Using CustomPress for the First Time

Where you can find Custom Press in your WordPress backend

Today I wanted to walk you through using the Custom Press plugin for WordPress.  Now for those of you who aren't or have little to no interest in coding, relax, and don't break out into a cold sweat this isn't going to be one of "those" articles.  Custom Press is a Plugin that allows you to customize WordPress Post Types (meaning what we would normally call "posts" and/or … [Read more...]

How to Code Forms That Validate Using HTML5


I wanted to share a tip with you for those of you who have websites that run on HTML5.  Traditionally in HTML 4 and its predecessors if you wanted to do validation on web based forms on your website that collect information from your visitors you had to reference and/or code JavaScript that would then validate what a user enters onto the form when they submitted it. Now with … [Read more...]

How to Create Hooks in WordPress

WP Hooks plugin for WordPress

The problem with making changes in WordPress is that you need to make them to the core files.  What a pain in the butt, right?  Well let me tell you about the beauty of using hooks to customize your WordPress theme.  A hook in WordPress gives you a way to write over some of the core functionality of WordPress in order to edit a WordPress theme so that you can make changes but … [Read more...]

How to Code your wp-config.php file in WordPress

Whether you are new to WordPress or you've been using it for many years like me then you know that when you install WordPress you've always got to work with the wp-config file.  Just like it sounds the wp-config file is a PHP file that tells WordPress where and how to configure WordPress with your mySQL database. Now this can be daunting for many people considering creating … [Read more...]

Showing and Hiding Sidebar Content in WordPress Blogs

This is just a cool little trick that i thought I’d include for all you WordPress lovers out there.  When it comes to managing a website or blog today at some point you may want to show or hide certain content depending on the page your visitors are on or for some other reason (e.g. "someone purchasing ad space on your website", etc.).  With WordPress it’s entirely possible to … [Read more...]