Monthly Archives: January 2011

Getting to know your Dashboard

Get up-close and personal with the WordPress Dashboard!

In this screencast I will explain how to operate and customise your first port of call after login. You’ll learn all about how to customise the amount of information you’re greeted with and how to move the dashboard boxes around. Well worth watching even for seasoned WordPressers – you may notice something you’ve never spotted before.

 

Workshop: How to post Source Code in your Comments

In this workshop I’ll show you how you can make source code show up in your comments. I’ll also show you how to format it so it looks different to ordinairy text.

By default, WordPress strips out most HTML tags for security reasons. That’s a good thing, however if you’d like to share some HTML or PHP source code with someone it won’t show up. The workaround is to paste the code into an empty post via the visual editor, then switch to the HTML editor and copy the resulting transcoded characters.

This works because single characters are not executable by the web browser and hence do not pose a security risk. It’s a bit tedious if you deal with code a lot, but it’s a safe solution and does not require any plugins.

Enjoy!

WordPress Anatomy and How to Log In

In this screencast I will talk you through the basics of WordPress. I like to call it the “anatomy” – i.e.

  • Front Page
  • Header
  • Sidebar
  • Footer

I’ll also show you how to login to your backend and how to work with two browser tabs open at the same time. Enjoy!

 

How to Upgrade WordPress (2011)

In this screencast I will show you how easy it is to upgrade the WordPress Core, Themes and several Plugins at once. Note that this may not work on some hosts or if file permissions are set incorrectly on your server. If you’re hosting with me you have nothing to fear of course 😉

 

How to style Modularity Lite 1.3 by GraphPaperPress

Modularity Lite returns with version 1.3, this time boasting WordPress Menus and a dynamic slideshow option to keep us excited. You can even change colours and your background image. Making it your own was never easier. Here are my notes from when I created minor amendmends for Simon’s website SoundCredit.tv.

My original article on how to style this puppy goes back to version 1.1. With each update, the code has dramatically changed and therefore needs different tweaks. If you’re running an older version of Modularity Lite, check out my instructions for Version 1.2.

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