Guides and Tutorials

In the following WordPress tutorials, we offer you step-by-step instructions with visuals, plus easy-to-grasp instructions that you can put to action right away. We go through a number of common WordPress-related tasks, including things like how to secure your site, how to make it faster, how to pick a hosting platform, and other brilliant WordPress tutorials.

Free Images for Blogs – How to Get Them & Use Them Effectively (Warning! Non-Obvious Advice, Data-Backed)

They say that blog posts with images get around 94 percent more views than those without them.[1] Yeah, alright, but are those “just numbers”? I mean, is there any particular reason why images work that well on WordPress blogs, or do we just like to look at them … with no further explanation needed? More importantly, are all images created equal? Do you just need

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The WordPress Plugin Boilerplate 101: How to Get Started

Since the inception of WordPress plugins about 10 years ago not a lot has changed in the way we write them. There’s a main plugin file with a header followed by the Wild West basically. Apart from using hooks, there is no standardized way of making plugins. This isn’t necessarily a problem. There are many simple plugins that don’t need a governing framework, and there

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How to Simplify the WP-Admin to Get It Client-Friendly

Why simplify the wp-admin? As a WordPress designer, you usually have to tackle many challenges along your way through a given project. But quite unfortunately, more often than not, those challenges don’t go away once you deliver the site to your client. The thing is that clients are not always WordPress savvy, especially if it’s the first time they’ve become a website owner.

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Here’s How to Retrieve Any Post You Want With WP_Query

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If you’ve built simple themes in the past, chances are the need to retrieve posts on your own didn’t arise. After all, WordPress loads the most recent 10 posts on the main page and the correct posts on archive pages. What about more complex scenarios? What if you would like a sitemap of sorts and you want to list all your posts and pages ordered

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How to Create a Landing Page in WordPress

The name landing page is basically meant to represent a scenario in which the visitor comes to your WordPress website and lands on that specific page – effectively making it the entry point to your website. Now, what landing pages in WordPress are about is grabbing that visitor and convincing them to take care of a given predefined action. In most cases, this is about

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Call to Action Buttons: How to Optimize Them in WordPress for Maximum Conversions

Attracting visitors to your website is vital, but converting them into customers and subscribers is the ultimate goal. Call to action buttons are the first step on that conversion journey, and if they aren’t properly optimized, those visitors will be moving their cursors towards another tab instead. To lure visitors into learning more about your products and services, your first port of call should be

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How to Put Together a Mobile First, Performance Orientated WordPress Theme [Part 1]

In its core, putting together a WordPress theme is a rather simple task. WordPress delivers a really friendly environment and makes it clear which PHP functions to use for what purpose along the way. However. Even though it’s simple, it’s far from easy, and especially if you want your theme to be mobile-optimized. There’s a range of unique issues that you ought to overcome if you

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WordPress Freelancers: How to Put Parts of Your Business on Autopilot (Toll Free Numbers, Automating Lead Generation, WordPress Development on Autopilot)

WordPress Freelancers: How to Put Parts of Your Business on Autopilot

I’m officially crappy with email. And it’s not that I don’t care or I can’t be bothered when people contact me. I just seem not compatible with the medium itself. Being a pro blogger and working with WordPress, this doesn’t make my life easy, and especially when dealing with new prospective clients who might be put off by my struggles. But hold on … why

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Your Default Blog Homepage Sucks: Why You Should Be Using "Start" Pages Instead + How to Build One

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If you’re like most bloggers, you spend a ton of time on your blog posts. Crafting the perfect headline. Writing that intro that grabs readers just right. And while your posts certainly are important…how much time does that leave to spend on your blog homepage? Or, maybe a better question – do you even have a WordPress blog homepage that’s not just a list of

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