Popular WordPress Tips and Tricks for Beginners

WordPress is free, customizable and have a great support by community or other developers that make it one of the most popular CMS and blogging platform around, And as wordpress users designdevbits tried to collect the best of wordpress tips and tricks shared by other developers, the goal is to make your blog look good, enhance it and give it the look it needs and deserves.

How To Create A Simple 404 Error Page For WordPress Themes

Creating a custom 404 page is easy using the 404.php template in your WordPress theme, and it can go a long way to ensuring a visitor remains on your website, even after they encounter a 404 error.

How to track 404 pages and redirect them in WordPress

But what if people try to access a page on your site through your old URL? Today we are going to show you how to redirect broken URLs to your new URL.

Allow Users To Submit To Your WordPress Site: A Quotes Plugin

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a plugin that allows users to submit form data. You’ll also learn about security by using nonces.

How To Restore Your WordPress Website Backup On Your Local Server Using WAMP

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to restore backup of your WordPress files and databases locally on your own PC to WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

4 Ways To Change Your WordPress Site Address (URL’s)

At some stage you may need to update address on your website, change your domain name, site URL or change your WordPress address for one reason or another. There’s different methods you can use to do this without breaking your links depending on whether you are trying to fix a problem or simply want to change your sites address.

WordPress SEO Tip: Improve Link Popularity With a 301 Redirect

301 is a HTTP status code, and indicates that the page in question has moved permanently to a new location. So how do you set up a 301 redirect on your WordPress site?

15 Point Checklist: WordPress Start-Up Guide After Installation

Whichever type you are, after you’ve installed WordPress on your domain, there are still a number of things you should do before you ever write a word. Below is a checklist of the fifteen most important steps you should go through before hitting “Publish.”

Automatically Show First Image from the Post

Most users of WordPress make use of custom fields for displaying thumbs on the homepage of their blog. We recently came across a PHP function that will allow users to grab hold of the first image automatically from the post, and will display it on the homepage. It does not need any custom field either.

How to Display Latest Posts by Category Archive

This tutorial is about teaching you how to build a “Latest Post by Category Archive” very easily. This can also be utilized to setup customized homepages for blogs, landing pages, 404 pages and even special archive pages.

Latest Posts from Certain Categories

We have been working on a new theme, so just wanted to display recent posts from a category. Following is a very handy code snippet that will definitely get the work done.

Adding Breadcrumbs to WordPress Without Using a Plugin

Breadcrumbs are great to give users a perspective of where they are on your site. They can be quite easily added through several useful plugins.

Change the Default Gravatar Button

The default mystery man is really annoying for most users. Plus if you have one more chance of branding your blog, then why not do it. Changing your default gravatar lets you brand your blog more. With this snippet below you can change your default gravatar.

How to style WordPress Menus & Dropdowns

This tutorial isn’t going to cover how to create a beautiful menu, but rather how to create the base CSS code that you will need in order to make one that is beautiful, and also functional.

How To Change WordPress 3.2 HTML Editor Font

The new WordPress’s HTML editor uses monospace font for editing, which I personally don’t like at all. If you are among folks who don’t appreciate it and want to change, this simple to follow tutorial will help you out.

10 Best Related Posts With Thumbnails WordPress

This tutorial will teach you how to increase page views by addition of thumbnails to related posts. This will be possible by making use of the YARPP plugin and WordPress customized fields.

4 Simple Ways To Speed Up WordPress

Some self-hosted WordPress sites tend to run slow, especially when you receive tons of heavy traffic every day. This may be a result of the amount of large files your site needs to load or inefficient coding. But there’s nothing worst than a slow site, so here are some quick tips on how to speed up your self-hosted WordPress site. These tips mostly apply to self-hosted WordPress site because if you’re site is hosted on WordPress.com, you’re already being taken care of.

How to Add an Author Info Box in WordPress Posts

Many blogs have an author information box at the end of their posts. This is becoming one of the biggest trends in WordPress blogs. In this article we will show you, how you can add an author information box at the end of your single posts without a plugin.

Create a Custom Login Page for your WordPress Theme

If your site requires people to login and you’d like them to do it via your theme rather than the default WordPress login screen ( wp-login.php ) you can create a custom login page using a page template. In this tutorial I will walk you though how to create one.

How to create your own WordPress functionality plugin

A common, yet unfortunate practice in the WordPress community involves filling theme functions.php files with tweaks and functionality that is key to a site. The reason this is a bad idea, in short, is that it will tie your critical site functionality to a theme that will eventually change. Good news, though: there is a much better, smarter alternative. It’s called a functionality plugin.

Beginner’s Guide: Common sense WordPress SEO strategy

It seems there is an epic, never-ending battle out there in the interwebs between those that argue Search Engine Optimization Matters and those that preach that Content is King. Of course, as in most things, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle.

How to enable Multisite on your WordPress 3.0+ installation

One could say I’m a fan of WordPress Multisite. I have done my best to convince people to start using multisite at WordCamp Detroit, WordCamp MSP, and of course on this blog. I’ve focused to convincing WordPressers to take the dive in and get rolling with it, due to how it can speed up development time and overall make your time spent with WordPress more efficient. In short, you should be using WordPress Multisite.

How to Add a Copyright Date at WordPress Footer

Often you will see a website that has an outdated copyright date which is pretty annoying. There are also sites that only show the current year for their copyright date which is even more annoying because you won’t know how old the site is. There is a simple PHP solution to this that most developers would know, but there is a more elegant way that we will show you. In this article, we will share a function that will automatically generate a copyright date based on the published date of your oldest and newest post.

Secure your WordPress website

Security is important, but oftentimes it’s forgotten about when it’s a personal blog or a pet project. Take some time this week and ensure the future of your WordPress site.

How to rethink the default WordPress next/previous links

In this case, I’d like to question the behavior of the next/previous post archive links that WordPress sites tend to use.

A Guide for Moving One WordPress Site to Another

One of the best parts of WordPress is just how easy it is, not only to import content in from other content management systems, but to export and take all of your content with you out of WordPress itself. There isn’t the feeling, like with so many systems and web apps out there, that you are deliberately being locked down into using one particular system. And like anything, there is an art to moving your WordPress site from one location to another.

How To List All Posts Of An Archive, A Category Or A Search Result

Archive pages are usually paged according to your settings in options/reading. Sometimes you may want to offer a page with all posts for an archive (time, category, search result).

25+ Extremely Useful Tricks for the WordPress Functions File

In your WordPress theme folder, there lays the most powerful theme file known as functions.php. As the name suggests, this file adds unique functions to your WordPress installation. This file works just like a plugin within your theme.

Create a Twitter/FaceBook/Email RSS Stats Widget for WordPress

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the steps of setting up a widget, its settings form, and displaying it on your site.

How to use Thumbnails with Previous and Next Post Links in WordPress

In this article, we will show you how to use post thumbnails with previous and next post links in WordPress.

Customizing Your WordPress Theme Using Firebug

Today I’m going to look at how you can customize a WordPress theme using Firebug. The great thing about this is that you can check out your changes in your browser without editing your site at all. Only you can see what you’re up to so it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes in Firebug. Just refresh the page and breath easily again.

The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Post Tags

If you have an interest in post tags, have utilized them on your blog to an extent, but don’t really know if you are going about things in the right way, I’m here to set you on the right path.

Highlight Author Comments in WordPress (Like a Boss)

Highlighting author comments is an easy way to distinguish your own input and make it easier for people to find in a rambling comments discussion.
If you want to boss it up a couple of notches and stand out from the crowd, this is a very easy way to do it.

Building an ‘About the Author’ Box in WordPress 3.2

WordPress users who are up to date with the latest 3.2.x release can easily implement this feature via custom plugins to extend WP functionality. But I want to explain how you can custom-code your own author box! I feel this method gives you more control over the layout and you can manipulate the HTML/CSS much further than with plugin codes.