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Archive of posts with the Tutorials topic

Resizing images for WordPress

By Scott Rollo on June 26, 2012

If you’ve picked up one of our themes and are ready to upload a logo, a banner, or perhaps a set of photographs to your site, then this is the post for you. We’ll discuss why you should be cropping and optimising your images before uploading them to WordPress, and the importance of saving your photos in a suitable file format.

Why should I crop and optimise my images?

Perhaps your images don’t look very good, or your photos are slow to load. Cropping, resizing, and optimising your images properly will fix both of these problems. Mastering — or, at least, learning — these techniques is an important step in building a successful WordPress site. You’ll create better visual content; speed-up the uploading process; reduce bandwidth usage, and shed inessential bytes from your graphic files. Not only that, your webpage will load more quickly — and readers love speedy sites.

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Adding extra gallery pages to Photography

By Drew Strojny on March 17, 2011

Update November 8, 2011 Extra gallery pages are now possible using the gallery shortcode. If you’re running Photography 1.4 or later, you do not need to make the changes in this tutorial – see your theme documentation for instructions on creating multiple gallery pages.

With the release of Photography 1.2 the Gallery post type now includes built-in support for categories. Why is this useful? By default Photography shows all your galleries on one “Gallery Page”. With category support you may now create new gallery pages that only show galleries associated with a specific category. Our newest forum moderator, Mike Fields, wrote up an awesome tutorial on how to do just that. Thanks Mike! Before you get started, be sure to read through this tutorial: Customizing your theme → Editing a template file.

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Add captions to your Photography gallery page

By Drew Strojny on October 28, 2010

Update November 8, 2011 Captions on your galleries are now available through your Theme Options panel. If you’re running Photography 1.4 or later, you do not need to make the changes in this tutorial.

We have had several requests in the Photography theme support forum for instructions on how to add captions to the main gallery page. By default, Photography shows a “featured thumbnail” image of a chosen photo from your gallery with no text. In this tutorial I am going to walk you through adding two different caption styles to your gallery page. Let’s get started!

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Create beautiful buttons in Photoshop

By Drew Strojny on October 15, 2010

A few months ago I re-designed all of the buttons here on The Theme Foundry website. In this tutorial I am going to walk through the button design process step-by-step.

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OC WordCamp theme workshop video

By Drew Strojny on May 31, 2010

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I presented a theme customization workshop at WordCamp Orange County earlier this year. The workshop covered 6 theme customization “best practices”. Unfortunately, the video is a bit stretched and not completely clear at times, but it still should be helpful if you are new to theme customization.

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Optimize Apache for WordPress

By Drew Strojny on January 7, 2009

If you made the decision to move your WordPress install from shared hosting to a shiny new VPS you should consider optimizing Apache by making some tweaks to your httpd.conf file. Apache is a fast, reliable, and flexible server but is heavy on resources by default. If you are running a small VPS, and using it just for WordPress, you can make some small tweaks to your configuration and get some significant performance gains.

If you’re looking for some tips on SSL performance with your WordPress site be sure to check out our guide on using SPDY and SSL. If you need a WordPress theme, be sure to check out our WordPress templates or read about how to find the best WordPress themes.

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Easy Upgrading With Child Themes

By Drew Strojny on September 23, 2008

A quick tutorial on using WordPress “Child Themes” to upgrade Vigilance while maintaining your custom CSS, adding custom functions, and eventually adding custom templates (WordPress 2.7) adding custom templates.

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Recent posts in your WordPress sidebar

By Drew Strojny on May 31, 2008

While developing for WordPress you sometimes need to create a “non-widgetized” custom sidebar. You would also like to have a list of your most recent posts in that custom sidebar. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have a “recent posts” template tag.

Here is a simple, easy to implement PHP file you can use to generate a list of recent posts in your custom “non-widgetized” sidebar.

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Convert a local WordPress XAMPP installation into a live site

By Drew Strojny on July 17, 2007

I recently found this quick and easy tutorial on installing XAMPP Lite locally on Windows XP. This provides a great environment for testing and developing WordPress websites from your PC. The next logical step is converting this nice local installation into a live site as quickly and easily as possible. I found some excellent instructions from The Tamba2 WordPress Guides. These guides contain almost all the information used in this tutorial. I really just combined a bunch of the provided information to accomplish this specific task. I put all the instructions together here in a quick, and (hopefully) easy to follow tutorial. Let’s get started.

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