Top 30 WordPress Hacks Tutorials

WordPress is not only free, but it also allows a lot of room for creativity for web developers and designers. These 30 must-read tutorials are ways to learn more ways to maximize its potential.

1. How to Detect Mobile Visitors on Your WordPress Blog

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-detect-mobile-visitors-on-your-wordpress-blog

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to filter mobile visitors in order to redirect them to the mobile version of your blog.

2. How to Speed Up Your Blog’s Loading Speed

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/compress-wordpress-output-and-speed-your-blogs-load-speed

Want to increase your blog’s loading speed? This tutorial teaches you how to make that possible.

3. How to Change Your WordPress 404 to An Image

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link: http://www.thelinkmedic.com/2012/how-to-change-your-wordpress-404-to-an-image/

As a visitor, landing to a 404 page can be a bummer. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to have a more creative 404 page instead of just having the generic 404 error.

4. Disable Self Trackbacks

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link: http://wp-snippets.com/disable-self-trackbacks/

This tutorial teaches you how to disable self trackbacks in order not to display links that are coming from you.

5. WordPress Simple Numbered Pagination Without a Plugin

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link: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/paginate_links

If you have pages of archived posts that you would like to display in a user-friendly way, this tutorial teaches you how to do so without using a plugin.

6. Embed a Page Inside a Page

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link: http://css-tricks.com/snippets/wordpress/embed-a-page-inside-a-page/

So you’re probably already familiar with embedding images or videos. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to embed a page inside a page.

7. Display WordPress Categories in a Horizontal Dropdown Menu

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link: http://anthologyoi.com/wordpress/displaying-wordpress-categories-in-a-horizontal-dropdown-menu.html

Using Javascript and CSS, you can create your own horizontal dropdown menu by following this tutorial.

8. Move Bad Behavior Javascript to Footer

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link: http://www.catswhocode.com/blog/snippets/move-bad-behavior-javascript-to-footer

Having the WP plugin Bad Behavior is an effective way to keep off spambots and unwanted traffic. This tutorial teaches you how to move the code to the footer of your website.

9. Getting Comment Info From the WordPress Database

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link: http://digwp.com/2012/03/getting-comment-info-wordpress-database/

This tutorial teaches you how to collect information info such as comment author, date, URL and anything in the wp_comments table from the WordPress database.

10. Smarter Slugs

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link: http://digwp.com/2012/01/smarter-slugs/

Having to cut and paste long links whenever you want to share or retweet posts can be a turn off for some website visitors. This tutorial teaches you how to create smarter and shorter permalink slugs.

11. How to Change WordPress Editor Font

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-change-wordpress-editor-font-2

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to change the default font of your WordPress visual editor to a font that you prefer.

12. How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress

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link: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-increase-the-maximum-file-upload-size-in-wordpress/

Have photos that have file sizes that exceeds the maximum file upload size in WordPress? This tutorial teaches you how to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress.

13. Remove Autolinks in Comments

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-remove-autolinks-in-comments

When leaving comments that have URLs, WordPress automatically turns these URLs into hyperlinks, which would sometimes attract spammers to leave random comments to your blog. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to remove autolinks in comments.

14. How to Build a Network Navigation Menu

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-how-to-build-a-network-navigation-menu

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a network navigation menu that lists all sites on your network.

15. Displaying Theme Data with WordPress

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link: http://digwp.com/2011/12/displaying-theme-data-with-wordpress/

This tutorial teaches you how to display information about your theme directly from your theme’s style.css stylesheet.

16. How to Rearrange WordPress Categories Order

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-rearrange-wordpress-categories-order

Arranging the order of your WordPress categories can be a difficult task. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to rearrange categories without using a custom menu.

17. Import Feed, Display in Multiple Columns

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link: http://digwp.com/2011/09/feed-display-multiple-columns/

RSS feeds are usually displayed in a single column. However, some people prefer to import and display their feeds in multiple columns on the web page, and this tutorial teaches you how.

18. How to Set a Maximum Word Count on Post Titles

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-set-a-maximum-word-count-on-post-titles

It is important to keep your post titles short, as short titles attract visitors to read your posts without getting confused. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set a maximum word count of post titles for your contributors.

19. How to Insert Google Maps Into WordPress Without a Plugin

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link: http://wptricks.net/how-to-inserting-google-maps-into-wordpress/

Google Maps are useful in telling various locations of your companies or events on your WordPress. This tutorial teaches you how to add a Google Map on your WordPress post or page.

20. Get Rid of HTML in Comments

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-get-rid-of-html-in-comments

Being able to use HTML in comments can be useful at times, however some people takes advantage of this to spam your blog by inserting links or other things that are inappropriate to your blog. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to automatically remove any HTML entered in your comments.

21. Speed Up Your Blog by Caching Custom Queries

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-tip-speed-up-your-blog-by-caching-custom-queries

There are different ways of speeding up your blog, and this tutorial teaches you how to do so by caching custom queries.

22. Display Post Thumbnail in Your RSS Feed

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-display-post-thumbnail-in-your-rss-feed

WordPress has a function that allows you to display a thumbnail in your posts. Some bloggers prefer to display thumbnails in their RSS feeds. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to display post thumbnails in your RSS feeds.

23. Remove Admin Name in Comments Class

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-remove-admin-name-in-comments-class

When an admin leaves a comment on his/her blog, WordPress automatically shows the admin’s login name. If you prefer to hide this info, read this tutorial to learn how to remove admin name in your comments.

24. Change WordPress “from” Email Header

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/change-wordpress-from-email-header

If you prefer to use your real e-mail and username instead of the default WordPress email address, this tutorial teaches you how to do so.

25. WordPress Optimization Commands

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link: http://minimalite.com/2012/04/wordpress-hacks/wordpress-optimization-commands/

This short tutorial teaches you some useful WordPress optimization commands, such as deleting post revisions, auto drafts and unapproved comments.

26. Words to Blacklist in WordPress Comments

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link: http://minimalite.com/2011/02/wordpress-hacks/words-to-blacklist-in-wordpress-comments/

Dealing with spammers have become a regular routine for most bloggers, which gets annoying when it happens more than it should. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to blacklist specific words in your WordPress comments, which will help decrease spammers in the long run.

27. Get Popular Posts by Comments Count

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-get-popular-posts-by-comments-count

As a regular blogger, it is important to show your popular posts. This tutorial teaches you how to get popular posts by comment count without using a plugin.

28. Show Your Top Contributors Without a Plugin

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-show-your-top-contributors-without-a-plugin

Contributors are an important part of your blog’s success, and therefore it is important to give credit to them as much as possible. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to show your top contributors without using a plugin.

29. Fix for WordPress Hack

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link: http://www.jexanalytics.com/2012/03/fix-for-wordpress-hack/

What happens when your WordPress is hacked? This tutorial teaches you what to do when your WordPress blog is hacked.

30. How to Display Ads on Old Posts Only

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link: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-hack-how-to-display-ads-on-old-posts-only/

Although ads may annoy your regular visitors, they are a good way to monetize your website or blog. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to show ads only on your old posts, so that your visitors won’t have to deal with them each time they visit your blog.

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