Video Tutorials To Learn WordPress Development, Designing and Blogging

If you think that visual learning is better than reading, this is the list of well explained video tutorials which help you to develop your WordPress skill. These tutorials are very helpful if you are a WordPress Theme Developer as well Bloggers those using WordPress.

WordPress theme development


Designing for WordPress

WordPress is a hugely popular CMS for blogging. The blog section of CSS-Tricks is run on WordPress and I am very happy with it. By popular request, we are going to walk through designing for WordPress. Also check out part 2 and part 3.

Creating a WordPress Template

Here’s a tutorial series (also see part 2 and part 3) for creating a WP template using a variety of free tools such as MAMP (for local machine development) and TextWrangler(a text editor).

Hodgepodge of WordPress Tricks

It’s WordPress Week here at CSS-Tricks, so I wanted to so a WordPress-themed screencast and cover a lot of mini-tips that haven’t made it into previous WordPress screencasts.

WordPress as a CMS

Learn how to create a WordPress site that’s more of a fully-featured content management system (like Drupal or Joomla) rather than a blogging platform using a few tools at your disposal such as the SimplePie WordPress plugin.

How to Modify WordPress Theme

This video tutorial is showing how to work with some WordPress theme codes, that is how to add autoresponder code to the blog sidebar, how to put banner in the single post and similar things that can help you to modify the theme and blog to your needs.  You’ll learn about some Theme Template tags in WordPress.

Add a Twitter Field to Your Form

Instructional video on how to install and configure the wp-twitip-id plugin for WordPress blogs. 5 minutes and you can include a field for your commentators to add their twitter ID.

How to put a Custom Header in your WordPress Blog

WordPress Kubrick Theme, the default theme for WordPress blogs, has a very ugly header graphic. In this easy to follow video tutorial you’ll learn how to change it to a great custom image in just 3 minutes!

Create your first widget

This video tutorial shows you how to create a theme widget for WordPress.

How to make a WordPress plugin

Learn how to create a WordPress plugin that follows the WordPress plugin development guidelines.

WordPress Plugin Development Tutorial (Video & Reading)


WP Tutorial: Your First WP Plugin

Here it is, a video guide to creating your first WordPress plugin (in under 5 minutes!). The tutorial assumes you have some very basic PHP knowledge… syntax, function declarations, etc. Click here to watch

Writing a Plugin

WordPress Plugins allow easy modification, customization, and enhancement to a WordPress blog. Instead of changing the core programming of WordPress, you can add functionality with WordPress Plugins.

How to Write a WordPress Plugin – Introduction

For any WordPress user, plugins are essential. WordPress Plugins allow those with little to no programming skills to extend the functionality of their blog.

Create a Custom WordPress Plugin From Scratch

This tutorial will describe the implementation of a WordPress plugin starting from scratch. The plugin will connect to an external OSCommerce database and display random products on your WordPress site.

Anatomy of a WordPress Plugin

This tutorial will guide you through every step of building a simple, widgetized WordPress plugin with settings.

A Crash-Course in WordPress Plugin Development

Despite an extensive codex, many WordPress users remain unfamiliar with how to create their own custom plugins. In today’s screencast, we’ll start from scratch and build our first usable plugin.

WordPress Plugin Tutorial – Hello World

Learning to develop a WordPress plugin can be both fun and rewarding. In this Tutorial we will go over how to make a simple Hello World plugin that you can create.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a WordPress Plugin

There are often plugins created for basic extended functionality, but what happens when you can’t find the perfect plugin for your needs? It might be easier to just create the plugin yourself.

WorPress Plugin Development with PHP

Nice video tutorial on plugin development.

Tips to Speed Up WordPress Plugin Development

Anyone can create useful WordPress plugins without being a hacker.

Seven Reasons to Write a WordPress Plugin

Listed below are seven reasons why a WordPress user should consider writing a WordPress plugin.

WordPress Plugin Actions

An example of an action would be that you want a execute some code after a user has published a post or left a comment.

WordPress Plugin Filters

WordPress filters allow to you modify virtually any kind of text displayed and are extremely powerful.

Constructing a WordPress Plugin Admin Panel

This tutorial will go into what it takes to successfully create an admin panel for your plugin.

Constructing a WordPress Plugin User’s Panel

This tutorial will go over the steps to add in your own User’s Administration Panel.

Using JavaScript and CSS with your WordPress Plugin

This portion of the series will cover how to load JavaScript and CSS files for your plugin.

Using JavaScript and CSS with your WordPress Plugin

This portion of the series will cover how to load JavaScript and CSS files for your plugin.

Releasing and Promoting Your WordPress Plugin

After you have finished writing your awesome WordPress plugin, there are a few things to consider before releasing and promoting your WordPress plugin.

WP Screencasts WordPress Video Tutorials

The primary target audience is blog authors and editors using WordPress to manage their web-based content.

CSS-Tricks WordPress Video Tutorials

iThemes WordPress Video tutorials

Siteground WordPress Video Tutorials

KillerSites WordPress Video Tutorials

Likoma WordPress Video Tutorials

WordPress Training Video Tutorials

Weblog Tools Videos WordPress Tutorials

ScreenCastCentral WordPress Video Tutorials

Faq.WordPress.Com Screencasts

Youtube WordPress Video Tutorials

Other Tutorial Sites and Articles:

How to Improve WordPress Search

Before digging into how to improve your WordPress powered Website specially if you are running online store, let me first tell you why you need to do it. If you look at Creating a Search Page on WordPress site, you’ll find a lot of good information but lot of WordPress developer and designer are complaining about WordPress search functionality. I know that WordPress’s poor functionality was poor. But, I didn’t realize how poor it was until I experienced it recently on eCommerce site, where I had to search all products. I find excellent piece of Code on Anton’s blog (How to create a search engine for wp-e-commerce) and he is saying:

It is also great to see that other people think further and developed even more complex code. One of them is Steve who extended my code to do not only search with multiple words but also do a standard site search. You can download Search.php by Steve here.

WordPress Search WordPress Plugins


If you like WordPress Plugin to improve the search on your WordPress blog, here are some options.

Relevant Search WordPress Plugin

If you’ve always fantasized that WordPress would fix their search results and return something actually relevant (not ordered by date), but are let down on every new release. You’ve found the plugin to make that dream come true.

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WordPress Instant Search and Suggest

The plugin requires very little configuration and should work out of the box with most themes. The plugin has its own options page to configure the plugin to work with your theme if you require it. You can also tweak which WordPress fields and meta are used for the auto suggest feature.

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WP True FT Search – A Truly Fulltext Search Plugin

WP True FT Search is a truly and extremely lightweight fulltext “search engine” plugin for Worpdress with porter stemming (keywords spelling), keywords highlighting and many more features. It is extremely fast with very low CPU consumption, custom option pages, configurable stopwords and without any special requirement to WordPress installation.

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TweetSearch – Twitter Search Plugin for WordPress

Premium WordPress plugin for displaying Twitter search results in your posts, pages and widgets.

Features

  • Template Engine
    Use custom HTML & CSS to skin your list of tweets and display them in your blog theme.
  • Shortcodes
    Embed tweets into your posts and pages using a custom shortcode.
  • Search Operators
    All Twitter search operators are supported! Build a unique list of tweets for all your needs.
  • Detailed Documentation
    Step by step instructions on how to make your list of tweets and skin them.

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Search and Replace for WordPress

With this plugin you can search and replace strings in you WordPress website. This will not change your database data because the search and replace is done just before the content is shown on the screen.

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Image Search Module for OpenCart

This module is needed to accelerate the addition of product item. You no longer need to search for images, this module will do it for you. All you need – this is to click on the link and choose the desired image. To install and configure this module, you will not need knowledge of php.

Features:

  • Accelerated work with the product
  • Less time to add the product
  • Easy Installation
  • Detailed Installation Guide
  • User-friendly interface
  • Quick Operation (Used Ajax)
  • To work with the database used by ORM
  • Easily extendable

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Search Everything WordPress Plugin

Options include search highlight, searching pages, excerpts, attachments, drafts, comments and custom fields (metadata). If you are having trouble, check out the fix by Reaper-X.

Download | Search Everything

Semiologic’s Search Reloaded Plugin

This plugin offers “dynamic indexing”. This means it reindexes whenever a post or Page is edited, saved, or published, keeping track of the content for a better and more wide spread search, though it does not currently cover some non-post content areas.

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Search Excerpt WordPress Plugin

This excellent plugin searches WordPress, extracts out keyword phrases, and highlights the matched keywords in the search results instead of just the first 55 words or that apply specifically to the keywords searched.

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Search Pages 2.3 Plugin

A WordPress blog includes posts and pages. Posts are often the most important part of the blog and pages were supposed to provide static background information. With this in mind, WordPress designers restricted the search capability to posts only.

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WordPress Plugin: Search Hilite

The Search Hilite Plugin highlites Search-Words, from external Searches over Yahoo,Google, Lycos and Baidu, as well as WordPress internal Searches, on the Search Results-Pages.

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New WordPress search plugin

Introducing Search All, a new plugin to enhance searching in [tag]WordPress[/tag].

Based heavily on the work of David B. Nagle (Search Pages) and Dan CameronSearch Everything, Search All adds an admin interface to select the search options and adds attachment and draft post searching to the mix.

Read more about it here.

Nice Search

This simple plugin (no configuration) redirects ?s=FOO search URLs to the nicer /search/FOO versions. Requires pretty mod_rewrite permalinks.

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WordPress Live Search Plugin

Download and install the new plugin. Once installed, navigate to Settings > Permalinks in your WordPress admin and click save. This generates the routes needed for the live search to work.

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WordPress Widget: King Search

The WordPress Search gets more important with every line you write in your blog. So i decided to build an advanced search widget.

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Relevanssi – A Better Search

Relevanssi replaces the standard WordPress search with a better search engine, with lots of features and configurable options. You’ll get better results, better presentation of results – your users will thank you.

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Search Unleashed

Extends the standard WordPress search to include data from posts, pages, comments, and meta-data, as well as the full content of data inserted by plugins. This last feature makes it unique amongst search plugins.

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External Resources Search WordPress Plugins


Google Video Search Widget

Based on the Google AJAX Search API, Google released a video search widget called GSvideoSearch Solution.

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JKG Search Spelling Suggestion WordPress Plugin

Connects with search engines to suggest the right spelling for a word from your blog.

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Doogate Search Widgets

Adds a sidebar widget to let visitors search your site with Doogate.com.

Mycroft Search Plugin Generator

It helps you create a search extension (addon) to offer your users to add to their Firefox search box. If they are reliant upon your blog for information to help them with their work and life, and you have enough searchable content, make it easy for them to narrow their search to just your blog right from Firefox.

Statistics Search for blog and WebSites


Search Meter: a WordPress plugin

Search Meter is a WordPress plugin that helps you keep your blog focused on what your visitors want to read. It does this by keeping track of what your visitors are searching for.

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Cloud of Google Queries WordPress Plugin

Cloud-O-Google Queries is a filter to display keyword clouds based on search engine queries. It works with a statistics Plugin that tracks your incoming search terms and works with SlimStat, and Counterize II.

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Plugin: Search Phrases / Anzeige der letzten Suchbegriffe

Displays a list of the last search phrases or words that lead visitors to your blog. The keyword and search terms are linked to Google search results with those words.

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Tips and Tutorial to Improve WordPress Search?


If you are adding search to your WordPress Powered WebSite that covers your searching needs? Is there a Search WordPress Plugin or Tutorial that  I’ve missed that you can’t live without?

WordPress Top Plugins
Digging Into WordPress
How To Create Amazing Search Functions For Your WordPress Blog
Helping WordPress Search With WordPress Plugins
How to improve WordPress search
yolink Search plugin wants to improve WordPress search
Better WordPress Search – 3 Solutions To Improve WP Search
How to Improve Search Function in WP [Using Plugins]
3 Codes for a Far Better WordPress Search Page
Improve Your WordPress Search Functionality – Why ?And How ?
10 Important Tips to Optimize WordPress for Search Engines
Make WordPress’ search function suck Less.
How to Turns WordPress’ basic search into a full text
Display a different number of posts in wordpress searches
How To: Building a Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) into Your WordPress Blog

How to add Multiple Product Categories to WP e-Commerce Plugin

WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online. PHPurchase is a paid plugin, it seems to be of better quality than the free versions as well as slightly easier to use. It has the more features as compare to the free one. Even there are WordPress Themes with eCommerce features, you can find theme on the following links:

If you are using this plugin as a e-Commerce platform and want to add multiple categories, here give you a solution for that and by using this code you can create your own Plugin to add bulk Product categories for your online shop. You can read all about WP-eCommerce Plugin here: Create Online Store with Free WordPress e-Commerce plugin

<?php
/*
Plugin Name: Add Product Categories
Version: v0.1
Author: WordPress Arena
URL: http://wparena.com
Description: Bulk category import for WP-eCommerce Plugin
Plugin URI: http://wparena.com/?p=10921
Author URI: http://wparena.com
*/
function batch_import_function() {
global $wpdb;
if(isset($_POST['Add'])) {

$group_id = $_POST['groupid'];
$parent_id = $_POST['category'];
$categories = $_POST['categories'];
$cats_array = explode(",",$categories);
print_r ($cats_array);
foreach($cats_array as $key => $value) {
$nice_name = str_replace (" ","-",$value);
echo ($nice_name);
$wpdb->insert(
	'wp_wpsc_product_categories',
	array(
		'group_id' => $group_id,
		'name' => $value,
		'nice-name' => $nice_name,
		'active' => 1,
		'category_parent' => $parent_id
		),
	array(
		'%s',
		'%s',
		'%s',
		'%d',
		'%d'
	)
);
}
  }
?>
<form name="batchcats" action="" method="post">
Group:<input type="text" name="groupid" />
Parent Category:<input type="text" name="category" />
Categories:<textarea name="categories"></textarea>
<input name="Add" type="submit" value="Add" />
</form>
<?php
}
function batch_import() {
      add_menu_page("Import Categories", "Import Categories", 1, "Import Categories", "batch_import_function");
}
add_action('admin_menu', 'batch_import');
?>

Save this file  as a .php and upload it into plugin directory, activate the plugin and you will see “Import Categories” tab in your admin panel. Click on this tab and add Group id number and add Parent Category id, after adding ids entry the categories name separated by commas and click on add button.

WordPress Themes for eCommerce


Create Directory WebSite Powered by WordPress

With WordPress its very easy to create your own powerful online directory website, By using theme like Article Directory Theme from Templatic  or WordPress Directory Plugin. I have compiled a list of Major and Secondary Search Engines and Directories to Submit Website to promote your website, today presenting you a list of WordPress Themes and Plugins so you can run your own Web Directory.

WordPress Directory Themes


ArticleDirectory

Why buy this ArticleDirectory theme?

Because this is the best WordPress theme so far of its kind. With this theme, now you can create a Article directory, list out the articles yourself or let other users(visitors) add their articles and you can earn from it, and these are just some benefits. We have included the features very thoughtfully, neglecting the not so important stuff and including only the necessary features with the best usability and easy of use.

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Sofa OpnPress – Publishing Platform

This theme can be used for more than just one purpose; article submission, yellow pages, classified ads, Q and A, reviews, press releases, file sharing, real estate listing, websites showcase, etc. You can literally build community website that fits to any niche.

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Directory Press Directory WordPress Theme

Directory Press is a full featured Directory WordPress Theme that will turn your site into a very powerful online link directory. Now you can have the power, security and flexibility you need to create a link directory website that doesn’t suck.

This theme has a very professional and modern design unlike some link directories out there, so it is sure to make your site stand out from the rest.

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LinkPress Nova

LinkPress Nova is a link-based WordPress theme created for sites that want to become strictly a link blog, similiar to Alltop, and many others. It is a one-column, WordPress 2.x, AD ready theme. LinkPress is extremely unique and has a wide-range of exclusive features such as a ratings system for links/posts, custom fields for screenshots and other custom information about links, and more. Comes with a special ‘goodie basket’ packed full of awesome extras including new footer, background, and header images! 100% Valid XHTML/CSS, cross-browser tested.

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WordPress Directory Plugins


Business Directory

A free directory plugin that lets you add a business link registry to any page in your current WP blog. This might be a great way for you to offer free listings to your readers or members if you run a WordPress membership site. Each listing includes a short summary and a website title and link. Users simply fill out the submission form to be included in the business directory, select a category, and add related keywords. Submitted listings are held for moderation by the administrator where they can be edited or deleted. Once a listing is approved, it’s added to the AJAX enabled directory list. As listings accumulate they are paged and can easily be searched by any visitor.
For screenshots of Business Directory visit our user manual at User Manual.

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Article Directory

This free WordPress plugin lets you transform your WP blog into an article directory where visitors can join to become authors and submit articles to your site. The plugin works in combination with the free Articles Directory theme and the Role Manager plugin. Features include the ability to create article categories and subcategories, author profile pages with listed articles, stats that report the total number of published articles and authors listed on your site. See the demo at Articlesss.com/demo.

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Open Links Directory

A free WordPress directory plugin that you can use to transform your WP blog into a free online link directory. Visitors can add their websites using the submission form, assign categories and subcategories, add a description, and give their link a title. The plugin offers the ability to search the directory, send listings to friends, add listings to your browser’s bookmarks, and display the PageRank for each directory listing. Feature requests, bug reports and comments can be submitted here.

Download

Other Resources:
WordPress Trackback Tutorial
Create Your Own Directory Site Powered by WordPress
Major and Secondary Search Engines and Directories to Submit Website
A-Lister Tactics: How to get 200 trackbacks for a single post

Create Project Management WebSite on WordPress

Are you a WordPress Developer or Designer and looking to work on a project  to create a Project Management Website? This is fact that Project management is one of the business world’s most in-demand skill sets. It’s also among the fastest growing professional disciplines.

WordPress is already a powerful website management system that not only allows you to manage your content, but have others interact as well. Now you can use WordPress as a Project management tool by implementing WordPress plugin or by using specific theme like GTD Theme  from Templatic.

Project Management By WordPress Themes:


After installing the WordPress, you need a perfect theme to run a Project management site. Theoretically any theme will do the trick, but there are a few themes that have been designed specifically with this concept in mind.

P2 WordPress Theme

P2 is a free WordPress theme, with this theme you can update post from the front page of your blog. Users have the ability to embed images, audio files and videos all from a Twitter-like update box.

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GTD Templatic

If you are looking to collaborate with a small team or, you need a private blog where only your team members can view, share files and write the content without going to backend, this is the theme you’ve been looking for.

Download

Prologue

Prologue theme contains very simple option, means you can update limited text  from the front page.

Download

SuperCMS

The SuperCMS WordPress Theme is a super-charged CMS (Content Management System) type WordPress theme with the focus of providing you with a solid platform and set of tools to base your new company website upon. This is not just another blogging theme, but comes equipped to handle Portfolios, Testimonies, Images, Blogs, and any of your business or company needs.

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Evento – Event Management WordPress Theme

The new Conference theme lets you add an unlimited number of events. Each event can have its own program, presentation, speakers, sponsors, etc.! Simply archive old events and have displayed a new conference on your front-page.

Evento is an event management WordPress Theme suitable for any type of events:

  • conferences,
  • exhibitions,
  • conventions,
  • trade shows,
  • seminars,
  • workshops
  • and business meetings.

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MultiToool – WordPress Theme FrameWork

The intuitive visual user interface makes designing WordPress Themes a breeze. MultiToool provides you with the ability to control every pixel of your website without knowledge of any script- or programming language.

It goes without saying that you never need to touch any template files, because there are none in MultiToool. No worries, of course you can use external JavaScripts or stylesheets, we have a file management built in for this.

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Little Smile Multipurpose WordPress Theme

This theme is extremely flexible and user friendly. TurboEditor is advamced tool allowing unexperienced user create rich content pages in WordPress engine without a line of coding. Below is a screenshot of the admin panel

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United – Corporate, Business Portfolio WordPress Theme

United is a clean, modern and ultra-readable Premium WordPress Theme. It comes with a lot of features and intuitive options. It includes 6 Custom Widgets, 5 Color Schemes, 3 Custom Portfolio Layouts, Featured slider with around 30 Transitions, sitemap template, and much more..

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Project Management By WordPress Plugins:


There are lot of tutorials published about using WordPress as a project management application you can find on following list and there are Plugins for that.

Using WordPress as a Project Management App
How To Use A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog For Project Management
Project or Task Management in WordPress with CollabPress
Project and Task Management for WordPress and WPMU

CollabPress Plugin

The CollabPress plugin builds basic project management, such as task assignments and due dates, into
the dashboard screens. The plugin includes e-mail notifications for newly assigned tasks, and it places a widget on the Dashboard displaying recent activity.

Download: CollabPress | Author Homepage

ProjectManager

This plugin is a datamanager for any recurrent datasets. It can be used to manage and list a DVD collection, to to present portraits (e.g. athlets of a team), simple tabular calendar or anything you can think of. Below is a least of features

Features

  • add as many different projects as you want to
  • widget for any project, controlled via admin panel
  • adding of form fields (text, textfield, e-mail, date, url, selection, checkbox and radio list) for each project independently
  • simple search of any form field and category names
  • template system to easily customize frontend display
  • Ajax enabled editing of datasets
  • easy adding of shortcodes via TinyMCE Button
  • change colorscheme for output tables via admin panel
  • dataset sorting by any form field
  • import and export of datasets from/to CSV file
  • hook projects into user profile
  • manual drag & drop sorting of datasets

Randy Hoyt created a Screencast on the usage of ProjectManager.

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Ndizi Project Management

Ndizi lets you select a front-end page of your site, where your clients can authenticate and view their details, invoices, projects (including time totals for each, but not the individual time reports), and each task (with status) assigned to their projects. They can also add new tasks, which are then added to the back end for you to modify, clarify, and assign as-needed

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WP-Project

The WordPress administrative interface is friendly and comfortable. For web designers and developers, there is no better place to spend your time. Instead of having to visit several disparate websites to manage your projects and project progress, why not do it from the WordPress interface?

WP-Project provides many of the capabilities you’d expect to see from any standard project management solution. Currently, these capabilities include the following:

  • Track clients
  • Track projects by client
  • Track tasks by project
  • Track time per task with dynamic timer like Harvest

Download

Other Resources:

Premium WordPress Themes
Genesis Framework for WordPress
WordPress for Project Management
Using WordPress for Project Management
8 Steps to Using WordPress for Project Management
Can WordPress Be A Project Management App?
15+ Amazing Project Management and Collaboration Tools
WordPress for Project Management: It’s much easier with WordPress 3.0+
The Thesis Theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website.

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