This beginner-level WordPress tutorial shows 1. How to make a “child” page or subpage of another page (a “parent” page) using the WordPress 2.7 editing interface. And 2. How to hide a link in the Pages sidebar widget, in other words, how to keep a link to a page from showing in the Pages sidebar widget by putting the page ID number into the “Exclude” box in the Pages sidebar widget dialog box. Making “child” pages (subpages) is useful because you may not want all your pages to show in the main page navigation of your WordPress theme. In most themes, only “main” pages (pages that don’t have a “parent”) show up in the main page navigation. In some newer WordPress themes, child pages show up in a popup menu that appears when you roll over the main page link. And in some themes, sub-subpages show up in popup menus as well. These are sometimes called “cascading” navigation menus: sub-subpages show up in a popup menu when you roll over a subpage link. The second part of this tutorial shows how to hide (or “exclude”) a link to a page that would otherwise appear in the links of the Pages sidebar widget. This is useful for a number of reasons. One is that when you make a static page your Home page in WordPress, some themes will show the link to this static page as a second home page link in your main navigation. By making the Home page a subpage and excluding that link from the Pages sidebar navigation, you can eliminate the double Home page link.
LATEST TUTORIALS: mcbuzz.wordpress.com CODE FOR THIS TUTORIAL HERE mcbuzz.wordpress.com This Intermediate level WordPress tutorial shows how to use a text widget to customize a WordPress sidebar. To see the final product of the tutorial in the Business Blogging 101 website and the HTML code used in this example, go to mcbuzz.wordpress.com and search for “text widget”. Widgets are a very useful feature of most new WordPress themes. These are called “widget enabled” or “widgetized” themes or “widget enabled” or “widgetized” sidebars. They allow you to add custom content to your sidebars with little or no knowledge of HTML or other code. In an earlier tutorial, I showed how to add Flickr photos to a WordPress sidebar using the Flickr photo widget. The example I use in this tutorial shows how to create a custom text box with a short biographical note and part of that text is a link. In PART TWO of this tutorial, I show how to insert an image into the same custom sidebar box, along with a LinkedIn profile “badge”. You can use these techniques to put whatever you want into your own WordPress sidebar.
This Advanced-level WordPress tutorial shows how to download, edit and upload a WordPress theme sidebar file (sidebar.php) using FTP software and a text editor. This is considered an advanced WordPress tutorial because you work with the files for the WordPress theme. You do not use the WordPress Dashboard in this tutorial. The tutorial assumes you know how to setup and use FTP software on your computer so that you can download and upload the sidebar file. It also assumes you know how to open a text file like sidebar.php using a text editor. On a PC, common text editors are Notepad and Wordpad. On a Mac, the default text editor is TextEdit. A good Macintosh text editor for HTML and PHP files is BBEdit.
This beginner-level WordPress tutorial shows you how to use the new WordPress version 2.7 Dashboard, also called the WordPress site administration “back-end” or editing interface. It’s a very basic introduction to new features of the Dashboard like drag and drop admin modules (boxes of content), how to open and close module windows and menu options – very cool! – how to collapse and expand sidebar menus, and how to hide or show individual modules throughout the Dashboard. For more in-depth comments and a complete list of WordPress tutorials by Mark McLaren of McBuzz Communications, or to contact Mark McLaren with questions or comments, please visit mcbuzz.wordpress.com
This beginner-level WordPress tutorial is an update of the existing tutorial on mcbuzz.wordpress.com and YouTube called “WordPress Tutorial – How to Upload and Link to a PDF, Microsoft Word Document, Excel, PowerPoint or Other Doc Using WordPress”. That tutorial was done using an earlier version of WordPress. This tutorial uses WordPress 2.7. This tutorial shows three things 1) How to upload a PDF, Microsoft Word doc, PowerPoint, Excel or other Office-type document using WordPress 2.7. 2) How to insert a link to that document into a WordPress post or page. (Visitors to your site can click on the link to download or view the document.), and 3) that there are two things called “Media Library” in the WordPress 2.7 Dashboard, one of which has more information about the files in the Library than the other does. It’s helpful to see how you get to each of these Media Libraries because you can find the URL link for a file in only one of them, which can be confusing!
PLEASE NOTE: This Intermediate-level tutorial is for WordPress version 2.3 and earlier. To wrap text around an image in version 2.5 or later, see the new tutorials in the mcbuzzvideo collection called “WordPress 2.5+ Tutorial – How to Upload and Insert an Image” and “WordPress 2.5+ Tutorial – How to Wrap Text Around an Image”. The second technique in this tutorial works for any HTML page, whether you use WordPress or not. If you need more control over how an image is positioned relative to text wrapping around it, you can use this technique (even in WordPress version 2.5 or later). This tutorial shows two ways to position an image on the left or right side in the body of a WordPress Post or Page, and how to wrap text around the image. The first way is quick and easy to do. The second way gives you more control over the image’s position and the padding or “air” around the image. It’s an Intermediate-level WordPress tutorial because the second of the two ways shows you how to insert a bit of HTML code using the WordPress Code editing window.
More free tutorials at mcbuzz.wordpress.com This WordPress Tutorial uses WordPress version 2.8.4 hosted on a third-party web host. The technique to change a theme is the same on sites hosted on WordPress.com. Third-party-hosted WordPress sites (also called “self-hosted” or “full version” or “WordPress.org version” WordPress sites) allow you to upload themes that you buy or find online, either through the WordPress Dashboard or using a search for “free wordpress themes” on Google or one of the other search engines. This tutorial shows how to delete a theme using Appearance – Manage Themes in the WordPress Dashboard. It shows how to find new free themes using Appearance – Install Themes in the WordPress Dashboard. And shows how to upload a theme from your computer. It shows how to activate a new theme once you find it or upload it. WordPress themes come in the form of a .zip file. You can buy “Premium Themes” and you can find thousands of free themes using the Dashboard or by searching for “free wordpress themes” on the Web.