Struggling with a bad Cumulative Layout Shift on WordPress? Cumulative Layout Shift, or CLS for short, is one of three metrics in Google’s new Core
Having trouble with WordPress emails not sending or ending up in recipients’ spam folders? Setting up a WordPress SMTP server might be just the ticket.
Looking for an easy way to connect the WordPress Media Library to Google Drive? In this article, I’m going to show you a simple way
Never underestimate what a big difference a quality WordPress maintenance service can make to the success of your website. Whether you’re running a predominantly online
Wondering what WP-Cron is, whether or not your site needs it, and/or how to disable WP-Cron (I guess that’s kind of a spoiler to the
Interested in WordPress must-have plugins? No, I’m not talking about the essential plugins that all WordPress sites need, I’m talking about a little-known WordPress core
Trying to figure out how to install WordPress on Microsoft Azure? If you’re not familiar, Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing offering. You can think of
WordPress custom taxonomies, along with custom post types and custom fields, are a big part of what makes WordPress a flexible content management system, rather
Interested in creating a static WordPress site? With a WordPress static site generator plugin, you can create a static HTML version of your site and
Managing one WordPress site is easy. Managing ten WordPress sites? Well, that’s a lot of logging into different WordPress dashboards! Whether you’re managing WordPress sites
Looking to add text over featured images on your WordPress site? Adding a text caption to featured images lets you add some context to your
If you want to take WordPress beyond basic blog or brochure websites, learning how to create a WordPress custom post type is an important first
One of the problems with designing the custom WordPress website you had in mind is that it can take too long or be too difficult
Having a problem with WordPress emails not sending? Because of the default way in which WordPress is configured to send email, it’s common to have
Ever wished that you could store some or all of your WordPress site’s media files in remote cloud storage instead of on your server? There
In the “real” world, theft is pretty universally frowned upon. But the same doesn’t hold true on the Internet, where people will happily hotlink your
There are a lot of different use cases where WordPress front-end post submission can come in handy. By “submit WordPress posts from the front-end”, I
Looking to migrate WordPress.com to WordPress.org? If you’ve ever read WPLift before, you know that we’re big fans of the self-hosted version of WordPress (that’s
WordPress custom fields…what are they? How do they help you? If you’re not a developer, you might not be familiar with these magical little tools.
At this point, the new WordPress Gutenberg block editor has been out for quite some time, and you’ve probably become familiar with the opportunities it
Recently, we were having some performance issues here at WPLift. 502 errors. Server slowdowns…it wasn’t fun stuff. The quest to fix those issues led us
The new WordPress block editor in WordPress 5.0 – named Gutenberg while under development – brings with it a ton of new blocks (hence the
Looking for a way to remove the sidebar at your WordPress site? Most themes come with a sidebar of some sort, but you may not
Being locked out of WordPress is frustrating, so I’m not going to make you wait around with a long introduction. Instead, I’ll jump right into
When you’re just getting started with WordPress, it’s normal to do everything through the WordPress admin dashboard. But as you start to become more familiar
“I wonder if I can build websites on WordPress just like I do on Drupal?” The answer is, well, yes and no. Yes because you
Ok, so you want to change your WordPress username, right? You probably went to the edit profile page in WordPress assuming that it would be
Looking for a way to show Facebook reviews on your WordPress site? Because Facebook reviews are tied to a real person, they’re a great way
Looking for a solution to install WordPress locally? While there are some pros and cons to working on a local WordPress install, I love this
Trying to figure out how to reinstall WordPress on your site? There are several different methods that you can use to reinstall WordPress depending on
Fed up with the built-in WordPress login form? It works fine when you’re the only one who needs to log in. But if you let
Struggling with how to insert ads within your post content in WordPress? This is a common strategy that big publishers use to get people to
WordPress’ popularity brings a number of benefits that you wouldn’t get with a less popular content management system. For example, I’ve watched as it went
Want to add Facebook comments to your WordPress site instead of the native WordPress comments? While there are plenty of plugins to help you enhance
So you managed to install WordPress and get your site running – does that mean you’re ready to go public right away? Ehh, not quite…
If you want more control over how your WordPress site looks, learning how to use the WordPress Customizer is one of the best investments that
User roles are what allow you to control which actions other users on your site can perform and what content those users have access to.
WordPress maintenance is boring. I mean, is there anything exciting about running a backup or preventing a future malware attack? But WordPress maintenance is also
Struggling with how to install a WordPress theme? Themes are the building block of every single WordPress site, so if you can’t install your WordPress
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org is a distinction that’s tripped up many new WordPress users. If you’re feeling confused by these two similar terms – you’re definitely
Since WordPress 3.1, the WordPress Admin Bar, now known as the WordPress Toolbar, has been a part of the WordPress core. If you’re not sure
Wondering how to get started with WordPress Multisite? If so, you’ve found the right place because I’m about to dish out 2,500 words of WordPress
You know those live chat boxes you see all over the web, now? There’s a reason they’ve become so ubiquitous – people like using live
Favicons are those little images that appear next to your site’s title in a browser tab, as well as other areas like bookmarks, app icons
If you’re like most WordPress webmasters, you only experience your WordPress site as an Administrator. If you’re not familiar with what that means, it basically
If you’ve been using WordPress for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across a plugin that let you add functionality to your WordPress site
Looking for a way to add Pinterest Pin It buttons when a user hovers over an image on your WordPress site? There are plenty of
Want to add an Instagram photo feed to your WordPress site? We’ve shared plenty of Instagram plugins in the past, but we’ve never actually shown
Updates are good. They’re your friend. They keep your site safe…. But just because updates are an important part of running a WordPress site, that
A WordPress staging site is like a sandbox. It’s where you can try out all kinds of tweaks and changes without risking breaking your production
Need to move your WordPress site to a new domain? While no one sets out intending to change domain names down the road, it’s certainly
When you first install WordPress, it enables comments for all posts on your site. Most of the time, that’s totally fine…but sometimes, you’ll run into
Struggling with how to add Facebook Pixel to WordPress? Just like adding Google Analytics tracking to WordPress, Facebook Pixel can throw you for a loop
Want to add a countdown timer to your WordPress site? While there are plenty of coming soon plugins that help you add countdown timers for website launches, there are surprisingly few plugins that let you add countdown timers to existing WordPress pages…at least for free.
Want to level up your WordPress knowledge? I’ve been developing a few personal sites lately. And one of the things I’ve been focusing on is
If you pay any attention to the WordPress ecosystem, you’ve probably heard about the WordPress REST API. The REST API featured heavily at Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2016 address, and it’s just generally a hot topic in the WordPress community.
I bet that you have more than one type of content on your WordPress site. So why is your sidebar the same across every single page and category? Using different sidebars for different pages and categories allows you to offer readers a browsing experience that’s much more specific to their needs.
If you’re using WordPress as your CMS of choice when building websites for clients, customizing or white labeling the WordPress admin dashboard is an essential element of getting ready to turn over the website to your client.
If you’ve ever shopped around for WordPress hosting, you’ve probably seen this weird little acronym that shows up on many hosts’ features lists: WP-CLI. Are you familiar? Most managed WordPress hosts offer it nowadays. Impressively, it manages to pack two different acronyms into a name that’s the perfect storm for confusing beginners. So what does this acronym mean? And why should you care about it?
You probably created your WordPress site because you want people to see it. But that doesn’t mean you want people to see every single thing! That is, there are plenty of valid reasons to restrict access to all or parts of your WordPress site. Beefing up security, creating a private staging site, restricting sensitive content…you need to do it sometimes. But how?
Want to create a mobile app for your WordPress site? The idea has always sounded cool to me. But…I have zero idea how to code a native mobile app. Heck, I can barely hack my way around WordPress. And if you’re an average WordPress user, I’m guessing that you find yourself in much the same situation as I do.
How much do you care about the mobile visitors to your site? Did you pick a responsive theme and just call it a day? Responsive themes are certainly better than nothing, but are they really the best way to showcase the mobile version of your WordPress site?
If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious – using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?
Are you a functions.php hoarder? If your first inclination when adding custom code snippets to your WordPress site is to stick them in functions.php, you may be afflicted with this terrible disease and not even know it.
Want to develop the magical superpower to control how your content looks on Facebook? I think we can all agree that’s a pretty cool skill to have.
Is there anything more addictive than the Facebook News Feed. I mean, I’m sitting here trying to write this post, but that addictive little bugger just keeps scrolling…and scrolling…and scrolling. Now, it’s 30 minutes later and I still haven’t started.
If you have ever wanted to start all over again with your WordPress website, but are not sure how to get back to your default
Image theft…Photographers have been dealing with it forever, but thanks to the Internet, it’s become easier than ever for thieves to take images. And it doesn’t just affect photographers anymore. Anyone who’s creating unique images knows the pain of unattributed image theft.
Raise your hand if you have customized more than 5 WordPress sites. Keep it raised if it’s more than 10. If I get to 20, and your hand is still raised, then it’s hard for me to imagine that you haven’t used a child theme. Working with child themes is one of the best practices of overriding parent WordPress themes.
One of the great things about WordPress is how easy it makes running a website. But WordPress can’t do everything… You need to be a little proactive – here are some things you need to do on a regular basis to keep your site running smoothly. If you don’t, your site might slow down, be vulnerable to security attacks, lose contacts, or even drop in the search engines.
So you’ve decided to open a store. You’ve got a product and a target audience that wants it. You’ve looked at different e-commerce platforms and
I’ve got a confession to make. Although I’ve been using WordPress for a good few years now, and over the past year have used the
One of the most frustrating things for buyers of commercial themes is when they activate a theme on their site and it looks nothing like
If you run a content based website then getting your posts out to as many people as possible is the name of the game and
If you create your own WordPress themes then using some sort of version control is essential, there are a few options such as SVN and
I have been searching recently for a good forum system to use in conjunction with a WordPress front-end, while bbPress is great and I do
I received the gift of Xbox One for Christmas this year and in between sessions on Dragon Age and Destiny I have done a little
With the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft introduced a new Metro UI which was designed to work on mobiles devices as well as desktops. It
Today we are going show you how to add a GitHub login button into a WordPress theme using Oauth – this tutorial is for developers
We recently looked at Microsoft’s cloud service Azure where we gave an introduction to the service and how to setup a fresh WordPress installation. Today
WordPress uses a mySQL database to store, retrieve and display all the data within your website. This database is the most crucial part of the
The WordPress media uploader has improved a lot over the years and now provides some powerful tools to manage your images, edit them within WordPress,
Exactly what makes WordPress a powerful CMS? What are the features that make it more than just a blogging software? The most powerful feature of
For navigating older posts, by default WordPress uses next and previous links which are ok but only allow you to go back one page at
There are a number of reasons for wanting to simplify the WordPress admin menu, perhaps you are a developer and have handed a new site
When it comes to designing and developing a WordPress theme, there are several ways you can start. Many designers start by creating an HTML template
Essential Grid is a plugin that aims to be an all-purpose grid building solution for WordPress. Once this plugin is installed on your site you
For most WordPress developers, creating your next plugin or theme and exercising your creative coding ability is a delightful pleasure, something you can do on
Howdy open source enthusiasts! Did you know that there is an OS out there, as beautiful, robust and secure as Apple’s Mac OSX and yet
Today we have a few tips for you to help you when developing WordPress themes for yourself, clients or release to the public … Not
At SiteGround we provide managed WordPress hosting solutions, including advanced support for WordPress related issues. Because of this, there are many interesting WordPress related questions
A staging site or development version of your site can run in parallel to your live or production site and allows you to make changes
Github is an open source online service that allows coders to host and share their work and do a whole lot more. If you are
On most blogs, the sidebar is there on every page. But, it can often be overlooked or relegated to simply housing a recent post widget.
If you’ve ever wanted to build your own WordPress theme, but aren’t sure where to start, then the Theme Matcher HTML to WordPress conversion service
In today’s smartphone dominated era, phones are an integral part of our lives. This can be verified from the statistics provided by Facebook’s mobile user
I’m the process of setting up my personal portfolio for my writing services, using WordPress of course, and I was thinking of ways to easily
This is the second of 3 posts that walk us through Pluggable Functions in WordPress. In our first post we were introduced to pluggable functions.
It was quite a while before I knew what Pluggable Functions were in WordPress, but when I learned boy did I see the power I
Issue tracking systems are used when people are collaborating on a project to record problems and keep records of fixes / milestones etc. They are
I have been wanting to add a social voting aspect to one of my existing websites for a while now, there are a few existing
These tips covering migrating to WordPress from another platform aim to help make the transition as painless as possible. While there is no denying the
Have you ever done a major WordPress update, refreshed your site, and realized with horror that some critical piece of functionality has broken? When an
Have you ever faced a situation where after updating a theme or a plugin, your WordPress site displays nothing but a white page? So bad,
When working with WordPress, it’s easy to stick with the linear familiarity of old layouts. However, designers are discovering more and more that fresher designs
Us WordPress geeks have a strange addiction: how to use WordPress to the fullest! This is what keeps us up at 1 AM experimenting with
FeedBurner is the free RSS subscription service which I have been using for many years on my various blogs to keep track of how many
If you would like to import tweets into your WordPress site and save them as posts, I found a new free plugin yesterday called Twitter2Posts
There are many open source CMS software available and in some situations you might want to try a few of them other than WordPress. There
There are times when I hear someone else’s words and wonder how exactly they figured out what was in my brain before I have. For
Most WordPress themes these days make use of Post Thumbnails or Featured Images as they are also called – these are one image that you
When we say that WordPress is a content management system we don’t just mean that it is a text publishing system. In fact, WordPress is
oEmbed is an open format that allows website publishers to fetch third party content with a URI and embed it on their websites. This content
Last month WordPress released version 3.4 and with this release came some really cool new features. I am sure many of you already updated to
In the last post, we tried to learn how to display category images by displaying company profiles at the bottom of our posts. Each company
Themeforest is the largest WordPress theme marketplace which currently sells over 6000 themes and HTML templates. Users can upload themes to sell and Themeforest takes
Showcasing your content on a WordPress powered website has become so wonderful now with the sliders, jQuery, and so many nifty tools. However, even with
Lots of people are now powering their business websites with WordPress, one feature that a lot of business websites need is a staff listing section.
WordPress comes equipped with a powerful visual editor called TinyMCE. This utility is itself a separate opensource project maintained and developed by MoxieCode Systems. TinyMCE
As the most popular CMS in the world, WordPress is used by all kind of websites and all kind of people. Websites and people behind
This is the third post in our WordPress CMS Features series. Previously we covered How to Create Custom Post Types and How to Create Custom
Pinterest has taken over the social web and is now considered one of the hottest sites at the moment. At its core, Pinterest is a
I am launching my own theme company ( hopefully at the end of this month ) called ThemeFurnace, so over the last few months I
Ive mentioned before abuot the importance of having an army of useful code snippets and functions you can use when coding your WordPress themes, I
It seems like many WordPress users are having trouble with Facebook sharing. The most common issue is Facebook not showing thumbnail image for posts when
Shortcodes are all very well, but they are not the ideal solution if you wanted to add extra styles to your WordPress post editor screen.
This post is an attempt to provide a glossary for the common terms used in WordPress Themes. This glossary will help new WordPress users understand
The Mashable blog is king of all things social media, every post they make gets thousands of tweets, facebook likes, google +s and linkedin shares
If you have a WordPress theme on the WordPress.org repository and you update the theme, everyone with your theme installed gets a notification in their
WordPress plugins are a vital piece of the WordPress infrastucture – there are thousands of free and commercial plugins out there that allow you to
If you have a WordPress theme with footer links to various websites it can look spammy and can even harm your search engine rankings. If
Gravatar is a service from Automattic which stands for “Globally Recognized Avatar”, you can signup on their site and upload an avatar for yourself and
If you’d rather show the times on your blog in more user-friendly way, there is a WordPress function called “Human Time Diff” that you can
If you’re a theme developer it is handy to keep a record of various pieces of code you can add to your theme’s functions.php file
With the addition of custom menus in WordPress, it has become much easier to define your own menus. However, it still does not give the
Developing locally on your own computer or on-site server can save time and provide an easier route for testing and development, and with XAMPP you
Nowadays, tooltips are often seen as a shortcode in several premium themes, however those of which who still carry on the simple blogging tradition that
Changing the logo on a WordPress login page is a great way to add some branding to a site, particularly when building sites for clients
The post thumbnail or featured image was a great addition to WordPress and may have helped spur the “Magazine Theme” boom we have seen over
Plugins are great, we use a number on WPLift, but are they always neccessary ? A lot of plugins just replicate functionality that you could
RSS is one of the primary delivery means for your blog’s content, your most loyal readers will likely access it via your RSS feed but
It helps when coding your own themes to have an array of code snippets to hand that you can incorporate into your the theme, I
We all need a little reminder about various WordPress tags and functions when coding our templates, if you don’t want to keep refering to the
An options panel is pretty much essential these days for any premium theme; they are a great step forward in theme design for the casual