There are many reasons why you might want to install WordPress on your desktop or laptop computer. For example, you may want to use your local installation as a safe space where you can learn more about WordPress and experiment in private — sort of like training wheels for WordPress. Or you might want to […]
Here’s a nightmare scenario that keeps too many WordPress site owners from properly maintaining their websites: You log in to your WordPress dashboard and notice that an update is available for your theme. You know that updates are good and you want to keep your site secure, so you click the “upgrade” button and wait […]
Do you have the itch to turn your WordPress theme into something unique? If so, there’ one important step you must take before you get started. Make a child theme first. Doing so will ensure that your hard work doesn’t get overwritten by a future theme update. Be sure you need a child theme before […]
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding WordPress design terminology. I am frequently asked questions like, “can you recommend a good WordPress template for a business website.” When this happens, I understand that the person asking the question is actually looking for a WordPress theme suggestion. While it may seem pedantic to dwell on these seemingly […]
You know those annoying design problems you’re always having with WordPress themes? Maybe you don’t like the color of the header. Or you’ve got a button that’s slightly askew. Or you hate the borders on your sidebar. There are a million little design problems that fall into this category. The good news? Most of these […]
If you’re struggling to make your WordPress pages look less plain, Beaver Builder may be just the tool you’re looking for. This WordPress plugin allows anyone to build beautiful page layouts with almost any theme. Beaver Builder is a visual page builder — meaning you drag and drop your content elements anywhere on the page. […]
The standard WordPress widgets are somewhat limited in terms of display options. In this lessons I demonstrate Widgets Reloaded, a plugin that adds a number of additional settings and options to each of the built-in WordPress widgets.
This one hour session explains the challenges involved in setting up a new theme and provides you with tips and tricks to make any theme look great on your website. Included in this webinar: Why is theme setup so complicated (it’s not just you) 5 tips to tame any WordPress theme Setup walk through: Learn […]
There are thousands of themes to choose from, but there are tens of millions of WordPress websites. This screencast shows you how to customize your theme and make it your own. If you want to avoid looking like everyone else, you’ll need to customize your theme. In this lesson you’ll learn how to change your theme header, background, and set custom theme options.
Menus are the ultimate tool for creating user-friendly navigation on your blog or website. This lesson shows you how they work.
This supplemental lesson provides a simplified method for setting up your theme and website on your development server. I also go into more detail about what’s stored in the WordPress database. Related Links WordPress import and export tutorial WP Candy sample content
An introduction to the inner workings of the WordPress theme system Before you begin customizing WordPress themes it helps to have a conceptual understanding of how the template system works. Topics covered in this one hour webinar: How WordPress works (CMS concepts). How Templates Works. Decoding the WordPress template files. How to tell what template […]