guide we’ll use WP Security Audit Log to keep an activity log of what’s happening on our WordPress site. Activity logs are a chronological list of records of what logged in users did on your WordPress sites and multisite networks. A WordPress activity log a vital part of site security and management because in them, you can find a user log full of information about user logins—from where they logged in and when, what content they have created, published, modified and deleted, what user profile and WordPress settings changes other administrators have done, and much more.



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

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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.