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Control which Widgets Display on which Pages

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We just added a contact form using Contact Form 7 to one of the widgets on this WordPress 4.7 website and we have a few other widgets as well such as search and site categories. But let's say you don't want all of these widgets to display on every single page of your site. Let's

Add a Contact form Using Contact Form 7

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We just looked at how to add a responsive video widget to a WordPress 4.7 website. But there are plenty of other things that you can do with plugins and widgets. For example, we can add a contact form. Let’s come back over to our plugins and add a new plugin. Let’s install contact form

Add a Responsive Video Using a Widget

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Let's add some responsive video in the sidebar on this site. We've already discovered that this theme doesn't do responsive video very well so we are going to use a plugin called YouTube video widget plugin. Got to Plugins and Add New. Let’s search for YouTube Video Widget and there are lots of competing plugins

Installing WordPress Plugins

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There are lots of plugins on the WordPress Repository. This is generally speaking a very safe place to get your plugins and is generally the very first place I go to if I'm looking for some kind of functionality. We are here under Plugins and the way you add a plugin is to click “add

Types of WordPress Widgets

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Now that you have an understanding of what widgets are, let’s take a look at some of the widgets available on a WordPress website. Some of these widgets are really only good for blogs, for example, archives calendar categories, recent comments, recent posts, RSS and tag cloud. Those really are only useful if you've got

Understanding WordPress Widgets

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Welcome to this fourth and final session in our WordPress 4.7 crash course. In this next session we are going to focus on customizing the functionality of your site in particular using widgets and plugins. Let’s come over here to the Appearance and the Widgets panel this is what I refer to as the widgets

Customizing the Functionality of your WordPress Site

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In this fourth and final lesson of our WordPress 4.7 Crash Course we focus on customizing the functionality of your site in particular using widgets and plugins. We make sure that beginners get a solid understanding of what WordPress widgets are, Understanding WordPress Widgets, and the types that are available, Types of WordPress Widgets. Then

Simple WordPress Theme Customization

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Now something that WordPress has been working on for two years or so is the theme customizer. They’ve been working on it so slowly that I think it has been confusing. That’s why I have never taught it before. WordPress ships with the ability for theme authors to setup theme options in the theme customizer.

Setting Menu Locations

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Now that we've created a menu in WordPress 4.7 and there are already two other menus let's work on setting menu locations. There's my main menu. Let's come over here to manage locations. I could say my main menu should go there instead of the crash course menu. And my footer menu should go to the

Creating Menus in WordPress

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Menus are obviously a critical aspect of your site and before you can tell what your site will look like you need to have a menu. And so well first thing we're going to do is create the menu. Creating the menu is found under Appearance and Menus. Please note that different themes have different

How to Upgrade WordPress Themes

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Now that we have taken a look at free WordPress themes and premium WordPress themes, let's talk about how to upgrade WordPress themes. Here under Appearance and Themes, you will note that there is a new version of this theme so it's available for update now. To update that you come over here and click

Installing Premium WordPress Themes

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Unlike free themes for WordPress 4.7, you can find premium themes like Thesis, Genesis, Elegant themes and WooThemes and have confidence that they don't contain malicious code, knowing that they are secure. But you can’t purchase premium themes everywhere without being careful. For example, you can't do that on Envato. So if you're considering buying

Finding & Installing Free WordPress Themes

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Now that you know how Themes affect the appearance and SEO of your website, let’s take a look at how you can find themes. you may have already looked at this but under Appearance and Themes, you can click this “add new theme” and as soon as you do that all of these theme choices

How do you Choose a Theme?

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Somebody asked me the question, “With all the themes available for WordPress, how do you choose the right one for your site?”. The answer to that comes from the answer to another question. What's your goal for your website? If you’re starting a business website and your goal is to be found online when somebody

Understanding WordPress Themes

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Welcome to the third lesson of our WordPress 4.7 Crash Course. In this session we're going to talk about customizing your WordPress site. In particular, we're going to talk all about WordPress themes and that really starts off with understanding WordPress themes. A theme is what displays your content in WordPress.

Customizing the Appearance of your WordPress Site

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Now we're going to move on to customizing the appearance of your WordPress 4.7 site. This is the 2017 theme that I have not yet modified in any way. This is not my content, this comes with the theme but here's my content. I've got what we imported, so this side salad avocado post and

Adding Audio to your Pages

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The final media we are going to look at in this Adding Content to Your WordPress Site lesson is audio. You just saw how easy it is to add PDFs and preview them in WordPress 4.7 so now I’m going to show you how to add audio. Let’s go back to Pages and let's go

Adding PDFs to your Pages

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Next in this Adding Content to Your WordPress Site lesson we are going to talk about adding PDFs to your pages. Something that is brand-new in WordPress 4.7 is the ability to preview PDF files. Let’s take a look. You can see this pdf has images already in it. If I wanted to I could