Posts contained in the “Using WordPress” category:

WordPress is easy to use and well documented. These tutorials provide a visual guide to some of WordPress’s less common functions and to those which you really need to see in action to fully understand.

WordPress Child Themes: The Whys and Hows

Child themes seem perplexing to a lot of people. I recently answered a question on the WordPress support forums (which you can read here) in which I summarized a lot of what I have been explaining to people about child themes over the last few years. (At this point, all the websites I design using …read more…

Criteria for Choosing WordPress Plugins

One of the nice things about WordPress is that it’s easily extensible though plugins. In fact, it’s so easy to add plugins that many people do so willy-nilly, and suffer the consequences. (Not all plugins are good plugins, and even the good ones don’t always play nice with one another, with your theme, or with …read more…

Troubleshoot your WordPress Blog

Quite often, I see messages on a message board that something has “suddenly” happened with the poster’s WordPress blog. Their level of concern ranges anywhere from mildly amused to (usually) panicked. In reality, nothing ever happens “all of a sudden”. When pushed or prodded, it usually turns out that the poster had installed a new …read more…

Create a Null Link in a Custom Menu

Custom menus in WordPress give you a lot of control over the arrangement of your menus. One issue that comes up every once in a while is how to include a word that is not a link, a page, or a category. In other words, how can you include a word that describes the child …read more…

Disable your WordPress Plugins

Like children, plugins don’t always play nicely together.  Plugins can conflict with one another, with your theme, or even with WordPress, and those conflicts are often the result of an upgrade. A lot of the issues I see with WordPress can be traced back to plugin conflicts. Most people don’t even think of plugins when …read more…

Use WordPress Screen Options to Expand your Blogging Options

WordPress’s Screen Options feature is relatively unknown to a lot of people. I suppose it’s one of those things that you already know about if you need it, and once you find out about it, it’s fairly self-explanatory. It does not, however, function the way the rest of WordPress functions, so a brief tutorial is …read more…

WordPress Tricks — Fun With Titles

I started blogging with WordPress long before I knew anything about how WordPress actually works. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because that’s the typical learning curve: you don’t bother learning something until you actually need to know it. This runs counter to the Chinese proverb about digging the well before you are thirsty, …read more…

Styling WordPress Posts, Pages, Archives and Home Pages by Class

One of the neat things about WordPress is that it adds a unique id to posts, pages, tags, categories, and widgets (plus lots of things I’ve left out), making it not just possible but incredibly easy to target the CSS styling for one particular instance of any of those items. The Basic Technique However, WordPress …read more…

Fun with Text Widgets, Part Two

In the first part of this tutorial, I showed you how to insert both pictures and code into a text widget in WordPress. This time around, we’ll see how to format those types of text widgets. Styling Text Widgets With a <div> Most WordPress themes include a number of sidebar areas, where you can include …read more…

Test Post from Windows LiveWriter

This is a sample picture. I can’t figure out how to set it as the featured image…yet. Results I see a question every now and then about using Windows Live Writer on the Graphene Forum, so I thought I would give it a try. I’m not satisfied with my admittedly hasty trial. The main point …read more…