Update September 2019: I’ve kept this post up as it was part of the blogging challenge, but the Visual Developer plugin hasn’t been updated in 4 years. I don’t recommend using it now. This is Day 25 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 24’s post here. I’ve written previously about customizing a… Continue Reading Customizing WordPress with Visual Developer: A First Look
This is Day 23 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 22’s post here. Adding sidebar widgets is common task to do on a WordPress site. WordPress has a number of default widgets built in. When adding text, the obvious one to use is the Text widget. The WordPress Text Widget The Text… Continue Reading Add Content to WordPress Widgets Without Writing Code
This is Day 18 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 17’s post here. There are now many page builder plugins for WordPress, which allow you to construct elaborate page layouts in a drag and drop manner. So why use one, and which one is right for you? Why use a WordPress… Continue Reading WordPress Page Builders Compared
This is Day 17 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 16’s post here. What is a shortcode? A WordPress shortcode – not to be confused with shortbread – is a shorthand version of a piece of code. They’re written to allow users to add functions to WordPress sites in a quick way, without… Continue Reading What is a WordPress Shortcode, and How Are They Useful?
Updated 2 June 2020. This is Day 11 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 10’s post here. When setting up a website, many people will turn to WordPress due to its popularity and ease of use. But it’s easy for people to get confused by the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. So what’s the… Continue Reading WordPress.com or WordPress.org – what’s the difference?
This is Day 10 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 9’s post here. I wrote previously about customizing a WordPress theme. If you like your theme layout but want to have make more changes to the way it displays, a child theme is the way to go. What’s a Child Theme? A child theme… Continue Reading Creating a Child Theme for WordPress Twenty Fifteen
This is Day 7 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 6’s post here. Morning There must have been a few sore heads after Saturday’s night out, because the main room was practically deserted five minutes before the introduction. (To be fair, a number of people were partaking of tea and coffee in… Continue Reading WordCamp Birmingham 2015: Day 2
This is Day 6 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 5’s post here. What’s a WordCamp? For the uninitiated, WordCamps are conferences based around all things WordPress. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read this post on why I love WordPress. I love WordCamps too – they’re a great get-together… Continue Reading WordCamp Birmingham 2015: Day 1
This is Day 3 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 2’s post here. So you’ve searched for a WordPress theme and found one you like, but there’s one little thing about it that you want to change. Maybe the font is too big, or you want a different link colour. How can you… Continue Reading How You Can Customize Your WordPress Theme
This is Day 2 in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge. You can read Day 1’s post here. With WordPress sites accounting for around a fifth of all websites, it comes as no surprise that WordPress has also become the target of hackers, spammers and other nefarious characters due to its popularity. If you run your own self-hosted… Continue Reading WordPress security basics: how to keep your site safe