Adding Custom Breadcrumbs into your WordPress Theme

There are only a small handful of CMS libraries which offer support for breadcrumbs. This is a trail of links you’ll notice above the body content which leads back to the various categories and top-tier pages related to your post. Also it displays the hierarchical formatting between parent pages and sub-pages.

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In this article I want to offer a few different solutions for implementing breadcrumbs in WordPress. The simplest method is to install a custom plugin which will automatically include these bits of HTML in your theme. Breadcrumbs are also easy to customize on your own, so it all depends on your comfort level when working within WordPress. Along with these ideas I’ve included some related links you may skim and other helpful breadcrumb tutorials.


Publishing Tables in WP Admin Editor using TablePress

How many times have you been writing a page or blog post and run into the nuisance of coding out a custom HTML table. It doesn’t happen all too often, but when you don’t have prebuilt styles it feels like a hindrance towards building your content further. This may be corrected by styling your own custom tables ready in advance for your posts.

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But I feel there are other solutions which offer much more versatility. Most notably the WP plugin TablePress has gained a lot of attention over the recent months. In this article I would like to explain how we can go about configuring this plugin and getting code ready for your webpage. The settings are not too complex, although there are many options and advanced features for power users who are always finding themselves stuck working with tables.


How To Setup Google Verified Author Accounts on WordPress

Google has become more integrated into the web and has developed their own process for ranking content. Designers and webmasters are working with new tools for handling webpage analytics and digital media. Recently the Google+ social network has allowed authors and writers to connect their blog accounts with Google.

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After this is completed you will notice each author’s profile photo will appear in Google search results. This is a nice way of demonstrating who you are and what each writer has done on your website. Some users may have the personal search results turned off, but your account will still have all the benefits related to a Google Author profile. In this brief article I want to explain a couple solutions for connecting into WordPress with Google Author accounts.


Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Plugin System

By searching in Google you can find a lot of specific WordPress tutorials related around plugins. However there are not too many guides which explain an overview of the system, best practices, and just getting started with plugins in general. Thus I want to fill the void and hopefully offer some great tips for newcomers.

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In this article I will present the methods of building a WordPress plugin from top-to-bottom. We can look into just the minimum requirements for a plugin to exist, and then extend functionality as needed. The conventions are not overly complicated if you have a decent handle on PHP and the WordPress syntax.

Customize External Links in your WordPress Posts

The WordPress backend system is versatile enough to support developers writing and managing their own codes. These often take the form of plugins, themes, or commonly systematic functions which are run in your specific WP install directory. These codes are often placed inside functions.php and pertains only to the current theme files.

With so much access to backend customization I have wanted to delve into the subject of hyperlinks. Writers often need to reference external links on various websites within blog posts. But you may want to edit the link styles for opening into new windows, or dynamically setting the title tooltips. I have put together this brief guide for editing custom settings with your anchor links through WP functionality.


In-Depth Look into the WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme

Ever since 2010 WordPress has been releasing new themes to coincide with the new year. Previously the past two versions have been incredible and ultimately become staples in the WordPress themes gallery. And now we have the ability to install WordPress Twenty Twelve which is packaged with every new WP3.5 download.

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In this article I’d like to go over some of the new features within Twenty Twelve. There are plenty of changes in comparison to last year’s theme, and lots of relatable functionality for web developers. This new design may also prove useful as a basic template for creating your own WordPress themes without starting from scratch. I am definitely a big fan of this year’s theme, and I am just as excited to see what the developers at WP will publish next.


Collection of Helpful Videos from

There are so many web developers around the world who have been studying WordPress for years. It is a common CMS which is used for various purposes, usually blogging, but often other niches too. The educational resource has some fantastic tutorials and videos which are worth your attention.

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I have gone through and rounded up a collection for people who have never visited the site before. Each link below includes a small description of the video and the content which can help you with your website analysis and determine how you can best optimize your wordpress powered blog or website to its finest. I want to point out that not every video will be useful, but many include professional speakers or keynote addresses on detailed topics. I have learned tons of great information by listening to these videos and following along with similar articles online. It’s worth recommending to anybody who is interested in WordPress development should check out this brief showcase.


Methods for Customizing the WordPress Login Form

Developers who have been using WordPress for a long time are familiar with the login form. It is styled in a very generic manner consistent with the default WordPress theme. It is also the same design found on the registration form and the Forgot Password form. But there are very few who go out of their way to update the styles and rearrange the design schemes.

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In this article I would like to present just a couple of methods for re-designing your WordPress login form. The techniques may take a couple of hours developing new styles, but it can be finished within a day. You’ll need some knowledge of backend coding to edit inside your theme files. Additionally many of these changes can be theme-specific which means you can quickly turn them off when required.


How To Publish Multi-Page WordPress Posts

In the WordPress backend panel you have the option of writing new pages or a new blog post. These options differ because of how WordPress organizes content, and how the dates are formatted. But what’s interesting about WordPress posts is that you can quickly split up content into multiple page articles.

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This technique will force readers to click a link leading onto the next page. It is very simple to implement into any blog theme, so you won’t need to deal with a whole lot of customizations. In this article I want to introduce multiple page blog posts and how you can set them up for your own website.


Introduction to the WordPress WooThemes Framework

There are literally dozens of various WordPress open source frameworks to build on. You can search through Google and filter hundreds of results based on themes, backend scripts, and plugins. But I feel that WooThemes and specifically the WooFramework have allowed developers access to newer tools and ideas like never before.

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In this brief article I would like to go over the process of getting started building on WooThemes. The whole system is likely very complicated to non-developers who are not familiar with the language. However WooThemes has put together an excellent documentation page which explains the backend functions in many popular themes.