One of the best plugins to enable caching and speed up your WordPress site is W3 Total Cache. It can however be a bit tricky to configure properly. In this video tutorial, I walk you through how to configure it for maximum performance on your WordPress site.
While some settings will need to be set specifically for your goals and site specifics, the tutorial gives you a good set of defaults and in it, I point out if there are settings you can experiment with on your own to tweak the performance.
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Custom Post Types in WordPress are superb! More often that not, websites that we build for clients have more than one custom post type which inevitably will clutter up the admin menu slightly. The solution to the problem is one that WordPress itself employs: De-clutter the meny by inserting a separator in between sections.
Doing this requires just a couple of simple PHP functions that you can add to your
functions.php file. One to create the separator, one to add any number of separators at any position in the menu and finally an action hook into the menu to add it. Read More »
It is very simple to add a Twitter feed to your own website without using Twitter’s default UI widget, which frankly looks quite ugly. If you want full customization ability, keep on reading and I’ll show you what to do using a bit of PHP. Read More »
Every time I wish to insert something or style something with alternate style, every other, third, fourth etc. row/column or item, I usually have a PHP If Statement at hand. While you can easily check if something matches something else or a number of other conditionals, checking for odd and even numbers requires some mathematical thinking. Follow on after the jump to see how.
A heads up today that I made a guest appearance on the latest episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast, showing you how to make a seamless background pattern in Photoshop CS5. If you have the podcast’s app, you will also get access to my special bonus tip showing how to implement that pattern on a website in Dreamweaver.
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Quite often companies would like their front page to display blog items but only the ones they specifically choose. There are a few different ways to go about doing this in WordPress which I will touch on first, however one of the best ways is to ask them to make the posts sticky and create a special template for the front page that only shows sticky posts and then another template for the blog that ignores the sticky status.
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