How to Add a Contact Form to WordPress

 

Adding a Contact Form to WordPress couldn’t be easier! And this WordPress Tutorial I’ll show you how with the legendary Plugin Contact Form 7.

Contact Form 7 is on the WordPress Plugin Repository here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

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How to add an XML Site Map to WordPress

Having an XML Site Map on your WordPress site will help the Search Engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo index your site and help them understand what pages (URLs) you have, when they were updated last and how each URL relates to another.

It’s a good idea to have a n XML Site Map on your website and with WordPress it’s a breeze with to do with a plugin.

In this WordPress tutorial I’ll show you how – the tutorial is a little over 5 mins because I’ve explained a lot of the settings, but in reality it should take you around 1 minute as “Google XML Sitemaps” can installed, activated and live in exactly 3 clicks!

Google XML Sitemaps plugin is here on the WordPress Plugin Directory: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

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How to Add a Pop-Up Opt In for Free in WordPress

Adding a Pop Up Opt-in email sign up form with a free digital give away is a great way to encourage your website visitors to subscribe to your mailing list / news letter.

There’s a few ways to add a Popup Opt-In to your website. One of the many subscription services will do the job quickly and easily but you’ll be paying a monthly sub ongoing. There’s also some excellent premium plugins that will as good a job if you want to spend a few dollars, but you can also do it for free with a couple of plugins form the WordPress Repository.

In this full length WordPress tutorial I’ll show you how to combine the ace “Pop Up Maker” plugin and the classic WordPress form plugin “Contact Form 7” to create a Popup that captures your visiter’s email address and sends them a Free e-book as their reward – easy!

Popup Maker is on the repo here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/popup-maker/
Contact Form 7 here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

My tutorial for SiteOrigin CSS plugin in here.

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How to Add a Custom Function to Your WordPress Website

Sometimes you’ll want to add some functionality to your WordPress site by adding some custom php code – and likely the blog post or tutorial where you found this glorious snippet of code tells you to “paste the code into your functions.php file” inside your theme – don’t do it!! You see the functions.php file is part of your theme so if you ever update the theme you’ll lose the function and potential wreck your site.

You can however use a WordPress plugin to add custom functions to your WordPress site, and in this tutorial I’ll show yu how super easy it is with the “My Custom Functions” plugin by Arthur Gareginyan.

My Custom Functions is on the WordPress Plugin Directory here: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/my-custom-functions/

And Arthur is here: https://www.arthurgareginyan.com

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How to Create a Custom 404 Page in WordPress Tutorial

When someone goes to a page on your website that doesn’t exist, you get a 404 error – and if you’re lucky your theme will have a 404 page template that you can customise.

Editing the WordPress 404 Page template file needs a little knowledge of HTML and CSS but, in true Jakson style, we can use a WordPress Plugin to take care of it in a matter of minutes!

In this WordPress Tutorial I’ll show you how to make a a great custom 404 page with the “404page – your smart custom 404 error page’ plugin.

Plugin is on the WordPress Plugin Directory her: https://wordpress.org/plugins/404page/
Author Peter is here: https://petersplugins.com/

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Page Specific Menus – Conditional Menus WordPress Tutorial

It happens, you need a different menu on a different page on your WordPress Website. Well, you can have Page Specific Menus quite easily with a WordPress Plugin.

In this Tutorial I’ll show you how with a great plugin calked, strangely enough, “Conditional Menus”, and it works alike a charm.

The Plugin is on the WordPress Plugin Directory here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/conditional-menus/

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Admin Columns WordPress Plugin – Custom Columns for Post Lists

 

One of the very first things my clients used to ask me when I presented them with a brand new WordPress site was “Can I have an image of he post on the list in the Admin”.

Well, WordPress doesn’t come with this as default but we can addd Custom Columns to the WordPress Admin with, of course, a plugin!

There’s a few options on the WordPress Plugin Directory but some don’t do too much and others require the paid for “Pro” version to get some decent features but there’s one that I use that is fully featured and completely rocks!

In this WordPress Tutorial I’ll show you how to add Custom WordPress Admin Columns with the “Post Lists View Custom” plugin.

Post Lists View Custom is on the WordPress Repo here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/post-lists-view-custom/

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How To Use Google Fonts On Your WordPress Website

 

Google Fonts is simply one of the best free things for Web Designers, period.

And to add Google Fonts to your WordPress website is easy, only takes a few minutes, and can be done with one of the many free plugins on the WordPress Plugin Directory.

I’ve been through nearly all of the Plugins and can say the best in my humble opinion is the Easy Google Fonts plugin – due to it’s easy of use and extended fictionality if you need it – plus it’s settings page is right tin the WordPress Customiser so you can see how your tweaks are looking as you make them! It has the regular settings for the Heading Tags (H1,H2,H3 etc.) and P Tag – but where this plugin comes into it’s own is how you can use it to style other text on your site without any limitations.

So the first part of the WordPress Tutorial is how you style the regular H Tags and the second part we dive deep into styling other and custom classes easily.

The Plugin is on the Repo here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-google-fonts/
Plugin authors Titanium Themes here: http://titaniumthemes.com/

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The Best WordPress Admin Search Plugin Ever!

 

Right then, quite simply this is plugin is one of the best things you can do for yourself in the WordPress Admin, and is easily my best WordPress Admin Plugin without a doubt (not including backup and security plugins!).

It’s called Jarvis, and I first discovered it on a post by Sarah Gooding on the the WP Tavern (https://wptavern.com/jarvis-a-free-quicksearch-tool-for-the-wordpress-dashboard). It’s basically a real time Google search for the WordPress Admin – hit your forward slash button, type in a few characters and you’ll get a list of relative “things” in your site you can navigate straight to immediately – love it!

In this WordPress tutorial I’ll show you how to search the WordPress Admin like a boss!

The Plugin cam be found on the WordPress Plugin Directory here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/jarvis/

The gang who created it are Mike Garrett and crew at The Web Development Group here: https://www.webdevelopmentgroup.com

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Best WordPress Admin Plugins – Here’s 3 of My Favourites

 

When you’re doing a load of editing or creating new Posts, Pages or Custom Posts in WordPress it can get a little frustrating having to navigate back and forth to the list of posts to get to the next one. And what if you want to Duplicate a WordPress Post or Page? – it’s not a feature that’s built into WordPress out of the Box.

But there’s a few WordPress Plugins that I can recommend that save me a ton of time and in this Tutorial/Demo I’ll show you how.

This 3 Plugins are on the WordPress Plugin Directory here:

Duplicate Post: https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-post/

Admin Post Navigation: https://wordpress.org/plugins/admin-post-navigation/

Improved Save Button: https://wordpress.org/plugins/improved-save-button/

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