WordPress Guides

WordPress Tips & Tricks

An archive of useful WordPress guides, showcasing tips and tricks for everyday WordPress development and usage.

Think of this page as the WordPress Codex, however, with examples and step-by-step tutorials on how to use specific functions.

Contact Form 7 Keeps Spinning

Does your contact form 7 keep spinning and not send emails out? All you may have…

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Split CSV file & keep header line using Terminal on Mac

Looking to split a CSV file but keep the header line using Terminal on Mac? All…

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How to change a WordPress password through phpMyAdmin

Locked out of your WordPress website? Here’s a quick guide on how to change your WordPress…

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Using Google Chrome to capture post data in WordPress

Looking to capture post data in WordPress using Google Chrome? All you need to use is…

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Installing phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu with WordPress installed

Are you trying to install phpMyAdmin on Ubuntu with a WordPress site installed on the same…

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Using $ instead of jQuery in WordPress

Are you looking to use the dollar sign ($) instead of jQuery in WordPress? All you…

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How to add HTML in WordPress

Are you looking to add HTML in WordPress using the Gutenberg of classic editor? Here’s a…

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Displaying the site name or description in WordPress

Looking to display the site name or description in your WordPress theme? All you need to…

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Include custom post types inside WordPress search

Looking to include custom post type results inside the WordPress search results? Here’s a guide on…

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How to list post attachments inside a WordPress admin single

Looking to list post attachments made by Gravity Forms (or other plugins) inside the WordPress admin…

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Block wp-content/uploads folders

Trying to block the wp-content/uploads folder from being accessed publically, so that people can’t see your…

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What is the Content Editor?

Within WordPress, which section of the website is referred to as the content editor?

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What is a Post Type?

What is a Post Type (and custom post type) in WordPress and how do their templates…

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What is a Single?

When using WordPress, what is meant by the term single or singular and how do you…

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What is WordPress Gutenberg?

What is WordPress Gutenberg and what does it allow WordPress developers do?

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What is WPDB?

What is WBDB and what does it allow me to do in WordPress when using it?

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What is a Permalink?

What is a permalink and does it differ from a slug in any way within WordPress?

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Using wp_body_open()

The useful function introduced in WordPress version 5.2, wp_body_open() gives you the capability of running custom…

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Request header field x-wp-nonce is not allowed (preflight response)

Getting the error Access to XMLHttpRequest at ‘example.com’ from origin ‘www.example.com’ has been blocked by CORS…

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Using WPDB to connect to an external database

Looking to use WPDB to connect to an external database in WordPress? You just need to…

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Unknown collation ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’

Getting the error unknown collation ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’ when trying to upload your SQL file into phpMyAdmin? You…

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Changing the width of the Gutenberg editor

Looking to change the width of the Gutenberg editor in WordPress? A quick workaround is to…

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Using human_readable_duration()

Looking to use the human_readable_duration() in WordPress 5.1+? Here’s a guide on how you can call…

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Adding special characters into the rel attribute inside menu links

By default, WordPress strips out special characters inside its menu link’s relationship (rel) attribute. Here are…

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wp_reset_query() or wp_reset_postdata() after a custom query?

Trying to understand if you should use wp_reset_query() or wp_reset_postdata() after a custom WordPress query’s loop?…

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WordPress theme options reset after migration

Have your WordPress theme/template options reset after you’ve migrated from one domain to another? All you…

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$_POST submit button not working on Edge or IE

Is your $_POST superglobal submit button not working on Edge or Internet Explorer? All you may…

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Remove x-frame-options to sameorigin from iframe

Trying to remove/deny x-frame-options to sameorigin from an external URL, such as through an iframe? You…

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Visual Composer shortcodes not working

Are your Visual Composer shortcodes not working in WordPress, leaving you with bracketed shortcodes such as…

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Other pages showing as 404 but work with plain permalinks

Other pages showing as 404-error but work when you set your permalink structure to plain (for…

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Logo appearing pixelated in Chrome

Is your WordPress logo appearing pixelated/fuzzy on a PC, only whilst using Google Chrome? All you…

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“Proper authorization is required to access this resource”

Getting the error “Proper authorization is required to access this resource” when using wp_remote_get() function in WordPress?

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Redirect WordPress to HTTPS using htaccess

In order to redirect your website to HTTPS using WWW or non-WWW, you can use this…

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Increase the nested comments level

Trying to increase the WordPress nested comments level? You can change this in WordPress or by…

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Including WordPress functions in a custom PHP file

In order to use your WordPress website’s functions in an external PHP file, you need to…

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the_date() not always working on archive page?

Is your date not displaying under specific archive page posts? You may need to use the_time()…

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Uploaded images become blurry after upload?

Are your uploaded WordPress images being displayed blurry after uploading them? This is due to the…

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Custom post type and page share the same URL

So you’ve accidentally named your CPT and page URL (the slug) the same? Here are a…

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Only allow the post’s author to comment

Looking to only allow the post’s author to comment on a blog post? All you need…

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Using get_template_part() in a shortcode

Looking to use get_template_part() inside a WordPress shortcode? All you may need is to use PHP’s…

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How to add Schema markup in WordPress

Looking to add Schema markup in WordPress? There are numerous ways that you could do this…

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Missing argument 2 for _x() error in WordPress

Has your WordPress website randomly developed a Warning: Missing argument 2 for _x() error? All you may…

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How to tell if a website is WordPress

Are you trying to tell if a website is built with WordPress? There are many methods…

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How to change the site’s title in WordPress

Looking to change the website’s title? All you need to do is to navigate to your…

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Increase PHP max input vars in WordPress

Looking to increase PHP max input vars in WordPress? There are different methods you can use to…

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WordPress login not secure

Is your WordPress login showing as not secure? All you may need is to issue an…

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Automatically add new top-level pages to the menu

Looking to automatically add new top-level pages to the menu in WordPress? All you may need…

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How to add meta tags in WordPress

Trying to add meta tags to WordPress for SEO? This how-to guide will explain how you…

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Add expires headers to WordPress

Trying to speed up your WordPress website? You could try to add expires headers into your…

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jQuery $ is not a function in WordPress

Getting a jQuery error that $ (dollar sign) is not a function in your WordPress website? All…

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WordPress debug.log not created

Is your debug.log file not generating in WordPress? To create this, all you may need is…

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get_categories() not working in WordPress

Is your get_categories() function not working by showing any matches? You may need to allow the…

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Capitalise Yoast SEO meta titles

Trying to capitalise your meta title using Yoast SEO? All you may need is to filter…

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the_title() not working inside singles?

Having issues with the_title() not working inside any of your single post types? You may only…

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How To Remove Recent Comment Styles In WordPress

Looking to make your website AMP-friendly by removing recent comment styles in WordPress? You can follow…

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Fixing Common WordPress Security Issues

Trying to fix WordPress security issues? Here’s a guide to fix common issues and concerns you…

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Register A Custom Dashboard Meta Box

Looking to register a custom dashboard meta box? All you may need is to register a…

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WordPress Between Query Not Working Correctly For Numbers?

Is your WordPress between query not displaying the correct results for a numerical numbered integer value…

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How To Order WP Query By Multiple Columns

Looking to use orderby to order multiple WP Query columns? All you may need is to feed…

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Include PHP Variables Inside Template Parts From The Outside

Trying to include PHP variable inside the get_template_part() function from the outside? All you may need…

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Other Pages Showing As 404 After Migrating WordPress Website

Are your other pages showing a 404-error after you migrated your WordPress website to another server…

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How To Change The Yoast SEO Description Through The Function’s File

Looking to change the Yoast SEO description through the functions file dynamically? All you may need…

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Multiple $wpdb->insert Queries Not Creating Permalinks?

Is your $wpdb->insert multiple post query not generating any permalinks? All you may need is to add in…

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Change Yoast SEO Meta Title With $_GET Superglobal URL Parameter

Trying to change the Yoast SEO meta title dynamically using the $_GET superglobal URL parameter? All you…

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CSS Stylesheet Not Updating On WordPress Website

Is your WordPress style.css stylesheet not updating in WordPress, even after clearing your cache? You may…

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How To Search With Custom Meta Fields In WordPress

Trying to use your website’s search to include custom meta fields? All you may need is…

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the_content() not working on single post type

Is the_content() not working on your single post type? All you may need is to wrap…

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Uploading WordPress Plugins To An SVN Using A Mac

Looking for a guide to upload your new WordPress plugin to an SVN using a Mac?…

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How To Loop Through Post Categories In WordPress

Trying to loop through post categories? All you may need is to use the get_categories() function…

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Encrypting File Upload Names In WordPress Automatically

Trying to change and encrypt the file upload names automatically in WordPress using MD5? All you…

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Show The Hidden Settings Link In WordPress Admin

Trying to show the hidden settings in your WordPress website’s admin area? All you may need…

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Add New Custom Field Upon Post Creation

Looking to add a new custom field upon post creation? All you may need is to…

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How To A Paginate Custom Taxonomy Archive In WordPress

Trying to paginate a custom taxonomy query in WordPress due to a 404 error on /page/2?…

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How To Paginate A Custom Post Type In WordPress

Looking to paginate a custom post type in WordPress? All you may need is to pass…

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How To Count Total Number Of WordPress Posts

Looking to display the count of the total number of WordPress posts on your blog? All…

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How To Build A Cookies Policy Notice For WordPress

Trying to build a custom cookies policy notice for your WordPress website? All you may need…

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How To Remove The UL Tag From The WordPress Menu

Trying to remove the ul tag, including containers around the menu? All you may need is…

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How To Automatically Open WordPress Links In New Tabs

Looking to automatically open WordPress links in new tabs using the_content()? All you may need is to…

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How To Build A WordPress User Only Shortcode

Looking to build an exclusive logged-in user-only shortcode? All you may need is to copy this…

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How To Build A WordPress Shortcode

Need to build a custom WordPress shortcode? All you may need is to register the shortcode…

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How To Fix Error Establishing A Database Connection In WordPress

Have you encountered an Error establishing a database connection in WordPress? Here are some solutions to…

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How To Update WordPress Posts With AJAX On The Front-End

Looking to update posts, including custom post types on your WordPress website’s front-end through AJAX? This…

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How To Compare Between Two Dates In A WordPress Loop

Looking to compare between two dates in a WordPress loop? All you may need is to…

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Get Related Posts Based On The Post Content In WordPress

Trying to get the IDs of related posts based on the content of the post in…

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How To Display PHP Errors In WordPress

If you need to debug PHP errors in WordPress, it can really help to display them…

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How To Use get_template_part() In WordPress

Looking to use get_template_part() in WordPress? All you may need is to know how to call…

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How To Edit The WordPress Admin Footer Text

Looking to edit the WordPress admin footer text on your website? All you may need is…

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How To Query Posts With Meta Keys & Values In WordPress

Looking to query posts with meta keys and values in WordPress? All you may need is…

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How To Loop Through Post Types In WordPress

Trying to loop through a post type in WordPress? All you may need is to create…

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How To Register A Custom Post Type In WordPress

Looking to register a custom post type in WordPress? All you may need is to add…

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Open menu links in new tabs in WordPress

Looking to open a menu link in a new tab in WordPress? You may only need…

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How To Exclude Pages From Search In WordPress

Looking to exclude pages from your WordPress search functionality? All you may need is to add…

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Add New Users Without Logging Into WordPress

Ever need to add a new user without logging into the WordPress Dashboard? You can do…

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Change The Default Ending On WordPress Excerpts

Need to change the default ending on WordPress excerpts? All you may need is to add…

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Change Excerpt Length In WordPress

Need to change the default excerpt length in WordPress to make it longer or shorter. All…

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Disable Login By Email On WordPress

Ever need to disable the login by email functionality on WordPress websites? All you may need…

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Register custom menus in WordPress

Looking to add custom menus in WordPress for your custom theme? All you may need is…

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How To Use SVGs In WordPress

Trying to find out how to use an SVG file in WordPress? All you may need…

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How To Add Custom Logo Support In WordPress Themes

Looking to add custom logo theme support to your WordPress template? All you may need to…

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How To Change The Logo On The WordPress Admin Login

Looking to change the logo on the WordPress admin login page? All you may need to…

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How To Hide All Updates (Core, Plugins & Themes) In WordPress

Need to hide all WordPress updates including core, plugin and theme updates? All you may need…

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Migrate WordPress From HTTP To HTTPS

Wanting to migrate a WordPress website from HTTP to HTTPS? Follow these steps to migrate your…

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Media Image Upload Not Working In WordPress

Having trouble with your media uploader not working in WordPress? It may be that you just…

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How To Edit .htaccess File Without FTP Access In WordPress

Looking to access your .htaccess file without FTP access on your WordPress website? All you may need…

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How To Increase Maximum Upload File Size for WordPress

Increasing the maximum upload file size for WordPress requires you to access your website’s server files.…

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Remove Category Prefix In WordPress Category Title

Removing the Category: prefix in WordPress category titles is possible. It may just be that you…

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Custom Post Type Single Page Not Working

Having issues with your custom post type (CPT) single page not working? Look no further, it…

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Get Taxonomy Name From ID In WordPress

Need to get the taxonomy name from its ID in WordPress? All you may need is…

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WordPress Meta Title & Description Tag Not Showing

Are your WordPress meta title and description tags not showing, even with Yoast SEO installed? All…

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How To Register Sidebars In WordPress

Looking to register a WordPress sidebar in your themes? All you may need is to add…

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How To Update A File After New Post Or Page In WordPress

Looking to update a text file after a new post or page creation in WordPress? All…

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