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How to Change Your Permalink Settings

wpshout.com :: When you create a new page or post on your site, WordPress automatically creates a new entity called a “permalink” that directs to your new content. Since search engines use the URLs of your links as a factor to to determine your position in their rankings, making sure they’re ...

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Justin Tadlock Joins WP Tavern

wpshout.com :: Back in 2007, when I was just coming to terms with WordPress, Justin Tadlock was out at the forefront of what I understood WordPress to be. In the (gosh!) 12 years since, Justin’s stayed busy in the WordPress space, but also done some other things like share on his blog about his small farm.

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WP Cron in Practice: wp_schedule_event Examples + More

wpshout.com :: A few weeks ago we talked about what “cron jobs” were in WordPress and beyond. That tutorial about what “WordPress scheduled tasks” are hopefully gave you a good understanding of some of the things that you might do with them. Today we’ll instead focus on how ...

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How to Properly Modify JavaScript Files in a Parent Theme

wpshout.com :: I recently needed to modify a JavaScript file in a WordPress parent theme. The script was doing almost what I wanted, but not quite, so I wanted to make minor changes. In your case, you might want to entirely override a parent theme JavaScript file in your child theme, or even deactivate a parent ...

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How to Migrate a WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

wpshout.com :: WordPress has a lot of migration systems. We’ve had lots of good experiences with All-in-One WP Migration , some people swear by WP Migrate DB Pro, and others are partial to WP-CLI’s terminal-based systems . On top of these options, I’ve recently found a plugin I really like ...

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Install WordPress with a Managed Database on Digital Ocean

wpshout.com :: Digital Ocean, a popular VPS hosting provider, recently announced a hosted-MySQL platform. The reasons you may want to do use this (vs putting the MySQL instance on the same server as your WordPress wed server) are a little more subtle than I want to get into here, but suffice it to say you’d ...

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Become a Freelance WordPress Developer: How to Make a Career of It

wpshout.com :: This article explains what I’ve needed to know to work as a freelance WordPress developer.

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WordPress Facebook Widget: Add FB to Your Sidebar

wpshout.com :: Many people and businesses are proud of their Facebook page. They want to be able to market all the great reviews, posts, etc that they’ve earn on Facebook.  WordPress does many things for you, so surely it has a pretty easy way to get a Facebook widget. And you looked and it wasn’t ...

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Easier Lazy Loading (for Chrome)

wpshout.com :: So, Chome 76 (or later. But what version of Chrome am I running anyway?) is getting a feature that would have saved me at least a little work on a few client projects. That is, it’s making lazy-loading of images and iframes as easy as:

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Managing Multiple Sites: WordPress Multisite vs Separate Installations

wpshout.com :: I was recently working on a client project where I was faced with the question: should we have one WordPress multisite installation, or many “stand alone” WordPress sites? I gave the correct and scapegoat-y answer: “It depends.” And I was right, but if (like me) you ...

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Understand WordPress Scheduled Tasks: WP Cron Makes Sense

wpshout.com :: Sometimes you’ll hear, at a meetup for example, this word “cron” (or is it kron? “Chron”?!) around WordPress. Today we’ll understand what the heck it is and what it helps us do. WordPress scheduled tasks are common and useful for everything from ecommerce plugins ...

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Signs of the Blogging Apocalypse: Automattic Buys Tumblr

wpshout.com :: The weirdest piece of email I’ve gotten all month was courtesy of Brian Krogsgard and the Post Status newsletter: Automattic (owner of WordPress.com, Jetpack, Akismet, WooCommerce…) has just bought blogging giant Tumblr.

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WordPress Profile Picture without Gravatar

wpshout.com :: I was recently working on setting up a site for a personal project and was surprised to discover that there was no place in the theme to add a custom picture for my user bio. I figured out what I wanted: to set my W ordPress avatar without Gravatar. I’d rather not rely on a service like that ...

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An Advisory Board for WordPress

wpshout.com :: I like the direction that Josepha Haden is pushing WordPress. She’s making strides to put the whole project on an even better trajectory. Toward better collaboration, better effectiveness, more inclusive. It’s not the case that I (as a random person far from the core of most of the ...

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How to Change Your Default Category From “Uncategorized” in WordPress

wpshout.com :: In this text and video Quick Guide, we’ll show you how to change your WordPress default category from “Uncategorized” to something custom!

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How to Create and Use WordPress User Metadata (User Meta)

wpshout.com :: In this article, we explore WordPress user metadata, usually called simply WordPress user meta.

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Understand PHP Modulo: Tricks with Division Remainders

wpshout.com :: When I learned math, I didn’t really understand the modulus function. In fact, it was until I learned PHP that I understood the value of a remainder from division. PHP’s role in making websites makes the modulus operator (or modulo) much more important than it ever was in math class for ...

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Recover WordPress Password: Get a Password Reset Email

wpshout.com :: In this Quick Guide, we’ll help you get a WordPress password reset email. With that email from your WordPress site, you should be able to recover your WordPress password. It’s not a perfect system, but if you’re unable to log into a WordPress site because you forgot your password, ...

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Understand Types of WordPress Caching

wpshout.com :: This is a solid little article from the folks over at SpinupWP about caching in WordPress. “Caching” is one of the most simply and complicated words, almost simultaneously. The heart of the issue, there there are so many different kinds. A few years back I tried to tease those types of ...

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How to Create and Use WordPress Custom Fields

wpshout.com :: This article describes how to work with WordPress custom fields, also called post meta . In it, we describe how to use WordPress’s post meta PHP functions, especially get_post_meta() and update_post_meta() , and provide in-depth code demos as well as practical advice for working with custom ...

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Simple WP_Query Example: Using a Shortcode to Display Post Titles

wpshout.com :: In this video and text Quick Guide, we present a basic use of WP_Query inside a WordPress shortcode, to show the post titles of the five most recently published posts. We’ve designed this Quick Guide to be a simple intro to using WP_Query in general, as well as to using WP_Query to display ...

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We were on the BoldLife podcast!

wpshout.com :: We were on the BoldLife podcast. It was a great time. We (well, especially Fred) talked a length about the complex reality of where generous human people meet the weird world of corporate policies. More than that, we talked about what that means when you’re shopping for the best WordPress ...

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PHP Math Functions: Understanding the Basics

wpshout.com :: Our focus today is PHP math. Or “PHP maths,” if you prefer British English. We’re not going to teach you the basics of mathematics itself, but just explore some of the common ways we use math in our PHP code and some of the less-clear things that end up super-valuable for web ...

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150k Small Business Website Teardown 2019

wpshout.com :: Reviewing the SEO of small business websites.

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Three Tips for Writing Airtight PHP Conditions

wpshout.com :: In PHP, conditions are the core of conditional statements such as if -statements, and of certain other control structures like while() loops.

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How to Change WordPress Password in phpMyAdmin (a cPanel tool)

wpshout.com :: In this Quick Guide, we’ll walk you through how to change a WordPress user’s password using phpMyAdmin, a tool found in most webhosting cPanels. To change WordPress passwords from phpMyAdmin is simple (it takes less than a minute front-to-back) and it’s a very useful trick to ...

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Should you make an app?

wpshout.com :: Tom Scott is one of my favorite YouTubers. (I know a lot of nerdy YouTube channels these days.) He is clear, knowledgeable, and a bit like what I’d make on YouTube if I’d started eight years ago and was British.

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How to Prevent Browser Caching of a CSS Stylesheet in WordPress

wpshout.com :: This video and text Quick Guide explains how to prevent browser caching of CSS files in WordPress. The CSS cache busting tricks here will work outside WordPress, too: you’ll just need your own method of adding query strings.

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HTML Can Do That!?

wpshout.com :: This is a fun and short little post over at Dev.to from Ananya Neogi. It’s essentially a short-list of lesser known features for which you can just add some HTML markup and have cool features.

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How to Use FTP to Deactivate a Plugin That’s Breaking Your WordPress Site

wpshout.com :: In this text and video Quick Guide, we’ll explain how to deactivate a WordPress plugin via FTP.

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Understanding PHP Operators of Logic, or || and && and ! a lot more

wpshout.com :: There are a lot of different PHP operators. Some are PHP comparison operators, and work like math you’re used to. We’ll save those for another time, because our sole focus this time will be PHP logical operators. That is the logical “and” and “or” of boolean ...

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The Trouble with WordPress Frameworks

wpshout.com :: This article explains what WordPress frameworks are, and why I generally recommend against relying on them.

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Matt Mullenweg’s Summertime Update

wpshout.com :: Matt on WordPress at WordCamp Europe.

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Using WordPress: Add Script to Header

wpshout.com :: There’s a tricky thing about this idea, “WordPress add header script” I have written down as our topic today. That problem is that “adding a header script” can mean a bunch of things. In our case, I’ll be explaining how a WordPress user (who may be a developer, ...

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Get Your WordCamp Denver Tickets ASAP!

wpshout.com :: I realize this is local news, but we’re trying to make sure we sell out WordCamp Denver this year, which requires some exceptional effort. So if you’re near Denver, Colorado, and don’t have plans for Saturday July 29, you should come to WordCamp Denver .

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Search the Whole WordPress.org Repository

wpshout.com :: Ever just wanted to be able to easily run a text search against literally every theme on plugin in the WordPress repository? Honestly, me neither. But isn’t it cool to know that you can?! WPdirectory is fun silly tool that I just like knowing exists. And like I said, it make if fairly easy ...

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A Thorough Introduction to PHP Arrays

wpshout.com :: The goal of this article is for you to thoroughly understand PHP arrays. We’ll cover what they are, and highlight a few less-known things that even experienced PHP developers may not have known or realized.

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(Why) I’m stepping down from my WordPress marketing role

wpshout.com :: Joost on why he’s stepping down as WordPress’ Marketing Lead.

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Changing How Your WordPress Post Titles Appear: A First Filter Hook Tutorial

wpshout.com :: This Quick Guide covers how to use code to change your WordPress post titles. This is separate from  manually changing one or more WordPress post titles, which you can do without code. Instead, it’s the kind of thing you’d want to use to change something about a lot of post titles at ...

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get_queried_object(): How and Why to Use It

wpshout.com :: WordPress’s get_queried_object() function has the distinction of being, I think, the most useful core function in WordPress that I didn’t know about for the longest time.

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Automattic is Testing an Experimental Full Site Editing Plugin

wpshout.com :: Gutenberg gets closer to a page builder.

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Joost de Valk Resigns WordPress Role

wpshout.com :: When Matt Mullenweg announced last year that Josepha Haden and Joost De Valk would take significant new roles in WordPress leadership, I was excited. My excitement with Josepha is in evidence in a post about some of her public work from February. What I hoped would happen is that the stepping in of ...

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Learning PHP: Concatenate Strings and Variables Efficiently

wpshout.com :: A slightly weird term you’ll hear people use around PHP: “concatenate.” I still remember the first time I heard that word, having no earthly idea what it meant. It turns out it was a common and useful task in PHP: join two strings together so that we get a single string or ...

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How to Require a Featured Image for Your Post to Publish

wpshout.com :: “Featured Image,” if you’re not familiar, is what WordPress calls the image you select to represent your post (or page, portfolio item, etc) around the rest of your site and theme. Themes will use them at different sizes and in different places, but when you set them, you’ll ...

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How Much Do WordPress Developers Make? And More

wpshout.com :: I received with great interest this latest post from the folks over at Delicious Brains. They successfully highlighted the most compelling part of their data to me: how much money people who identify as WordPress developers make . But more than that, they also captured a number of other interesting ...

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SiteGround vs. Bluehost: Which Shared Host to Choose in 2019

wpshout.com :: If you’re trying to choose between SiteGround and Bluehost in 2019, this is going to be your easiest decision of the year:

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2019 State of the Merchant Report

wpshout.com :: What are the trends with eCommerce?

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How To Fix a WordPress Site Stuck in Maintenance Mode

wpshout.com :: This quick guide walks you through fixing a WordPress site that’s stuck in maintenance mode. This problem shows up as both the front-end and admin area of your site displaying nothing but “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

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Fewer Plugin Admin Banners? Yes Please

wpshout.com :: It looks like the WordPress.org plugin review team (which often means “Mika Epstein,” who is without a doubt the most dedicated and prominent member of said team) is looking to clarify and extend the guidelines about plugin admin notices in WordPress. You know those things that clutter ...

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Properly Add Custom JavaScripts and Styles to Pages in In WordPress

wpshout.com :: This article covers how to include custom JavaScript and CSS files in WordPress. It’s a chapter from our outstanding WordPress course, Up and Running . If you want to become a knowledgeable WordPress developer, Up and Running is your best, clearest route to getting there.

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