Fade Images on MouseOver in WordPress

Other than content, images are also important. It helps increase user engagement on websites. This is why you need to take your time to choose the best image online, fix any image issues, and optimize images for the web.

To make an image standout, use special effects on the images. What if you want your images to fade as the user puts their mouse over it. This is a cool effect that you can learn in this tutorial.

You will be using CSS for this fade effect then copy the code in your theme or your child theme’s style.css.

View the code here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-themes/fade-images-mouseover-wordpress/

Quickly Activate and Deactivate Plugins from Your Admin Bar

When working on a site, sometimes you may want to activate or deactivate plugins quickly in WordPress. Before you can do that, you need to go to the plugins screen to activate or deactivate it. If there is a better way to activate and deactivate a plugin that sits right in your admin bar, this is the solution. The first thing you need to do is install Plugin Toggle plugin. This is a plugin thaat works right off the bat and there are no settings to configure. Upon installation, the plugin will add a new item in WordPress admin bar, on top, and labelled Plugins. Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-quickly-activate-deactivate-wordpress-plugins-from-admin-bar/

How to Create Responsive WordPress Themes

If you want your site to be updated with the latest technologies, then you must have already made your site optimized for the mobile web. If not, this tutorial will teach you how to create a mobile-friendly theme using a responsive layout. The first step in creating a responsive theme is to design your site into at least three different sizes. These designs are optimal for viewing in a desktop pc, tablet, or a smartphone. Once you have your sketch, do some modifications in your concept like allowing a sidebar to float left for larger screens or go under for smaller screens. Then follow this guide: http://www.wphub.com/tutorials/creating-responsive-wordpress-themes/

How to Create a Staging Environment for Your WordPress Site

What is a Staging Environment? A staging environment is a development area o your site where you can test for your changes in your blog or use it for web development. Once you are done with your site, you can upload it to your live site. Usually, when working on a WordPress site, we recommend to install WordPres locally on their Windows, Mac, or Linux computers. When done, just upload it from your local host to the live server. However, the problem with this approach is when something that you’ve worked on locally does not work on the live server. This is where a staging environment is useful. To learn more about the staging environment, please read this post: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-create-staging-environment-for-a-wordpress-site/

How to Extend Your Plugin Without Losing Your Changes

One way to customize plugins is to extend it. Creating a child plugin is not practical because this only works in themes. Themes have a very specific set of behaviors and plugins are completely different. The right way to customize a plugin is to get in touch with the plugin author and let them know of the changes you’d like  to see. However, if this doesn’t work, the best way is to extend it. However, take note not to modify its core. The easiest way to do it is to create a functionality plugin that will run alongside it. You can also use plugin dependencies to control when the functionality is activated.

To learn more on how to do it, read this post: http://wptavern.com/how-to-extend-a-wordpress-plugin-without-losing-your-changes

Free WordPress Themes Built With Bootstrap

Boostrap has been around longer, and has larger user base compared to other frameworks. And as BootStrap has already joined the flat design craze in its 3.0 release,the model and basic UI components were greatly improved. Also BootStrap 3.1 has introduced an official Sass support, further expanding its network. Here is a selection of the best free WordPress themes that are built using BootStrap. These are the best free WordPress themes you can find online so brace yourself, because the eye candies you are about to see are very appalling. These themes really took my breath away. I love to have the Flat and the Ward theme in one of my blogs. View the themes here: http://wptavern.com/18-free-wordpress-themes-built-with-bootstrap

Reasons to Turn On Distraction Free Writing in WordPress

I never paid too much attention with WordPress’ Distraction Free Writing mode even when it was first released in WordPress 3.2. I’m so attuned to the post editor screen and for me it just seems just right compared to a minimalist distraction free mode. But when you spend a lot of time inside a post editor, most of the menus and buttons will start to become distraction. Now this is where Distraction Free Writing can be very helpful. D Distraction Free Writing helps you focus more and lets you do more. It also prevents you from accidentally publishing a blog post. Here are other reasons you should also give it a try: http://wptavern.com/wordpress-zen-mode-5-compelling-reasons-to-turn-on-distraction-free-writing

WordPress Shortcodes Plugins that You Have to Try

Shortcodes are WordPress-specific codes that will let you do creative things with scripts and code. If you haven’t used shortcodes, then you are missing out on a lof of stuffs that a shortcode can have like for example, taking long ugly lines of code into one, clean, short line of code. It is a shortcut for a long script for a long list of codes. You can’t just use shortcodes at your disposal, you need to manually insert it to your blog theme or use a plugin. However, the problem with finding the one that suits you can be very time consuming. So here are some of the best shortcodes: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/wordpress-shortcodes-plugins/

How to Avoid Accidentally Publishing Posts in WordPress

“Are you sure you want to publish this post?” This confirmation is missing in WordPress that is why most of the time I publish posts accidentally. If only WordPress included this feature. Even the most experienced WordPress users press the publish button by accident. Accidental publishing can become an issue particularly if your posts gets automatically shared on social media, email, and newsletters. By the time you realize this mistake, users have already read your post, shared it to social media sites, and have already been sent to your subscribers. Or worst, it might even get indexed by search engines. The good news is that you can get a plugin like Publisher Confirmation to have you first confirm if you’d like to publish your post or not.   Read the rest of the post here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-avoid-accidental-publishing-in-wordpress/