Using WordPress as a website without a blog

Something interesting happened today when I was on Twitter. I came across a tweet from WPTavern which posted an article introducing a new plugin that disabled most of the blogging features of WordPress. Technically it doesn’t remove them from WordPress, but rather it hides them from the website administrator (you). I read the post and immediately went to download this plugin because I wanted to try it out on a new installation of WordPress. So why does this interest me? Keep reading…

How to hide widget titles in WordPress

This is probably one of the most annoying things about WordPress and how the core developers just don’t seem to listen to what people want and ask for. I’ve written a list of blog articles relating to the many things that I (and many others) wish was part of the WordPress core. It’s one thing to complain about what is missing, but it’s another to come up with a solution to solve the problems — which is what I will be doing with a series of “How To” tutorials.

How to make a static front page in WordPress

When someone who is new to WordPress, they will discover a lot of interesting things that they were not aware can be done, or even things that cannot be done. But this article is not about what “cannot be done”, it’s going to focus on a very common problem that many ask a certain question, albeit in different forms, “How can I have my front page not show blog posts?” The answer often eludes many because it’s not really on their mind when they first install WordPress.

Things you should know before upgrading your free theme with a pro version

One of the frustrating things about using free themes from the wordpress.org directory is that upgrading to a pro version means that you will have a 99% chance you will have to make notes of all your customizer settings. How WordPress checks for updates for plugins and themes from the wordpress.org website repository means you need to be aware of a few things, but hopefully I can help with the process with the least amount of work.

What are em and rem font sizes?

Ever wonder what 1em or even a 1rem means when you are looking at your WordPress theme’s stylesheet and thinking what the hell is that? Normally when we look at font sizes, many people often think of pixels (px) as a unit of size. In the past, this was the standard…until we started evolving into accessibility. So what I will do here is give a simplified description of the differences between em, rem, %, and px, but I will try not to get too technical to descibe it.

Why bundling plugins in themes is a bad idea

You are probably reading the above title and thinking what is wrong with that? Getting a theme with built-in plugins or getting a bundle of installable plugins is great because you feel like you are getting more features and value for the money you pay for the theme you just purchased. I agree it’s nice to get a bunch of stuff included with your theme, but lets consider why it’s not always a good thing.

8 Things you should do before changing your theme

Everyone does it and some do it more often than you think. I’m talking about changing themes for your website. Some like to change themes every few months while others will change their theme at least once per year; everyone likes a new look once and awhile. Even if you are one that does not change it often, you still change it at some point in time. But what happens to your custom styles, theme options, shortcodes, snippets, and even plugins when you change themes?

8 Important things to know before making your website

It’s amazing how much has changed from the old days of building websites, especially when you had to hire a web site designer to make your website that ended up costing you a lot of money. In those days, you still had premade HTML and Flash (remember flash?) templates. Eventually we started to see content management systems come into view like Mambo, Movable Type, and WordPress.

Have you ever seen what is in your Uploads folder?

Have you ever looked inside your “uploads” folder, the place where all your media such as images get stored with each upload? I’m about to show & tell what happens when you upload images to your media library with default WordPress media¬†settings in place. You might be shocked at what you see…

Hide Widget Titles from the Front of your Site

Unfortunately WordPress does not give you the option to disable (hide) widget titles from the front-end of your web pages. There are times when you might want to hide a widget title, but to do this, we need a plugin. The one I recommend is called “Remove Widget Titles” from Stephen Cronin.