Need help learning some of the basics or even more advanced features of WordPress?
Here are two resources for tutorial videos:
I have previously written about customizing WordPress using a custom field function to change the title that displays at the top of a page allowing you to have, for instance, a link in the side bar to the home page called “Home” but a different title on that page such as “Welcome” instead of “Home”.
That was handy but took some modification of the theme template files. If you changed your theme you had to carry over those changes to the new theme to retain the custom page titles.
Now there’s a simple plugin that does all the work for you and adds the ability to customize the display titles of posts as well which I had not included in the original method and makes changing theme template files unnecessary.
For more plugins that help transform WordPress into a more powerful CMS platform you may be interested in my post: WordPress as a CMS and plugins that help.
The powerful PodPress plugin for WordPress seems to have a problem with the new post revisions feature of WordPress 2.6. For many the solution has been to disable the post revision feature — but I happen to think that the post revision feature is a good thing.
Go here for a post by Andrew Ozz that explains how to fix the problem. Note that if you’re using PodPress version 8.8 you’ll find the fix in the comments section of that post.
One of the things that so nice about WordPress 2.6 is the ability to easily insert a mini photo gallery into your post. There’s also some handy gallery shortcode that give you options for the number of columns, the size of thumbnails and more.
WordPress 2.6 has been released with several worthwhile improvements. Check out the brief tour video.
WordPress is far more than a blogging platform and that’s why we’re so satisfied in promoting it as a wonderful tool for powering all kinds of websites. But sometimes people need convincing. Why use a content management system or CMS to power my site? Or maybe the question is why WordPress? ithemes.com offers 5 great reasons for using a CMS and they apply very well to WordPress.
You may not be a web designer but you want an eye catching website.
Thankfully there are thousands of free WordPress themes available that can serve as a canvas or starting point for your site.
This site illustrates my point. With a few subtle tweaks to a very simple theme developed by Upstart Blogger I’ve developed a look that’s given the site a unique design, which is less like a blog and more like the resource I want it to be.
If you are looking for WordPress themes to use as a canvas for your site you’ll find of few of my recommendations by clicking here.
WordPress 2.5 is coming. Check out this screen cast showing the new image upload and gallery features.
I have a few recommendations of my own to add to the list.
Update: Here is a great list that contains some very helpful plugins for leveraging WordPress as a CMS — Top 10 WordPress CMS Plugins at Blueprint Design Studio.
Update: (Friday; April 11, 2008) — Obfuscate E-mail is a plugin I find I need on most WordPress powered sites I setup — you can post email addresses as links and this plugin will obscure the address in the html so as to confuse spammer bots.
Update: (Tuesday; May 6, 2008) — the Role Manager plugin gives fine control over which users have access to what features on your WordPress install.
Update: (Tuesday; October 21, 2008) — Search Unleashed – Advanced WordPress searches with highlighting as well as searching of pages and posts.