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Patty J. Ayers
WordPress Consultant: Support and Problem-Solving, Project Planning, Training, Technical Maintenance, Hands-on Website Building
WordPress Consultant: Support and Problem-Solving, Project Planning, Training, Technical Maintenance, Hands-on Website Building

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I drink this all day every day.

WordPress Tip of the Day: Googling for WordPress Solutions #3

If at first you don’t succeed, and your search results don’t seem to have much to do with your problem, try phrasing your search different ways. Try to use the most common and accurate terms for the solutions you’re seeking. This is the equivalent of looking for something lost in the place it’s likely to be found! In the search results, scan for well-known WordPress websites and authors who you have reason to trust — these are always your best bet. Put the word “beginner” in the search if that describes you.

WordPress Tip of the Day: Googling for WordPress Solutions #2

There will be a lot of results from two sources: (1) The Support Forums, and (2) The Codex. The Forums tend to have very old discussions and unclear posts; I avoid them (except to volunteer!) The Codex is “the horse’s mouth”, with excellent information, but much of it highly technical. Avoid both, and look past them for up-to-date posts from well-known, trusted people in the WP community.

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1-Minute WP Basics: Googling for WordPress solutions #1
When you Google a couple of words describing the WordPress problem you want to solve, there will be a lot of results, many of them referring to long-outdated WordPress features. As the first step in sorting through them, I recommend clicking the Search Tools link which appears at the top of Search Results screens. Then click Any time, choose Past year and perform the search. You’ll get only results which were published within the past year.

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WordPress Tip of the Day

Normally, a child theme should be used when developing any website with a free or commercial theme. It’s actually a very simple process, although it changed slightly about a year ago, so recent instructions are important. The Child Themes page in the WordPress Codex has the essentials. has a good tutorial which goes into a lot more detail.

There are exceptions; for example, with purchased child themes like those offered by StudioPress; you can’t make a “grandchild theme”. When in doubt, check with the author of the theme you’re using as to whether a child theme is the recommended way to go.

WordPress Tip of the Day: Oh no, something’s gone missing from my Admin screen again

Everybody has to learn about Screen Options at some point in his WordPress journey, since there’s nothing very intuitive about the feature. On any Admin screen, it’s at the top right, a hanging tab. Click the tab, and you’ll see a selection of stuff which can be either shown on this screen, or hidden. So next time you’re looking for something on an Admin screen which has gone missing, remember Screen Options.

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~ WordPress Tip o' the Day ~
WordPress 4.3 was just released, and includes these changes:
* Menu management with instant previewing in the Customizer
* Site Icons for managing favicons and app icons
* Improved password handling for Users
* Formatting shortcuts in the Visual Editor
Read the announcement on for the full scoop.

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Figured out how to get an image that doesn't appear on my website to appear when I post the link on social media sites. Put the image on the page, but wrapped in <!-- comment --> tags.

WordPress Tip of the Day: Excerpts and the More Tag

Many themes display a list of recent blog posts or articles, showing only a few lines of text from each — a teaser. Depending upon the theme, this may be automatic; the first 55 words of the post (an Automatic Excerpt) are used. If that’s the case with your theme, you have the option to use a Custom Excerpt, by filling in the Excerpt field. If, instead, your theme shows full posts, you’ll need to use the More Tag. In the Visual Editor, just place your cursor and then click the More Tag button to insert it where you want the teaser to end.

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In WordPress, Page has a specific meaning. A Page is a lot like a Post, but isn’t dated like a blog post, at least on the front end website, and isn’t organized by categories or tags. Instead, they can easily be organized into menus for ease of access on the front end website. Code-wise, a WordPress Page is actually a type of Post, as are Custom Post Types. It’s usually best to use Pages and Posts as they’re designed to be used, although the possibilities are almost unlimited for alternative uses on more complex websites.
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