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
I was recently asked how people get badges and widgets for social networks in their blog's sidebars. Truth is, there are hundreds of plugins out there that will help you with theses, but I prefer to use the original code from the platform! Fewer plugins equals a faster site and a lot of times, these codes are so easy to generate it's faster than installing something! Google + Badge You can either grab some code from google here or, you can use a plugin like New Google Plus Badge Widget to get a great looking Google+ badge for your WordPress sidebar!
It's no secret. We live in a digital age that is becoming more and more visual. People like to scan articles rather than reading. Content is king, but unless that content contains pictures? It's quickly passed over. We see daily the growth that platforms like Pinterest are experiencing and many of us are noticing that our stats reflect that growth. When my incoming traffic made the switch from mostly Google searches to mostly Pinterest clickthroughs I knew it was time to change something. Is it time for you too?
Learning how to edit your own WordPress theme is empowering, and fun! CSS may look scary at first, but once you get in there and play around a bit you'll notice that its very logically written and orderly. There are so many things you can do with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)! One of my favorite things to play with in CSS is image styles. Changing the way your photos display can make a huge difference in the feel of your site. Updating your caption styles, adding rounded corners, and making sure your images are mobile responsive are the things we'll cover today.
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
I've talked before about how to customize your WordPress dashboard, but I recently had a reader ask about my favorite settings for the post editor view, so I want to share those with you today. Clearing out the clutter of the post editor is one of the first things I do when I set up a new site. I just don't need all the modules it comes with or that additional plugins add. And, if I end up needing one I've removed, they're easy to find and turn back on, so I only leave the things I use a lot. Understanding the WordPress Editor Screen Options Tab At the very top of your editor page (and almost