The video in this post is a follow-up to the last video I published here about creating a members only WordPress blog. In that video I briefly demonstated a WordPress plugin that allows you to upload a csv file of and create tens of thousands users in a matter of minutes. In this video, I demonstrate how to create that csv file of users with MS Excel. The video is a bit long…I’m sure given a lot of planning and thought I could have demonstrated this in under 10 minutes, but since I can now upload videos of unlimited length to YouTube, and since I no longer have the time to spend hours on creating these, my videos will tend to be a bit longer these days. The upside is, in this video, you should not only learn a thing or two about WordPress, but you may pick up a few Excel tips that could come in handy in several different applications–I demonstrate the use of the “text to columns”, “concatenate”, and “past values only” functions in Excel that are extremely useful. Anyway, enjoy.
In the video above I demonstrate how to close a WordPress blog to the public and make it available only to members who have a username and password created for them by the blog administrator. The site I demonstrate has 49,500 members that I created and bulk uploaded in about an hour. I show the plugin I used for the bulk upload of users. I’ll create a follow-up video in a week or so demonstrating how I used Excel to create those users from a file with nothing but first and last names. If you have need for a private blog/website to share with a few people or tens of thousands of people, this should help get you started.
In the video above I demonstrate how to do some basic editing on the default WordPress themes (Twentyten and Twentyeleven) to reduce the header size and remove some of the items that, in my opinion, take up way too much space in the header. In the process, I show the basics of setting up a child theme and provide a glimpse into how I use local copies of WordPress running on my computer to make theme editing a lot quicker and simpler. I also demonstrate how to preview changes in Firebug and then copy those changes into your theme css file. This tutorial is intended for non-techies…if you are an expert, then this isn’t for you. Enjoy!
If you don’t currently have your WordPress blog configured to render on mobile devi ces, then watch this video for directions on using the WPTouch plugin. In only a few minutes you have configure your blog to render very nicely on a variety of smartphones.
In the video below I demonstrate the basics of how to set-up a child theme in WordPress 3.0 or later and how to do some basic editing to significantly change the look of the theme. This is intended as a very basic how-to video for non-techies and those wanting to learn to make some simple edits to the default WordPress theme. If you are a theme creating guru, then you’re not going to get much out of this. Enjoy!
In the following videos I demonstrate a simple technique to change the color scheme of the WordPress Arjuna theme using Gimp–free image editing software. The technique I show here can be used on any image-based theme and shows a real simple technique using layers, color, and opacity to change the overall theme color scheme.
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A short video demonstrating how to crop and resize and image for use on the web.
The following videos demonstrate creating a custom WordPress page template. These videos cover the very basics as a starting point for non-techies…if you are already an expert, then there is nothing here for you ;-). More detailed information about WordPress templates can be found in the docs on wordpress.org
How to Create a Custom Page Template in WordPress — Part 1 of 2
How to Create a Custom Page Template in WordPress — Part 2 of 2
Commenting is a great WordPress feature and is one of the key things that really makes a blog a blog. However, more and more people are using WordPress blogs for things other than blogging. Many people are now using WordPress very effectively as a content management system or as an easy-to-use web site. As a result, a lot of people are wanting to remove the commenting feature from their WordPress blog (web site). The following video tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on how to remove the commenting feature from the default WordPress Kubrick theme. The techniques I demonstrate in these videos can be applied to virtually any theme. Enjoy!
In older versions of the iNove theme, increasing the header height was difficult because the header, nav bar, and footer were all part of the same image. However, in iNove 1.4.5 the header is now a single image, so increasing the height is simple. See the following video for step-by-step directions.
In the following video I demonstrate how to create a static homepage for your WordPress blog and then create another page that will display your posts. Enjoy!
I’ve customized some of the files in the iNove 1.4.5 theme to change the theme colors a bit. You can view the changed themes by clicking the dropdown in the header and selecting a theme. I have only included the changed files below, so you will need to start with the complete theme (download at NoEase) and then add the files below. I’ve created a short video to show you how to make the changes.
iNove Red Downloaded: 5524 times.
iNove Blue Downloaded: 5505 times.
iNove Green Downloaded: 5316 times.
iNove Purple Downloaded: 5142 times.
The following video is intended for the non-techie who wants to learn a little about editing a WordPress theme. I’ll post follow-up videos over the next few months covering several tips for editing WordPress themes. If you are an experienced coder, then this is not for you, but if you want to remove the comments link from your WordPress theme and have no idea how to go about it, then this, and future videos in this “non-techie” series may be for you.
Note: The following tutorial is intended to demonstrate how to install XAMPP and WordPress on your local Windows computer. It is not recommended that you connect this to the web…this is a very insecure set-up intended for local (off-line) purposes such as local testing, development, etc.
How to Run WordPress on Your Windows Computer Using XAMPP — Part 1 of 2
How to Run WordPress on Your Windows Computer Using XAMPP — Part 2 of 2
“Error Establishing a Database Connection” — How to Fix This WordPress Error: Part 1 of 2
“Error Establishing a Database Connection” — How to Fix This WordPress Error: Part 2 of 2
In the following videos I demonstrate how to edit the default, Kubrick WordPress theme using Photoshop. The first video covers the various images used in Kubrick and shows where and how they are used…parts 2 and 3 demonstrate how to edit those images and make some basic css adjustments to accommodate your changes. I demonstrate how to:
1. Create a custom header
2. Customize the footer and background
3. Change the color of the background or add a repeating background graphic
4. Remove the blog title and tagline from displaying over the custom header
5. Make the header clickable
How to Mass Delete Unapproved Comments from Your WordPress Database Using phpMyAdmin
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you use the Bigdump script I illustrate below, after you are done importing your database, be sure to delete the Bigdump directory. If you leave it in place, then anyone who stumbles across it could destroy your database. So, once you are done, remove it from your server and then if you need to use it again in the future, just upload it when you need it…removing it when you are done with it.
How to Import a Large WordPress Database — An Alternative to phpMyAdmin — Part 1 of 2