Commenting is an incredible built-in feature for WordPress. But sometimes, you simply need to figure out how to turn off comments in WordPress.
WordPress Tutorials: Guides to WordPress, Plugins & Themes
Trying to figure out if WordPress is right for you? You should check out my guide to How To Set Up A WordPress Website.
Otherwise, explore all my WordPress related tutorials and posts below!
I’ve had two different bosses in two different industries tell me that “if a task feels tedious then you’re using the wrong tools.”
And that is especially true with auditing, editing and implementing website changes.
Here’s an all too common scenario – you’re a marketer or website owner in charge of a large-ish website running WordPress. Unlike website software in the past, you can make content changes to your website. But it is still all too tedious.[Continue Reading]
And for good reason – it’s the most comprehensive, well-thought out SEO plugin for WordPress out on the market. It can do basically anything a professional SEO Specialist could wish for (and more).
Unfortunately, that can also be a problem. Yoast SEO does everything, but in doing so, can also be overwhelming for beginners (or really anyone who doesn’t want to specialize in SEO). That overwhelm usually also leads to non-use.
What usually happens is that someone hears that there’s an amazing plugin called Yoast SEO. They install it…and then it sort of sits there while the site owner hopes it does some magic by default to “SEO” their site…which is sort of like
In October 2015, I took ShivarWeb.com 100% sitewide HTTPS/SSL. The site runs on WordPress, and while there were a couple quality WordPress SSL tutorials out there, there wasn’t a complete start to finish guide.
So this is how to set up HTTPS / SSL for WordPress based on my experience as a marketer & non-server admin.
Disclosure – I receive referral fees from any companies mentioned in the post. All opinion & data is based on my experience as a paying customer.
What is HTTPS / SSL?
Let’s start with a couple definitions.[Continue Reading]
I’ve written how to develop a WordPress store with Woocommerce before – and mentioned the tools to turn WordPress (which is usually just website software) into a powerful online store.
Here’s 25 interesting WordPress eCommerce Themes that you can install, customize and use for a beautiful storefront design…[Continue Reading]
In many ways, plugins are a killer feature for using WordPress. They can add nearly any imaginable functionality to WordPress – from ecommerce to social networking to dancing unicorns. But what are the truly must have WordPress plugins?
There’s a balance. Since the most popular and needed features get added to core WordPress, WordPress already comes with tons of functionality out of the box.
And as a general rule of thumb, the fewer plugins you have, the better. Plugins add a lot of overhead to your installation, and can be a drag on performance. Always try to use WordPress’ core features or manually add snippet to the functions.php file instead of adding yet another plugin. This is why any post that has more than 8 “essential” plugins isn’t really helping things.
That said, there are 8 must have plugins for WordPress that provide functionality that nearly every website that wants to grow traffic will need in some form or fashion.[Continue Reading]
WordPress provides a great Visual Editor so that you don’t have to know HTML in order to publish web pages and blog posts.
However, as with any What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWG) web page editor – it can be a bit finicky at times – especially with image placement.
Here’s how to troubleshoot to make sure your images show up pretty and exactly how you want them…[Continue Reading]
WordPress – like all software – needs to be updated regularly to keep it secure, to add new features, and generally keep it humming along correctly.
The good news is that WordPress lets you know automatically when you need to update.
The bad news is that you still need to do it. Here’s how to update WordPress & plugins without trouble.[Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. It’s an Introduction to WordPress plugins with free video tutorials. Enjoy and learn!
If Themes add the look to your website, then Plugins add the functionality to your site.
Whether it’s eCommerce functionality, SEO, or anything else you can imagine – someone has created a plugin for that. Plugins are WordPress’ killer feature because it allows for nearly infinite features in itself. Let’s take a look at them. [Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. It provides an Introduction To WordPress Themes – what they are, aren’t, and how to use them with free video tutorials. Enjoy!
WordPress is responsible for “powering” your website, and helping you manage it. WordPress doesn’t, by itself, show your website to the world. For that, WordPress uses “Themes.” Themes are responsible for extending your website’s layout and design. WordPress uses “Plugins” to extend functionality.
If WordPress is your website’s engine – Themes are the body style. They are more than just templates, because Themes have amazing features built-in to each one. They have code snippets that allow you to swap in layouts and content types & more. Here’s an overview of what they are & how to switch between different themes…[Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. Here’s how to work with widgets in WordPress…you know, those little boxes that add little bits of fun to your sidebar, footer, and header?
Want to display a small ad or about snippet on the side of your website? That’s what Widgets are for.
Widgets are small little bits of functionality displayed in the “footer,” “header,” or “sidebar” of your website. And yes, WordPress has a handy little area to manage them all. Here’s how to work with widgets in WordPress. [Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. This tutorial covers how to work with menus in WordPress – And the good news is what used to be a pain to create and manage is now a fairly straightforward process.
Your website content doesn’t matter much if visitors can’t find their way around, right? Cue Menus with WordPress. Here’s how to create, manage, and customize your website menus all in WordPress.[Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. We’ll cover how to work with the WordPress Media Library – so that your images, audio, video, and galleries show up correctly, and are easy to manage.
Just like editing text way back in the day, to make basic edits to your images you had to download, edit and upload them – not anymore!
The media library doesn’t just hold your images and other media – you can actually work with them, edit them and format them all directly on your site without having to worry about downloading them into another program! Here are the basics of WordPress’ Media Library.[Continue Reading]
This is part of the Beginner’s Guide To WordPress Series. We’ll cover how to work with images in WordPress to make your posts stand out – and look just right.
Great images add tons of life to you website. And just like editing text, or creating links – the backend of WordPress tries to make it easy to work with images on your posts, pages, products, or portfolios (and more). Here’s how to work with images in WordPress…[Continue Reading]