Wordpress Tips and Tricks

Embedding a Tweet in Your WordPress Blog by Kelly Lynn

  Twitter remains one of the most powerful social media and marketing tools online. It makes sense, then, to want to combine the power and exposure of your tweets with your WordPress blog. Whether it’s to display feedback and testimonials from satisfied customers, keep clients up-to-date on the latest news and happenings from your company, or simply to share ideas with like minded people as they pop into your head, there are a myriad of reasons why you’d want to embed tweets into your blog. Here’s how to go about doing it: The WordPress Tweet Embed Plugin Luckily for those that aren’t HTML savvy, you don’t have to be code-literate to merge your tweets and blog. Even the beginning blogger can easily setup a WordPress site or Twitter account, and … Continue reading

Integrating Instagram Onto Your WordPress Site by Kelly Lynn

  There’s no denying that Instagram has quickly become one of the most popular photo sharing and social networking sites online today. For those looking to integrate it onto their blog or WordPress website, however, Instagram does have a few drawbacks. Because it is mainly accessible through your mobile devices, it’s been difficult to share your Instagram photos on WP. Luckily, there are several plugins available now that make streamlining the two applications much easier. Instapress Instapress was one of the first full featured Instagram plugins on WordPress. The best part about using Instapress is that it gives you quite a few options for sharing your pictures. For example, you can place your Instagram pictures at different places throughout your WordPress site, make your pictures a widget, and even incorporate … Continue reading

Setting Up Automatic Backup for Your WordPress Site by Kelly Lynn

  Chances are, you make it a point to backup any sensitive and important files you upload onto your computer. (And if you’re not doing this, it’s past time you secured your important information with a free and simple cloud-based program!) But many of those using WordPress as the gateway to their business world haven’t invested the same thought into ensuring that their online work is safe, as well. Backing up your WordPress database and files is not only essential, it can literally save your business in case of a computer crash, hacking, or server malfunction. Luckily, there’s a free and easy way to keep your WordPress site backed up automatically. BackWPup is an easy-to-use plugin that lets you schedule regular backup of your WordPress site to an online file … Continue reading

5 Tips for Working With the WordPress Database by Kelly Lynn

  Before WordPress, you may have manually saved all your website's content to HTML or PHP files. However, this script saves all your blog data, including posts, categories, comments and options, in a database on your host's server. This central location makes backing up your website easy, but you'll get the most out of WordPress if you follow these tips for maintaining your database. Create Backups of Your WordPress Database If you have more than one installation in the same database, WP DB-Backup lets you download them all to your computer. You can also schedule the plugin to email you a copy of the database on a recurring basis. You'll always have your content even if something happens to your host or database. Optimize Your Database Plugins like WP-Optimize optimize … Continue reading

WordPress Plugins For Business Blogging by Kelly Lynn

As the Internet expands, providing more marketing opportunities for business, many companies have recognized the advantage of having a company blog. For any size business, WordPress offers an affordable opportunity to have a professional, interactive blog. WordPress makes it easy for you to communicate with consumers through the use of a variety of plugins designed to entice visitors to interact, resulting in website conversions.   WordPress Pluses Fast and easy installation, easy to use interface, and the “free” price tag make WordPress the obvious choice for small businesses. Numerous plugins are especially helpful for business, and the plugins are easy to download and simple to install.     The “Install Plugins” window is found in the WordPress dashboard. It makes it easy to do a fast plugin search and install. … Continue reading

WordPress Is For Everyone – Including Beginners by Kelly Lynn

In the beginning, the building of websites was the exclusive domain of the technically gifted. As the Internet continues to gain steam as a critical method of communication, people outside the field of technology want to build their own websites. People have opinions they want to express, art they want to display, or other talents they want to share. Times have changed. It’s no longer necessary to hire a professional web designer for thousands of dollars, because WordPress makes it possible for the beginner to build their own beautifully designed website. Getting Started It’s always best to have your own domain name. There is a yearly fee, which can vary depending on where you make your purchase. Make a list of several acceptable domain name choices, as it may take … Continue reading

How to Find and Install WordPress Plugins for Your Site by Kelly Lynn

In recent years, WordPress has become extremely popular as blogging and content management software for websites.  However, once WordPress is set up, the webmaster might wonder how to increase the capabilities of the core program.  Here is where plugins come into play. WordPress plugins are pieces of software that extend the functionality of WordPress in various ways.  You can find a vast array of plugins that will help you do such things as interact with site visitors via social media, place ads in specific locations on your site, and change the look and feel of your blog posts. Two of the best ways you can go about searching for and installing safe WordPress plugins are described below. Through the WordPress Plugin Directory 1.  Go to the WordPress Plugin Directory, located … Continue reading

Missing Wordpress Page Template Drop-Down Menu? by Brandon Campbell

We ran into a little issue that took us longer than we had hoped to figure it out so we thought we'd share the solution as many blogs out there discuss the issue but don't clearly explain how to resolve it (perhaps because there are multiple issues involved). This is an issue with WordPress 3.0.1 and perhaps some earlier versions as well.  Basically, there is no drop-down menu allowing you to select a page template that you have created when you are working with a non-active theme and a theme selector plugin. 1. First, create a page template by creating a file like so: <?php /* Template Name: YourPageTemplateName */ ?> <?php /* Your Page Template Code */ ?> 2. After you've created your file, you need to save the … Continue reading

Remove the "/category/" sub-folder URL in Wordpress by Brandon Campbell

By default, all WordPress categories use a permalink structure that includes a sub-folder "category".  For example, if you had a "cities" category, your default URL to view all posts for that category would be: http://mywonderfulsite.com/category/cities/ A web perfectionist may actually prefer the URL: http://mywonderfulsite.com/cities/ The easiest way to accomplish this is with a 5-star rated plugin called "WP No Category Base": http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-no-category-base/ Just upload the downloaded folder to your plugins directory, activate it and you're good to go!   For those of you that already have links out there and are concerned about 404s, not to worry - the plugin will handle the redirection with SEO-friendly 301s.

Filter WordPress Categories When Using the_category() by Brandon Campbell

There are times when you'd like to list the categories a particular post belongs to with exception for a few specific categories.  The WordPress function "the_category" is used to display the categories of a post.  For example, if you'd like to display a comma-separated list of categories a post belongs to you could use the following syntax within your loop: <?php the_category(', ') ?> This would list all categories for a given post.   However, if you'd like to not include a few of the categories for whatever reason, you can add the following lines to the end of your functions.php file: function the_category_filter($thelist,$separator=' ') { if(!defined('WP_ADMIN')) { //list the category names to exclude $exclude = array('Mac','Windows'); $cats = explode($separator,$thelist); $newlist = array(); foreach($cats as $cat) { $catname = trim(strip_tags($cat)); … Continue reading