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How to Customize the WordPress Dashboard to Minimize Confusion

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user of WordPress, one thing that everyone finds puzzling at some point is the Dashboard. It's often filled with a lot of information, or is laid out in an obscure and confusing way especially for beginners. This tutorial will teach you how to best customize the WordPress Dashboard in order to minimize confusion.

July 7, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Using WordPress Meta Boxes to Build a Basic SEO Plugin

One of the core feature provided by WordPress in extending its functionality is its Meta Box API. These meta boxes enable you to easily add additional data to your content. For example, the Post Tags meta box enables you set tags for your post. In this article, we will build a basic SEO plugin that adds a meta description, and an Open Graph title and description tag to the head element of WordPress pages. In doing this, we'll also learn how to create a custom meta boxes, how to sanitize user-provided data, how to save the data to a post or page, and how to and retrieve the saved data.

June 3, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

WordPress 3.9: What's New & How Does It Work

The latest version of WordPress, given the nickname "Smith" and the version number of 3.9, brings a bunch of great new features to the board. In this tutorial, you'll learn about what's new and how all the new features work. If you're an existing WordPress user, you can upgrade your site through the WordPress dashboard. It's always highly recommended that you backup your full site beforehand as mistakes do happen.

April 22, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Introduction to WordPress App Themes

With the increasing growth rate of WordPress powered websites, the need for WordPress themes is rising. Multi-purpose themes are becoming highly popular among website owners. Many existing themes are built mainly to address blog functionality. But with the growth of WordPress web application development, we are in need of specialized themes for different purposes. These themes are known as app themes. In this article, we going to familiarize with the concept of app themes and their usage in real world.

April 14, 2014 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Tips And Tricks For Testing WordPress Themes

Whether you offer free or premium themes, testing should be a major part of your development process. By planning in advance, you can foster a development environment that deters some bugs by design and that helps you prevent others. The aim of this article is to share some of the tricks Daniel Pataki uses personally during and after development to achieve a bug-free product.

June 3, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Migrating A Website To WordPress

Now powering over 17% of the Web, WordPress is increasingly becoming the content management system (CMS) of choice for the average user. But what about websites built with an outdated CMS or without a CMS at all? Does moving to WordPress mean starting over and losing all the time, energy and money put into the current website? Nope! Migrating a website (including the design) over to WordPress is actually easier than you might think. In this guide, we’ll outline the migration process and work through the steps with a sample project. We’ll also cover some of the challenges you might encounter and review the solutions.

May 20, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

How To Create A Tab Widget In WordPress

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create the Tabber widget, which is very useful for when multiple widgets need to fit in a sidebar. It saves space and streamlines the appearance and functionality of your WordPress-powered website. In the past, there were different methods of doing this, most of which were theme-dependent. As you’ll see in this tutorial, creating a tabbed widget that works on its own and with any theme is easily accomplished.

April 4, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Practical Tips from Top WP Pros

Recently Siobhan McKeown shared some advice from the WordPress community to beginners. But what if starting out is already a dim memory? What if you’re already so immersed in the world of WordPress that you dream of Trac and you bore your partner with talk of your latest achievement with custom post types? Here are some tips from WordPress pros from across the community. Many of the tips cover development, but there’s also advice on business, running your website and, of course, getting involved with the community.

March 21, 2013 Author: Lubov Cholakova Rating: Not enough votes

Inserting Widgets With Shortcodes

The shortcode ability of WordPress is extremely underrated. It enables the end user to create intricate elements with a few keystrokes while also modularizing editing tasks. In a new theme, Daniel Pataki decided to look into adding widgets anywhere with shortcodes, and it turns out that it isn’t that difficult. He will be looking at the widgets object and shortcodes without delving into too much detail about how and why they work.

December 17, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes

Create An Embeddable Content Plugin For WordPress

WordPress is one of the most deployed content management systems around. One of the main reasons is the number of plugins available and the ease with which we can use the system. It is not uncommon to find websites using tens of plugins to accomplish various tasks and functions. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could share your site content with other websites! You may have a need to share advertisements, product information or, if you are a designer, your photo gallery. Whatever the reason, this article will show you a way to create an embeddable content plugin to share your WordPress content with other websites.

November 20, 2012 Author: Ivo Rangelov Rating: Not enough votes