40 Very Useful WordPress Tutorials Help You Become an Expert

wordpress-icon Maybe most of you have heard the awesome news these days that Microsoft Spaces is shutting down and migrating their 30M+ users to WordPress.com. It probably a big challerge for bloggers coming across to WP. Especially if you are not so familior with WP. Here we have prepared 40 very useful wordpress tutorials for you which may help you to be an expert. Whatever you are a beginner or senior, you will quickly find one you wanted. Now let’s start.

5 tips for using AJAX in WordPress


AJAX is used in many WordPress themes and plugins. However, not all of those themes and plugins implement AJAX properly. This article reveals 5 best practices in developing AJAX for WordPress.

5 tips for using AJAX in WordPress 

 

10 Features to Look Forward to in WordPress 3.0


There are some great new features coming, including custom post types, a new default theme, and a menu manager. Read on to find out what to expect in version three!

10 Features to Look Forward to in WordPress

 

10 WordPress query_posts tips


The query_posts command is one of the most useful in all of WordPress. It is this command that allows all the content to be queried (extracted from the database) and then displayed by the loop. It’s powerful because it gives an incredibly flexible method for retrieving and filtering the posts and pages in pretty much any way you can imagine.

10 WordPress query_posts tips

 

Add Thumbnails to WordPress with Custom Fields


In this tutorial, it will show you how you can easily add thumbnails, lead image, and other extras to individual posts in WordPress.  These images can be shown on the front page, archives, search pages, etc – but appear outside of the content, giving you full control of their placement and style.

Add Thumbnails to WordPress with Custom Fields 

 

Advanced Power Tips for WordPress Template Developers: Reloaded


It covers customizing basic content administration and adding features to the post and page editor in WordPress.

it covers customizing basic content administration and adding features to the post and page editor in WordPress 

 

Automatic WordPress Thumbnail Without Custom Field


Let’s say you want to show thumbnails in your blog’s front page. A lot of blogs do that now and it’s a good way of making the page look more alive.

Automatic WordPress Thumbnail Without Custom Field

Custom CSS Per Post


This article features two functionial solutions to apply unique CSS styling to an individual page of content.

Custom CSS Per Post

 

Custom WordPress Homepage with Customizable Widgets


In this Tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a Custom homepage for your WordPress Theme using Page Templates: Complete with a featured content slider, and customizable Widgets.

Custom WordPress Homepage with Customizable Widgets

 

Customize WordPress login logo without a plugin


WordPress login logo looks nice, but sometimes you may want to change it, for example when building a site for a client. In that case, you can use a plugin, or simply take advantage of this cool hack.

Customize WordPress login logo without a plugin

 

Creating Helpful and Effective WordPress Archives


So in this post, it offer some pointers on creating a quality archive section for your blog that will serve as an inspired homage to the awesome content that it contains.

Creating Helpful and Effective WordPress Archives

 

Control your own WordPress custom fields


Custom fields are really flexible. However, they’re not perfectly user-friendly. For instance, if no post or page is currently using a custom field that you’ve built functionality on, the user has to enter the name as well as the value of the field the first time it’s used. The drop-down of field names is dynamically gathered from the fields currently in use. Also, sometimes you want to make things easier for clients by having inline tips, and inputs that suit the field (e.g. a checkbox or select drop-down instead of just a plain text entry).

Control your own WordPress custom fields

 

Declare Multiple Widgetized Areas


Have a bunch of different areas you wish to declare as a widgetized area? Save repetative code by creating a quick array of their names, then loop through that array calling the register_sidebar() function on each one.

Declare Multiple Widgetized Areas

 

Get to Know the WordPress Hierarchy


WordPress’s popularity and usefulness as a multi-purpose content management system, continues to grow, and the more people flock to using this CMS the more an understanding of some of the basics of how it operates becomes necessary.

Get to Know the WordPress Hierarchy 

 

Highlight WordPress Category when on a Single Post: Tutorial


Follow the steps below and you should beable to get your categories highlighted too when on a single post.

Highlight WordPress Category when on a Single Post

 

How to automatically use resized images instead of originals


This script will replace the uploaded image (if bigger than the larger size defined in your settings) by the large image generated by WordPress to save space in your server, and save bandwidth if you link a thumbnail to the original image, like when a lightbox plugin is used.

How to automatically use resized images instead of originals

 

How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch


This overview shows the process of how my latest custom WordPress theme was built from design concept through to completed theme. See how the static design is split up into the various WordPress theme files, and discover how the simple PHP snippets can add that dynamic functionality of a blog.

Build a Custom WordPress Theme from Scratch

 

How to Create a Better WordPress Options Panel


In this tutorial it go through the entire process of creating an admin options panel for a WordPress theme, using the excellent WooFramework as an example. Then, we’ll take things a step further, as we implement jQuery to improve some of the functionality.

How to Create a Better WordPress Options Panel

 

How To Create a WordPress Theme: The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial


In only 11 individual lessons this WordPress Theme Tutorial is going to show you how to build a powerful, up-to-date, WordPress Theme from scratch.

1. WordPress Theme Tutorial Introduction
2. Theme Development Tools
3. Creating a Theme HTML Structure
4. Template and Directory Structure
5. The Header Template
6. The Index Template
7. The Single Post, Post Attachment, & 404 Templates
8. The Comments Template
9. The Search Template & The Page Template
10. The Archive, Author, Category & Tags Template
11. The Sidebar Template
12. Reset-Rebuild Theme CSS & Define Your Layouts

The Ultimate WordPress Theme Tutorial

 

How to Create a Theme Development Environment for a Live WordPress Site


This tutorial will allow you to easily switch between the live site and development versions using two different themes on the same installation of WordPress. We’ll do this by creating a bar at the top of the page which will clearly show you if you’re viewing the live theme (what everyone else sees) or the development theme with a link to switch between the two.

Create a Theme Development Environment for a Live WordPress Site

 

How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress


It’s common to find an author’s credit and bio at the end of a blog post, especially on blogs that post content from multiple writers. Using a cocktail of WordPress template tags, an info section can be easily put together to showcase the author’s Gravatar profile image, their name, link to their website and short bio.

How to Create an Author Info Section in WordPress

 

How to Customize fonts in WordPress blog with CSS3


Fonts type that can be used for Safari, Chrome and Firefox3.1+ are .ttf(True Type Font) and .otf(open type font). Both support the @font-face rule that allows stylesheet to point to a .ttf  or .otf on server.  IE has little problem with .otf.

How to Customize fonts in WordPress blog with CSS3

 

How to: Embed CSS in your posts with a custom field


Sometimes, a specific post needs to be styled with some custom css styles. Sure, you can directly embed CSS in your post, but that not very clean. In this recipe, I’m going to show you how to embed css in a clean way, by using a custom field.

How to Embed CSS in your posts with a custom field

 

How To Design A Clean and Minimal Portfolio Website


This tutorial demonstrates that you don’t need to use lots of fancy effects and fonts to create a clean design – it can still look professional without overdoing things.

How To Design A Clean and Minimal Portfolio Website

 

How to Implement Ajax in WordPress Themes


It showes you how we can implement Ajax in our WordPress themes with the help of simple example.

How to Implement Ajax in WordPress Themes

 

How To Make A Dynamic jQuery Feature Post Slider For WordPress


What it does is dynamically display posts from the ‘Featured’ category, using the easySlider jQuery plugin. It’s easy to do, and adds a nice animated and dynamic feature to your site.

How To Make A Dynamic jQuery Feature Post Slider For WordPress

 

How to Split WordPress Content Into Two or More Columns


How to Split WordPress Content Into Two or More Columns

 

jQuery Dropdown Navigation in WordPress


You will learn how to enhance you WordPress in a whole new way. Multi-Level or Multi-Dimensional navigation menus can offer your theme and users 2 new things. One, add a nice new type of effect to enhance your theme. Two, allow the users to find things more easily. We will start off by making a HTML version, then making it compatible with WordPress.

jQuery Dropdown Navigation in WordPress

 

Make Shortcodes User-Friendly


This article shows you how to make shortcodes in your themes and plugins more accessible and user friendly.

Make Shortcodes User-Friendly

 

Remove/Replace Content from the WordPress Database


A useful tool to have in in your WordPress toolbelt is the ability to quickly and easily search for, find, and replace specific strings of text directly from the MySQL database.

Remove Replace Content from the WordPress Database

 

Showing Random Posts In WordPress


There are a lot of plugins you can use to show random posts, but why use plugins when it’s so simple to do it with a bit of coding. Here is how to do it.

Showing Random Posts In WordPress

 

Styling Different Posts in Different Ways With Post_Class


This gives a set of CSS classes to a post, depending on what’s in the post (e.g. based on what category it is in).

Styling Different Posts in Different Ways With Post_Class

 

The Essential Elements of your First WordPress Design Site (Part 1)


This tutorial is in the series of “WordPress Theme from Scratch” that help you build a WordPress theme by yourself from nothing. On 1st day, we will start working with Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a cool WordPress layout in Photoshop.

The Essential Elements of your First WordPress Design Site

 

The Easy Way To Make WordPress Ajax Pagination Using jQuery


Making your paginated content in WordPress load using AJAX is extremely easy using a bit of jQuery.

The Easy Way To Make WordPress Ajax Pagination Using jQuery

 

Using HTML5 elements in WordPress post content


HTML5 has several new elements that you may want to use in your post content to markup document sections, headers, footers, pullquotes, figures, or groups of headings. One way to safely include these elements in your posts is simple; the other way is a bit more complicated. Both ways rely on hand-coding the HTML5 markup in the WordPress editor’s HTML view.

Using HTML5 elements in WordPress post content 

 

WordPress 3.0 Features Walk Through


WordPress 3.0 is all set release on May 1st 2010 with lots of breathtaking improvements and exciting new features which will surely bring this platform one step ahead. So, what actually we can expect to bundle up with this release? Here is a walk through!

Wordpress 3.0 Features Walk Through

 

WordPress Breadcrumbs Without a Plugin


Breadcrumbs is an important element of a web site navigation, which boosts his usability. Especially it concerns to a sites with a complex structure.

Wordpress Breadcrumbs Without a Plugin

 

WordPress functions.php Template with 15 Essential Custom Functions


In this DiW article, it first provide an explanation of each of the 15 functions and then bring them all together into the working functions.php template. Just copy and paste the template code at the end of this article or grab a copy of the zipped functions.php file and enjoy a custom collection of functions that will help you optimize your development process while enhancing WordPress with essential functionality.

WordPress functions.php Template with 15 Essential Custom Functions

 

WordPress hack: Show your top contributors without a plugin


Do you ever wished to be able to list your top contributors without using a plugin? If yes, you’ll be happy with this recipe that will show you how to do it.

Show your top contributors without a plugin

 

WordPress Theme from Scratch – Day 1: PSD


This tutorial is in the series of “WordPress Theme from Scratch” that help you build a WordPress theme by yourself from nothing. On 1st day, we will start working with Photoshop. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a cool WordPress layout in Photoshop.

WordPress Theme from Scratch

 

Your New WordPress Website Step By Step. Beginner’s Guide


In this tutorial you will learn how to create a new wordpress step by step.

Your New WordPress Website Step By Step

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One Response to “40 Very Useful WordPress Tutorials Help You Become an Expert”

  1. thanks for including the design juices wordpress article here :)

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