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.

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:

WordPress 102: Using Themes

In this video I’ll show what themes are and how to use them in WordPress (downloading, installing, activating and deleting). I’ll also show you how to preview themes before putting them live.

Themes are what WordPress uses to style the look and feel of the front page. Depending on what theme you use, options in the back end may vary because some themes provide additional functionality (much like plugins). In this course I’m using TwentyThirteen.

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.

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 101: Introduction and Workflow

In this course I’ll talk you through how to use WordPress.

This first episode focusses on general workflow, how to log in, how WordPress works and how to use the integrated help system. I will also briefly cover software updates for WordPress, Themes and Plugins.

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 whole series as one convenient playlist in YouTube.

Enjoy!

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

How to setup Plesk Mail in Mozilla Thunderbird for Windows

In this episode I’ll show you how to setup Plesk Mail in Thunderbird for Windows. Unlike most email clients, Thunderbird can figure out the correct settings by itself – something neither Outlook nor Mac Mail can do. Therefore, the real magic with Thunderbird is figuring out how to get to the account settings.

To do so, click the three little lines next to the search box. It will bring up a fly-out menu. Under Options – Account Settings, setup a new account or change the settings for an existing one.

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Thunderbird is clever usually enough to detect the settings it needs to connect to the Plesk server. In case it fails, use the following:

  • STARTTLS as encryption
  • Authentication: use encrypted password
  • your full email address as user name (such as you@domain.com)
  • Port 143
  • Outgoing Mail Server: Port 587
  • Incoming Mail Server: Port 143 OR 993

Good luck!

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How to setup Plesk Mail in Microsoft Outlook for Windows

In this episode I’ll show you how to setup Plesk Mail in Microsoft Outlook on Windows. It’s often a big stumbling block for users. The instructions will also work for Microsoft Essentials, the predecessor of Outlook Express. I’m using Outlook 2010 here, but the instructions are also applicable to later versions.

The two important windows are under Account Settings, there’s a window with six tabs. One of which is labelled Outgoing Server and the other one is called Advanced:

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Make sure Outlook is set to use TLS for both incoming and outgoing connections. The Root Folder Path needs to be set to INBOX (in all capitals).

Good luck 😉

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