WordPress Guides & Tutorials

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Then check us out! Catering to both WordPress beginners and professionals alike, our cutting-edge resources have got you covered. Our articles answer your biggest “How-to” questions, with easy to understand step-by-step instructions, helpful tips and tricks, and clear-cut images for those that are visual learners, and they’re published nearly every day.

WordPress currently powers nearly 28% of all websites and is always changing, improving, and advancing. It’s free to use and has thousands of plugins and themes for improved web design, added functionality, and superior user-experience. And best of all, it has an easy user interface meant to make website building a breeze.

Boasting popularity, scalability, security, and extreme flexibility, WordPress is the number one publishing platform available to website owners of all types. In the end, WordPress is designed to be used as a simple blogging platform or a complex content management system that supports online shops, membership sites, forums… the list goes on.

  • How can I build a WordPress website?
  • How do I know which tools, plugins, or themes to use?
  • How can I set my website apart from the rest of the competition?

Questions such as these and more are easily found in our Guides and Tutorials section. Learn the nitty gritty basics about WordPress, such as how to pick a theme, how to customize your site, how to create pages and posts, and even how to make your website mobile-friendly. On the other hand, for those looking for a challenge, expect to learn things like how to install WordPress locally on your computer, how to create a child theme, and how to manage multiple WordPress websites at once.

Save yourself time and trouble, boost your WordPress skillset, and even learn something new and exciting by reading our detailed guides and tutorials. Regardless of your experience, website proficiency, or individual needs, there is sure to be an article that has exactly what you are looking for.

The Latest WordPress Tutorials

The Essential Guide to the WordPress Template Hierarchy

The WordPress template hierarchy is an intricate system that dictates how the WordPress CMS associates a template file with a content type to render your website’s pages. If you’re thinking about creating your own WordPress theme or using a child theme on your website, then you may have to dig into it to get the effects you want on your site.

In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the WordPress template hierarchy, from what it is to how it chooses templates, and we’ll also give you some examples to follow along. By the time you’re done with this post, you’ll have a better understanding of how you can use the template hierarchy in your next project.

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How to Manage and Use WordPress Custom Fields

You know how every blog post you write displays the author’s name, the date it was published, and its category on your feed and article page? What if you wanted to add more custom fields there? Well, you’re in luck! WordPress custom fields lets you do that.

WordPress custom fields are simple bits of blogging functionality that are built into the core software. They allow users to bind custom metadata with their content to enhance its readability and make it more functional. In this post, we’ll show you how you can get started with managing and using custom fields in WordPress.

Let’s put everything into context before we begin!

Your Indispensable Guide to WordPress Caching

As your WordPress website continues to grow, you may notice that its page loading time gradually starts to increase. This can lead to a lower search engine ranking and loss in your website’s traffic. Fortunately, you can install a WordPress caching solution to improve your site’s loading time manifold. Caching allows you to store a static version of your website in the visitor’s browser so that your site loads faster the next time they decide to visit it.

With this in mind, in this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about WordPress caching and suggest some tools that you can use to leverage caching to its full potential. By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll hopefully have a better understanding of how WordPress caching works and why it’s a good idea to install a caching plugin on your site.

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The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Slugs

As a savvy WordPress user, you’ve probably heard of WordPress slugs. They’re simple bits of the core WordPress software that have a huge impact on your site’s search engine optimization. And since they’re so seemingly simple, it’s easy to miss out on the benefits they have to offer.

In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about WordPress slugs – from what they are to why they’re important. We’ll also go over some of the best practices you should keep in mind when implementing WordPress slugs to get the most out of them.

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5 Things You Need to Do When Your WordPress Website Is Hacked

Finding out that your WordPress website has been hacked is stressful. It can potentially affect everything from your site’s reputation to the traffic it receives – and more. Worse yet, if you’re running an online store or a membership site, you could risk compromising your users’ sensitive data.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can follow to minimize the impact of the malicious hacking attempt and clean up your website.

With this in mind, in this post, we’ll take a look at some things you can do to recover your WordPress site after it’s been hacked. We’ll also cover some preemptive steps that you can take to make sure your site doesn’t get hacked again.

Let’s put everything into context before we begin.

Everything You Need to Know About WordPress Domain Mapping

WordPress domain mapping is a pretty neat feature. Should you ever find yourself needing to redirect a domain to a folder on your primary website or start offering reseller services like WordPress.com to open up new streams of income, then you may want to give this method a shot.

Domain mapping can be a bit difficult to grasp. Thankfully, WordPress offers plugin solutions that take the heavy lifting out of it. With this in mind, in this post, we’ll show you how you can get started with WordPress domain mapping and suggest some plugins to help you map your parked domains. But before we begin, let’s take a closer look at what domain mapping is and why you’d want to map your domains in the first place.

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Understanding and Using WordPress Featured Images on Your Site

Images have a huge impact on your blog’s visual appeal. And while adding high-quality images to your content will definitely improve its readability and deliver value to your readers, WordPress featured images will do that – and more.

Surprisingly so, some WordPress themes don’t allow users to add featured images. Thankfully, there are a few different ways you can start using featured images even if your theme doesn’t offer support for them.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can use featured images on your WordPress website following the industry’s best practices. But before we begin, let’s take a look at what featured images are and what the fuss is all about.

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How to Secure Your WordPress Site With HTTPS

One of the best ways to increase your WordPress site’s security is by installing an SSL certificate. It prevents hackers from stealing personal information by encrypting the connection between a visitor’s browser and your site. However, installing one can be incredibly difficult and costly.

Fortunately, this is no longer the case with Let’s Encrypt, which offers free, automated SSL certificates to anyone who needs one. In this post, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to secure your WordPress site with HTTPS using a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt.

Let’s put everything into context before we begin.

How to Optimize WordPress Images to Speed Up Your Site

You spend a ton of time creating quality content for your WordPress site. You need to write the text, add your images, insert the links, and then perform all those niggling formatting details. Then you’re ready to publish, right? Wrong! Sorry, I’m going to add one more thing to your plate – you need to optimize WordPress images. And if you’re not optimizing your images before you publish them, you need to start today.

How to Create an Affiliate Program for your WordPress Website

There are dozens of ways to go around growing your business and increasing your profits using WordPress. One of the most effective happens to be affiliate marketing, which – despite requiring some work to set up –  enables you to leverage your users, and get them to help you expand your business.

If executed properly, an affiliate program can bring in a lot of revenue and turn your business into a success story. All you need is a product to market, to pick the right tool for the job, and provide enough incentive for your affiliates to get the word out. It may sound like a lot of work, but the benefits can be significant.

How to Install Google Analytics in WordPress (The Easy Way)

Google Analytics is a powerful analytics tool that allows website owners to monitor who visits their site, which pages they’ve been looking at, and how they got there. Tracking these metrics (in addition to a number of others) makes it possible to boost your site’s conversion rates, increase product sales, and grow traffic.

Having some insight into how your target audience interacts with your site is vital. Fortunately, integrating Google Analytics with WordPress is a cakewalk – all you have to do is install a plugin, configure its settings, and you’re good to go.

With this in mind, in this post, we’ll show you how you can integrate Google Analytics to your WordPress site – the easy way – and cover some essential metrics that you should be tracking. But before we begin, let’s take a look at why it’s a good idea to have Google Analytics in the first place.

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How to Navigate and Understand the WordPress Database

Most users don’t get to spend that much time digging into the WordPress back-end or tinkering with databases. If you fall into that category, you may be doing yourself a disservice by not getting to know how databases work, since they can enable you to improve your site’s performance and tighten its security.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take long to get to know the basics of WordPress databases. Once you understand how they work and how to make your way around them, you’ll be able to troubleshoot your site more efficiently and even reduce loading times (which is always a plus).

The Pros and Cons of WordPress Page Builders

Website building platforms have evolved over the years to include users who aren’t particularly programming literate. WordPress page builders have lead the way in allowing website owners to bring their ideas to life without having to stare endlessly at a dull text editor.

WordPress page builders pack powerful functionality that makes it easier for users to build custom layouts for their websites. Not only do they save you a bunch of time but they also allow you to live preview the front-end while you’re designing.

WordPress users are always on the lookout for resources that can do just about everything. Although there are a number of excellent WordPress page builders – both free and premium – to choose from, in this post, we’ll take a step back and discuss the pros and cons of using them.

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How to Lazy Load WordPress (4 Simple Tools Explored)

Optimizing your WordPress site for speed is integral to keeping your audience happy. Users tend to have short attention spans, and they aren’t likely to stick around if a website takes too long to load. The bad news is, slow loading times may persist even if you’ve already implemented some basic optimization measures (usually due to your web host). That means you need to look outside the box for alternative solutions.

“Lazy loading” enables your site to respond faster when other optimization efforts have not reduced loading times suitably. It succeeds in this endeavor by delaying the loading of specific site elements until they’re actually needed. That way, users get to enjoy faster page loads, you get a lower bounce rate, and everyone’s happy.

The Best FTP Clients for WordPress Users and Everyone Else

Are you struggling to find the best FTP client to upload files to your servers? It can certainly be confusing. If you’re digging through your options, you may have noticed that the world of FTP clients is filled to the brim with “helpful” acronyms.

FTP. SFTP. FTPS. Those three alone are probably enough to make your head spin!

So, if you want some help making your decision, keep reading to learn more about some of the top free and premium FTP clients out there.

How to Add Breadcrumbs to WordPress (And Why You’d Want To)

When you think of a trail of breadcrumbs, the first thing that may come to mind is the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. While WordPress breadcrumbs work in much the same way – providing users with a simple navigation system to find their way “home” – they do require a bit more work to set up than just dropping food along the way.

As a tool to improve user experience and make your site more friendly to search engines, breadcrumbs can be a useful addition in most cases. If you’ve never used breadcrumbs before, then you’ll be happy to know that WordPress offers several ways to add them to your sites.