An Introduction to WordPress User Roles

WordPress is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that offers a wide variety of options for user management. However, not many people pay attention to the platform’s user roles – which is a shame, because they happen to be one of its most robust features. Furthermore, failing to define clear roles can lead to problems down the road, like authors deleting each other’s content.

Fortunately, the WordPress user roles system is relatively straightforward, and it includes several pre-defined types, which should make your life much easier. These roles will enable you to establish a clear hierarchy among your colleagues, prevent users from tampering with your site’s functionality, and protect your site in general.

30 Free Handwritten Calligraphy Elements for Your Sidebar or Blog

As a graphic designer, I’m completely in love with all those lovely handwritten scripts and calligraphy fonts you see all over the Internet these days. Chalk art, flourishes, modern scripts – the trend is fierce, and I’m diggin’ it!

I myself am an amateur calligrapher–I love destressing at night with some tunes on Pandora, a glass of wine, my dip pen and ink, writing out a gagillion practice sheets. I’ve wanted to start getting more involved with my calligraphy and finding practical ways to use it in my daily life. So that’s why I’ve created this awesome set of 30 free calligraphy elements for your website – all sorts of useful blog-related words written out in a fancy handwritten script, and then turned into images for you to use however you’d like. These images could be possibly used for titles in your sidebar, on featured images or Pinterest posts… the options are endless.

Register Custom Menus – WordPress Snippet Generator

Embedded in the WordPress feature set is a customizable menu that allows users to create default menus based on published pages and categories, thereby allowing them to create their own menu structure. However, there are times when you need something more robust than the default menu options. You may come across a great theme only to realize it doesn’t come with extra navigation menus right out of the box. Coding a menu structure that not only meets your usability requirements but also matches your theme can be a daunting task – especially if this is your first time with WordPress development. With this in mind, we’ve put together a snippet generator that helps you register custom menus for WordPress themes.

Let’s put everything into context before we introduce the tool and explain how you can use it.

A Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Dashboard

WordPress is a fantastic tool for content publication and management, but the platform can be intimidating for new users. If you’re using the Content Management System (CMS) for the first time, you may be taken aback by the sheer volume of options available within the WordPress dashboard.

While the dashboard may appear complex at first, things get less intimidating once you get to know its main components. Additionally, studying each widget area and sidebar tab individually will get you a long way towards understanding the platform.

How to Embed Google Calendar in WordPress and Why This Will Make Your Life Easier

Google Calendar is quickly emerging as people’s go-to calendar application all over the world. With exceptional functionality, ease of use, and integration with Google’s other services, this should come as no surprise. In fact, 57% of people surveyed say ease of use is their number one priority when it comes to choosing which calendar application to use. Hence, the reason Google Calendar ranks number one.

Why WordPress Child Themes Are Important (and How to Create Them)

WordPress is a wonderful content management system (CMS) for building blogs and websites, in big part thanks to the myriad sophisticated themes it offers. However, too much tinkering with your themes can often lead to unintended consequences, such as losing your customizations during updates, or even site downtime.

Fortunately, WordPress offers a solution in the way of child themes that allows you to toy with a template safely. Child themes inherit the functionality of the original parent theme and offer several benefits, such as safeguarding against lost customizations. In short, they’re a key tool for customizing WordPress websites safely.

Add Shortcode – WordPress Snippet Generator

Shortcodes are a powerful tool bundled with the core WordPress application. They allow writers to type out a small string of text into the Text or Visual Editor to act as a placeholder for a larger text block or user interface feature. These small strings are then programmatically converted into the shortcode output when the page, post, or other public-facing content block is generated for display to the public-facing webpage.

10+ Best Free Church and Charity WordPress Themes for Fundraising, Community and other Helpful Websites

Praise the heavens, because we have a great article for you! Some people might find it strange for a church to have a website, but we’ve found that churches, and other religious organizations, are some of the best customers when it comes to WordPress themes. These churches require communication with their congregations, and that includes event calendars, homilies, priest information, and much more.

The 500 Internal Server Error: What it is, and How to Fix it

One of the most panic-inducing issues you might encounter on your WordPress website is the 500 internal server error. It can appear on any page of your website when there’s something wrong with your site’s file system or its server. Whatever the cause in your case, the outcome remains the same – your site will be offline, for all to see.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can troubleshoot your WordPress website, even before knowing exactly what caused the problem. Often, something as simple as deactivating themes and plugins or creating a new .htaccess file will do the trick.

Add Theme Support – WordPress Snippet Generator

Instead of wading through lines of code when activating optional WordPress core functions like translation, custom backgrounds and logos, HTML5 integration, or post thumbnails, we’ve put together this handy add_theme_support WordPress snippet generator to do the heavy lifting for you.

To use the tool, simply click “Support” on the feature you’d like activated, then fill out the relevant fields below the box to further customize the feature, when modifiers are available. When you’ve added everything you’d like, copy the code and paste it into the functions.php file. That’s all there is to it!

How to Install WordPress Locally on Your Mac Computer

Coding in a “live” environment can be a perilous — if not ill-advised — endeavor, and working remotely on a WordPress installation is no different. Any misstep in a live environment could result in an alteration that damages your site and lands you in a terrible mess.

However, there’s no need to live on the edge. It’s possible to install WordPress locally on your Mac machine, thus providing you with a safe working environment. This method will shield you from the effects of coding mishaps and supply a host of benefits, such as the avoidance of downtime.

How to Install WordPress Locally on Your Windows PC

There are myriad reasons why you might choose to work on an “offline” WordPress website – i.e. one that exists on your computer only and isn’t accessible from the web. Perhaps you’re not ready for the world to see your site yet, you want to test changes to an existing site before going live with them, or you are simply looking to tinker with WordPress without having to purchase a hosting service.

Whatever the reason(s), the process of installing WordPress locally on a Windows PC can seem unduly complicated. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. With a completely free piece of software and this guide, you’ll be up and running with your own local WordPress installation in no time at all.

Register Sidebars – WordPress Snippet Generator

All developers know the time it takes to code a new website template, and any resource that can help shave off some dev time is well worth using. Starting today, we are rolling out a series of free WordPress developer tools in the form of snippet generators and related resources that will help you create clean code in a matter of seconds. Our first generator spins off custom dynamic sidebars for WordPress – just fill out the fields to get started.

How to Install, Activate, and Update Your WordPress Plugins

WordPress is a flexible and feature-rich Content Management System (CMS). However, its core software is relatively limited. This is by design; after all, there is no point bloating WordPress core with features that not all site owners will need. Nonetheless, if you build out anything more than a super-basic WordPress website, you will soon find yourself in need of additional functionality.

The best (and easiest) way to fill in the gaps is with plugins. WordPress offers thousands of free plugins via the WordPress Plugin Directory, and many more premium options are available across the web. There is likely a plugin for any element of functionality you can conceive.