Day 14: Posts Within Posts – Playing With The Loop

When I started 24 Days of WordPress I put out a call to my followers on Twitter and asked what they wanted me to write about. I got several responses asking for a tutorial on how to mess with the loop, so that’s what I’m going to give you today on this 14th Day of…

Day 13: Using the Featured Image (Post Thumbnail) function in WordPress

WordPress comes with a lot of hidden or lesser known features that when used correctly can produce some pretty interesting results. One of these features is the Featured Image, or Post Thumbnail, funciton. On this 13th Day of WordPress we’re going to take a look at the Featured Image function and see how to activate,…

Day 12: Using the All in One SEO Pack plugin

A key question on everyone’s mind when they launch a website is “How do I get people to visit my site from search engines?” It’s a tough question to answer because there are a lot of factors at play, but the overall rule of thumb is to provide accurate and concice descriptions of the page…

Day 11: Creating and Using Custom Page Templates

This will probably be the shortest tutorial in this series, but it is none the less important. On this 11th Day of WordPress I’ll show you how to make a basic custom page template and give you some ideas of how to use them to make your site more interesting. What is a Custom Page…

Day 10: Creating New Widgetized Areas

When I say “widget” you probably think “sidebar”, right? And you’d be right… well, sort of anyway. In WordPress you’ll normally find widgetized areas in the sidebar of the theme. But there is no reason why widgets can’t be placed elsewhere and used for other things. On this 10th Day of WordPress we’ll look at…

Day 9: Moving Your Comments to Disqus

One of the great things about the modern web is that it is no longer a one way conversation but a means of communication between content creators and their viewers. And at the heart of this lies the simple but effective concept of commenting. This feature started with blogs but has now migrated to everything…

Day 8: Styling Author Comments

If you run a WordPress site with comments you have most likely responded to a few comments yourself. But unless people pay attention they won’t necessarily know that you are the author of that post and they may take you for just another commenter. What you need is some styling that visually separates your author…

Day 7: Brand your social links with the page redirect plugin

Making WordPress sites work better isn’t always about doing advanced theme hacks and messing around with PHP and CSS code. In many cases it’s just a matter of finding a new or clever use of a plugin or even a function already built in. On this 7th Day of WordPress we’ll take a look at…

Day 6: Pretty Permalinks and How To Keep Old Links Alive

Have you ever looked at the URLs of your posts and thought “Hm, that might be a bit hard to remember” or even “I wonder what all that stuff means”? If that sounds familiar it’s high time you learned about permalinks and how to make them “pretty”. On this Sixth Day of WordPress we’ll take…

Day 5: Adding custom WordPress 3 menus to your theme

In Day 4: Using WordPress 3 Custom Menus I showed you how to get the most out of the custom menu function introduced with WordPress 3. In this Fifth Day of WordPress I’m going to take that a step further and show you how to add new Theme Locations for your menus. This procedure can…

Day 4: Using WordPress 3 Custom Menus

In this Fourth Day of WordPress let’s take a closer look at the new custom Menus function that was introduced with WordPress 3.0. You may already be aware of this function, and you may even have used it before, but it has some pretty nifty uses you may not be aware of, so please read…

Day 3: Twentyten header image as home button

On this Third Day of WordPress I’m going to cover something a lot of people ask about and something that is also a bit of a pet peeve for me: Making the header image of the twentyten theme into a Home link and get rid of the site title and description in the process. I’ve…