WordPress 3.1 introduced support for Post Formats. If your brain was already hurting trying to figure out the differences between categories and tags (not to mention custom post types, custom taxonomies, and custom fields), you’re not alone. But there’s help. This blog post by Otto (aka Samuel Wood) offers some perspective. I’ll try to add […]
In choosing a theme for your WordPress Web site, you might be inclined to focus on layout and look and feel. Maybe you also consider end-user customizability and how many (and which) template files are included in the theme. If you’re a civilian building your own Web presence with WordPress, by all means pick the […]
The best thing about WordPress today is that anyone who can send an email with an attachment can build and publish a Web site. The worst thing about WordPress is the same thing. In this article, I suggest that powerful, affordable (or free), easy-to-get and easy-to-use tools can make us dangerous.
Should you update to the newest version of WordPress? Probably not right away.
iThemes, the makers of the great Backup Buddy plugin for WordPress sites, offers a number of useful plugins. One that I just downloaded and installed is Tipsy, which adds clickable pop-up tips that can include text, images, videos or embedded content.
This post is a test of how it works. Hover and click over certain strings of text to see it in action.
When you post WordPress pages and blog articles, you don’t have to use the slug that WordPress automatically generates from the post title. In fact, there are some pretty good reasons NOT to use the default. This article explains the why and the how.
When in comes to making modifications to a WordPress theme, creating a Child Theme is Job #1. From the WordPress.org codex: A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the functionality of another theme, called the parent theme, and allows you to modify, or add to, the functionality of that parent theme.
Here are the basic tried-and-true steps for embedding a YouTube video into a WordPress Blog post or page, as of this writing. It also applies to embedding videos from several other video servers. Method #1: The Original Way: Embed Code Prior to version 2.9 of WordPress, this was how you had to do it. This […]
This article describes how to customize aspects of the NextGen Gallery plugin by modifying an NGG template and making corresponding CSS modifications. You gotta love the NextGen Gallery plugin for WordPress. It is to image galleries in WordPress what Irfanview is to desktop image management. But not everything about NGG is wonderful.
When the owners of S&J’s Woodfired Pizza wanted to let their customers and fans know where their portable pizza oven was going to be and when, we could have installed one of many “event” plugins in their WordPress site. Instead, I decided to adapt and integrate a nifty little PHP/MySQL-based events-management system I developed years ago. Sometimes, using this kind of hybrid approach is a great way to extend a WordPress Web site.