Archive for the ‘WordPress Tutorials’ Category

Collection Of WordPress Tutorials For Absolute Beginners

May 28th, 2010

WordPress is known as one of the most powerful blogging platforms based on the Content Management System and distinguished by numerous facilities of content manipulation and editing. Establishing a weblog on the WordPress basis is as easy as ABC even if you are a newbie and don’t possess any web development experience but you still may be in need of some helpful information which will simplify your efforts and let you solve different issues at the beginning. Fortunately, WordPress maintains a huge collection of various tutorials which will come in handy both for experienced webmasters and beginners. With their help you can overcome any obstacles and learn to implement various changes to your weblog from installation to any maintenance and customization issues.

In order to give you a helping hand we have gathered a compilation of the most useful WordPress tutorials resources which will provide you with all necessary help in case you have decided to run your own blog on the WordPress platform. So please check the following list.

Top 10 Video Tutorials for WordPress Beginners

July 7th, 2009

When you are new to something you for sure prefer to have an expert who will show you the basics, don’t you? Well, I decided to make a selection of the most useful video tutorials recorded by real experts. Now you can say you’ve been taught by the best WordPress professionals ;)

Well, what do you want to know first of all? Of course how to install your WordPress, I can recommend these tutorials:
* How to install WordPress from
* Installing Wordpress from

Now you may be interested in changing your WP theme:
* How to Change/Activate Themes from
* How to change the theme from
* How to Modify WordPress Theme from

Good tutorials on widgets:
* How widgets work from
* Create your first widget
* How To Make Your Own WordPress Widget from

How to install and create your own plugins:
* How to install WordPress plugins from
* How to make a wordpress plugin from

Well, this was my top 10 WordPress video tutorials. Would you like to see more of them?

Take Care Of All of Your Readers: Create a Mobile Version of Your Blog

June 25th, 2009

In nowadays world everything and everyone is moving fast and time becomes more and more precious. Small wonder that everything mobile is so popular. Mobile technologies give the opportunity to safe time on doing small but so important things like checking your email or reading updates of your favorite blogs. And as everything here is about WordPress and blogging you may guess what the point of this post is going to be - mobile version of your WordPress blog of course.
Remember my post about the WordPress version for iPhone? Well, I assume not everyone has iPhone, thus lets figure out how to create the mobile version of your blog for everyone - iPhone and not iPhone users. There are actually several ways to create beautiful and lightweight version of your blog for mobile phones:

#1 MoFuse
This service is a very simple way of creating a mobile version of your blog. All you have to do is to put your URL and complete the necessary registration and your desired mobile version is ready in no time.

#2 Wirenode
Pretty much the same service as MoFuse, creates your mobile version in about two minutes.

#3 Google Mobile Optimizer
Official mobile site creator from Google creates the version in seconds. All your content, links and images will be nicely put into your mobile version.

If you want to create a mobile blog from scratch without doing the initial coding this is a good solution. The site offers a number of customizable templates for mobile phones, the whole process of creating a mobile blog here looks pretty much like building a common blog - you select a theme and edit it to look like you want it to be. That’s it.

And here are some useful tutorials on the subject:

* Make a mobile version of your blog with Google Reader

* Create a mobile version of your blog with plugin

* Creating Mobile Version of your blog with branding and customize it

Once you have your blog mobile version created don’t forget to put a link to it on your blog or improve your code to redirect those visitors who browse your blog through mobile phones to the appropriate version.
Taking care of all of your readers you give them another reason to come back to your blog, thus do consider creating a mobile version of your weblog if you still don’t have one. : )

Do you know more ways to make a mobile version of a website?

Useful WordPress Tutorials

June 16th, 2009

As you may have guessed from the title - below are some WordPress tutorials that you might find handy. I tried to pick up the most easy to follow and fruitful in results tutorials.
If you’ve been wondering how the WP themes are created here is a small roundup of the best tutorials on designing WordPress themes for beginners:

* So You Want to Create Wordpress Themes, Huh?
Actually this is not a one tutorial but a series of 16 lessons on almost every aspect of Wordpress theme development. I think every beginner should read this.

* How to Create WordPress Themes from Scratch.
This is a step-by-step tutorial in 3 parts on how to design a WP theme from scratch. This is a very popular tutorial, clearly written and easy to follow. Great place to start if you are looking for a comprehensive guide on designing and coding a theme.

* How to Create a WordPress Theme from Scratch.
Another step-by-step tutorial in two parts, covering the basics of WordPress theme development.

If you have updated to the latest WordPress version below are tutorials you might find handy:

* The Ultimate Wordpress 2.8 Optimization Guide will teach you how to speed up your blog.

* Build A WordPress 2.8 Widget With The New Widget API is a very good tutorial if you plan to create a widget for your new WordPress.

* Tag descriptions in WordPress 2.8 will teach you how to add descriptions to your tags and answer the question why you should add them at the first place.

Are there some tutorials you’d like to share with us?

P.S.: Don’t be shy and submit your wp themes to WPDaddy free WordPress themes collection. ;)

WordPress as a CMS: how to build a portfolio website

April 30th, 2009

Deservedly considered to be the best blogging platform WordPress is not just that. Its ease of use and maintenance makes it the most ultimate CMS (Content Management System). CMS is a Web application used for creating and managing HTML content. CMSs usually provide tools that allow creating and managing content with little or no knowledge of programming. The easy to understand and operate WordPress admin tools allow you to create literally every possible type of website without tech skills from your side. There are hundreds of ways to use WordPress not as a blog but as CMS, creating an online portfolio is one of them. So how can you actually do that? Well, there are few ways.

* You can add image gallery WordPress Plugins to your blog thus adding the new functionality to it. This is an easy way to show your pictures to the world.

* The other way is to change your WordPress theme to a pre-made theme that is especially designed to be a gallery. Here you should decide whether you want a free or a premium theme for your online gallery.

Portfolio Extended is a brilliant example of a free wp theme for online galleries. It’s three column, adSence ready skin performed in nice red color palette.

free wordpress portfolio theme

Flipbook photo blog wp flash template is an awesome example of a premium theme for portfolio. The use of Flash makes it live and vivid.

wordpress portfolio

Here are some brilliant examples of WordPress used as a portfolio website to inspire you:

Freshivore. A personal page of a designer from California featuring a very nice portfolio of his works.

wp portfolio

Best web gallery. A brilliant web design showcase built with WordPress.

wordpress gallery

How would you use WordPress as a CMS?

Make your WordPress a time machine.

March 17th, 2009

Imagine you have to go somewhere for a period of time. Say, on a vacation you’ve been dreaming about for years. And what? Leave your blog without updates and your precious readers without your brilliant every day posts? No way, you say.

You can of course forget about going anywhere and stay at home, updating your blog, or you can take a lap-top and work from where you are going, but what is the pleasure in working on a vacation? WordPress is way smarter than that, you have a better option.
You can set the date of publishing a post into any date in future. Your blog will update itself and post your content at the time you specified.

How do you do that? Simple as follows:
When posting an article you can see a Post Timestamp section in the bottom right of the page. It displays the time and date you opened the posting page of your blog, if you change the date (click Edit Timestamp) you can set the date when your post will appear for any time in the future.
Now finish your post, select the time and date you would like the text to see the world and click Publish. No, it won’t appear at your blog right away! Check yourself, it isn’t there. :)

You can still edit the post that is to be published with a future Timestamp under Manage Posts, changing smth and clicking Save won’t effect the Timestamp at all.

So, go ahead! To the vacation you longed for so long!
By the way, where would you go for a vacation?

Make your blog more protected

March 10th, 2009

Ensuring your WordPress blog security is one of the main things to mind when keeping a successful web presence.
Below are some fruitful tips fro you on how to make you precious blog more protected.

1. First of all regularly update your WordPress. Older versions are hacked easier and therefore more frequently.

2. Make sure all your plugins are updated to their latest versions.

3. Delete “Admin” User. To make it harder for the hackers create a new user with administrative rights, give the user a nickname. Than log out and log back as the new user you’ve just created and delete the “admin” user.

4. Make sure your password is strong. Use digits, letters and special characters.

5. Check if your WordPress database errors are turned off. In the latest versions of WordPress they are turned off by default.

6. Create a .htaccess file in “wp-admin/”. To do it paste the following to a new text file

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# END WordPress

Now save the file as .htaccess and upload it to your “wp-admin/” folder.

7. Make your plugins hidden. If you do not know if they are hidden or not go to If you see a 404 error there, they’re hidden. If you see them listed you have to hide them. To do that open the .htaccess file you’ve just uploaded to your “wp-admin/” folder and replace the contents with the followin

# BEGIN WordPress

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

# Prevents directory listing
Options -Indexes
# END WordPress

8. Don’t forget to backup regularly.

These were some simple yet rather fruitful security tips to make your WordPress powered blog a bit more protected.

Simple Ways To Hasten Your Wordpress Site

March 5th, 2009

If you have noticed that your self-hosted Wordpress site runs slowly there is something to be done against it. The reasons may be different and so are the methods of their elimination. Too large files loading, too much traffic receipt and improper coding - all these may cause problems you need to solve.

The first and most important thing to do is to check whether you use the latest Wordpress version. New releases provide certain improvements that are responsible for your site better operating and imply fixed bugs that could prevent some functions from proper working. That is why you should update your Worpdress site each time new version releases as it will be certainly better than the old one. The same thing happens with plugins as they have to be upgraded with every release. But don’t overload your site with too many plugins because it can also slow its running. You better disable or delete unnecessary plugins you don’t use for them not to prevent your Wordpress from running properly and smoothly.

Another method of speeding up your self-hosted Worpdress site implies code improving. There are several methods of cleaning up your code in order to make your site load quicker.

1. Using of shorthand CSS which will be good both for the site and for web browser you use.

2. Reducing spaces within your code. Whitespaces are meant for easier code perception but using them in-plenty may have a negative impact on your site loading.

3. Changing amount of header.php file codes to external scripts.

Be attentive with PHP and database queries and try to decrease them as till your browser has a lot of queries to deal with your site won’t load quickly.

Taking into account these simple tips will help you to accelerate your self-hosted Wordpress website improving its work and making it more favourable.

Wordpress Installation

February 12th, 2009

Installing Wordpress is rather fast and easy process and it won’t require you extra programming knowledge and energies. Besides a lot of web hosts offer you to install Wordpress automatically nowadays so you won’t be involved in a process at all. But if you want to acomplish this task yourself here are the main aspects you should be aware of when instlling Wordpress.

1. Pre-Installation

Before you install Wordpress you should access your website and necessary software to go on with installation process. These include shell or FTP access, a text editor and a web browser you’d like to use. After that you should check carefuly whether your web host parameters correspond the minimum requirements for running Wordpress properly.

2. Installation Begins.

The next step you should take is to download the most recent Worpdress release and unzip the received files. After that invent a password for your Secret Key and proceed with furher installation.

3. 5-Minute Install

After you have downloaded and unpacked Wordpress folder follow the next steps:
- create a database within the web server. Sometimes your hosting provider already has a Wordpress database installed or provides you with automated set up option. That’s why you should check provider’s features or your control panel to figure out whether you need to create a database manually or not.
- change the file name “the wp-config-sample.php” to “wp-config.php”
- open “wp-config.php” file in the text editor you want to work with and fill in each of the database details to receive and apply the secret password
- upload the Wordpress files to your web server choosing the place you’d like them to be stored in, e.g. domain root or your website’s subdirectory etc.
If you have acomplished all the tasks listed above properly your Wordpress should be installed successfuly.

Here are some detailed instructions how to create your Wordpress database using of Control Panel.

1. Log in first to the CP
2. Browse MySQL Databases
3. If you need to create new Wordpress user do the following:
- choose a username and enter it in the Username line
- invent a password that is hard to guess and type it into the Password field.
- click Add User
4. If there is no Wordpress database complete the next steps:
- choose a database name and type it into the Database field
- click Ad Database
5. Within Databases choose your Wordpress username and database from User dropdown and Database dropdown correspondingly. After that click Add User to the Database.
6. See your database information when you return to the MySQL Account Maintenance screen.

What is Wordpress?

February 12th, 2009

Wordpress stands for web blogging application which took its first breath in 2003 as a result of the concerted efforts of Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg. It’s an open source that implies the possibility of using and distributing it freely. This powerful blogging software is also known to be very easy to work with - no matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced web master you won’t find it difficult to manage Wordpress.

Nowadays Wordpress became very popular and is greatly appreciated by all kinds of web masters due to the number of advantages it provides. Among its amazing features are the following:

1. Templates system

It is known to have templating system which simplifies the process of your blog operating as you don’t have to edit HTML or PHP codes to customize your blog.

2. WP Themes

Wordpress provides you with a number of different themes suitable for various blog topics which you can easily install and change whenever you need. Every theme is supplemented with necessary tutorials so it will be fast and easy to cope with its management.

3. Links and pinging

All web masters are offered search engine friendly link structure. Besides Wordpress provides pinging alerts which informs search engines and blog libraries every time you update your blog content which in its turn helps you to get traffic to your source.

4. Article management

You have the possibility to divide your articles into different categories and support it with tags. Also there are special filters which help you to format the text within your posts and work with quotes easily.

5. Multimedia support

Make your blog vivid and dynamic by addind some multimedia to it as Wordpress provides you with all needed multimedia options.

Besides all the features listed above Wordpress supports multi-blogging facility. It means that you can run one blog copied in different directories simultaneously using only one installation. With this function you are provided with several database tables abd can own a blogging community and operate all the blogs from an individual instrumental panel.

Using Wordpress you will get a qualitative and professinally looking blog with minimum effort and saving your time. So get involved and enjoy all the beneficial facilities Wordpress grants you with.