By default, WordPress shows your most recent blog posts on the front page of your site. WordPress comes with built-in support for creating a splash page as the front page(static front page), and a separate page for blog posts.
From your admin panel go to Setttings » Reading. Scroll down to Front page displays option. But before going there, you need to create 2 new pages.
WordPress Custom Home Page and a Separate Blog Page
Do you want to have different design / appearance for different pages in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to create and use a custom template for a page in WordPress.
From your wordpress admin, while creating a page you can see a template drop down menu under ‘Page Attributes’ section. Clicking on it will allow you to select the template for that page.
But first you need to create a custom page template and put it under your theme’s directory.
Creating a Custom Page template in WordPress
By default WordPress utilizes a template file called page.php to control the appearance of your pages. You will find it in /wp-content/themes/ directory. Now you need to add a custom page template here. The easiest way to get started is by creating a duplicate of existing page template (ie. page.php) provided by your theme. Rename your file like page-home.php, page-contact.php etc. Now start editing your custom page template file. You can make changes in their layout and appearance. This requires a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP. Once you are done customizing, upload it back to your theme folder using FTP.
In this article I will show you how to choose display different sidebar for each post and page for WordPress. There’s several different plugins that help you gain this type of flexibility with your site.
Easy Custom Sidebars
This plugin allows you to replace any sidebar/widget area in any WordPress theme without any coding.
Go to your wordpress admin >> Plugins >> Add new . In the search box type “Easy Custom Sidebars” and hit enter key to search. Install and activate the Easy Custom Sidebars plugin.
You will see new menu item “Theme Sidebars” under “Appearence” menu. Click on it.
Create new side bar here.
Replace your old side bar with new side bar.
Select posts/pages/categories where you want to display this new side bar. Save your side bar.
Go to Appearance >> Widgets. Drag a widget to side bar. Edit and save it.
Now when you are writing a post or a page, and you want to display a custom sidebar all you need to do is add the custom field “Sidebar” and include the name of the sidebar file. For example if you insert “wpbpage”, it will display sidebar-wpbpage.php as your sidebar.
You wrote a very long post and have some issues with load times on your posts, it is better to split that long WordPress post into multiple pages. Reading long posts can be hectic or boring for users. This can increase the bounce rate of your site. So for better presentation and readability, divide along post into several pages. This also will improve the look and feel of your site and increase the number of page views on your site.
Dividing your posts into two or more pages is simple in WordPress.
In the post editor, click on “Text” tab to switch to “Text” editor mode.
Add the following tag wherever you want to split your post.
You can add this tag anywhere you want as many times as you want.
It is really important to take regular back up of your blog to guard against losing all your data. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent WordPress plugins available that will back up your posts, pages, and whatever else you have on your site. Let’s take a look at some free WordPress backup plugins! Installing plugins from the WordPress Dashboard is so easy. This guide will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.
The BackWPup Free version can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP, Microsoft Azure, RackSpaceCloud or to Sugar. With a single backup .zip file you are able to easily restore an installation. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackWPup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
BackupBuddy Premium is a WordPress backup tool that can handle file and database backups easily. However, BackupBuddy Premium isn’t free. For $75 you’ll get 2 site license, and that’s it. No monthly fees, and this license last a lifetime. Get BackupBuddy
VaultPress is a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites. VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and real time syncing of all your WordPress content. Get VaultPress
BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule and store in your hosting server. Backups are stored on your server in /wp-content/backups. Option are available to email the backup file to you. You can exclude files and folders from your backups. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackUpWordPress ” in Search Plugins box and install it.
The Duplicator let you create back up of your site. Using this plugin you can also Duplicate, clone, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Duplicator” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WP-DB-Backup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email.Features icnlude Backup automatically on a repeating schedule, Files and database backups can have separate schedules, Large sites can be split into multiple archives, Select which files to backup (plugins, themes, content, other), Download backup archives direct from your WordPress dashboard, Failed uploads are automatically resumed/retried.
Dropbox Backup & Restore
Create Full Backup (Files + Database) of your blog and save locally at your shared hosting / server of your site or upload to dropbox. Using this, you can easily Backup, Restore, Duplicate, Clone or Migrate of your Website. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Dropbox Backup & Restore” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Keep your blogs back up in Dropbox. Choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed. Your websites files and a SQL dump of its database will be dropped in your Dropbox! This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WordPress Backup to Dropbox” in Search Plugins box and install it.
There are few basic settings and configurations to do after installing WordPress to ensure reliability, and top of the line performance.
Change The Title, Tagline and Time zone
To change these, go to your Settings in your dashboard and choose General.
Change both your site title and tagline to something that relates to your site. Now scroll down the page to update your timezone.
Scroll down the page click on save changes.
Delete the Default WP Admin Account
By default WordPress Creates ‘Admin’ as a username for your Blog. Hackers know this and has half the equation to try to get your password. To avoid this, use a different admin username.
Login using your admin user account. Once logged in goto Users > Add New Fill in all the details for a new user account. Choose the Administrator privileges for this new account .
Once that new account is created, log out of your “admin” user account and log back in using your new user account that you just created.
Once logged in under the new user account, go to to all User list. Pass the mouse over use “admin” and click on “delete” link. When you do this WordPress will prompt you to reassign all the posts associated with “admin” to another account. Choose your new account from the drop down list.
Once you have completed the step of deleting your own “admin” account all the posts previously posted under “admin” will be associated with your new account and you are no longer using the default username.
Delete default Posts and page:
WordPress install comes with default post and pages. Click on Posts from left menu. Hover over the sample post and select Delete. You can delete the sample Page in the same way via Admin -> Pages.
Rename Uncategorized Category
WordPress install comes with 1 default category named Uncategorized. Unlike the post and the comment this category cannot be deleted. When an editor forgets to select a category, WordPress automatically selects Uncategorized category for that article before it is published. When you have blog posts listed as “Uncategorized,” It makes you seem careless, resulting a symbolic black mark against your blog’s reputation.
To rename the uncategorized category Click on the tab Posts > Categories. Bring your mouse over to Uncategorized and an Edit option will appear. Click Quick edit and change your category name and slug to Other.
Set up WordPress Permalink
By default, WordPress offers permalinks like this:http://wordpressluv.com/?p=123. This type of permalink is not search engine friendly and not very user friendly. More descriptive URL with keywords may boost your rankings.Other than this, permalinks will give a brief idea of what your post or page is about without looking at the content and can affect a reader’s decision whether or not to click links to your site. You can change the structure of your permalinks at any time, however doing this changes the URL of your pages. You should set your permalink when setting up your blog for the first time.
You can find various permalink settings under WordPress dashboard > Settings > Permalink.
Akismet comes with WordPress which eliminates comment and Trackback spams without your interaction.
To activate that, you need API key from Akismet It is free you can get it from Akismet.com/get.
Click the Plugins link on the left navigation menu of the Dashboard to load the Plugins page.
Click the Activate link below the Akismet plugin name and description. A yellow box appears at the top of the page, saying Akismet is almost ready. Go to Akismet Configuration and enter API key to activate it.
Update your Profile
From your wordpress admin left menu, click on Users and update your profile.
After you have installed your WordPress theme and Plugins, Delete all unused Themes and Plugins. It will improve your WordPress Performance, security purpose as well as to reduce the server load. Hacker might discover an exploit those unused themes and plugins.
Delete Unused Themes
From your WordPress dashboard go to Appearance > Themes. Here you can see available themes. This include active theme and other unused themes. You can’t delete an active theme. Pass the mouse over unused themes and click on theme details button. Click on it.
In the preview screen, click Delete button in the right bottom corner of it. Now your theme is successfully removed.
It is important to take regular backup of your site. It helps to recover your site in case of server crash or when you need a new host. There are so many free and premium backup plugins available that creates backup of your website and keep your site safe and secure.
Add Contact me page
Use plugin Contact Form 7 to add contact page to your site.
WordPress Widgets are independent content blocks designed to provide specific function. Widget is a simple and easy-to-use way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content or any widgetized areas of your theme. Widgets enable non-technical users to customize your theme without having to change any code.
There are so many different widgets available. WordPress by default comes with several widgets that can be seen on on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel. See a list of Top wordpress sidebars widgets. Note: You can install new ones by searching the WordPress Plugins Directory. See how to install worpress plugin.
How to use Widgets
To use/display widgets, you need to add widget areas into your Theme. Most WordPress themes are widget ready. It would always be a good idea to select a theme that is Widget Ready. If theme is not widget ready, you can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme.
Go to Appearance > Widgets. Here you can see available widgets and widget ready areas in your theme.
Choose a Widget and either drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear
Or click the widget, (select a destination sidebar if your theme has more than one) and click the Add Widget button.
Preview the site. You can see the new addition there.
To arrange the Widgets within the sidebar or Widget area, click and drag it into place.
To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the Widget’s interface.
To save the Widget’s customization, click Save.
To remove the Widget, click Delete link in the configuration options as show above.
How to add Widget area to your theme
You can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme. Widget can be added to the header, footer, and elsewhere in the WordPress design and structure. There are 2 main parts to add widget area in your theme:
Register the widget area in functions.php
Insert widget area in the WordPress Theme
#1: Register widget area
Open the functions.php file from the WordPress Theme Editor . Add the following block of code. In this code, we are registering one sidebar. We have given a name(e.g.’Home right sidebar’) to identify them on Widgets screen and id(e.g.’home_right_1′) is used to call it in theme file to display.
Widgets are one of the best reasons you should use WordPress. WordPress widgets allows you to add static and dynamic content to widget-ready areas of your theme like in this case, the sidebar. The beauty of these widgets lie in its simplicity and ease of use. To display a widget in your website, all you have to do is drag and drop the widget to its expected location. You can also customize the design and change the way it behaves. The drag and drop interface simplifies the design process by removing the need to modify the theme template.
Ad Squares Widget
The widget can display up to 8 squares at once. You can also customize the padding and choose how to shuffle the ad positions. You can even insert a tag that will enable ad rotation. Which means the ad will contain multiple ads and rotate them each time the page is loaded.
Dynamic Widgets is a plugin that lets you have full control on the pages a widget will displayed. The interface is easy to use as it takes you to a separate page to control the settings for the widget. It also lets you display the widget according to the user’s role, date and according to the visitor’s browser.
This sidebar widget deals with the displaying of recent posts from a specific category. Aside from that, it also lets you change the order of the posts, and allows you to manage the number of posts to be displayed. Gallery Post can be installed multiple times in a page.
This widget adds a useful login form in the sidebar of your WordPress blog. You can use the widget to login to your admin account without the need to visit the URL for that or use it as a login page for your blog subscribers.
To use the plugin, simply go to Appearance>Widgets and drag the sidebar login to the sidebar of your choice.
Simple Subscribe Widget is a sidebar widget that lets you easily add a subscribe button to your page. It doesn’t only work as a widget, you can also use this as a shortcode or simply using php in your template codes.
The plugin comes with ReadyGraph, a set of features that automate the growth of your user base through maximizing conversion of site visitors to register to your email list, maximizing referrals, and maximizing return visits.
Image Widget is a simple widget that uses your WordPress media manager to display images from this widget to your site. This widget can have a title and a description in it, and you can also link the image either to an external URL or to let the users view a larger version of the image. Image Widget supports template overrides which means you can have a different look and feel of this widget to the theme of your website.
Floating Social Media Icon lets you add social media links to your page with style. This widget floats on your page and follows through as the user scrolls to the page. It has more than 2 icon types that you can set to display in order or have a different theme for each icon. You can integrate this sidebar widget manually or automatically. And if you don’t like the icons to float, you are also free to disable it.
Widget Twitter lets you display Tweets with the follow button right on the sidebar of your WordPress blog. This plugin allows you to set your twitter account widget id and twitter username. You can also customize the widget by its width, allow to expand the widget images and custom link URL color.
This widget lets you automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages, or groups. It is a one time setup and you don’t have to do anything to it once installed; although, the way the links appear can be customized.
This plugin shows a YouTube video and a gallery of thumbnails in your YouTube channel. It displays thumbnail videos not just on your channel, but also if your to your playlist as well. This plugin uses YouTube iFrame Player API that allows YouTube to serve an HTML5 player instead of Flash Player. This is useful especially for mobile devices that do not use Flash.
This widget parses Google Calendar feeds and displays the events as calendar grid or list in the widget. You can display the event within the calendar grid or have it displayed as a list. The lists and grids can be customized in the posts, pages, and within the widget. The calendar grid lets you have the option to change the month displayed.
Quick Chat is a chat plugin that supports private chat rooms, avatar, user lists, word filtering, smiles, caching, and more. It is a self hosted chat solution which means all the chat logs are stored in your WordPress database and under your control. There is no monthly fees or limit to the number of users or messages as this plugin relies to your web server capabilities.
The is useful for setting up live help to your website or if you want your visitors to hang out to your page often.
This widget lets you randomly slide or list the selected portfolios, reviews or quotes to your WordPress site. The widget can support text, images and even videos to your blog. You can use the widget via shortcode, themes, or widget with category and tag sections and having multiple display options.
The widget supports carousel, fade, and slide transitions. Responsive slide images slide show, slide videos, and more.
There may be a number of reasons for copying your post or page. For example, you own two WordPress blogs, and you have written some pre-configured post/page with some basic look and want to use same format in another site without worrying about how to format everything. Let us see how to copy specific posts and pages from one of your WordPress site to another WordPress site.
You can do this in 4 steps.
Create a new category with unique name
Find the post you want to move and put that post in new category.
Export the post in new category.
Import it to new site.
#1: Create a new category
From your blog’s dashboard go to Posts » Categories
Just fill the fields and click Add category button. For eg. here I am going to create a new category called ‘Export’.
Note: You can leave the slug, Parent and description blank.
#2: Edit the post, assign new category
From your blog’s dashboard go to Posts –> All Posts.
Find the post you want to copy.
Hover your cursor over the title of that post. Click the small Quick Edit link beneath the post’s name.The post title will expand to become an editing pane:
Here select the newly created category. Click Update.
#3: Export the post
From your blog’s dashboard, find the “Tools” menu on the left hand side, near the bottom of the dashboard.Choose the “Export”from the list of options.
Here you will have and option to decide what you want to export. In step 1 we created a new category and in step 2 we selected the post you want to move and put it in new category. Now we are going to export the post in that category. Click on post and you will see more options.
Select newly crated category here. Click “Download Export File” to create an “XML” file of your entire blog on your computer.
Save the file in an easy to access folder, or on your desktop. You will need this file in order to import it later.
#4: Import Post to new site
Log into your wordpress blog and find the “Tools” menu on the left hand side, near the bottom of the dashboard.Choose the “Import”from the list of options.
Choose the WordPress option.
If you haven’t yet installed the importer plugin on This will bring up a popup to install the plugin. Click “Install Now.”
After installing and activating the plugin, browse for your XML file on your computer.
Click “Upload” to upload the XML file to the new blog.
In the next screen, it would ask if you need to create a new user or if you want to assign the posts to existing user.
Just select to assign the posts to the existing author user on the destination blog so that she would be author of the WordPress posts imported. Select “Download & import file attachments” to move your media along with the post.
Now you are done exporting a single post on the WordPress site. You can open the post in edit mode to make changes.
Note: If you do not want to keep the newly created category, you can remove it from post categories or delete it from categories list(go to Post>>categories and delete it).
WordPress is a great tool for creating functional websites. Most people consider WordPress as just a blogging platform. But the truth is wordpress is an extremely powerful platform to create different types of fully functional websites. Each new release of wordpress includes many features to enhance functionality of your WordPress site. In this article we will explore one such feature called ‘custom post types’ in WordPress. WordPress added this in version 3.0 onwards
What is custom post type? Do I need it?
Basically WordPress is designed to be a blogging platform. When it comes to creating content for your WordPress site, you can write either posts or Pages. By default, WordPress comes with certain post/page writing structure. i.e. your post title in the upper field, post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags etc. In some situations, you want to create something different than this.
Examples of Custom Post Types
For example, you have a tech blog where you write IT-related news, events, updates etc. Now you want to add a product review section to your site and you do not mix this with regular blog content. You want to create a separate section for these Reviews. I’m sure you want to use a different structure and different set of data inside your review post. You can extend the existing WordPress infrastructure and accomplish this using ‘custom Post types’ along with ‘custom fields’.
Custom Post types allow you to create new content sections on your site. It will add a new administration menu, dedicated editing pages, custom taxonomies and many more utilities required for full fledged publishing.
Some other examples are:
A food blogger wants to rate recipes book post
A music blogger wants add a post to sell music album cds
A travel blogger wants to list popular tourist destinations
Make A Product Review With WordPress: Custom Post Types & Custom Fields
In this article I’ll explain how to create a custom post with an example. Let us see how to create a product review custom post. We’re going to add a new section of our website “Product Reviews” that is dedicated for product reviews. You can implement this using custom post types and custom fields. Please note that you’ll need to be familiar with PHP to adjust code based on your needs.
Step 1: Create a Custom Post Type
The easiest way to create a custom post type in WordPress is by using a plugin called Custom Post Type UI .
Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item in your WordPress admin menu called CPT UI
Go to CPT UI » Add New to create a new custom post type.
In this page you can see two columns. Custom Post Type UI plugin allows you to create custom post types (On your left) & custom taxonomies (On your right).
Create Custom Post Type – On your left, fill out the Post Type Name, Label fields and description. At the bottom you can see 2 links “Advanced Label Options & Advanced Options” . You can leave the default, or you can click on it to set new values. After filling click on the ‘Create Custom Post Type’ button to add your new custom post type.Now you can see new menu item in your WordPress admin left menu bar (just like posts /pages menu). The label entry will appear in your WordPress admin left menu bar. (See fig below). In my case I used the text “product reviews”.
Custom taxonomies – WordPress uses taxonomies to group post together. Two popular wordpress taxonomies are Categories and Tags. When you create a custom post type called product review, even though you can use categories, you may not want to mix this review with regular blog because they are used differently. So it is a good to create custom taxonomies to group custom posts.For example, create a new custom taxonomy called Review categories. Then you can add topic terms like: Computer, TV, Phone, etc. This would allow you and your users to sort reviews by each topic.Custom Post Type UI plugin allows you to create custom taxonomies. Go to CPT UI » Add New. In this page you can see fields to create custom taxonomies (On your right). Enter the fields Taxonomy Name, Label and Attach to Post Type( Note: Since I’m creating this custom taxonomy for custom post type, I selected Product reviews).
At the bottom you can see 2 links “Advanced Label Options & Advanced Options” . You can leave the default, or you can click on it to set new values. I just want to mention one option listed there >> hierarchical == false.
Now You can see new menu item to add Review Categories. Click on it and create new topics.
Now your custom post type is ready. From your WordPress admin left menu bar click on your newly created custom post type( In my case I used the text “product reviews”). Here you will see a regular post writing page on WordPress. But when you create a product review, you need to add additional information associated with each product. For e.g. a database of digital cameras for instance might need:
Rather than adding this info directly to the description of the product, It is wise to create custom fields to hold this info.
Step2: Adding Custom Fields to a Custom Post Type
Since WordPress native custom fields capability is not enough for our need, we are going to use a third-party plugin (read A Guide to WordPress Custom Fields). Here I’m using Advanced Custom Fields plugin. Advanced Custom Fields is a free plugin that let you create different types of custom fields, create them as a group and then assign that group to your custom post types. Many add-ons also available for this plugin. For e.g. if you want to use star rating , use this acf add-on.
After installing you will see custom fields menu link on left sidebar.
Here you can create a set of fields(called field group) and then assign this to your custom post types.
Click on “Custom Fields” and create a field group called “Product Review” . Click “Add Field” to create the fields needed. In this example I’m adding fields like “Pros”, “cons” etc.
In the “Location” section, you can assign this field group to your product review custom post type.
In the “Options” section, you can configure how you want your field group to be displayed. You can also decide which all other default WordPress inputs to be hidden when the field group is displayed.
Create a product review
Now that you created your cusom post and template, we will now see how you can create your custom post:
From your wordpress admin left menu Click Product Reviews >> Add Product Review.
Write and publish a product review. But when you view the post that is just created, WordPress template hierarchy will use default single.php template file. There these custom fields values will not be displayed. So next step: we need to work on a template that includes these custom post types into our site so they display properly. To display these custom posts, you need to either edit default template file or create a custom single post template.
Step3: Create Single Post Templates for Custom Post Type
Let us see how you can create a custom single post template. To display your Custom Post Type you need to create a new file name single-YOURCUSTOMPOSTNAME.php in your theme folder. So let’s say your custom post type is called”Productreview”, then you need to create single-productreview.php to display your single custom post.
Make a copy of the single.php file in your theme directory. Rename it to single-productreview.php. This isn’t something you can do from the wordpress dashboard. You need to copy the file using your hosting control panel or FTP application.
Refer this article to see how to FTP it to your theme directory.
Refer this article to see how to make a copy of single.php using cpanel.
Now go back to Appearance > Editor in your WordPress dashboard, select your theme, and the single-productreview.php file name in the right sidebar. Here you can add code to display custom fields or customize look and feel.
Displaying Custom Fields
To display the Custom Fields, Put the following tag within The Loop. Find where your main WordPress Loop originates.
Call the wordpress function get_post_meta().
Assign the name of the key that you want to appear. For example in my case, I want to display custom field called “pros”.
I hope, by now you understood about custom posts are and custom fields. There are many plugins available to enhance WordPress posting abilities. I suggest doing your own research and find the best solution to your need.
Have you ever thought how cool it would be to have the ability to write WordPress posts without having to go on-line and login to your dashboard? This is a question that pops up often especially among WordPress owners who have to write multiple blogs. It would also be great to have a local back up of your posts or having to upload photos faster. In this article we will examine different ways to login remotely and perform admin functions.
A major Pre-requisite
To manage any aspect of WordPress remotely, there is a fancy API called XML-RPC that MUST be turned on. All Weblogs (Blogging software that run on your local machine) post to your blog via XML-RPC.
According to the official WordPress Site , XML-RPC functionality is turned on by default since WordPress 3.5. However if you are still attached to older stable versions you can still enjoy the functionality of XML-RPC. To enable this, simply login to your site’s dashboard, go to Settings > Writing > #remote publishing and check the checkbox. Now you have the green light to work remotely.
1. Your favourite Email Client
Indeed it’s that simple! Your email client whether in your desktop or mobile device can write posts to your WordPress site. All that is needed is a unique email on your wordpress site that will Serve as a recipient of post content. WordPress will frequently check that email address via POP protocol for new messages. For every email message, the Subject is assumed to be the post title while the body is assumed to be the content for the title.
The built-in WordPress functionality to post via email is deprecated and will be removed in future wordpress versions. But all hope is not lost thanks to good old plugin methods. There are 3 popular plugins that achieve this:
We may not review all these plugins in this article since there are other remote publishing techniques that am dying to tell you about. For now lets use Post by Mail in Jetpack as a case study. After installing it go to Profile > Your Profile page, and enable Post by Email. A unique email address will be generated and this will serve as the recipient where you will send the post.
CAUTION: Let this recipient email remain private. Don’t CC anyone else when writing to the unique email.
Now let’s go to your favourite Email client (Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail) and send a post to the unique email address. You can add other aspects of the post using shortcodes in the body. Assume we are writing this article from an email client. Here’s what we would have:
2. Windows Live Writer for Windows users
This is a great app that comes as a feature of Windows live essentials. In addition to the post writing functionalities that are readily available in Microsoft word, one can crop and resize images and attach maps from virtual Earth. There is even a custom Custom WordPress sidebar for easy navigation to your dashboard.
What do you need to run Windows Live writer?
Any 32 or 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Processor:6 GHz or higher with SSE2 support.
Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher.(You are better off with at least 2GB)
Resolution: 1024 × 576
A fast and reliable Internet connection: Don’t blame this application when you find it hanging frequently. It has to synchronize with your site server constantly so ensure your internet connection is nothing short of ‘good’.
This is desktop blogging application for Linux and Unix that connects seamlessly with WordPress based sites. It comes with an easy and quick to use interface to write posts. As the name suggests it works on Gnome based linux flavours (Ubuntu and the likes). It has a WYSIWYG styled text support with Spell checking linked to the dictionaries in your linux box. Oh! And the drag and drop support for images is relatively faster than other Weblog clients. You can crop, caption and resize them just as you want the article to appear on your website. Head over to the official site and grab it for free.
We haven’t forgotten you Mac users! SmartxBlog is to you, what GnomeBlog is to Linux fanatics. In addition, you can preview the articles in a browser before publishing them. I like the fact that you can also add multiple castegories, tags and even create an RSS feed. SmartXBlog has built-in Image Editor so you don’t have to bother using third party Image Editors. Think of this app as a local wordpress version that syncs to your live site.
To enjoy all these features make sure you have Adobe AIR runtime installed on your computer. Then head over to http://smartxblog.com/ and download the app. You will get a 30 days trial period after which you part with $9.9 for a 5-user licence and lifetime updates. There is a windows version too.
5. WordPress app By Automattic for Android and IOS
WordPress is now mobile thanks to this great app. You can now leave your laptop when going on holiday. With a tablet or smart phone you can now write posts and publish them instantly. You can even login to multiple WordPress sites you own and approve and reply to comments on your articles. It may seem abit confusing that the whole power of your dashboard has been brought down to an app. Even the icons that you are used to have changed. However after using it several times you get the hang of it.
Well, that covers most of the devices. Hopefully by now you can do remote publishing in wordpree.But just in case you don’t find an app for your Operating System check out this list. Have fun and remember: The security of your devices will determine the security of your wordpress site.
After creating custom taxonomy, I was hoping for was a simple option where I could uses the check box UI for selecting categories on each post.
Instead of that I got comma-separated text input.
I did some research and found out that, that plugin use a setting “Hierarchical ==>> false” when registering custom taxonomy. ‘hierarchical’=>false you get the metabox format WordPress uses for Post Tags:
‘hierarchical’=>true you get the meta box format that WordPress uses for Categories:
When you write a post/content on your blog, in you post writing page you will see the fields for entering title and body content. If you take a look at the WordPress post writing page you’ll notice a section below the post content text area is titled Custom Fields.
What if I don’t see Custom Fields section in post writing page?
There’s a chance you won’t see this feature. If not, look to the top right of your window and click Screen Options.
From there make sure the Custom Fields option is selected.
Once selected you should see it at the bottom of your screen like I have above.
Custom fields allow you to add little bits of data to posts. The custom fields section contains two input fields labelled Name and Value. The key identifies the specific field and the value is the information that will be displayed.
For examples if you are writing a post about a tourist place you can add Custom field like “Today’s Weather”, and then add the value “Sunny”.
This extra information is known as meta-data. Now this information related to your post can be displayed anywhere within your WordPress theme.
Make your Theme ready with Custom Fields
Custom fields don’t display by default unless your theme has been customized to do so. In order to get these values to display we need to add a small amount of PHP to our WordPress loop function inside our theme’s code. Let’s do that now.
To start you’ll need a code editor and access to your theme directory which is located at wp-content/themes/themename.
Open single.php file inside a code editor. Find where your main WordPress Loop starts.
Add this code inside the WordPress loop to display all custom fields associated with that post.
“the_meta” function will display all fields associated with that post.If you have 10 different fields that you want to display at 10 different locations, then we will have to use “get_post_meta” function.
A sticky footer is a footer that stays below your webpage and it stays there even if the user scrolls down the page. A sticky footer helps create clicks and conversion. You can use this to create more attention to your posts, email optins, or whatever post that you feel will be a great way to earn conversions.
In this post, we’ll show you how to add a sticky footer bar in WordPress. To make things easier, we will be using a WordPress plugin. We will guide you from the plugin setup until you have generated your first sticky footer. Let’s Get Started
First, you’ll need to download and install Webloggerz WP Floating footer bar. We’ve chosen Webloggerz because it is an easy-to-use, fully customizable sticky footer plugin. What is great about this plugin is that you can add your social media profiles to your sticky footer.
Step 1: Activate
Once installed, activate the plugin right away so we can start using it. Once activated, a new menu will appear on the dashboard pane called Floating Bar.
Step 2: Setup
Click the Floating Bar menu so you can configure the floating bar to your liking. You’ll see a page similar to this:
There are two methods available: manual and automatic. In automatic mode, just enter the category ID of your choice and this plugin will display the posts one at a time.
In manual mode, you can use your HTML skills to add a form, embed a video, add a nifty music player and even embed a website in it.
In the example below, we used basic HTML forms to create a signup page and embed a YouTube video in the sticky footer.
The social links section lets you add your social media profiles in the sticky footer. Here’s how it will look like:
Step 3: Save and Enjoy!
Once you are satisfied with your sticky footer, click Save to save your changes. To fine tune your sticky footer, you might need to save and view the your progress from time to time. Which means, every change you do will affect the actual website itself. To avoid confusion from your visitors, it’s best to tune your sticky footer in a test site before using it on your live site especially if you’ll be using the manual method.
Here’s what the finished product will look like:
What To Expect
Webloggerz Sticky Footer bar is a quick and easy to use sticky footer plugin for your WordPress blog or website. This plugin sits below your page regardless if the visitor scrolls down a page or go to another page.
A sticky footer like this is great for showcasing your featured post, helps in generating clicks for those unpopular posts, or making signups easier for your visitors. Keep the bar as thin and as unobtrusive as possible otherwise, visitors will find in intrusive and annoying than useful. So don’t try to embed a video or add another website in this sticky footer bar even if you can.
Use it for optin forms and expect higher conversion rates. Why not give it a try?
So, what do you do if you see an update message (“#wordpress xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.
Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.
You can see list of updates there.
Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.
Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.
Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily
Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.
There are times you like content elements on a blog post (perhaps a table design, some styling, or some layout which remains consistent) and you want to create another post with same configuration including all its widgets, template settings ect. Well, an easy way to do this, without having to know how to format anything, is by duplicating the post and making changes.
You can easily create a #duplicate post by using a plugin called duplicate post.
Duplicate Post plug-in Settings
The plugin comes with a number of settings. Avoid this step if you want to use default settings.Go to Settings >> Duplicate Post. There you can decide whether you’d like to do things like copy the original date, the original status (draft, published, pending), the original excerpt, the original attachments, children of the original page, and taxonomies and more.
There are two ways to duplicate a post or a page. Method 1:
Go to Posts > All Posts (or Pages > All Pages). Mouse over the title of the post(page) you want to duplicate. You will see two new links there – Clone or New Draft.
Clicking “Clone” will copy the post/page without opening it. Clicking “New Draft” will copy the post/page and also open it in the editor for you. Method 2:
Open the post you can to duplicate in edit mode.
On the post writing screen, you can click the link that says, “Copy to a new draft.” This will open a duplicate of the post or page in a new edit screen.
Including images in an article is the best way to illustrate your ideas. Adding Images make your content interesting and make readers more engaging. WordPress makes it really easy to add images to your posts. In this article we will discuss how to insert images into WordPress posts (or) pages.
Create a New Post/(Page), or Open an existing Post/(Page)
To create new Post, from your wordpress Dashboard go to Posts>>Add New (To create new page, go to Pages>>Add New ).
Note: If you want to add image to an existing post, open your post. Go to Posts>>All Posts>>click on the post’s title to view the edit page.
Click the Add Media button
Now you are in the post-write screen. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and click the ‘Add Media’ button.
Now you will see insert media screen. To insert image, you have following 3 options.
Insert Your Image
Upload From Computer
First let us see how to upload images that are already saved on your computer. Click on upload files>> Click on the ‘Select Files’ button.
Find image file from your PC and click on Open button. Wait for WordPress to upload and crunch the image. Click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After uploading an image from your PC, You will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings .
Insert from Media Library – If you already have uploaded images and have a Media Library in your blog, select from any images in the media library by clicking on it, click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After selecting an image from media library, you will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings.
Insert from URL
Different settings for uploaded image – after uploading an image from your PC (or selecting an image from media library), You will see attachment details and display settings on the right hand side of the media up loader interface. Attachment details:
Attachment Details section displays:
A small thumbnail of the image
A links that allow you to Edit Image
A links that allow you to Delete image from your site.
Enter the title of this media.
Enter a caption that will be displayed below the image.
Enter the Alt text for the image to describe the media.
A description for this particular media.
Attachment Display settings
The Alignment setting controls where your image will be displayed and how it interacts with content on the page.
Link To You can create different types of image links here.
Media File: This is default option.This will automatically link to full-size version of the file.
Attachment Page: Links your inserted image to its WordPress media attachment page.
Custom URL: Allows you to set a custom link URL for your inserted image
None: This setting will remove the link completely.
Image size – The Size settings determine the size of the image you are adding to your site.
How to edit Image Attributes in an existing WordPress Post
You can always edit different image attributes such as the alignment of an image or alt/title/caption/description text of an image that already inserted in a post. Open the post in the post-write screen(follow step 1 on this page). Make sure that visual editor tab is selected. Click on the image you want to edit. You can see two icons over the image. The left icon (pencil Image) allows you to edit the image properties and the right icon (X Image) will delete the image from your content.
Click the edit image icon to edit the image properties. A pop-up window will appear and you can edit the various image properties there. The Edit Original button allows you to do some simple manipulations such as Crop, Rotate, Scale, and Flip Images. The Replace button allows you to replace the image entirely.
After making changes, click the Update button to save your changes. If you do not want to make any changes, click the small ‘x’ in the top-right of the pop-up window to close the pop-up.
PDF is an open standard for electronic exchange documents. Unlike a MSWord file, PDF ensures that your printed or viewed file retains the original formatting as intended. Like Word, PDF also supports interactive functions like hyperlink, markups, file attachments, movies, text notes, etc. It allows file compression and supports high level of encryption and security.
If you want your readers to save your page for later, let them save it as PDF to retain the original appearance of the page. Here are some nifty PDF plugins for your WordPress site.
Google Doc Embedder
This plugin lets you embed PDF and Slides that are stored in Google Doc and directly to your blog post. It allows inline viewing with the option to download files – no Flash or browser plugin needed.
This plugin will allow you to embed these files directly to your page or post without requiring the users to have a software installed to view the contents. The file doesn’t need to be uploaded to Google Docs, it can exist anywhere publicly accessible on your site or the internet.
WordPress PDF is a way to embed your PDF file into your post in a form of .swf file. The plugin uses zviewer interface – an iPaper like interface to display the PDF documents and convert to a .swf format.
PDF24 Article to PDF
This plugin lets your visitors download your articles as PDF files. You can place this plugin above or below the article, in the sidebar, on the top or on the bottom of the page by just inserting a piece of code in your template.
The plugin lets you create two modes to create PDF files. You can create PDF files in email mode in which your visitor can send the article via email and a direct download mode in which no email is required and the users can directly download the PDF file.
PDF & Print
PDF & Print lets you add a PDF and Print page by adding the appropriate buttons to the content. It is one of the easiest and most flexible way to create PDF and Print page using mpdf library under GPLv2 license.
RV Embed PDF
This WordPress plugin lets you embed a PDF page to your page or post when you insert using the Add Media button.
If you wish to include PDFs on your website, here are some of the free WordPress plugins which can handle most tasks. You can either let them save your page or article and download it, send it via email, or attach the PDF to your blog.
Starting your own online store is your gateway to making money online. Depending on what you are offering, whether a product or a service, your eCommerce business, the process should not only cheap but also easy to setup and use.
Thanks to WordPress, this is possible. WordPress is the easiest way you can get started selling products and services online. You don’t have to be a genius to setup an online shop, all you need is WordPress, some eCommerce plugins. To make it look more of an eCommerce store than a blog, here are some themes to get you started.
FlatStop is a modern, responsive, parallax-powered WordPress theme designed for eCommerce websites. This theme is optimized to work with WooCommerce plugin. Read More
People don’t like popups appearing on a website. They often see it as intrusive, particularly when they can’t get rid of it once an action is done. Email list is very important in a blog so letting your visitors know that you have a newsletter page right away is a great marketing effort as we all know, earning people’s trust is as hard as you expect it to be.
So when I learned about popups to use as a sign-up page for my newsletter, I had my doubts. Popups are the worst thing you can do to urge people to sign up, so why bother?
But then again, I recognized that many reputable sites are already using popups, I just didn’t realize it back then until I learned about Pippity.
What is Pippity
Pippity is a WordPress plugin that lets you create popups to invite people to sign up to your newsletter. Just like any other plugin, what you can do is install it to your WordPress blog, then configure it based on your needs.
The plugin allows you to create lightbox popups for your WordPress site. Here are some of the best features of Pippity:
Lets you have multiple popups.
Allows you to do split A/B testing.
Lets you show the popup only to logged out users.
Comes with analytics.
Allows custom cookies.
Has a popup bar feature
Design wise, Pippity has 8 pre-built themes. The themes have plenty of color choices, so you can choose the combination you like or select your own color. You can also do the following:
Enter the text for each selection you want to use.
Set the appearance of the popup.
Show how long the popup appears.
Set how many days before to show it again and how many days before it shows again to the same person.
Installing Pippity is basically the same process as installing a WordPress plugin, except that you need to connect your email newsletter service like Aweber to the plugin. Connecting the Aweber to Pippity is simply done by using the Automagic feature. This feature gives you clear instructions on how to connect to Aweber.
To setup your popup is pretty straightforward. Pippity will guide you through the 5 step process from choosing themes to connecting to your email newsletter service.
You have 16 themes to choose from and each of these themes are customizable. This is great if you don’t have the time or technical knowledge to create your own theme.
Once you’ve chosen your own theme, you can then tweak the design to your liking. You can do almost anything to change the look and feel of your popup. You can change the font style, font size, color of the popup, buttons, design elements, change its opacity, etc. For advanced users, do a complete overhaul of the selected theme using CSS.
After theme customization, you can tweak the theme to behave the way you want it like how man seconds before the popup appears, page views before it appears, submit behavior, and do basic filters like only show the popup to logged out users.
What I like about Pippity is that you can tweak it further. The power filter lets you further filter the popup to your liking and the events tab lets you do more advanced settings.
Connecting to a newsletter email service
Once you’ve tinkered with the settings, you can now connect this popup to your newsletter service. All you have to do is copy the webform HTML and Pippity will do the rest. You can also do custom form where you have the option to completely replace the standard form.
It doesn’t stop there, Pippity comes with a built in analytics feature. Here you’ll see real time analytics of how the plugin is working on your site. In this way, you can see what works out and what you need to focus in your popup.
For a opt-in popup with so many features, you’ll be surprised to know that this plugin only runs less than 1kb – it will not slow down your site. What’s more, the popup will only load after the rest of the site is loaded and only for the users who are about to see it.
Pippity is compatible with most mobile and desktop browsers and is even backwards compatible to IE6.
Pippity works with the following email newsletter services:
They are adding more services as we speak. If there is a service you’d like to have added to their list, don’t hesitate to contact them.
Pippity isn’t free, but you can do a test of their features at demo.pippity.com. In the demo page, you’ll be able to use all of the features and functions of the plugin only that you won’t be able to use it to your site. The plugin comes with three pricing options:
The personal plan gives you 1 year access to support and product updates, but is only limited to one website. This is great for personal blogs and website and to do a test run to see how it can add subscribers to your website. The price for personal is $49.
The business plan gives you 1 year access to support and updates for up to 5 websites. If you are managing 2 or more sites, this is a great deal as compared to $49 for a personal plan, the business plan only costs $87.
For serious developers or bloggers with plenty of sites to mange, this is perfect for you. Like the Personal and Business plan, the Developer plan has 1 year support and updates but what sets this apart is that you’ll have access to early beta releases and this version lets you use it for unlimited sites for 1 year.
Pippity is a WordPress popup plugin made for increasing positive sign ups. It is a powerful tool for designers and developers that wants a custom popup for their clients. Creating a simple popup is as easy as clicking a few elements in the page. You can also do custom popup with full functionality if you have CSS and HTML knowledge.
If you are serious about building your opt-in list, then go grab yourself Pippity.