40+ Best WordPress Tips and Tutorials of July 20118th Aug 2011 | Posted by Eko S. | 17 Comments
Why wordpress is one of the most popular CMS and blogging platform around? I think it because wordpress is free, customizable and have a great support by community or other developers. And as wordpress users, we should keep updated with the new development, tips and tricks shared by other developers. So every month we tried to collect the best of wordpress articles around the world.
In this article we are going to share very useful wordpress tutorials for July 2011. We hope this post will help you in solving problems on your wordpress site and as a source of inspiration to develop your wordpress site.
Quick Tip: Using Shortcodes in Theme Development
by Sumeet Chawla
The WordPress Shortcode API was introduced to WordPress in Version 2.5. Since then, it has become a widely used method for allowing quick customisation of layout and inserting certain formatting snippets. But shortcodes can be equally useful when creating WordPress themes – here’s how you can make full use of them!
Migrating a WordPress Site From a Local Server to Production
by Adam Murray
Integral to any WordPress developer’s arsenal is the local server. In this tutorial, I want to walk you all the way from installing a local server to theming, exporting databases, and beyond.
Create a Settings Page For Your WordPress Theme
by Jarkko Laine
Creating your own theme for WordPress is a great way to give your blog or other WordPress powered web site an original touch. But even the nicest looking theme is not that nice if you have to get under the hood and edit the theme’s HTML or PHP code whenever it’s time change some aspects of it. Especially, when it’s not you but a paying customer using your theme. Luckily, creating a settings page for your theme in WordPress is not very hard, and after reading this tutorial, you will be able to create one in no time!
Quick Tip: Adding a Simple Print Stylesheet to WordPress
by Braden Keith
Adding a print stylesheet to your WordPress site is a wise move. The environment will thank you for applying this article to your website. It’s such a simple feature to implement, and most people just overlook it. I’ll show you how easy it is to add a simple print stylesheet to your WordPress site. I’m going to give you a great foundation of one you can use in your site immediately, and show you a few tips so you can take it to the next level.
Three Practical Uses for Custom Meta Boxes
by Christopher Davis
Last week we introduced how to create custom meta boxes inside the post-editor and save the data you put in them. But what are some practical applications of this technique? Today, the goal is to go over three real world examples of using custom meta boxes to improve the post page.
Quick Tip: 3 Tools for Making “Instant” Custom Post Types
by Joell Lapitan
Custom post types are all over the place nowadays… but what if you want to get your feet wet with custom post types without all of the hassle of coding them from scratch? This quick-tip will give you 3 tools for generating (and managing!) your own custom post types without even firing up your text editor. Nothing will ever substitute being able to code these up from scratch, but this will get you started before your popcorn dings in the microwave…
A Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Loop
by Braden Keith
The Loop is incredibly foundational to WordPress. It’s the first (and possibly the easiest) thing that most new themers want to try modifying… and you can get incredibly creative with it once you know the basics. Today, we’re going to lay a foundation for everyone who’s new to the loop or has ever wanted to know a little bit more about exactly how it works.
How to Display a WordPress Post only if it has a specific Custom Field
Recently one of our users asked us how to display WordPress posts only if a specific custom field was present. After replying back with the answer, we thought it would best if we share with everyone else, so the larger community can benefit from it as well.
How to Get Facebook Insights for Your WordPress Site
In this article, we will show you how to get facebook insights for your WordPress site, so you can take full advantage of what facebook has to offer.
Fixing the Read More Tag Problem in WordPress Static Pages
WordPress has two ways of showing excerpts in a blog. One is by using the_excerpt() tag in your themes, and the other method is by using the more tag. The more tag allows you to specify where the cut off point is in a post while writing a post which makes it easy for the editor and allow you to show teaser content and such.
XML Sitemap PHP script
by Joost de Valk
Then, when working on another site yesterday, a Base64 encoding and Base64 decoding experiment, I needed an XML sitemap yet again. So I improved up the XML Sitemap PHP Script a bit further and decided it should be released.
How to use the Google Font Directory with WordPress
by By Siobhan
Today I’m going to show you how to use web font and how to install and use the fonts on your WordPress website.
We’re use two methods – manual and plugin. The manual method involves a little bit of code editing but nothing too difficult. A plugin, as always, makes life easier but I think gives you a bit less control over the whole thing.
How to Enable Google’s Social Interaction Analytics for Your WordPress Site
by Sarah Gooding
Google is now tracking the results of its +1 project and you can now gain access to reports that show you the value +1 buttons bring to your site. These metrics are available to you without making any changes to your tracking code. You do, however, need to have Google Webmaster tools enabled for your site. If you don’t, then follow our handy guide:
4 Simple Steps for Upgrading Old WordPress Sites
by Philip John
At this year’s WordCamp UK conference which took place in the seaside city of Portsmouth, software developer Kieran O’Shea took us through some useful tips for upgrading from older versions of WordPress. Kieran’s presentation is embedded below.
How to Convert Plugins to Use Custom Post Types
by Philip John
If you’re a plugin developer whose been using custom tables for storing information in WordPress the transition to custom post types may be daunting.
How to Quickly Rename a WordPress Post Format
by Sarah Gooding
Post Formats is a really cool theme feature added in WordPress 3.1. It’s a standardized core feature available to any WordPress theme that supports it.
How to Make a Floating Share Box
by Michael Martin
This is one of the most common questions I get asked; how do you make a floating box with share links?
Today, we’re going to see just how simple it can be.
Clean Up Weird Characters in Database
by Jeff Starr
During the rush, apparently the most recent database backup file was somehow uncompressed outside of MySQL before final import. Several days later, that decompression/unzipping basically converted every quotation mark, em dash, en dash, ellipses and other special characters into some really ugly-looking codes. What are they?
How to change WordPress editor font
If you’re using WordPress visual editor, you may want to change the default font to a new one of your choice. Simply follow this simple recipe to get the job done.
How to easily test if an entry is a custom post type
Want to be able to easily test if an entry is a specific post type? Here is a sweet little function to do so.
How To: Change the Logo on your WordPress Login Page
by Dave Clements
By default, the login page to your admin area has the WordPress logo above the login form. But you can very easily change that to any image of your choice. This is perfect for branding your login page, particularly if you’re providing a site for a client, or you have a multi-author blog.
How To: Add Tooltips to WordPress
Here is a short guide to implement a simple, stylish tooltip plugin into your WordPress blog.
Create your Own Widget for Displaying Recent Tweets
by Dave Clements
I recently wrote a tutorial walking you through how to create your own WordPress widget, giving you the freedom to dictate what you want your widget to do by providing you with in-depth information about all the components needed to create a widget (I recommend you familiarise yourself with that tutorial before going through this tutorial).
The Beginners Guide to Using WordPress as a CMS – Part I
by Sufyan bin Uzayr
For a start, in this part, let us explore the minor tweaks and tunings that can be implemented to make WP more geared towards acting like a CMS, rather than just a blogging tool.
The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Menus
WordPress had been using the conceptual term ‘menu’ as a mysterious feature until version 3.0. Presenting the new customization admin options back then revealed a whole new world for developers and users to tune up their themes and easily modify the standard navigation – horizontal or vertical components. If you want to squeeze the juice out of your menus, check out that Ultimate Guide to WordPress Menus!
Advanced WordPress Widget
This tutorial will walk you through the steps needed to create just about any kind of widget. I will show you how to create different option fields, how to save widget options, how to use options to control the output of your widget, and, at the end, I will give you the complete code to an advanced Blog Authors Widget.
Using WordPress Post Format to Their Fullest
What I want to show you in this tutorial is how we developers (this will get pretty technical, so beware if you’re not a developer) can utilize post formats to greatly improve our WordPress themes, both in terms of flexibility and end user experience.
Search Form in WP Nav Menu
The WP Nav Menu is very popular and WordPress users love to implement their content in the navigation that way. Many users also like to have a search field in their navigation. In this context I found some horrible written solutions to implement the search field in the navigation. That’s why I thought I write a simple yet efficient solution to have the search field in your navigation.
Remove Menu Item in WordPress Admin Panel
With WordPress Version 3.1 two new functions were added which makes it easier to remove menu- and submenu-entries in WordPress Admin Panel. These functions removing entries of the menu-tree remove_menu_page or submenus – remove_submenu_page.
Buff Up Your WordPress Security
by Briley Kenney
With all this crazy hacking going on, it’s the perfect time to buff up any WordPress blog or website install. Especially considering how many exploits and vulnerabilities external plugins could present to outside sources.
Sorting Categories by Custom Sort Order
by Zack Tollman
This tutorial will show you how to sort categories by a specific user determined order. This tutorial will first teach you how to add the metadata to each category to specify the order and then how to filter the get_terms function to order the terms in the desired manner.
How To Speed Up Your WordPress Website
by Kevin Muldoon
In this article I will be showing you how even small changes to your WordPress powered website can make a huge difference to your sites performance. In addition to tips and tricks and good practices for speeding your website up, I have also reviewed a lot of useful WordPress plugins that improve your website in a number of ways.
WordPress Blank Page Problem For Certain Posts
by Kevin Muldoon
Shortly after writing this article, I resolved the blank page problem I was having. I have kept the original article intact so that you can understand the problem I had fully and the steps I took. The solution is towards the end of the article.
Goodbye Trackbacks & Pingbacks – You Were Once Useful Features But Now I Have To Bid You Farewell
by Kevin Muldoon
Sadly, due to spam, the feature has been made completely unusable over the last few years. I hate giving in to spammers but this is one element of blogging they have made completely worthless.
Adding an About the Author Box to Your WordPress Posts
by Jake Rocheleau
Today we’ll be looking into author meta data functions for building an “About the Author” box.
21 Fresh WordPress Code Snippets and Detailed Tutorials
by Arshad Cini
Today we want to share useful wordpress tricks and hacks with you.I’m sure some of them will definetely come in handy for your blog.
How to Create a Basic WordPress Theme with Gantry Framework
by Joel Falconer
In this tutorial, we’ll be taking you through the basics: installing Gantry and configuring your blog in a series of simple steps without even touching code (aside from some optional custom CSS that is by no means necessary).
What, Why and How of WordPress Spam
If there’s something you don’t want on your WordPress site, chances are that either you put it there while heavily medicated or someone else did. When developing a blog, the most basic steps are:
How to Hide a Part of WordPress Post or Page from Non-logged in Visitor
Now, what a about if We want to hide only a part of the post? This code snippet will show You how to do it.
How to Exclude Category from Post’s Category List
For some reason, maybe you want to exclude one or two categories for the list. This can be achieved by hacking the_category function, or create a new code to list the category, to replace the_category.
How to: Create a Dashboard Feed Reader for Your WordPress Theme or Plugin
by Konstantin Kovshenin
Today’s topic is a Dashboard Feed Reader, which is quite a simple widget hanging in your admin dashboard screen, showing the latest stories from your blog.
Changing WordPress Excerpt Length and Custom More Text
This snippet able to let your control the length of excerpt, and make a custom more text after the excerpt. It uses add_filter with excerpt_length and excerpt_more. This snippet only work with excerpt generated by WordPress, not working with the optional excerpt field in the backend.
Add Google Analytic Code to WordPress Footer With add_action function
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