WordPress Tutorials for beginners - By Michael Caranza

A growing list of free WordPress and Thesis (theme) tutorials to help you get past the learning curve. If you’re struggling with something in particular, feel free to reach out with your request and I’ll do my best to satisfy.

How to customize the Feedburner email subscription box

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - customize feedburner email subscription box

So, a while back I wrote a tutorial on adding a Feedburner subscription option to your Thesis site (you can add one to any self-hosted WordPress site, Thesis or not, but my directions are usually specific to Thesis users). It just donned on me that I never told you how to customize the look of [...]

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Beginner’s guide to using PHP w/ WordPress & Thesis

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - using PHP with thesis and wordpress

Okay, let’s start with an admission. I don’t really understand PHP. HTML and CSS? Sure, got a pretty good handle on those, but PHP has me baffled. I don’t understand why or how it works, but I do know that it does work. And so I use it. In fact, I do it all the [...]

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How to create a new widget area

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - creating new sidebars

I’ve found it helpful in certain situations to have widgetized areas (that is, places I can drag/drop widgets into from the Appearance>Widget menu) other than the standard Sidebar 1 and Sidebar 2. Certain themes have this built in, but it’s not terribly difficult to create them yourself, so I thought I’d write up a quick [...]

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How to style a sidebar widget

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - widget styling

If you’ve used The Thesis Theme for WordPress, you know that out of the box, it has certain stylistic traits. That is, before making any changes at all, there is a certain style to the font, for example, in the menu bar (navbar) and, perhaps more noticeably, in the sidebar columns. If you’re happy with [...]

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How to add a Google +1 button

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - google plus one and thesis

I recently wrote a tutorial about putting Fixed Position Social Media Icons on your WordPress website, but since Google Plus seems to be a very popular request of late, I thought I would write a quick, detailed tutorial on exactly how to get just a Google +1 button on your site without using a plugin. [...]

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How to add fixed-position social media icons

by Jeb Free Tuts
wordpress tutorial - social media icons

Adding links on your WordPress website or blog to your social media outposts is generally a good idea. Naturally, it depends on your site goals, but if you’re active on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, etc, and you’d like a very clean, unobtrusive way to display linked icons, this tutorial will walk you through the steps [...]

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How to add a sliding panel

by Jeb Free Tuts
WordPress tutorial

I’ve done a few sites recently where a very slick sliding panel could come in handy, so I thought I’d show you how to have one for yourself. NOTE: It’s assumed you’re running The Thesis Theme for WordPress. If not, some of these directions won’t apply. Also if not…you should be. What is a sliding [...]

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WordPress & Thesis: Adding a Feedburner Email Subscription Option

by Jeb Free Tuts
feedburner email subscription on your wordpress blog

If you’re blogging regularly, whether for business or pleasure, a primary goal is almost always to build a community of folks who enjoy reading what you write. Getting people to visit is the first trick (here are 5 SEO Tools that might help w/ that), but once they’re there, it’s nice to keep them reading. [...]

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WordPress - How to change hosts

by Jeb Free Tuts
WordPress Tutorial

Since I’ve had a few clients recently who’ve needed to move their WordPress websites to a new host, I thought I’d write up a quick tutorial on how to do just that. Every host is a little different, of course, but the basic steps are going to be pretty similar, so here goes. Oh, one [...]

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WordPress - New Blog Checklist

by Jeb Free Tuts
WordPress Checklist

The problem with starting something new is that you don’t know what you don’t know. It takes a while before you’ve got the foundational knowledge it takes to gain some proficiency and…efficiency. I’ve made my share of WordPress websites, but man, that first one? I felt like a pure genius just signing into the back-end [...]

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