Let’s face it, in the years since we’ve been using WordPress, the login screen hasn’t changed much. Sure, you can customize it with a logo but beyond that, it doesn’t really offer much variety. In fact, the default WordPress admin login page really breaks the user’s experience when you have a custom theme in place. Going from your beautiful theme to the default WordPress login page is like going from Paris to Siberia in an instant.
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Earlier today we announced some exciting big new features to the MarketPress plugin.
Now we’d like to share this brand new video tutorial series for MarketPress with a complete guide to selling products, downloads, and services with WordPress.
We’ve just joined Pinterest! Social bookmarking with images has become an increasingly popular way for people to organize their lives and remember important things. We’ve decided to join all the pinners out there by setting up our own WPMU DEV account to feature all the latest WordPress themes, tools and buzz.
We’ve added some of our top categories and will be pinning only our best and most useful posts. Follow us to keep track of WordPress tips and hints, newly released WordPress and BuddyPress themes, WordPress Multisite tutorials and more.
When a new version of WordPress is released, it’s always a good idea to upgrade as soon as you possibly can. But, don’t just hit that update button as soon as you see the notice pop up in your WordPress dashboard. There’s a few things that we should always do BEFORE updating to the latest WordPress version. Plus, what do we do if our update fails?
Automatically Updating To The Latest Version
The biggest change in the recently released 3.5 version of WordPress was undoubtedly the way media is handled. Not only did the Media Library change, but the way galleries are created also changed – all for the better.
Below we’ll go over how to insert a photo gallery in a WordPress post. We’ve got both a video tutorial as well as text and images.
First up, a video of the process.
Opening the Media Manager
To create a gallery, you need to click on the Media Manager button at top left of your editing screen.
WordPress gives you the ability to add custom post types and taxonomies easily with some simple code in your functions.php file, or through the use of a plugin like CustomPress. That means, you can quickly turn your WordPress site into a fairly well-featured CMS.
The only problem is, out of the box, WordPress does not automatically take your newly created custom post types and add them to the archive pages for existing taxonomies ‘categories’ or ‘tags.’
The standard menu in WordPress, while powerful and easy to add onto almost any theme, leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to styling.
Not to mention, the built-in WordPress menu classes can be quite confusing. There’s menu-item-type-taxonomy, current-menu-parent, current-menu-ancestor, and a whole bunch of other confusion selectors you can choose from to make styling your menu about as fun as pulling out your hair.
A standard WordPress menu looks like this:
Gray bar with a darker gray hover. Not too much to look at right?
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As blogging becomes more and more professional, we are seeing a range of new analytic services, tools, and techniques that aim to better understand the mind and intentions of the user. The user, we are to understand, is a fickle, inscrutable, and unfathomable beast who can only be understood through careful observation by the Jane Goodall of your analytics software.
In his State of The Word this year, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg stated that two thirds of WordPress users take advantage of the platform as a CMS – not as a blog platform. Certainly, WordPress is the most popular open source content management system in the world. But users often turn to Blogger or Tumblr and the like, when they only want a simple, basic blogging experience. It is true that WordPress is no longer JUST a blogging platform but the myriad options, plugins and possibilities have complicated the experience for users who simply want a way to quickly and easily publish their thoughts online.