What to Expect in WordPress 4.0

WordPress 3.6 is just around the corner but all are excited about what WordPress will do next. WordPress 4.0 won’t come soon enough but knowing what to expect keep us not only inspired but very excited.

To ease your anxiety, here are some speculations about WordPress 4.0:
Google glass. Who knows? If Google Glass become mainstream, creating an epic post is as simple as saying it. Although with all the menus in WordPress, it might be hard to navigate through your posts, or say the post out loud.

A media uploader to end all media uploaders.

WordPress will be the next Tumblr.

 

Read the rest of the news here: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-4-0/

Install WordPress Locally on Mac using MAMP

Recently, I’ve referred a blog that will teach you how to install WordPress in your Windows Computer using WAMP. What about MAC users? Can’t they have that priviledge too? The good news is that, they can. In this blog post, you’ll know how you can install MAMP and run WordPress into your Mac.

MAMP is an easy-to-install compilation of PHP bundled with Apache and MySQL. An all-in-one tool to help you start a local WordPress blog. Designers and developers use MAMP to develop their own WordPress plugins without the need for a web server.

Read the rest of the tutorial in this post: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-locally-on-mac-using-mamp/

WordPress Email Newsletter Leaves MailChimp Trembling in Fear

MaiChimp has always been my favorite email plugin but this new plugin may change the way I look at Mailchimp. This is a professional email newsletter with pretty much everything that you require.

  • Easy set up and configuration
  • Fully customizable templates
  • Template builder
  • Group management
  • improved SMTP
  • shortcodes
  • widget interface and behavior
  • support and usage docs

The plugin comes with a lot of pre-built configurable templates for you to send to your customers. WPMU Dev is a great, configurable plugin that does everything MailChimp does and more. Try it out and see for yourself.

Read the rest of the information here: http://wpmu.org/brilliant-wordpress-email-newsletter-plugin/

How to Add Multiple Post Thumbnails/Features Images in WordPress

If you’ve been posting post thumbnails but one thumbnail is not enough, do you know that you can add multiple thumbnails? From just reading about it, you may feel that it looks a bit hard but the truth is, this is easy.

However, you need to install a few prerequisites first. The first thing you do is install and activate the Multiple Post Thumbnails plugin. Once its activated, add the following code in your theme’s functions.php file:
if (class_exists(‘MultiPostThumbnails’)) {

new MultiPostThumbnails(array(
‘label’ => ‘Secondary Image’,
‘id’ => ‘secondary-image’,
‘post_type’ => ‘post’
) );

}

Additional instructions here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-add-multiple-post-thumbnails-featured-images-in-wordpress/

Mastering WordPress ShortCodes

WordPress shortcodes are very powerful but still unknown to many. It can do more out of the usual, therefore, make blogging a lot easier. Shortcodes are very easy to use. If you don’t know anything about shortcodes yet, I suggest you learn the basics of shortcodes and learn why you need to use it.

Using shortcodes is very easy, just switch to HTML mode and type in the shortcode.

For example, you can use shortcodes to embed content like this:
[url href=”http://www.wordpressluv.com”]WordPressLuv[/url]

What is great about shortcodes is that they are very easy to create. If you know how to write a basic PHP function, then you already know how to create your own WordPress ShortCode.

Read the rest of the post here: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/02/mastering-wordpress-shortcodes/

How to Install WordPress in Your Windows Computer using WAMP

wamplocalIf you’re new or you want to develop themes and plugins for WordPress or just test your theme without going live, do you know that you can run WordPress in your Windows computer without having to connect to an online server?

What’s great about running WordPress in your computer is that every changes you make in the site won’t go live until you upload it to your server. So, you can do almost anything you like, break it, make it an even better site, or test plugins without your users having to deal with the outcome.

We will use WAMP to make WordPress fully functional offline. WAMP is an Apache Web Server, PHP, and MySQL bundled for Windows computers. Once installed, you can setup your own local server.

Read the rest of the tutorial here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-on-your-windows-computer-using-wamp/

 

Practical Tips and Advice from WordPress Pros

adviceWordPress can do a lot of things for you without having to write a bunch of codes. It is even more powerful if you take advantage of its API functionality.

If you are a developer, there are so many plugins available in WordPress, so it’s best if you do a quick search for a plugin first before you create one. Take advantage of what WordPress has to offer. Whether a hard-coder or you prefer ease and simplicity, there is always an available tool for you to use and take advantage of.

Follow the best practices when creating and code and make sure to write a secure code. Don’t forget to share your code so you can learn more about how to make it even better from the other pros or provide advice to those new in WordPress development.

These are just a few of the many tips and advice WordPress pros give to newbies and professionals alike. Read this blog to learn more about what you can do with your blog, developer or not.

How to Contribute in WordPress

contributewordpressWordPress is an open source blogging platform, you can get the code to modify it according to your own liking or contribute a few lines of code to make it even better. What is great about this CMS is that anyone can make a better WordPress by just contributing their skills.

There are many ways to get involved in contributing, you can help develop the code; design the ui of the next WordPress dashboard, create a mobile blogging platform, translate, become a support assistant in forums, create themes, create plugins, host an event, create a documentation, develop a wordPress community, and many others.

Read this blog on how you can contribute your part in WordPress.

How to Properly Rename Categories in WordPress

If you have a good structure in your blog, readers will find your content easily, therefore, they can return to your site with ease without having to get lost. WordPress even makes it easier through categorizing each content based on where you put it. So, if you have a lot of categories in your blog, you might be misinterpreting a category from a tag.

Also, you might be stuffing with a lot of keywords in your category which might affect your site in the future.

If you’re not certain if you are naming your categories right, this article will give you an in-depth explaanation about the do’s and don’ts of creating a category and how to make it more reader-friendly.

Full tutorial here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-properly-rename-categories-in-wordpress/