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Create Named Templates in WordPress

WordPress recognizes three special areas of a theme: header, footer, and sidebar. The get_header, get_footer, and get_sidebar functions default to loading [more…]

Create and Use WordPress Template Parts

WordPress template parts are relatively new. A template part is very similar to the Header, Footer, and Sidebar templates except that you aren’t limited to just these. You can branch out and create any [more…]

What Are Content-Specific Standard Templates?

Most WordPress template files span a wide scope of site views specific to the view, not the content. For example, the category.php template file applies to all category archive views but not to a specific [more…]

WordPress Page Templates

Although the page-slug.php feature in WordPress is very helpful, sometimes requiring the theme’s user to use the name you chose for a feature is too difficult or unnecessary. Page templates allow you to [more…]

How to Add the Custom Menus Feature to a WordPress Theme

The WordPress Custom Menus feature is already built in to the default Twenty Thirteen theme, so you don’t have to worry about preparing your theme for it. However, if you’re using a different theme, or [more…]

How to Create a Custom Post Type in Your WordPress Theme

To create and use custom post types on your site, you need to be sure that your WordPress theme contains the correct code and functions. In the following steps, you create a basic and generic custom post [more…]

How to Build a Template for a Custom Post Type in WordPress

By default, custom post types use the single.php template in your WordPress theme — that is, unless you create a specific template for your custom post type. You may find the regular WordPress [more…]

Post Formats in WordPress

Including the post formats in your WordPress theme allows you to designate a different content display and styling for certain types of designated posts. Unlike custom post types, you can’t create different [more…]

How to Add Post Formats to a WordPress Theme

To add support for post formats in your WordPress theme, you first need to add the function call to your Theme Functions (functions.php) template. After you follow these few steps, there is some magic [more…]

How to Add Support for Post Thumbnails

Post thumbnails (or featured images) in WordPress take a lot of the work out of associating an image with a post and using the correct size each time. A popular way to display content in WordPress themes [more…]

How to Use CSS to Add the Custom Background Feature to a WordPress Theme

The Twenty Thirteen WordPress theme is not packaged with an available feature in WordPress that allows you to change the background to a different color or use an image for your background. There is, however [more…]

How to Use CSS to Change a WordPress Theme Background

The <body> tag is simple HTML markup. Every WordPress theme has this tag, which defines the overall default content for each page of your website — the site’s [more…]

How to Define and Position a WordPress Header Image with CSS

Most WordPress themes have a header image that appears at the top of the page. This image is generated by a graphic defined either in the CSS value for the property that represents the header area or through [more…]

How to Use CSS to Customize Fonts in a WordPress Theme

You can change the fonts in your WordPress theme for style or readability purposes. Typographic (or font) design experts use simple font variations to achieve amazing design results. You can use fonts [more…]

How to Display Custom Menus in WordPress Using Widgets

You don’t have to use the wp_nav_menu(); template tag to display the menus on your site because WordPress also provides you with a Custom Menu widget that you can add to your theme, allowing you to use [more…]

Basic HTML Techniques for Your WordPress Site

HTML can help you customize and organize your WordPress theme. To understand how HTML and CSS work together, think of it this way: If a website were a building, HTML would be the structure [more…]

How to Insert a Photo Gallery into a WordPress Page or Blog Post

You can use the WordPress Insert Media page to insert a full photo gallery into your pages (or posts). Follow these steps to insert a photo gallery into a page [more…]

How to Add Web Forms for a WordPress Site Using Plugins

Some WordPress website owners need to provide a way for their visitors to contact them directly via e-mail. You don’t want to publish your actual e-mail address on your website, because people run special [more…]

Building a WordPress Social Community with BuddyPress

The popularity of online social communities is undeniable. WordPress — the creator of the world’s most popular blogging platform — is a great example of an online social community, allowing millions of [more…]

How to Use Plugins to Integrate Popular Social Networks with Your Blog

WordPress offers some great plugins that help you integrate your involvement in other social networks into your WordPress website. Having one website published on the Internet isn’t enough: Many companies [more…]

10 Free WordPress Themes

It doesn’t get much better than free. If you want to customize your WordPress website without developing a theme of your own, try one of these. All the themes meet the following criteria: [more…]

10 Popular WordPress Plugins

Here are ten of the most popular plugins available for your WordPress blog. And if these ten plugins aren’t enough for you, you can find many more at the official [more…]

How to Apply a Theme to Your WordPress.com Blog

It’s time to choose a theme for your WordPress.com blog. In this case, the word theme is synonymous with the words design and template. All three words describe the very same things: the visual layout [more…]

How to Create Custom Navigation Menus on Your WordPress Blog

WordPress helps you easily add navigation menus to your theme with a feature called Menus. This feature enables you to build your own custom menu of links by adding links to any pages, posts, categories [more…]

How to Create a Mobile-Friendly WordPress Theme

The mobile web is all the rage: Your site visitors use every type of device from desktop computers to laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. WordPress.com [more…]

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