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.

WordPress Hooks: Beginner’s Guide to Adding Your Own Hooks

Plugins are the way to extend WordPress. The reason it is so easy to make WordPress do your bidding has to do with hooks that are littered across the source code. Want to do something as soon as a post is published? Want to modify the excerpt length? Want to create your own page view stats? Finding the right hook is all you need to

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10 Ways to Change the Way Your WordPress Site Works With Functions

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It’s not often that a WordPress developer doesn’t modify the functions.php file within a theme they’re developing. Why? Because functions.php gives you the power to control functionality specific to the theme. With some simple code inclusions and/or modifications, you can override existing website functionality and execute multiple functions in an efficient manner, instead of using potentially bulky and insecure plugins to achieve the same thing. Although adding a few plugins can get the job

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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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The 6 Step Process of Designing a WordPress Site From Top to Bottom Quickly (& In a Way That Your Client Will Love)

Some designers hate WordPress. They say WordPress limits their creativity. They say it’s not really as easy to use as some think it is, and that clients tend to be very confused when interacting with it. They say it’s difficult to convert a modern design into a usable theme. And, here’s the kicker, they are right. At least partly. WordPress is not perfect as a

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Beginner’s Guide to Learning JavaScript as a WordPress Developer

Learning JavaScript as a WordPress Developer

If you have been following the happenings in the WordPress community for the past couple of months, you might already be aware of the rising importance of JavaScript. First up, the WordPress.com desktop app, Calypso, departed from the standard PHP route and has been coded using JavaScript (something CodeinWP talked about recently). And if that was not enough, in his annual “State of the Word”

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How to Adapt Your Plugin for Gutenberg: Part 1 (Block API)

Adapt Your Plugin for Gutenberg: Part 1 (Block API)

The story is straightforward; Gutenberg is the new editor experience in WordPress, which is going to be merged into core in the next major release. A lot of plugins that do not keep up with this will become obsolete. This makes it essential that you adapt your plugin for Gutenberg before it’s too late.

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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 your most recent posts?

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How to Install WordPress Themes and Plugins From GitHub

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A lot of WordPress theme and plugin developers use GitHub to implement version control for their projects. This means all their code and files are available for anyone to see and download. However, having to install WordPress plugins from GitHub manually can be frustrating.

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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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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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