I don’t understand why there isn’t a built-in way to have a contact form on your WordPress site. There are plenty of plugins to do it, and you can easily hack it too. Here’s a very simple plugin that does it with a minimal number of lines of code.Continue reading “Hack: The Simplest Contact Form Plugin”
The Gutenberg editor is the default way to edit posts in WordPress 5.0 and you can get it now with a plugin. While it is different than the classic editor, it is very pleasant and easy to use. It will make writing with WordPress easier for many of us. Check out this quick overview of Gutenberg to see what it is like to create posts with it.Continue reading “Tip: The Gutenberg Editor In 5 Minutes”
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WordPress Hacks: Modify your WordPress site with Shortcodes, Filters, Actions and Widgets is a course for anyone that wants to customize their WordPress site without resorting to third-party plugins. In the course, you will first learn how to modify the functions.php file and your theme to change and add features to your site. Then you will learn how to build your own simple plugin to use as your main tool for making modifications.
The course teaches four ways to customize WordPress to suit your needs: Shortcodes, Filters, Actions and Widgets. By making your own Shortcodes you can insert text into your posts that can later be controlled and adjusted. Filters allow you to change the content across your site. Actions give you the power to alter how WordPress works to fit your needs. Widgets let you put custom dynamic content in the sidebars and footers of your site.Continue reading “WordPress Hacks Online Course”
When the author of a post responds to comments, those comments look essentially the same as all of the other comments. But you can make them stand out a bit by using some custom CSS that you can apply right in the Appearance settings in WordPress.Continue reading “Tip: Using CSS To Make Comments By the Post Author Stand Out”
I had a thought today. Have you ever visited a website one noticed an item about an upcoming event? And then you look and see that the event happened a few days (or months) ago?Continue reading “Hack: Make a Widget Expire”
There are a few reasons you may want to disable RSS feeds for your WordPress site. You may just not like people reading your content in a feed reader instead of at your site. Or, you may be only displaying certain categories or tags while other content is hidden, and RSS kinda wrecks that.Continue reading “Hack: Disable RSS Feeds”
Even with multiple anti-spam plugins you may still get junk comments on your WordPress site. It can be really annoying to get comment after comment that is so obviously spam to you, but they get through to your site or eat up your time asking for your (dis)approval.Continue reading “Hack: Filter Comments For Specific Text”
I’ve seen spoiler-related shortcodes, but haven’t been thrilled with them. I want a very simple one that does its job with as little code as possible.Continue reading “Hack: Hide Spoilers With This Shortcode”
You often see news articles and blog posts that show embedded tweets. It is very easy to do this in WordPress. The Gutenberg editor will do it automatically, or when you specifically choose a Twitter block. Even with the classic editor, it is pretty easy.Continue reading “Tip: Easily Embed Twitter Posts”
The simplest way to let readers contact you is to use mailto: links on your site. You can put them in posts, pages, or even widgets. The mailto: link will open their email app of choice with a message preset to be sent to you. You can also use optional parameters to populate the subject line and even the body of the email.Continue reading “Tip: Using MailTo Links To Let Readers Get In Touch”