Give Your Post a Thumbnail and Display it on the Home Page

There are circumstances where you want to display thumbnails in the post which will link to the post.

featured image

featured image

Well, WordPress introduced this feature in version 2.9 onwards. This article explains how to give your post a thumbnail then display it on the home page.

To use this feature you need to do  three important things:
1. Check to see if the theme supports thumbnails already – if so, go to step 3
2. If not, then turn on post thumbnail support.
3. Upload and set up featured image.

Step1: Check if this is enabled in your theme.

To display featured image in a post, you need to enable thumbnail support within your theme. Most themes support featured images by default.

How to check if this is enabled in your theme.
From your wordpress Dashboard, go to Posts>>AddNew. Now you can see post writing screen. If your theme supports featured images, you will see a meta box called featured images on the right hand side of the screen. Go to step3.

Featured Image

Featured Image

If you do not see this featured images meta box, this feature is not enabled in your theme.

Step2: Enable Thumbnail Support

How to enable Featured Images /  in wordpress
You need to add a small line of  code in  ‘functions.php’ file within your theme folder (wp-content/themes/theme-name/). From wordpress dash board go to Appearance>>Editor

Go to theme editor

Go to theme editor

Now you will see built-in Appearance Editor Screen. On the right there will be a list of the Theme Template files that can be edited. Click on functions.php.

edit functions.php

edit functions.php

Put the following code in functions.php file.

add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );

Go back to your post write screen. Now you will see “Featured Image” box on your WordPress post writing screen.

Step3: Set featured image

Click on ‘Set featured image’ link.

Set up image

Set up image

Upload/select an image ( Refer the article >> How To Insert Images into WordPress Posts and Pages). Once you have selected the featured image and determined the image settings, click on the blue “Set featured image” button, to set it as the featured image for your page or post.

set up image

set up image

 

How to change Thumbnail Sizes

Default thumbnail sizes can be changed in WordPress’s Settings > Media screen.

Featured Image Size

Featured Image Size

However, after making any changes in  media settings screen, by default wordpress do not resize images on the fly. This means any featured images that were added prior to this remain unaffected. Resizing each of these images, manually, is not practical for anyone with hundreds of posts . In such a case, you can use the plugin called ‘Regenerate Thumbnails’ to regenerate the new image size.

  1. Install and activate the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin.(Refer the article>> how to install plugin)
  2. After activation , go to Tools » Regen. Thumbnails .There click Regenerate Thumbnail icon and let the plugin do its job.
    regenerate image

    regenerate image

    Note: You can also Regenerate thumbnails in bulk as shown below under Media  Library Page. Go to Media » Library from left menu. Select all the images for which you want to re-generate the thumbnails and choose “Regenerate thumbnails” in the drop down, press Apply.

    renerate thum

    regenerate thumb

    Alternately, you can regenerate thumb for single images in the Media Library. Pass mouse over the image row, then you will see Regenerate Thumbnails link.

    regenrate thum

    regenerate thumb

How to Set up a default featured image

If you forget to set up featured image for your post an empty box will be show next to your post. One way to avoid this is by saving a permanent default featured image. There is a plugin called ‘Default Featured Image’ that let you set up a default image as featured image. (You may solve this by using following plugins also: Require Featured Image – that let you publish the post only after setting featured image  , Auto Set – to set the first image of your post to Featured Image ). Let us see how to set up  Default Featured Image.

  1. Install and activate the Default Featured Image plugin.(Refer the article >>  how to install wordpress plugin)
  2. After activation, go to Settings » Media .There you can see new options to set up default featured image.

    Upload image

    Upload image

  3. Now you are done! This default image will display in posts with no featured image added manually.

How to Create a for Your WordPress Post

http://www.wordpressluv.com/how-to-create-a-custom-thumbnail-for-your-wordpress-post/

How to Add Multiple Post Thumbnails/Features

http://www.wordpressluv.com/how-to-add-multiple-post-thumbnailsfeatures-images-in-wordpress/

How To Use WordPress as Your Home Page

Do you know that you can use WordPress to be your homepage? It is not only possible but also very easy. It just needs a few steps. Creating a new WordPress page is one, then create another page for your recent posts, but you don’t have to create a content in it. You also need to modify some setting in the settings panel of your WordPress, modify some changes, and there you have it. Your WordPress now becomes your home page. To make it look more seamless and beautiful, you might need to modify your pages menu.

Read the rest of the instructions here: http://bloggingexperiment.com/archives/wordpress-page-as-home-page.php

Top 49 Most Downloaded WordPress Themes

Run out of ideas with themes? Care for an inspiration or just want your WordPess blog to look as beautiful as ever? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This article shows the best of the best in WordPress themes. From simple, to elegant lo and behold at one o the greatest themes that were built. In fact, the top WordPress in this list made to 47,000 downloads and the 49th theme has just about 6000 downloads. If you’re not yet convinced, take a look at what is in store for you.

 

Visit this link: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/49-most-downloaded-wordpress-themes-of-all-time/ for a list of the most dowloaded WordPress themes of all time.

bbPress 2.2 Now Available for Download

If you have bbPress then you’ll be glad to know that the latest version of bbPress is now available for download. bbPress is a great software for your forum and bulletin board because it is focused primarily on speed and easy integration. This fresh release brings in Credits and Whats new pages in WordPress 3.5 and Buddy Press 3.5. Other additions include theme compatibility and user capabilities and roles. This release also comes with 69 bug fixes, and enhancements since 2.1 so this is a recommended upgrade to all bbPress users.

 

Other improvements made from bbPress includes:

Improved forums conversion tool

improved multi-site support

 

Read full story here: http://wpcandy.com/reports/bbpress-2-2-now-available-for-download/#.ULMQbtfxqUk

How to Add Comments Bubble in Your WordPress Titles

If you have seen some blogs  where a number of comments in that particular post is displayed right next to the post title in a bubble, then envy no more because this article explains how  you can do it. You will just need to open your functions.php in your child theme (make sure to have a backup of this file in case something happens). Once you have opened the file, you need to create a new function called, childtheme_override_postheader_posttitle(). This function will override the parent themes postheader_posttitle function, which is used to display the title for each post.

 

Read more about it in this link: http://www.cheesetoast.co.uk/comments-bubble-for-wordpress-titles/

How to Exclude Post Categories in a Blog Page

If you are designing WordPress themes and you want to keep it clean, you may want to exclude some categories in a page that may not be relevant, or too unnecessary to have that many categories in a page. If you think it is difficult, you are wrong because this is very easy to do. This article explains how you can exclude post categories in a blog page by editing your index.php (or whichever you use to edit your blog post), then adding a line of code right before the loop. You can also do advanced arguments in this lecture where you’ll only show categories on a specific time of the day.

 

Read full article here: http://www.cheesetoast.co.uk/exclude-include-category-wordpress-blog-page/

How to Limit the Number of Words in WordPress Excerpt

If you want to avoid listing the full contents of the article, WordPress has a feature which allows you to create an excerpt of the post as a summary of the content. In this article, you’ll learn how to create and control post excerpts to be displayed in your blog. The article will also teach you on how you can customize “read more”.

There are several ways where you can limit the content to be displayed in your blog. If you input the <!—more–> tag, WordPress will interpret it as a breakpoint; therefore, only the preceding content  will be displayed on the page.

 

Read full story here: http://www.cheesetoast.co.uk/limit-number-word-length-wordpress-excerpt/

How to Optimize Your WordPress Blog for Social Media

Before, search engine traffic was one of the most important thing to have in any website because it helps a website to stay on top of the ranks. Without traffic, websites are as good as dead. Today, social media traffic is just as important as search engine traffic because social media is where most people flock therefore, you don’t need to search for sites your potential readers are hanging out as they all converge in social media sites. Like search engine traffic, you cannot make your website popular without proper social media strategies. This article provides social media strategies to keep your website on the top ranks.

 

Read full story here: http://wphacks.com/a-social-media-strategy-for-wordpress-users/

Video Plugins for WordPress

Got videos in your blog but you don’t want to use the usual WordPress video adding feature? Here I have a hundred and one list for adding videos to your WordPress website. These plugins are either fancy that it has almost anything you need in uploading, setting up, and editing a video before posting it from a simple plugin which lets you embed a video by using a single line of code. One of the plugin I find useful in my blog is FLV Fullscreen which let users view flash videos in full screen, and Smart YouTube that allows me to insert a full-featured YouTube videos in my post.

 

Have a look at the list here: http://skyje.com/101-wordpress-video-plugins/