If you're using WordPress 3.0 or above (please tell me you are!) and are using a compatible theme, you're probably ready to learn about the custom menus for WordPress sites! This easy to use feature is one of my favorites in the WordPress platform. If you haven't yet figured it out, check out this tutorial for WordPress Custom Menus. Getting Started with WordPress Custom Menus Go to Appearance/Menus on the left side of your WordPress dashboard. Near the top select a menu from the dropdown, or click 'create a new menu' to get started. If you create a new menu, name and save it. On the left you'll
Many times, your clients already have a website when they come to you. They want a new site, but they want to keep their old site online until the new site is ready. This means you need to build their site somewhere else. As a developer, I run into this a lot, and often have 3-4 site builds happening at one time. To keep things running smoothly, I've set up multiple sandboxes for WordPress development. What is a Sandbox Site? Basically, a WordPress sandbox is an extra WordPress instance set up on a subdomain or subdirectory of an existing URL, or, a URL you use for nothing but development. Where
It doesn't get much better than free fonts. Add a reliable source like Google's font service with over 600 fonts to choose from, and the possibilities for pairings are endless! Since the launch of the Google fonts service, many of my developer friends and DIY WordPress friends have asked me how to use Google fonts in WordPress. The answer is so simple it may surprise you! In fact, there are multiple ways and they are all easy.When you're done with this post, you'll be empowered to beautify your own site with any font from Google fonts.
So, you want to make a post template? Great! Post templates are an easy and effective way to pre-format posts you use and write more frequently. I recently got to try it out and it's super easy to set up. The Simple Post Templates Plugin, when installed and activated, adds a page to your menu in the WordPress Dashboard. Now, head over to that page. Once you're at your Simple Post Templates page, you'll see where you can add a new template. Click on it. It will take you to a page that looks like this: Now all you have to do is insert the title of your template and the content. I suggest
Websafe fonts are the only fonts you should use on your websites. In case you do not know what a websafe font is: Websafe fonts are those fonts that are preloaded onto every single computer sold. So, when you specifiy for your site to use say, Times New Roman, your reader's browser locates that font file on their own computer and serves it so they see the Times New Roman font where you've specified your site should use it. Over the years web developers have mourned the small number of websafe fonts and their overuse. Thankfully we now have services like Google Webfonts that will serve hundreds of
It's almost Christmastime and I know you're not interested in coding, making over your sites, or anything heavy like that, but some light reading may be in order for those cozy nights around the fire... So, without further ado, here's some of the best stuff I've read this week: Blogging Basics 101 - Instagram Changes Terms of Service — What Will You Do? Melanie has gathered all the best information about the new Instagram TOS and put it together in one place for you! wpbeginner.com - WordPress 3.5 – “Elvin” is Released Personally, I'm loving the new version of WP... the media uploader is so sweet!