WordPress is a great website and blogging platform, but sometimes things can go wrong, and you will need a good backup of your site so you can restore it. Your website might get hacked. You might install a plugin that crashes your website. Or, maybe your webhost disappears one day – it happens! The following tutorial explains how to Backup WordPress so you will be prepared for a disaster. [Read more…]
WordPress makes it pretty easy to install plugins, but if you’ve never done it, this tutorial will help. I’ll explain how to install WordPress Plugins using the built in WordPress plugin. In addition, I’ll explain how to install WordPress manually using ftp. [Read more…]
I recently spent several hours figuring out how to list recently modified posts in WordPress. I tried at least 4 plugins, none of which did what I wanted: create a simple unordered list of recently modified posts. But I finally found a free plugin with dozens of display options that does it with ease: Display Posts Shortcode by Bill Erickson. [Read more…]
How to add an image to WordPress? Even though it’s pretty easy to to add an image in WordPress, clients often ask me how to do it. I think they expect it to be more difficult. [Read more…]
This turorial explains how to password protect a WordPress site. Why would you want to do this? There are a couple reasons. One reason is that you are updating your website, and you created a development version of your existing site. While you are working on the development site, you don’t want Google or the public to see it. Another reason is that your site is private and you want to hide if from the general public. [Read more…]
The following is a list of my favorite WordPress Plugins. WordPress is a good website platform, but it becomes a great website platform when you add plugins to extend WordPress. For example, WordPress does not have a built-in backup system, but there are many great backup plugins. And WordPress does not have a built-in caching system to dramatically speed up your website. But there are several great caching plugins.
That’s the great thing about plugins: out of the box, WordPress is lean and mean, just the basics. The WordPress plugin system allows you to add exactly what you need. [Read more…]
If you have a WordPress, you probably know that there are numerous plugins for adding Facebook to your website. Why use a plugin when you can go straight to the source to get a Facebook plugin for your website? This procedure explains how to add a Facebook Timeline to WordPress.
I recently spent about 3 hours implementing a jquery script to create equal height columns in WordPress. It was a great learning experience, but if you’re more interested in creating equal height columns now, the following turtorial will help. [Read more…]
There are many reasons a WordPress contact form won’t send email to the form email recipient:
- The From email address is not the same as your website domain.
- Your web server does not allow the PHP mail function.
- Your domain is configured to use an external email server.
FYI: I just updated some of my sites that use the Really Simple Share plugin. After updating, I noticed that all the pages had a Google search box at the bottom of every page. I spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how it got there. [Read more…]