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How To Create Full Screen Background Images In WordPress

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WordPress Background Manager

As the internet changes into a more fluid experience, with websites being accessed from tablets, smartphones, laptops, kiosks and even cars, a trend has started to emerge. In an era wherein “Intentional Layout” is dying off, designers must find new ways to provide visual interest. Commonly, this search has led to the use of images. Because, hey, images are interesting by their very nature. In this post, I will show you how to replace your current WordPress background tool with the incredible WordPress Background Manager plugin. Read More

15 Excellent Ways To Learn WordPress

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WordPress is huge, and it is only getting bigger. Over the past few years more and more developers are turning to WordPress to deliver accessible websites to their clients. This means that at a very basic level it is advisable that no matter your position in the internet world, having a good working knowledge of WordPress is a must.

For Beginners


Welcome to WordPress! This area is dedicated to users that need to know the very basics of how to work within the context of a WordPress site. Need to know how to add your first post? This is the section for you! We assume that right now, you have no need or desire to learn to code your own sites and that is completely cool! A huge amount of the largest blogs and sites in the world are operated by users that have never touched a single line of code. You are in very good company with WordPress!

WP101

A landmark series for WordPress beginners. Not necessarily because it had never been tried before. WP101 is a landmark because it is an incredible resource, provided absolutely free that is of just about the best quality you will find.

WPBeginner

Need a refresher on how to operate your new WordPress site? WPBeginner will help you through the process, from picking out a good hosting company to setting your new site up.

 

WordPress | Where To Start

Spoilers! The WordPress Codex is pretty great. Not only is it great, but it is the go to place for the latest in WordPress best practices.

 

WordPress Essential Training (premium)

Lynda.com hosts a variety of training videos and courses. This WordPress essential training video series will take you through just about everything that you will need to begin your publishing journey.

Get Going With WordPress

Plug Alert! Our very own post on what to do once you have installed WordPress.

For Designers


You know the basics. Perhaps you already create awesome sites for your clients using static HTML, CSS & JavaScript and are ready to let your sites go to the next level. WordPress will give you the power to offer clients interactive, editable and feature rich environments. This section is for you, we will cover a few incredible places that you can take your skills to the next level.

WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

Chris Coyier will guide you through a surprisingly easy to understand tutorial on how to create your very own WordPress theme.

wp.tutsplus.com

The home of some of the best darn WordPress tutorials around. Sneak back to the basics and theme development sections to take advantage of the TutsPlus+ resource.

How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

A watershed publication in WordPress theme development. What’s better, one of your teachers is the CEO of the entire Envato network of sites… not too shabby!

How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer 2

Dive deeper into WordPress with this one. Know how to set up a general theme? Nice! Now understand how theme options and plugins work with part 2.

WordPress Codex

This should be on your bookmark bar. Take a load off and go read the codex for an hour or so. I promise you will learn something!

For Developers


You have been there and done that but maybe not yet with WordPress. If you have spent the past few years custom coding your own CMS for your clients or maybe using another CMS like Joomla or Drupal. In this section, we will assume that you have a working knowledge of PHP and will feature some sources from a few WordPress masters!

Digging Into WordPress

Chris Coyier is back with Digging into WordPress. This book basicly defines extensive. Would you like to share in WordPress best practices? There is no better place to start than right here.

WordPress Codex

Are you noticing a theme here? I am not kidding when I assure that you need to make the codex your new best friend! I was totally that guy… “I’ll never need the codex”. Then I wised up. If you are a WordPress developer, the codex is simply the fastest and most searchable way to get the info you need!

ThemeShaper Blog

Get to know WordPress from the theme masters themselves. These guys word at automattic and curate the giant library of free WordPress themes. Better yet, they have dedicated this as a resource to share their knowledge with fellow dev’s.

wp.tutsplus.com

Past the mid-level tutorials, wp.tutsplus.com is really a place where you can dive into complex builds, solving niche problems. All throughout the comments of this site you will find a community of fellow dev’s that are solving problems right along side of you.

WPMU.org

WPMU is a massive source of information, founded by some of the most advanced WordPress plugin developers on the planet. It would serve you very well to make WPMU a daily stop.


There you are, a few of the absolute best ways to learn WordPress no matter your skill level or need. Do you have a favorite that we didn’t cover? Let us know in the comments below!

15 Killer Plugins & Tips for Using WordPress as a CMS

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To say that WordPress is extensible would be an incredible understatement. There are so many incredible uses for WordPress as a CMS that it would be almost impossible to review them all. However, your friends here at Untame would like to shed some light on a few ways that you can optimize your WordPress install for enhanced content management system functionality.

Pods CMS Framework


“Pods Framework is a content creation kit for WordPress that provides developers and editors with a flexible platform to manage and display custom content.”

The Pods Framework for WordPress is an advanced plugin that allows developers to manage content with a slick user interface. Pods allows you to add context and content to your WordPress site with ease.

Easy WP


Are you put off by the default WordPress dashboard? Have we got a solution for you! Easy WP simplifies with WordPress admin into a simple CMS allowing you or your clients to easily manage posts pages and content. Easy WP also taps into Google analytics for a little extra kick!

XML & Google News Sitemap Feeds


Optimize your WordPress for great Google search results by using XML & Google News Sitemap Feeds. This plugin will help keep your site up to date on Google feeds and results allowing you to pay more attention to creating great new content.

White Label CMS


Do you love WordPress, but need to make it a little more your own? White Label CMS will help you to brand your WordPress site with your company’s logo on the WordPress dashboard as well as the login screen.

Types


Sometimes the adverage post type of “post” just doesn’t cut it. What if you have specific needs? For example, if you run a movie website, it may be a good idea to create a custom post type of “Movies” with its own custom taxonomies of actors, directors… Normally this feat involves a deep dive into PHP code, however Types puts the power of custom post types into your hands!

Posts 2 Posts


Do you need an easy to understand way of making connections between posts, pages and other WordPress elements? You are in luck! Posts 2 Posts will help you create relationships between your content, easily allowing you to create related posts or pages sections with a simple UI.

CustomPress


Do you need to manage more detailed content than just a few blog posts here and there but still love the simplicity of WordPress? Check out CustomPress by WPMU DEV! This plugin offers a powerful UI allowing you to transform your WordPress site into exactly what you need. Use it to manage custom content types, fields and more.

Visual Composer for WordPress


Your pages don’t have to look like a plain ol’ wall of text! Extend your WordPress CMS install with the Visual Composer. With its easy to use drag and drop editor you can add all sorts of content to your site like grids, toggles, sliders, alerts and more. This is a great plugin to extend the usability of your WordPress site!

 

Point and Stare CMS Functions


Customize WordPress into the CMS of your dreams! Point and Stare adds specific functions that allows users to customize specific areas of WordPress to their liking. Do you have a client that will simply never use specific parts of the WordPress admin such as the “links” area? No problem, remove it!

Restrict Categories


“Restrict Categories is a plugin that allows you to select which categories users can view, add, and edit in the Posts edit screen.” If you are running a blog that has multiple editors or contributors than restrict categories might be just what you are looking for! Use restrict to control which categories your writers have the power to contribute to.

WP-CMS Post Control


“Hides unwanted items within the write/edit page and post admin area for each user role”

If you need a little more control over what your contributors are able to do within the post editor page then WP-CMS Post Control might be exactly what you need! Easily manage user abilities based on specific user roles.

Front-end Editor


Do you love the idea of WordPress and incredible open source awesomeness but wish you had some of the front end controls found in other CMS? If you write better when you can view your work live and in real time, check out the Front-end Editor plugin.

Advanced Custom Fields


Sometimes we need just a little more power than the WordPress editor or even custom fields allows. The Advanced Custom Fields plugin allows users to define an enormous array of field types and implement them with relative ease within post or page templates. In an even cooler turn, the advanced custom fields developers have created a great add-on store that allows for developers to create and sell incredible additions to the plugin.

Permalinks


From the tip jar… When you are using WordPress as a CMS one of the easiest things to overlook is the permalink settings. Permalinks are what you see within your browser address bar, and they also show up in search results. If you want for your new site to look professional, take the time to show the permalink section some love.

For a really nice permalink structure, you may want to create one on your own. To do this, simply click on the “custom structure” radio button and enter the following.

/%category%/%postname%/

(Take two of these and call me in the morning )

Reading Settings


Perhaps the most simple of content managment tips! WordPress was born as an incredible blogging engine, and it still is. However, recently WordPress has come into its own right as a fully functioning content managment system. Yet, one first install, your blog posts will automaticly be displayed on the home page of your site. If you would like to have your posts displayed on another page, simply edit the “Reading Settings” to display them within your desired area.


And there we are! I hope these suggestions get you moving toward your WordPress CMS goals. With these plugins you will be able to extend your WordPress install beyond what is normally capable of and develop a site that goes far beyond the WordPress blogging roots.

15 Popular Tech and Culture Sites That Use WordPress

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So, you are in the market to launch a brand new website. “We’re going to take over the world, influence the conversation and change online writing forever”, you say? Yet, the thing that you really need is a way to manage your content.

Here at Untame, we use WordPress to create a wide variety of blogs, corporate sites and more. So, it comes naturally to suggest that you might find benefit in developing your next project by choosing the WordPress CMS. Afterall, you would be in great company, since a study done this year found that over Half Of The Top 100 Blogs Now Use WordPress.

All Things D


 

9to5mac.com


 

GigaOM


 

Mashable.com


 

Ford Social


 

Mozilla Technologies


 

Playstation Blogs


 

Sony


 

TechCrunch


 

CSS-Tricks


 

TutsPlus+


 

NetTutsplus+


 

PSDTutsplus+


 

Smashing Magazine


 

Ebay Ink



Whew! Well, I hate to say I told you so, but hopefully a few of these sites are evidence that not only can WordPress power some of the most popular sites on the internet, but it can fit just about any situation or need. Take the an example of the TutsPlus+ sites from above. They have crafted a multi-million dollar business by exploiting the strengths of WordPress, using a built in feature like multisite to create a manageable network of compelling sites and businesses. So, if after considering what WordPress could provide for your own site or company, consider dropping us a note and let a few of the experts at Untame create an incredible site for you.

How to Install Drupal In 10 Minutes or Less!

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Drupal is a fully featured Content Management System (CMS) that is able to power just about any type of website that you can think of. Drupal has been in active development by a passionate community of developers since 1999 when Dries Buytaert started the project on a message board. Since then, Drupal is the CMS of choice of many companies to power their web applications, delivering fast and secure pages to users around the world.


Getting Started


Most hosting plans include a one click software installation tool wherein you may pick from a wide range of Content Management Systems to install on your domain of choice. However, sometimes it is a good idea to learn how to install this type of software manually so that you are familiar with each and every element that goes into powering your web application. So let’s get started.

Step 1: Create a Database


(Disclaimer: For the remainder of this tutorial we will assume that our readers are using a hosting account with a cPanel powered administration area.)


To begin creating a database on your hosting account log into the control panel, scroll down to the “Databases” section on the main dashboard and click to enter. Next we need to create our new database. Do this by writing in a name for your database (naming does not really matter, it may help to make sure the name you choose is memorable though as we may need to reference back to it) and click “create database.”

Your host may already create a user for your database automatically, but if they don’t, you’ll need to create one. Assign it to the correct database and grant the user all privileges. Need some help? Let us know

Congratulations! We have completed the hard part! Now on to the fun stuff.

Step 2: Upload Your Files


We need to upload our Drupal files up to our domain, but first we need to get the correct files from Drupal.org. Head over to Drupal.org and then select the Download & Extend option in the navigation. Next, click the button that says “Download Drupal” and you will be forwarded to a page where you can select the correct version of Drupal. At this page, find a section called “Recommended Releases” and choose the latest stable version in .zip format. Today, we will be installing version 7.14.

Once you have the files downloaded, extract the files to your desktop. Then, we will select all of the containing files and create a zip file with them at the root of our file structure. Play the video below to see a demonstration of exactly what I am talking about.

Next, we will upload our files to the server using FTP. I will assume that you are familiar with uploading files to a server, however, if you need a easy FTP client, I like to use FileZilla. Once you connect to your site via FTP, simply drag the zip file we have prepared into the root of your domain.

Once you have uploaded your files, head back to your control panel and enter the file manager (usually found under Files -> File Manager) Next, find the file youd uploaded, select it and extract.

Step 3: Installing Drupal

Now we need to install Drupal and connect our files to our database that we set up earlier. To accomplish this, simply navigate to your domain and add “/install.php” at the end of the address. For example, your domain might be “www.myawesomesite.com” so to install Drupal head over to “www.myawesomesite.com/install.php.” Next, select the type of installation that you would like for Drupal to perform. In most cases “Standard” is fine.  Continue to fill out the prompts until you reach the “Set up database” section.

To set up your database, make sure that you have your database name, username and password. Now, enter the applicable information and click the submit button to continue. Now you will have an opportunity to change the username, password and email address associated with your Drupal site. Once you have completed this step, simply click to continue and you are done!

Finished: What’s Next


Congratulations, you have installed Drupal on your domain. Next you will want to get started adding content and information to your site, and maybe playing with a module or two. But for now, just relax, you have climbed the mountain of installing Drupal by hand, all the while not clicking a single “Install 1 Click” button. Way to go! Now bask in the glow of your new website. In a future tutorial, we will talk about how to manage pages and add content to your new shiny site.

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