The Best WordPress Tips and Tutorials of 2011

Nur . Posted in How-To, Inspiration 1110 Views

First of all happy New years!  I would like to share with everyone, all 12 monthly “best of” WordPress tips and Tutorials so for those that missed out on all the great tutorials from the last year, you can find them all in one place. In 2011, WordPress become the best CMS (Content Management System) and taken over other CMS platforms like Drupal and Joomla.  There were lot of changes in WordPress which gave new features and updates. In this round up, you will some of the the best WordPress tips and tutorials written this year. There is list of Video Tutorials To Learn WordPress Development, Designing and Blogging.

WordPress Theme Development Tutorials


Creating a Subscription Site Using WordPress

This is a great WordPress tutorial for beginners to intermediate users who want to learn how to easily and effectively create subscription sites and use WordPress as a content-management-system.

  • create and personalize the WordPress registration page and login page
  • create custom registration fields in order to gather information tailored to your site
  • create new post types and post type templates for your premium content
  • and restrict content to only registered users and redirect all others

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WordPress, Beginner to Master

Throughout this six-part beginner-to-master series, we’ll be using the advanced features of WordPress to create our own portfolio & blog, complete with an options page, multiple styles and support for the new WordPress features.

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Deploy Your WordPress Blog to the Cloud

For the last decade, hosting a large scale web application has been a daunting task, reserved only for experts. Not anymore; when Amazon opened its server architecture, everything changed. Computer hardware moved to the cloud, and became available to any and all developers. In this tutorial, we will install WordPress in the cloud.

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User Friendly Short Codes with TinyMCE

WordPress short codes are everywhere: in practically every theme and many, many plugins. They are extremely useful and provide huge amounts of extra functionality. With all of their greatness, however, there is one major problem with them: they are not very user friendly, particularly for users who are not familiar with programming, especially when a short code accepts more than one parameter. So, in order to help the non-users, we need a new solution.

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HTML5 WordPress Music Player & Settings Page Integration

This music player has finally made its way to WP! The design was originally created by Orman Clark after which Saleem from Codebase Hero created a jQuery plugin out of it.

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HTML5 and Dreamweaver Websites

Lawrence Turton, expert instructor in all things HTML5 -related, guides us step by step through creating a complete website using the latest web technologies. And for those of you dragging your feet on learning the latest features of Dreamweaver CS5 and 5.5, Lawrence shows us how DW integrates in with all this emerging coolness taking over the web. Here’s some of the highlights of what you’ll learn….

How To Create Tabs On WordPress Settings Pages

Using tabs in a user interface can help you better organize content, so it’s only natural that WordPress themes that have a lot of options would benefit from tabs on their settings page. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a tabbed settings page, and you’ll get to download a WordPress theme that implements the code.

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Load Next WordPress Posts With AJAX

How to replace the standard “Older Posts” links on your blog. Our plugin will create a button toinstantly load the next page of posts, without reloading the page (Similar to what Twitter used to do at the bottom of profiles)

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WordPress as a CMS -Part 1Part 2 and  Part 3

When most people think about WordPress, they think about blogs. If you look at the front page of WordPress.org, they talk a lot about blogging as well. What they don’t tell you is that WordPress can also double as a very powerful CMS ; you just have to set it up properly. It can be a bit tricky to get setup and working the way that you want; but this is where I come in.

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Building Your WordPress Website with iPad in Mind

How you could get your WordPress website looking great on an iPhone, now it’s time to take a look at how you can get it looking fantastic on an iPad. iPad users interact with their devices quite differently to how desktop and laptop users interact with theirs.

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How to Display an Admin Notice For Required Theme Plugins

Typically build all the functionality needed directly into each theme I release, but sometimes it makes sense to refer to a 3rd party plugin to achieve what you are looking to do. For instance, most of my video-centric themes require the Press75 “Simple Video Embedder” plugin for embedding videos within each post. In my opinion.

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Customizing the WordPress Dashboard For Your Clients

Have you recently started using WordPress for your client’s project and want to further impress your client with better packaging? This article will focus on packaging WordPress so that, in just few minutes after completion of a project, it will feel more unique to the client and not have the generic feel.

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Create Perfect Emails For Your WordPress Website

Whatever type of website you operate, its success will probably hinge on your interaction with your audience. If executed well, one of the most effective tools can be a simple email.

WordPress users are in luck, since WordPress already has easy-to-use and extendable functions to give you a lot of power and flexibility in handling your website’s emails.

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WordPress Custom Fields 101: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

Now we will go into sharing some of the cool tips, tricks, and hacks for custom fields. Custom fields are limited to your imagination only, so there are tons of cool tricks that we might miss.

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Add a Customizable Header image to your WordPress Theme

WordPress 3.0 brought a host of new features with it and one was the ability to change your theme header from within the admin panel, under the “appearance” tab and was built into the TwentyTen theme. What if you want to add this functionality to your own theme ? Thankfully it’s pretty easy to do by adding some custom code to your theme’s functions.php file.

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Useful and Time Saving WordPress Code Snippets

Coding in wordpress is pretty state of the art and the code and logic behind the wp theme is much the same. So you can use many source codes and snippets to save your time while coding for wordpress. We are going to share with you some useful wordpress code snippets to save your time and you can design a great wordpress theme with these handy and ready to work code snippets. So build yourwordpress plugins or theme with these ready made code snippets.

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How to Display Ads Only to Search Engine Visitors in WordPress

From our experience and research of many industry experts, it seems that Search Engine visitors are more likely to click on targeted advertisements then your regular readers. In this article, we will share a technique that will let you make more money from your blogs by simply displaying ads to your Search Engine Visitors ONLY. Whereas your regular visitors do not see these ads. This works very well with targeted Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ad units such as Google Adsense.

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Killer hacks to enhance WordPress editor

When you’re a blogger, the editor is indeed something very important because it is the tool used to write your posts. In this article, I’m going to show you some hacks and tips to enhance WordPress editor. Enjoy!

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Turn your commenters into subscribers!

Only a small percentage of your visitors leave a comment. This group of people is probably also interested in subscribing to your newsletter, if you have one.

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Hosting Client Sites on a WordPress Network

Regular updates keep WordPress secure and expand the feature set, ensuring the platform meets both the developer’s and their client’s needs.

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How to Add “delete” and “spam” Buttons to Your Comments

Comment section in a site is really important. It represent interaction between you and your readers. It also keeps posts alive and is an important indicator of a popular post.

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Move WordPress Admin Bar to the Bottom

Not everybody likes the WordPress Admin Bar, which exists since WordPress 3.1, at the top of the browser. With just a bit CSS you can change it. The following function provides CSS directly in the footer of backend and frontend. It displays the Admin Bar at the bottom.

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20 Helpful WordPress SQL Queries Snippets

WordPress keeps every single scrap of information that is fed into it in a MySQL database, whether that be posts, pages, comments, blogroll, the plugin settings… everything. Yes, the WordPress admin backend is fantastic and it does allow you to control and edit all aspects of this information with ease. Up to a certain point anyway.

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Speeding Up Your WordPress Website: 11 Ways to Improve Your Load Time

It’s an important question, particularly for businesses who want to scale their website. Of course, the procedures necessary for speeding up your website are going to differ depending on whether you have a site the size of something like WPMU.org or a lamoid little homepage like my own.

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How to Embed Google Talk Chatback on Your WordPress Site for Live Support

Making live chat available on your website is a strategy that has been shown to dramatically increase sales. Customers appreciate the ability to get in touch with you instantly.

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Comment Form Hooks Visualized

Most themes (e.g. TwentyTen) use the comment_form() function to insert the comment form after posts. There are quite some hooks inside the function but they are hard to localize. The codex documentation isn’t too helpful, neither.
To give you an easy overview the following diagrams visualize the points where the various hooks are anchored. The number of available hooks depend on the discussion settings and the user’s capabilities.

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Admin Bar Tricks

there are many awesome ways to make it do virtuallywhatever you want. In this DigWP post, we round up a ton of tips, tricks, and plugins for ultimately mastering the WordPress Admin Bar.

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How to Add Post Thumbnails to the WordPress Post and Page Management Screens

If you’re producing a lot of content on your WordPress site, it can be handy to see the main image associated with each post when viewing the post or page listing screen. Adding in the post thumbnail creates a visual association for each post or page.

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Adding Input Fields To Comment Form

Most comment forms contain the same input fields: Name, Email, URL and the comment text field. This is sufficient for most use cases but there are situations where you might want to know a bit more about your commenter: their age, the city they live in, or the color of their underwear. This article explains how to add an input field, store the data in the database and how to display the additional data in your blog if your theme uses the comment_form() function provided by WordPress.

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How to Sync A Local & Remote WordPress Blog Using Version Control

Ever wondered how you might use Version Control with WordPress? If you prefer to work on your WordPress projects locally but have to get them to sync remotely, this tutorial is for you. You have probably tried to synchronize between the two setups by manually uploading the changed files and using PHPmyAdmin to export and import your database once changed, and (very likely) broke something in the process.

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WordPress Plugins Related Tips and Tutorials


WordPress Essentials: How To Create A WordPress Plugin

WordPress plugins are PHP scripts that alter your website. The changes could be anything from the simplest tweak in the header to a more drastic makeover (such as changing how log-ins work, triggering emails to be sent, and much more).

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Best examples of jQuery Sliders Effects and WordPress Plugins

jQuery are the best way to display your row images to present to your visitors. There are lots of option and customization that can create very simple, beautiful and good looking image sliders. Yesterday I written a tutorial on HOW TO: Create A Vertical Scrolling News Ticker on WordPress With jQuery Carousel.

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HOW TO: Create A Vertical Scrolling News Ticker on WordPress With jQuery Carousel

I had to design a Vertical Scrolling news ticker for my client. Initially,  I thought it’s hard to figure it out, but thanks to a tutorial “ Create A Vertical Scrolling News Ticker With jQuery and jCarousel Lite“.  I learnt from this tutorial along with other and  modified  the code and made it into something I wanted, hope this would help you too.

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How to Convert Plugins to Use Custom Post Types

If you’re a plugin developer whose been using custom tables for storing information in WordPress the transition to custom post types may be daunting.

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Ten Things Every WordPress Plugin Developer Should Know

Plugins are a major part of why WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites around the world. The ability to extend WordPress to meet just about any need is a powerful motivator for choosing WordPress over other alternatives.

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How to: Create a Dashboard Feed Reader for Your WordPress Theme or Plugin

Dashboard widgets in WordPress are actually meta boxes. They’re used in other places too, like the Edit Post or Page screen. They can be dragged around, shown or hidden from the Screen Options menu, collapsed and expanded by hitting the tiny arrow on the right side of the box titles. But hey, you should probably know that already!

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Essential Plugins for Every WordPress Installation

One of the reasons why people gravitate toward WordPress is the seemingly unlimited numbers of open source plugins available. Today, I’d like to go over a few plugins that I think absolutely warrant your attention. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so make sure to chime in within the comments! Hopefully, this article will morph into an absolute monster of a list that can act as a reference for fellow WordPress developers.

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How to create your own WordPress functionality plugin

A common, yet unfortunate practice in the WordPress community involves filling themefunctions.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.

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How To Improve Your WordPress Plugin’s Readme.txt

If you’re a plugin developer and you just love to write code, then writing a readme.txt file for a plugin in WordPress’ repository might be your idea of hell. When you’ve written all of that lovely code, why must you spend time writing about how to use it?

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9 Ways of Showing WordPress Plugin Authors our Gratitude

WordPress is one of the biggest website platforms used in the world. Its official plugin directory lists more than 13,000 plugins, but there are also more of them available on the internet. Even if these plugins are for the major part free, the investment in terms of time for those who created them, and continued to support and fixing them is huge.

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WordPress Security Related


How to Get Better WordPress Security

If you have a WordPress powered website, then security should be of utmost importance. WordPress now powers more than 50 million websites, making it a target the same way hackers target Windows computers. You know you’re “mainstream” once you start becoming a (worthwhile) target. You can see that from the second announcement this year that thousands of WordPress websites were hacked.

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How to protect your WordPress site as hackers exploit TimThumb security hole

A month ago we told you about a serious security whole in popular image manipulation script, TimThumb. Used by hundreds of WordPress themes this was a particularly far-reaching exploit that opened up many sites to hackers who could gain entry and do pretty much what they wanted.

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Is Your WordPress Website Distributing Malware in Google Image Search?

It turns out that thousands of hacked sites are infecting Google image search results with images redirecting to Fake AV sites. And, unfortunately for you and for me, WordPress sites are a prime target for this kind of attack. A PHP injection into a WordPress site can generate spammy websites, hijack Google Image SERPs and result in your WordPress website tossing unsuspecting Google Image searchers to a FakeAV site.

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Cleaning up an infected website – Part I: WordPress and the Pharma Hack

This is part one of a small series of posts showing how to clean up sites. We will start with how to clean up “Pharma Hack” on a WordPress driven site due to the popularity. You can follow the series here:http://blog.sucuri.net/category/guides.

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6 .htaccess Tricks for Better WordPress SEO & Security

Here are six htacccess tricks that will help improve the security and SEO quality of your WordPress-powered site. We do this using .htaccess to establish canonical URLs for key peripheral files, such as your robots.txtfavicon.ico, and sitemap.xml files.

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How to Automatically Backup Your WordPress Site to Dropbox

Last year Dropbox announced that they have 4,000,000 users, a number which is likely to double very soon. In case you’re out of the loop, Dropbox is a cloud-based storage and file sharing service. It’s become very popular, due to its ease of use and the basic offer of 2GB of free storage space.

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8 Tips to Secure a WordPress Site

Security is one of those topics that comes up time and time again. You hear the advice, you know you should do it, but somehow, you never get around to it.

The tips in this post are designed to help make your WordPress installation safer and less likely to be hacked or spammed. If you’re short on time, just start at the top and work down. I’ve (roughly) ordered them so that the most important tweaks come first.

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Quick Tip: Backing Up Your Blog with VaultPress

As with almost every other web app, WordPress stores information in a database. There’s always a chance that your data could be lost or corrupted, and it’s wise to have a solid backup strategy in place. This is where VaultPress enters the scene to save the day, providing complete backup and security for your WordPress site.

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11 Quick Tips: Securing Your WordPress Site

WordPress is the most used open-source platform nowadays for any type of websites: whether it is blog, CMS or any other custom solution. WordPress is naturally based on PHP (among other languages), so, as a PHP developer I always make sure to cover/apply some tips for WordPress to make secure and speedup the site which I develop. In this WordPress tutorial you will find tips and tricks for securing WordPress and otimizing your WordPress blog.

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Securing Your WordPress Website

Security has become a foremost concern on the Web in the past few years. Hackers have always been around, but with the increase in computer literacy and the ease of access to virtually any data, the problem has increased exponentially. It is now rare for a new website to not get comment spam withindays of its release, even if it is not promoted at all.

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10 Steps to Securing Your WordPress Installation

WordPress is open source which means that everyone, including hackers with a malicious intent, can scour the source code looking for holes in its security. That is why I’m going to show you some good precautionary steps to take to protect you, your WordPress and most importantly, your users.

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WordPress Data Analysis


How To: Display your Google Analytics to the Public

Have you ever wanted to show off your Google Analytics data to your blog visitors? If you sell advertising on your site then this is a very handy metric for advertisers to base their buying decision on. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t make this very easy at the moment but there is a WordPress plugin called Google Analyticator which will let you do just this. It also does a lot more

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How to Get Facebook Insights for Your WordPress Site

More than 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day by using one of their social plugins. However most sites that we see are not taking full advantage of what facebook has to offer. Were you aware of the fact that you can get facebook insights for your WordPress site?

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Displaying WordPress Site Data Via jQuery Charts

In this tutorial we will use the jQuery Charts Plotting plugin, JQplot, to create a new WordPress plugin which can display some of your blog’s traffic, popular categories, and more with some beautiful visual charts. Looking for a way to pimp out a client’s dashboard (or your own!) with some useful infographics? Look no further… we’ll show you how it’s done right here.

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Troubleshooting and Debugging WordPress


How to tweak your website images for maximum SEO

Most of the bloggers use images to improve the search engine optimization and to enhance the website content. And this is fact that photos and graphics bring more organic traffic to their site, specially if we are thinking about Google Image Search.

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Your Complete Guide to Troubleshooting WordPress

Before you start tearing your hair out, before you start posting frantically on support forums, you can follow this guide to get a handle on what’s gone wrong and how you can fix it.

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Troubleshooting WordPress: Common Fatal Error Messages and How to Fix Them

There are some WordPress problems that crop up again and again. And there are few people better equipped to deal with them than the many Support Pros across the WordPress Universe. I’ve teamed up with WPMU DEV’s awesome Mason James, big-boss of our own Support crew, to look at some common WordPress problems. Over the next few weeks we’ll look at how you can address them.

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Debugging & Troubleshooting

It is safer to activate the plugin without any current pages or posts already in the system. The plugin adds in extra meta information into the database about a page when it is saved, and all previous pages or posts wont have this information in there. We recommend activating these plugins from a fresh install of wordpress.

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WordPress Post Management Related


Three Ways To Display Your Latest Google+ Updates On WordPress

The Google+ Project has been growing rapidly since it’s launch. Many are tipping the service to steal a huge chunk of FaceBooks traffic. Although I have signed up, I haven’t posted much on Google+ as I have been busy over the last few weeks, though I can certainly see the appeal of the service, particularly it addresses the main issue with Facebook by allowing you to allocate friends into different circles.

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How to Create and Setup Google+ Brand Page for Your WordPress Site

It was invite only and very limited. They were not allowing any business to join. Some businesses created a profile as a personal account, and they were all banned. Finally Google has given an official go-ahead to all businesses. You can now create your own Google+ Brand page.

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Writing WordPress Guides For The Advanced Beginner

Creating WordPress tutorials is a fantastic way to help build the WordPress community and to increase your Web traffic. That’s no secret. Just Google “wordpress tutorial” and you’ll see hundreds of results. The complete novice will find scores of well-written tutorials clearly demonstrating the basics of the WordPress dashboard and of activating the default template, in simple jargon-free language.

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