So, what do you do if you see an update message (“#wordpress xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.
Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.
You can see list of updates there.
Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.
Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.
Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily
Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.
There are times you like content elements on a blog post (perhaps a table design, some styling, or some layout which remains consistent) and you want to create another post with same configuration including all its widgets, template settings ect. Well, an easy way to do this, without having to know how to format anything, is by duplicating the post and making changes.
You can easily create a #duplicate post by using a plugin called duplicate post.
Duplicate Post plug-in Settings
The plugin comes with a number of settings. Avoid this step if you want to use default settings.Go to Settings >> Duplicate Post. There you can decide whether you’d like to do things like copy the original date, the original status (draft, published, pending), the original excerpt, the original attachments, children of the original page, and taxonomies and more.
There are two ways to duplicate a post or a page. Method 1:
Go to Posts > All Posts (or Pages > All Pages). Mouse over the title of the post(page) you want to duplicate. You will see two new links there – Clone or New Draft.
Clicking “Clone” will copy the post/page without opening it. Clicking “New Draft” will copy the post/page and also open it in the editor for you. Method 2:
Open the post you can to duplicate in edit mode.
On the post writing screen, you can click the link that says, “Copy to a new draft.” This will open a duplicate of the post or page in a new edit screen.
Including images in an article is the best way to illustrate your ideas. Adding Images make your content interesting and make readers more engaging. WordPress makes it really easy to add images to your posts. In this article we will discuss how to insert images into WordPress posts (or) pages.
Create a New Post/(Page), or Open an existing Post/(Page)
To create new Post, from your wordpress Dashboard go to Posts>>Add New (To create new page, go to Pages>>Add New ).
Note: If you want to add image to an existing post, open your post. Go to Posts>>All Posts>>click on the post’s title to view the edit page.
Click the Add Media button
Now you are in the post-write screen. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and click the ‘Add Media’ button.
Now you will see insert media screen. To insert image, you have following 3 options.
Insert Your Image
Upload From Computer
First let us see how to upload images that are already saved on your computer. Click on upload files>> Click on the ‘Select Files’ button.
Find image file from your PC and click on Open button. Wait for WordPress to upload and crunch the image. Click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After uploading an image from your PC, You will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings .
Insert from Media Library – If you already have uploaded images and have a Media Library in your blog, select from any images in the media library by clicking on it, click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After selecting an image from media library, you will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings.
Insert from URL
Different settings for uploaded image – after uploading an image from your PC (or selecting an image from media library), You will see attachment details and display settings on the right hand side of the media up loader interface. Attachment details:
Attachment Details section displays:
A small thumbnail of the image
A links that allow you to Edit Image
A links that allow you to Delete image from your site.
Enter the title of this media.
Enter a caption that will be displayed below the image.
Enter the Alt text for the image to describe the media.
A description for this particular media.
Attachment Display settings
The Alignment setting controls where your image will be displayed and how it interacts with content on the page.
Link To You can create different types of image links here.
Media File: This is default option.This will automatically link to full-size version of the file.
Attachment Page: Links your inserted image to its WordPress media attachment page.
Custom URL: Allows you to set a custom link URL for your inserted image
None: This setting will remove the link completely.
Image size – The Size settings determine the size of the image you are adding to your site.
How to edit Image Attributes in an existing WordPress Post
You can always edit different image attributes such as the alignment of an image or alt/title/caption/description text of an image that already inserted in a post. Open the post in the post-write screen(follow step 1 on this page). Make sure that visual editor tab is selected. Click on the image you want to edit. You can see two icons over the image. The left icon (pencil Image) allows you to edit the image properties and the right icon (X Image) will delete the image from your content.
Click the edit image icon to edit the image properties. A pop-up window will appear and you can edit the various image properties there. The Edit Original button allows you to do some simple manipulations such as Crop, Rotate, Scale, and Flip Images. The Replace button allows you to replace the image entirely.
After making changes, click the Update button to save your changes. If you do not want to make any changes, click the small ‘x’ in the top-right of the pop-up window to close the pop-up.
WordPress blog comes with a great visual editor to #write a post mixed with images, links, and other html elements. Here is a step-by-step process for writing a new post in WordPress. Log into your WordPress administration panel(e.g. use URL: http://www.yoursitename.org/wp-admin). From your sidebar on left side, go to Posts > Add New
Now you can see Add New Post screen – following fig illustrate 6 simple steps to write a post.
Write your title
Enter a title in the first line of the form. Always choose titles that will interest people and indicate what your article is about.
Write your article
Start writing your post in the wordpress text editor. The WordPress text editor can be used in 2 forms – the Visual Editor and the HTML Editor. The visual editor is the default editing mode for WordPress. Click the “text” tab at the top of the text editor box to go to text editor mode and “Visual” tab to go to visual editor mode .
Visual editor allows you to easily create, edit, and format your blog content similar to that of a word processor. Let us see some editing icons contained within the visual editor. Make yourself familiar with the options available. Pass your mouse over the icon and a small tooltip will appear describing the icon and its purpose.
Create bold, underlined, italic, strike-through text: Highlight the text and click on bold, underlined, italic, strike-through icon.
Add, Edit & Remove Links
To add a link, highlight the text you want to add link and then click on insert/edit link icon. To edit a link, highlight the link you want to edit and then click on insert/edit link icon.
A pop-up box will appear. Enter the fields and click on Add link button.
To Remove Links, select the link text and click on ‘Remove link’ icon.
Lists and Block quotes
To create ordered list or unordered list, click on icon as shown in figure. Type your fist entry and hitting enter will create another list element.
Headings & Paragraph
Click on the drop down box labelled “Paragraph.” to view different headings and paragraph formatting
To change text color
Insert More tag
Instead of displaying entire post on your home page, it is a good idea to extract the first part of your post followed by a “more…” link. This will give visitors a good overview of your content without making them scroll forever and they can read full content by clicking on the ‘ more..’ link.
You can accomplish this by using insert more tag. See the fig below. Insert your cursor in the place where you want to display ‘more..’ link and click on “Insert read More tag” icon.
Write your posts in HTML – If you’re ready to write your posts in HTML, click on text tab and write your article in the post content area.
Now select in which category your article belongs to. Categories tie related posts. Categories help the search engines and readers find related articles on your blog. If you do not see relevant category there, you can add a category by clicking on “Add New Category” link.
There are two ways to add Categories. They can be added while adding/ editing your Post or they can be added via the Categories menu option.
Tags are another way to tie related posts. While categories are general, tags are specific.
Preview your article.
Publish your article.
See the fig above. WordPress offers additional option while publishing a post.
Click on the Edit link next to “Visibility: Public”:You can make your post public and make it a sticky on the front page or you can choose to password protect it or make it completely invisible to people that are not logged in to your blog.
Click on the Edit link next to “Publish immediately“. You can also setup your post to be published in the future. Just set the date/time you want your post to be published.
WordPress is driven by loyal ambitious wordpress developers who have created plugins to extend its out-of-the-box functionality and in fact, you can find a plugin for anything. WordPress Plugin Directory contains a great variety of free plugins that anyone can use . And many premium WordPress plugins are available to help you supercharge your site. Using a wordpress plugin is the fastest and easiest way to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.
How to install a WordPress Plugin?
For the novice user, it is very easy to install a plugin right from your site dashboard. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Plugin on your WordPress Powered blog.
We can install a wordpress plugin using any of following 3 methods:
Method 1: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Search Option
Log into your WordPress administration panel.
From your sidebar on left side, go to Plugins > Add New
In this page you can see a list of featured/popular plugins available in wordpress plugin directory. Locate search box, enter the name of the plugin into the search field and perform the search
Select your plugin from the search results and click on Install button.
Wait for a while to download and install the plugin onto your blog.In the next step click on activate plugin.
Now you are done. Note that some plugins need some additional settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and check if your plug requires any additional settings. If so, click on settings link to enter your details. You can also read more details about your plugin by clicking on details link.
Method 2: Install a Plugin from WordPress Admin Panel using Upload Method
You can find many premium plugins to enhance your site’s features on internet. Download the plugin as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.
Download Plugin and save it somewhere on your computer.
Log into your WordPress administration panel. Go to Plugins > Add New. Click on Upload Plugin.
Use the browse button to select the plugin zip file that was downloaded.
After uploading the zip, Click install Now button.
In the next step click on activate plugin.
Now you are done. Some plugins need to fill more settings. So go back to Plugin page >> Find your plugin and click in settings link to enter your details.
Method 3: Upload a Plugin using FTP Manager and activate from Admin Panel
This step involves Extracting plugin files, using a FTP client and FTP user to upload your files to your server.
Extracting Plugin files
Locate your downloaded Plugin file. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder
Find the downloaded .zip file in the hard drive.
Right click on the file and select “extract all”
Select the location to extract the files to and Click “ok.”
Launch FTP client FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. If you do not have FileZilla, follow FileZilla installation tutorial to install and connect to your host.
Launch FileZilla and connect to your hosting(Refer this tutorial if you need any help on this). After a successful connection, you can see Local Site displays data from your local machine. and Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory.
On the left, i.e. Local Site, locate the directory where you extracted your plugin files.
On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it. WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as: wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/. Plugins are in wp-content/plugins directory. Browse through to plugins folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your plugins in their folders.
You simply drag plugin’s folder (for e.g. nofollow-for-external-link) from the local machine and drop to plugin folder, and then wait until transfer is complete.
Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Plugins, you will see all your plugins in place. Find your plugin and activate it.
Initially I collected and compiled my data in a Google drive spreadsheet. Once data was ready, I wanted to present the data in a wordpress post, in a way that reader should be able to sort the data by any column(ascending or descending). So I was in search of a good plugin that can help me do so.
There are couple of good plugins for fancy table display in wordpress posts. But I chose Easy Table Plugin, based on its features as well as user ratings and reviews in wordpress.org site.
At the end of this article, we’ll also have a quick look at Posts Table Pro. This plugin is an interesting alternative to Easy Tables because instead of entering data to your WordPress tables manually, it automatically creates tables listing content already stored on your website.
Easy Table Plugin
Idea behind this plugin is to generate table data using CSV(Comma Seperated Values) format. With simple additions, you table data is ready for display in your wordpress page or post or even inside a widget. Good thing is this is very simple to use and you don’t need advanced skills to use it.
Let me illustrate this with a simple table example here. Now, if you mouse over any column, a sort icon appears. You can click this icon to sort that column in ascending or descending order. So simple.
So let us see how to install this plugin and then how to use it.
Install Easy Table Plugin.
Log into your wordpress admin.
Go to Plugins >> Add New.
In the search box enter ‘Easy Table’ and search.
Select ‘Easy Table’ from search results and click on the link ‘Install Now’.
Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins. Find Easy Table and activate the plugin.
How to use Easy Table. A full example :
Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values) format.
Table data in CSV format means text that is separated with a comma. You can create a CSV using a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Excel and Google Docs. Here we are using Google docs for demo purpose.
Open Google Drive >>Click on Create >> Spreadsheet.
Enter data and and click File, Download as, and then select CSV (current sheet).
Open CSV in Notepad.
Step 2: Embedd CSV data between <table> and </table> tags
Create a new post and embed table data. Actually you can embed csv data in 2 ways.
Method 1: Copy and paste CSV from notepad.
Look at the table data here. The entire table data is embedded between<table> and </table>. First row is reserved for table titles(Note: you can also create table with no heading using table parameter.). And you see that next 2 rows in the example are data rows. So simple.
Method 2: Upload CSV file and insert the file path
Look at the table data here. Save and upload the CSV(Comma Separated Values) . Insert the location of your file between<table> and </table>( See fig above).
You can add additional parameter to this <table> tag and use cell attribute to control other features of table.
Table with initial sort order on load
You can control sort order on load in 2 ways. Add sort=”desc” or sort=”asc” to <table> tag. Method 1: Using table parameter Table with initial sort order using table parameter. See the table example below. First column is sorted descending on load.
Method 2: Using cell attribute
Table with first column descending, second column ascending
For example, the following table on load sort first column descending and then sort second column ascending.
Disable sort for any column
Look at the table below. Sort for third column is disabled here.
You can do this 2 ways. Method 1: Add a table parameter ‘sort=,,false’.
Method 2: Add a cell attr ‘sort=false’.
Set index to table
For example see following table with auto index, start from number 2
In addition to setting auto index to a table, you can give a title to that column and you can set width of that column.
For example see following code shows how to add table parameter to create a table with specific width, style etc.
Following code shows how to use attribute in some cells.
Posts Table Pro
Alternative table plugin – Create instant WordPress tables with Posts Table Pro
As you can see, Easy Tables is a neat plugin that lets you display static data in a table on your WordPress site. Before we finish, I’ll tell you about another WordPress table plugin that lets you create instant tables without having to enter data manually.
Posts Table Pro works by generating tables of information already stored on your WordPress website. It’s a great alternative to Easy Tables if you want tables that will automatically update with the latest data. Here are some examples of websites that would benefit from this type of WordPress table plugin:
Index of blog posts or articles – It doesn’t take long for a WordPress blog to become so big that it’s hard for visitors to find your older posts. No one wants to scroll through multiple pages of posts! Use Posts Table Pro to create a blog post index or article directory, which will automatically update when you add a new post.
Document library or knowledge base – If you want to create a WordPress document library then you can create a ‘Documents’ post type and use Posts Table Pro to list your documents in a table view. Your visitors can either download the document directly from the table, or click through to a single page for each document. You can categorize documents and add filters to help customers find the documents they need.
List of events or e-commerce products – Amazingly, Posts Table Pro can list any WordPress post type in a table. This opens the door to many other possible use cases. For example, if you’re using a WordPress events plugin or e-commerce plugin then you can list your events or products in a table layout too.
The dynamic table plugin is easy to set up and comes with lots of options. There’s a detailed plugin knowledge base to help you configure your WordPress tables in any way you like.
So we have seen how to use “Easy Table” plugin to create a nice sortable table. Have you created sortable tables using other plugins? Share your experience below.
If you have spend much time around #wordpress, then there is a good high probability that you have come across the term “WP_Query before. However, if you are totally new to the concept, then let us guide you through it.
WP_Query is a #php class that has certain properties but it contains a lot of powerful behavior. Some of the things you need to understand about WP_Query is that by default, when you just say new WP_Query, you don’t get much use from it. Rather, you get most of the value from WP_Query from understanding how to initialize it correctly.
In choosing the right hosting platform for your WordPress site, there are three options to choose from: Shared, Managed, and Dedicated or VPS. A Virtual Private Server or VPS can be a great choice for websites that need more resources such as a more powerful server, or more bandwidth. If your website is very large or it makes use of very complex features, and is also getting a lot of visitors and page views, then a VPS hosting is the best option for you.
This is because you’ll be sharing with less users than a regular shared hosting. You will be allocated to a much more substantial portion of the server compared to a shared hosting. With this, you can optimize the server for your website in order to get the best performance.
As a beginner,you have probably heard of various free and paid #wordpress themes available online. You may have tried out a few themes until you’ve found one that meets your needs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme.
This guide will cover the three different ways you can install a theme. However, before installing a WordPress theme, keep in mind that once you activated a new theme, it will change how your website looks and functions. If you are switching from an existing theme, then you need to do several checks first before changing to a new WordPress theme.
Here are the different ways to install a WordPress theme.
To add a new theme, simply click on Add New button at the top.
There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either select a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or upload a theme from your local hard drive.
You will have the ability to select free themes from: Featured WordPress themes, Popular WordPress themes, Latest WordPress themes, search for a specific theme, or search for themes with specific features.
After selecting the theme that you want to install, simply bring your mouse on top of the image.
You can preview the theme by clicking on preview button or install the theme by clicking on the install button. WordPress will now install your theme and show you a success message along with the link to activate or live preview.
Click on the activate button, and you’ve successfully installed and activated your WordPress theme.
Install a Theme by using Upload Method from WordPress Admin
If you are want to give more a professional look to your blog or add more functionality to your blog, there are many premium(Free & Paid) WordPress themes available. You can download these premium theme from the theme directory sites. They provide these premium theme in .Zip format, which you can use to install WP theme directly from dashboard.
Log into your WordPress dashboard. Navigate to Appearance> Themes > Add New
Click on browse, select & locate your .zip file for theme and click on Install now. Once you click on Install now, your theme will be uploaded and will be installed on your server.
On the next screen, you will see an option to activate the theme.
Installing a WordPress Theme using FTP
Most people are able to upload their themes from WordPress dashboard. But there are times when their web host provider is too strict and not able to do it from dashboard. Then you need to upload files manually to your web server. The most common way to do this is by using an FTP or SFTP (Secure) client. For doing so, you need to have:
A software like WinRAR to unpack .zip file. (If you don’t have any WinRAR installed, download the free version of WinRAR and install it). Alternately, you can open Compressed Folder in Windows Explorer.
FTP login details and server address – FTP information can be found in the welcome email you got after you pay for your new hosting account. Find your FTP Host/Address, FTP User & Password
Theme Upload Instructions
Unzip your theme .zip file somewhere on your local computer.
After extracting the .zip file, upload the entire theme folder via SFTP to your /wp-content/themes/ directory.
(file transfer type should be “Auto” and not “ASCII” or “Binary”. This is the default for FileZilla.)
How to activate any installed theme from this list – Once you done with the upload and installation using dashboard or FTP method, you can browse all installed themes from your WP dashboard.
Log into your WordPress admin area. Next, click on Appearance » Themes.. You can Preview or activate the theme directly from here.
We hope this step by step guide helped you install a WordPress theme on your site.