Category Archives: Podcast

Catch The WP Guru Podcast where Complex Stuff gets made extremely simple. These are audio versions of my screencasts on a variety of tech topics, such as WordPress, Dreamweaver, web based services and a lot of other super complicated stuff.

I have several other podcasts too, check them out here.

How to launch a Mac App with Command Line Parameters from the Dock

In this episode I’ll show you how to launch a Mac App from the Command Line, so that we can pass parameters. I’ll also explain how to wrap up such a command into your own app and add an icon to it, so that you can launch it from the dock with a single click.

This can be useful if you need to convince Google Chrome or any other app to launch with certain parameters and modify its behaviour somehow. In my example I’m using Blender, and I’m using a startup parameter to change its default render engine upon launch. The same principles apply to any app you need to launch with startup parameters.

The process is as follows:

  • find out the full path of the app you want to launch
  • try launching your app from the command line
  • now add parameters to the end of the launch command
  • create an Automator App
  • change its icon from from the generic Otto Icon to your desired app’s icon
  • drag your new launcher app into the dock

I’ll explain all the gory details in this video.

Enjoy!

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WordPress 111: Users, Roles and Capabilities

In this video I’ll show you the multi-user capabilities of WordPress: how to create new users, and what capabilities the different user roles have over your WordPress site.

This feature comes in handy if you collaborate with other users: each user can create posts, but such users can be restricted from deleting other people’s posts, or change the layout and functionality of the website.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

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WordPress 110: URLs and Permalinks

In this episode I’ll explain how you can change the URLs for your posts and pages, as they appear in your web browser. By default, WordPress uses numeric links (such as domain.com?p=123) but those are not so easy on the eye.

We can change this to something like domain.com/awesome-post instead, and I’ll explain how to do it, as well as the implications of changing URLs retrospectively.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
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WordPress 109: Mysteries of the MORE Tag

In this episode I’ll show you how the MORE tag works. It’s a “break mark” you can use so that longer posts don’t take up too much space on your front page. I’m also explaining a related feature called the NEXTPAGE tag with which you can break even longer posts into individual pages.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
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WordPress 108: Tags and Categories

In this episode I’ll show you how you can organise your posts with tags and categories. You don’t have to use tags, but a post is always in a default category (called “uncategorized” by default, and I’ll show you how to change that too).

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast:

WordPress 107: Embedding Videos

In this episode I’ll show you how to embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo into your posts and pages. This works with some magic called oEmbed, a technology that only requires the URL to the video, from which WordPress can determine the correct width for your theme and pull in the complicated code we once had to post.

This principle works for embedding other sources as well, for example images from Flickr, Tweets from Twitter and even Kickstarter campaigns.

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast:

WordPress 106: Working with Images

In this episode I’ll show you how with images in WordPress.

I’ll explain how to upload them, how to embed them into your posts and pages, and what happens behind the scenes when you do that. We’ll also discuss Featured Images, the relationship between the “image” and “embed code”, and we’ll talk about the actual image sizes on the server.

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast:

WordPress 105: Widgets and Sidebars

In this episode I’ll show you how to use widgets. They usually materialise in a sidebar, but some themes have widgetized areas elsewhere, such as the bottom or the top of your site. I will also show you how to remove unwanted widgets. And while we’re at it, I will also explain what a sidebar is 🙂

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast:

WordPress 104: Custom Menus

In this episode I will show you how to use Custom Menus in WordPress.

It depends on the theme if and where menus show up, but the principle of adding items to a menu and how to order them are the same no matter which theme you use. Menus are a great way to let visitors see what your site has to offer, be that direct links to posts or pages, links to a whole category or custom links located on other websites.

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast:

WordPress 103: Writing Posts and Pages

In this episode I’ll show you how to create posts and pages, and I’ll explain the differences between them. We’ll also discuss formatting and I’ll briefly explain how to use the HTML editor.

The full course is aimed at beginners and medium casuals alike. Whether you’ve been away from WordPress for a while, or if you’re a complete newbie, this is a very un-intimidating “getting started” guide.

You can watch the full course on one convenient YouTube Playlist.

Enjoy!

Watch the full course in one convenient playlist:
Catch this episode on my WordPress Podcast: