While writing my WordPress Plugin article, “Top WordPress Plugins: 2012 versus 2013” for the Clark College WordPress Class, I was exposed to the highest rated and most popular WordPress Plugins.
Some of these sparked my interest, and I wanted to try a few of them out.
Some led me to find ones that were not mentioned in the lists that I ended up liking better, and some sounded better than what they turned out to be. In the article, I included “Isobel’s Picks“, but the one I am choosing to review today is: Shortcode Ultimate WordPress Plugin.
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This article is going to teach you the best ways to align your photos in WordPress.
You want to start by writing your article first. A lot of people think that it is better to have the images in first and then add the text around it, but that is actually not the best way. It is much harder to get around the images in the way you like if you do it that way. Continue reading Aligning Images in WordPress
HTML jump links are a very handy trick for a developer or blogger to have up their sleeve.
Jump links behave just like regular links except instead of linking to a different page they link to a component of the page you’re already on. This is an invaluable HTML trick to know for situations where you have a long page or post that could benefit from a table of contents at the top of the page, each item of which jump links to a component further down the page. It aids the user experience tremendously and it’s quite easy to do, and here’s how. Continue reading Creating and Using HTML Jump-links
So what is that Screen Options tab at the top of most pages in WordPress? It’s not really too intrusive, but what does it do exactly? Well, for those of you who have not been daring enough to click the little guy, I am going to cover what that little tab does.
Before I begin, I want to make it clear that different pages have different options inside the “Screen Options” tab. It only makes sense that you don’t have the same options in the Media window as you do in the Posts or Pages window. So keep in mind that we will be covering a lot of different options in different windows, but the only way to really know and understand what each one has, is to click it. Don’t worry, any changes you make can be changed back with a simple click of the mouse.
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So you’ve logged in to WordPress and created a blog. Great! You won’t get very far until your blog has some content, though. In this article, we’ll let you know the various ways you can add content to your site.
Note: There are two basic types of published content on a WordPress site: posts and Pages. If you don’t know the difference, check out “Differences Between Pages and Posts on WordPress” to explain it.
There are multiple ways to add a new post in WordPress.
Once you’ve logged in to WordPress, look at the top bar on the site. You should see your gravatar on the far right. Slide your eyes to the left a bit…aha! “New Post” lurks there.
Do you think that might mean…? It means exactly what you think it means.
Click on New Post.
On the web page that pops up, start your new post with a title and the text. Don’t forget to put the post in a category and add some tags.
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Linking in WordPress can be an intimidating task at first, but this post will guide you through the steps and show you just how easy it can be. This post will also cover several different types of links, and the legal guidelines that must be followed when making these links. Soon you will be creating professional looking links that are neatly embedded in your own site.
The first thing you need to do is decide what it is that you want to link to. The methods are the same whether you are linking inside of a post or a page, but you must determine what you are linking to before creating that link.
Once you determine what you are linking to, there are a number of ways you can get the link information needed. The first is the most obvious, it is the address bar. You can just copy the information right from the address bar as shown below.
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“How To Become A Top WordPress Developer” by Smashing Magazine’s WordPress writer, Jonathan Wold, was written in 2012 but still holds true today.
…becoming a top WordPress developer is hard work — very hard work. It’s going to take a lot of time, energy and determination. If you’re looking for an easy checklist or some “fast pass” to the top, you’re going to waste your time. Being one of the best is hard, and statistically speaking, the odds are stacked against you.
The article covers the basic steps and practices you need to take to earn the name “WordPress developer.”
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If you want to become an expert programmer and make a living developing software you’ll need to learn a wide range of stuff, from logic gates to how the hardware works, from algorithms to data structures and programming paradigms (if this is actually what you are looking for I suggest you peek at the curriculum of the Computer Science degree on some good university and follow along).
Luckily, Clark College’s degrees for Web Development, Web Programming, and Computer Graphics Technology degrees include the skills you need.
What do you need to learn to be a WordPress expert?
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