WordPress is the most popular open source content management system on the web. It pioneered creating a website in a short amount of time while giving users almost complete control of their site. But it can be confusing and complicated if you’re just starting out. So here let’s talk about topics that can help you become a great WordPress user.

WordPress 5.3 Preview

WordPress 5.3 Preview

WordPress 5.3 is almost here! The last major release of the year is slated to be made public on November 12. So with roughly a month to go before it’s released, let’s take a look at what you can expect with WordPress 5.3 when it does come out.

Twenty Twenty Theme Review

WordPress Twenty Twenty Theme Review

WordPress 5.3 will be the last major release of the year. And with that means we’re getting a new default theme: Twenty Twenty. The new theme builds on last year’s default theme, Twenty Nineteen, and really takes it much faster than its predecessor. There’s more you can do and control to create interesting post, pages and websites.

Testing Early Versions of WordPress Releases

Testing Early Versions of WordPress Releases

In the couple of months or so before a major release, the WordPress team will release several beta and release candidates for that major release. But, how can you test those versions with your website, themes and plugins? Well, the answer is pretty simple.

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

WordPress is the most popular content management system out there. But there’s one huge problem a lot of people run into: what is the difference between WordPress.ORG and WordPress.COM? This is something that comes up a lot in the discussion about WordPress. So today, let’s tackle that issue once and for all!

Gutenberg Custom Color Palettes

Gutenberg Custom Color Palettes

The new WordPress block editor, Gutenberg, offers users a lot of cool things, including the ability to easily add colors to your posts and pages. But if you have a business that uses only certain colors, it can be a bit of a hassle to make sure you’re only using those colors. That’s where custom color palettes come into play. With a few lines of code, you can make sure only your colors show up in the color palettes in Gutenberg.

Navigating the WordPress Plugin Directory

Navigating the WordPress Plugin Directory

There are over 55,000 plugins in the WordPress Plugins Directory. That’s a lot. And it can be a potentially terrifying experience if you don’t know what you’re doing. And the odds are pretty high that you’re going to find yourself in there looking for a plugin for your website at some point.

Navigating the WordPress Theme Directory

Navigating the WordPress Theme Directory

There are over 2,900 themes in the WordPress Theme Directory. That’s a lot. And it can be a potentially terrifying experience if you don’t know what you’re doing. And you’re probably going to be diving in there to find a theme that really makes your website stand out in a crowd.

What to Expect with WordPress 5.4

What to Expect with WordPress 5.4

WordPress 5.4 is almost here. Yes, the first major release of 2020 is currently scheduled for March 31. The release is focused primarily on new blocks and improvements to the block editor. But there are other changes that you need to know about as well.

Creating a Custom Functionality Plugin in WordPress

Creating a Custom Functionality Plugin in WordPress

When you change themes, your customizations stored in there will get lost. So that’s where a custom functionality plugin comes into play. You can place your changes there and they will stay there even if you change themes. So let’s go over how you can create a custom functionality plugin today (and you don’t need to be a developer to do so).

Creating a Child Theme

Creating a Child Theme

You’ve probably tried to customize your WordPress theme in some way. You really liked how it looked in the WordPress theme directory or other directory where you grabbed it. But you need to change some things. Some of the colors need to be changed in order to match your branding. Or maybe you want to change how the single.php is laid out. And if you change any of the files, well, those are going to be erased. So what do you do?

Creating Gutenberg Blocks with Advanced Custom Fields

Creating Gutenberg Blocks with Advanced Custom Fields

Gutenberg, the “new” block editor that’s been in WordPress since late 2018, opened up a whole new world into creating posts and pages in WordPress. You can now add almost any type of block you want to your posts or pages with just a couple of clicks of the mouse and create rich and informative content. But the conventional way of creating blocks is fairly complicated to get started, even for developers like myself. But Advanced Custom Fields has a way were you can create you own blocks using just simple PHP.

Properly Updating Your WordPress Website

Properly Updating Your WordPress Website

You know what the little cycle icon in the top menu bar of your WordPress website means. It means that you need to update a plugin, theme or WordPress core. Most updates are fine, but occasionally one might break your website. Here’s how you can update your website while mitigating that risk.

Top StudioPress Themes for Ecommerce

Top StudioPress Themes for Ecommerce

One of the best parts of WordPress is the multitude of great, prebuilt themes that you can use and change for your website. And no place is better at doing that than StudioPress. So let’s go through some of the top StudioPress themes for ecommerce.

Top 4 WordPress Ecommerce Plugins

Top 4 WordPress Ecommerce Plugins

When it comes to creating an online store for relatively cheap, WordPress is going to be one of your best options. And that’s because of the extensive number of quality ecommerce plugins that can help you start selling right now. So let’s go through the list of top plugins you might want to use for your online store.

Taking a Walk Through WooCommerce

Taking a Walk Through WooCommerce

When it comes to WordPress and ecommerce, there’s probably no better plugin than WooCommerce. Seriously, take a search for WordPress ecommerce plugins, either through Google or the Plugin Directory, and see which one pops up with the first result. I’m willing to bet that it’s going to be WooCommerce. So let’s take a look to see what it is and if it might help your business.

Taking a Walk Through Easy Digital Downloads

Taking a Walk Through Easy Digital Downloads

If you’re looking to start selling digital products through your online store, you’re going to want to take a look at Easy Digital Downloads. It’s similar to WooCommerce, but built to handle digital products specifically. If you sell software, you’ll want to look into this.

A Look at the Best WooCommerce Themes

A Look at the Best WooCommerce Themes

WooCommerce is a great WordPress plugin that can turn your website into an online store in just a few minutes. But sometimes the styling can look a bit off if your theme isn’t created with it in mind. So here are four of the best themes sold by WooCommerce to help you quickly create a great online store.

A Look at the Google Site Kit Plugin

A Look at the Google Site Kit Plugin

If you’ve got a website, you’re probably going to want to hook it up to some of the Google tools that are offered like Analytics, Search Console, Tag Manager, etc. But each of those service require different things you need to do in order to connect them to your website, including adding lines of code. Fortunately, the Google Site Kit plugin, introduced in November 2019, makes it super easy to connect your website to those services and allows you to see some stats inside your WordPress dashboard.

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

How to Speed Up Your WordPress Website

How fast does your WordPress website load? Most likely it’s not loading as quickly as you would like it to. But the good news is that there are relatively easy ways for you speed up your WordPress website to give your visitors a much better experience. So today let’s take a look at some of the things you can do today to speed up your site.

What to Expect with WordPress 5.6

What to Expect with WordPress 5.6

We’re nearing the end of 2020 and that means it’s time for the last major WordPress release of the year. WordPress 5.6 brings us a new default theme, Twenty Twenty One, updates to the block editor, some PHP 8 support, auto updates for major releases and other changes and fixes. So let’s go through what you can expect when you update to WordPress 5.6 when it’s released on December 8.