WordPress Tutorials – ThemeLab http://www.themelab.com We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:16:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Do These 3 Simple Tweaks to Your WordPress Site http://www.themelab.com/do-these-3-simple-tweaks-to-your-wordpress-site/ http://www.themelab.com/do-these-3-simple-tweaks-to-your-wordpress-site/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:03:23 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123003 You’ve just installed your new WordPress site and now you want to know what to do next. Well, if you purchased one of our themes, you’ll be able to follow our very detailed documentation on how to get your site to look like the demo. Aside from that there are a few little things with

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You’ve just installed your new WordPress site and now you want to know what to do next. Well, if you purchased one of our themes, you’ll be able to follow our very detailed documentation on how to get your site to look like the demo.

Aside from that there are a few little things with WordPress fresh install that you’ll want to change immediately.

1. Change the URL Structure of your Site

Ok, you’re working through your site checklist and creating great articles for your customers to read, but when you look at the post online you see numbers at the end like this:

permalink

WordPress uses a permalink structure which shows the post ID number instead of a friendly title.

Don’t worry, you can change this quickly with just a few clicks. Go to Settings–>Permalinks and choose a different structure. A popular structure you can use is the one with your post name in the URL like:

http://example.com/post-name

Save your changes and now all your posts will show the descriptive URL structure rather than the unhelpful numbers.

2. Create a Custom Homepage in WordPress

By default a WordPress site is setup to show the latest blog posts on your homepage. And while that’s ok, you really want to setup a site that is more focused around your business. Say you have a lawn care business or a salon and you want to show a specific homepage, services, about, and contact pages.

Setting up your custom homepage is pretty easy.

First you want to create a page that will be your homepage. From your admin area go to Pages–>Add New and name your page. You can fill in the details later. Click publish to finish.

Now go to Settings–>Reading and under the Front page display area, choose A static page radio and pick your homepage from the frontpage dropdown.  You can choose another page for the blog posts or just leave that dropdown alone if you aren’t setting up a blog page. Click save changes.

Now you can go to your site to review the changes you’ve made to it.

3. Add Categories to Your Site

While you create all the articles you want to share on your site, you’ll notice that you can group several of them together into similar topics. These topics can be placed in categories on your website and it’ll help organize your site’s structure as well as help with search engine optimization.

For example, you’re getting your accounting website setup and you want to talk about small business tax questions, tax returns, and deductions. You can create these three different categories by going to Posts–>Category from your admin dashboard. Create the three categories and save your changes.

category list

Note: You’ll see a category there called “uncategorized”. You can’t delete it, but you can edit it to one of your category names that you want to use. I’d recommend using your most popular category since all new posts are initially tied to the default category for all your posts unless you change it. When you write your articles, you’ll be able to choose from the list of categories for your blog posts.

I hope this article helped you learn 3 tweaks you can use to customize your site immediately to make it to look how you want in WordPress.

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Dental WordPress Theme: 5 Steps to Get Your Practice Online http://www.themelab.com/dental-wordpress-theme-5-steps-to-get-your-practice-online/ http://www.themelab.com/dental-wordpress-theme-5-steps-to-get-your-practice-online/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:00:21 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123866 You’ve setup your dental practice in your city and now you’re looking for a dental WordPress theme to get online so people can find you when they search for a dentist in their area. Follow these five steps to can get your dental practice online quickly and painlessly in no time. 1. Setup Hosting First,

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You’ve setup your dental practice in your city and now you’re looking for a dental WordPress theme to get online so people can find you when they search for a dentist in their area. Follow these five steps to can get your dental practice online quickly and painlessly in no time.

1. Setup Hosting

First, you’ll need to setup web hosting for your website. A web hosting company takes care of setting up the servers where all your website files and images are stored. You can choose from several different hosting providers out there. We have also partnered with several providers who do a great job hosting WordPress sites.

2. Pick a Domain Name

If you don’t already have a domain name, now is the time to get one. You want to stick to shorter names that are related to your dentistry practice if you can. It can be difficult to get a domain name since many of the common worded domains are already taken, but just keep playing with the spelling to find one that works for you.

To get your domain, you have to go through a registrar like Godaddy or Network Solutions. This service is a yearly fee that ranges between $7-35/year. Since you’re setting up your practice for the long haul, we recommend that register your domain for multiple years.

3. Install WordPress

After you get your hosting provider you need to install WordPress on your site. This can be a quick process, but if you are a beginner with WordPress, it can still be a little confusing to do. We’ve made this process easy though.

In fact, if you want to get setup quickly and without any headaches, we’ll provide you with Free WordPress setup when you buy our Bite dental WordPress theme and after you choose from one of the providers on that list. Setup your hosting plan with them and then email us the information and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

4. Setup Your Theme

After purchasing the Bite dental WordPress theme, just follow the documentation to get your site looking professional and exactly how you want it. With a few clicks you can add things like your logo, setup your site color, and contact information. Then you can add all your pages for your website, including your services, about, and contact page.

5. Add Your Content

Now your dental WordPress theme is starting to take shape, you need to add information to your pages. Include all the services your dental practice offers on your services page. Setup your contact page with your phone number, a contact form, and a map to your dentistry and how to get there. Don’t worry, the map adding the map is easy with the Bite theme. Use the About page to set you and your staff apart by sharing your medical credentials.

Add all the current testimonials you’ve received from your current patients under the Testimonials section. When you do that, they can be shown throughout your site to give new visitors an idea of how great your practice is.

After you setup all the pages, consider creating a blog where you can share monthly or weekly updates about the dentistry field. Use commonly asked questions as a source to talk about things. This will help you rank high in the search engines and it will help you answer questions to prospective patients and prove your expertise in dentistry.

Following the above 5 steps will quickly take you from no site for your dentistry practice to a beautiful, mobile responsive website that will attract new patients and grow your business.

I hope this article helped you get your dental WordPress theme up and running quickly.

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What is a Responsive WordPress Theme http://www.themelab.com/what-is-a-responsive-wordpress-theme/ http://www.themelab.com/what-is-a-responsive-wordpress-theme/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:00:30 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123559 If you’re working on your website, you’ve probably been told to make sure it’s built as a “responsive theme” or that it’s “mobile responsive” and wondered what is a responsive WordPress theme?  In this article I’ll cover what is a responsive WordPress theme and why you want to have it for your site. What is a Responsive WordPress Theme A

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If you’re working on your website, you’ve probably been told to make sure it’s built as a “responsive theme” or that it’s “mobile responsive” and wondered what is a responsive WordPress theme

In this article I’ll cover what is a responsive WordPress theme and why you want to have it for your site.

What is a Responsive WordPress Theme

A responsive WordPress theme is a theme that was developed to look good across all screens.  Meaning that if your website is responsive then visitors viewing it on your mobile device can read the site information easily and navigate through the site without hassle.

Turf - WordPress Landscape and Garden Theme

WordPress theme developers use code that allows the website to resize as the screen size adjusts. This includes dynamically resizing images as well as increasing user readability.

Responsive WordPress themes are so important, we’ve made sure all ThemeLab’s themes are responsive for your business website.

Why is Responsive Website Important for Your Business

As more and more people use their smartphones and tablets to search the web, having a functioning website on those smaller screens is important. If a visitor can’t read your content or navigate through your site on their mobile device, they’re more likely to exit your site and visit one of the millions of others on the internet to get their answers.

If you have google analytics setup on your site, you can view the number of mobile visitors to desktop visitors to see how a mobile site can affect  your business. If you have a high rate of mobile visitors coming to your site, then access your own website from a mobile device and see what kind of experience it is for you. This will tell you how a user feels when they visit your site.

If you have a high bounce rate on your site, then you’ll also want to look at your mobile visitors to see if the mobile visitors bounce rate is causing this. According to GoRocket, the average bounce rate for mobile devices is around 60% which is about 20% higher than the other types. If your site is mobile friendly with responsive WordPress theme, your bounce rate could be lowered.

How to Check if Your Site is Responsive

If you have a site set up now and aren’t sure if it’s responsive or not, you can just use your browser to check.

Use your full width browser and change the size of it. If your site’s paragraphs and words move to fit within the shrinking width it is likely responsive.

Google has recently started testing sites for their mobile friendliness and are rewarding site owners who have mobile responsive sites in the search results. You can check your site on their Mobile Friendly Test page to see what is says and follow the suggestions to improve it.

mobile friendly

 

There are a few ways you can work on your site to increase it’s mobile friendly score that might also help with search results for mobile users.

As you work to make sure your site is mobile responsive for your visitors, also consider the overall user experience and the importance of making your site easy to use and simple to navigate for your visitors.

I hope this article helped you understand what a Responsive WordPress theme is.

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How to Create a Blog Page in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/how-to-create-a-blog-page-in-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-create-a-blog-page-in-wordpress/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:27:11 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=123005 After setting up your website, you’re probably wondering how to create a blog page in WordPress. You’ve setup your site with a few static pages like the home, about us, contact us, services and now you want a separate page that shows all your blog posts in one go. WordPress is great at being both

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After setting up your website, you’re probably wondering how to create a blog page in WordPress. You’ve setup your site with a few static pages like the home, about us, contact us, services and now you want a separate page that shows all your blog posts in one go.

WordPress is great at being both your static website and giving you a place to add your blog posts. To get started just follow this quick tutorial.

First create two pages on your site. From your admin area go to Pages–>Add New and name each page.

While creating the home page, if you are using a WordPress theme that has a Home template, you can choose it from the dropdown like this.

page attribute

The second page will be the page that holds all your blog entries. We’ll call this second page Blog. Like the home page, some WordPress themes will have a blog template from the dropdown. If yours does, select that and publish your page.

Next, go to your Settings–>Reading area and look for the Front Page display area. Change the radio button “A static page” and select the front page and blog page from the dropdown menus. Then save changes.

blog page

Now you can visit your website and you’ll see the home page is the one you just chose.

Add the Blog Page to Your Menu

You blog posts are also showing on your blog page, but we’ll need to add the page to your menu so you can access it easily.

From your admin area go to Appearance–>Menus, check the Blog page and click Add to Menu, then click Save Menu.

You’ll now be able to access the blog page from your main menu on your site.

I hope this article helped you learn how to create a blog page in WordPress. For feedback and questions please leave us a comment or reach us on twitter @ThemeLab.

 

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How to Find Your WordPress Login Page http://www.themelab.com/how-to-find-your-wordpress-login-page/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-find-your-wordpress-login-page/#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:00:31 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=122806 Where is my WordPress login page? That is likely one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself after you get your new business website up and running. In this article, I’ll show you how to find your WordPress login page easily so you can access it anytime. Congratulations, you’ve setup your WordPress website and now

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Where is my WordPress login page?

That is likely one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself after you get your new business website up and running. In this article, I’ll show you how to find your WordPress login page easily so you can access it anytime.

Congratulations, you’ve setup your WordPress website and now you want to start writing articles for your business. Or you need to access the admin area so you can add your business pages like your About or Contact pages.

Or maybe you need to add a plugin to extend your site’s functionality.

Typically a new WordPress installation will have an area on the homepage called the Meta. Go your your site’s homepage and look for it in the sidebar.

You can also add /login or /admin after your domain name to access the WordPress login page. It will look like this:

http://example.com/login  
http://example.com/admin.

If those simple links don’t work, then your hosting provider set things up differently and you’ll have to access the login page directly like this:

http://example.com/wp-login.php

If you’ve logged into your site before, your session might still be live and you’ll be redirected to your dashboard. If this is your first time logging in or if your session has expired then you’ll be directed to the username/password login screen.

For easy access you can either create a bookmark on your browser or you can add a link to your menu on your site.

To add a link it to your menu, after you log into your WordPress site, go to the Appearance–>Menu and add a custom link to the site’s Menu for easy access.

custom login on menu

If your homepage doesn’t have the Meta widget showing, then go to Appearance–>Widgets and add the Meta widget where you want it to go. You can add it to your sidebar, footer area, or any other widget ready area.

how to find wordpress login page

Many people access their site from the same computer often, if you do that as well, you can also check the Remember Me checkbox on the login screen so you don’t have to login every time you want to go to your admin dashboard.

WordPress login page remember me

You can even install the Always Remember Me plugin that will check the box so you don’t have to remember to do it.

How to Add a Login Form on Your Site

All the suggestions so far have been links to the login page. If you want to add a login form on your sidebar, you can install and activate the Sidebar Login plugin and have a login from your homepage directly.

sidebar login

Once you get the hang of logging into your site a few times, finding the login page will become second nature for you and you can quickly access your site to make any changes you need to.

We hope this article helped you learn how to find your WordPress login page.

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5 Steps to Make Your Website a Success http://www.themelab.com/5-plugins-for-your-website/ http://www.themelab.com/5-plugins-for-your-website/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:23:12 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=19459 Long gone are the days where you throw up your five page static website and never update it again. If you want to separate yourself from your competition, then you have to work on your website to keep it informative for your visitors. Here are 5 steps you can take to help your site stand apart from your

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Long gone are the days where you throw up your five page static website and never update it again. If you want to separate yourself from your competition, then you have to work on your website to keep it informative for your visitors.

Here are 5 steps you can take to help your site stand apart from your competitors.

Write Useful Information to Attract More Visitors

editorial calendar

After you setup your site, create a list of useful articles that your prospective clients want to know about.  This can come from your frequently asked questions area. Take all questions that new and current clients ask you all the time and go into extreme detail answering those questions on your site. Then use the Editorial Calendar plugin to setup the schedule writing the content.

Some people think it’s too hard to write and they end up not adding anything to their site. Taking time to write about your are of expertise will set you apart.

The trick to getting the content written on your site quickly and easily is to have one client in mind and picture them asking you questions, then write out what you would say to her if she was in your office right now.

You’ve probably answered this question several times, so answering it won’t be hard and if you imagine the conversation, then your writing will be more conversational as well.

Create an Email List

MailChimp and WordPress

Once you start sharing useful information on your site, add a signup form to grow your email list. If you’re just starting out, using something free like Mailchimp.

You’ll want to setup a Mailchimp account and add the code to your widget area to easily and quickly create the signup form on your site.

Once you start building your email list, share your new posts with the list and watch your traffic increase. Encourage readers to share your content with their friends to increase your readership.

Keep the relationship going by sending relevant content to them regularly and keep the sales emails down.

Add Social Icons to Your Site

How to Add Social Media Icons to WordPress

You probably get a lot of your clients through referrals, but if you’re setting up your site to become a marketing channel for your business, then you’ll have people come to your site who don’t know you. Make sure you you add your social profiles on your site.

An easy way to do that is to add the Simple Social icons plugin to your sidebar which links all of your social profiles in one easy location for your visitors to connect with you.

Encourage Social Sharing

floating social bar

Make it easy for people to share your posts with others on the big social sites. Use something like the Floating Social Bar which makes it easy to share on every post. Just choose which networks you most want your posts to be shared on and you’re set.

You can choose where to add the social share on the post, whether it’s floating, above the post, below or on both. Make social sharing easy and painless for your visitor.

Add Contact Form

How to Add a Contact Form in WordPress

Don’t you hate it when you go to a website and you want to get in touch with the owner, but there’s no way to contact them? Set your site apart and be available by adding a contact form to your site and make it easy for people to get in touch with you.

If you’re building a local targeted site, then also add your address with city, state and phone number information on every page to increase your chances of people finding you in your city. With all ThemeLab’s themes, you can add your contact information at the footer and that will show up on every page, making this task easy.

So the next time someone is looking for “Accountant Tampa, FL” your site has a better chance of showing up in the search results since that information is clearly shared on your site.

Taking these extra steps to build up your website will help your business down the road and set yourself apart from your competitors.

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How to Automatically Embed Tweets in WordPress Posts or Pages http://www.themelab.com/automatically-embed-tweets-wordpress-posts-pages/ http://www.themelab.com/automatically-embed-tweets-wordpress-posts-pages/#respond Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:12:43 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5882 Twitter is the web’s most happening space. This is why most bloggers set up WordPress to automatically tweet a new post. It has also become a common practice to quote an individuals Tweet in the media. You must have seen articles in your favorite online publications with actual Tweets embedded right inside the content. In

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Twitter is the web’s most happening space. This is why most bloggers set up WordPress to automatically tweet a new post. It has also become a common practice to quote an individuals Tweet in the media. You must have seen articles in your favorite online publications with actual Tweets embedded right inside the content. In this article, I will show you how to automatically embed Tweets in WordPress posts or pages.

First thing you need to do is to find out the permanant link of the Tweet you want to embed. This permanent link can be found on the timestamp of every Tweet in your Twitter stream. This timestamp is displayed next to the user’s Twitter handle.

Permanant link on a Tweet's timestamp

Now you need to right click and select ‘Copy link location’ to copy the permanent link for an individual Tweet.

Open the WordPress post or page where you want to embed the Tweet and simply paste the URL by pressing CTRL+V.

Adding a Tweet URL in WordPress post editor

That’s all, you can now save your post and then click on the preview button in the post editor. You will see the Tweet automatically embedded into your WordPress post.

I hope this article helped you embed Tweets in your WordPress posts and pages.

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How to Set up Pretty Permalinks in WordPress http://www.themelab.com/how-to-set-up-pretty-permalinks-in-wordpress/ http://www.themelab.com/how-to-set-up-pretty-permalinks-in-wordpress/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/2008/03/11/how-to-set-up-pretty-permalinks-in-wordpress/ By default, WordPress uses URLs like this http://example.com/?p=123. This URL structure is not SEO friendly. This is why most WordPress site owners use Pretty Permalinks, which is a term used for SEO friendly URLs in WordPress. These SEO friendly Permalinks contain post, category, tag, title in the URL, allowing you to use Keywords inside your

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By default, WordPress uses URLs like this http://example.com/?p=123. This URL structure is not SEO friendly. This is why most WordPress site owners use Pretty Permalinks, which is a term used for SEO friendly URLs in WordPress. These SEO friendly Permalinks contain post, category, tag, title in the URL, allowing you to use Keywords inside your URLs. In this article, I am going to show you how to set up Permalinks in WordPress and make your website more SEO friendly.

To set up Permalinks on your WordPress site, simply go to Settings » Permalinks. There you will see a number of options to choose from:

Permalink settings in WordPress

Choosing a Permalink Structure

Most WordPress SEO experts agree that the best permalink structure is the one that uses the post name in the URL. The default options allow you to choose from day and name, month and name, and post name URL structure. There is also an option to have numeric permalinks. Numeric permalinks are better than the ugly URLs but they are not considered as good as the URLs with post name.

You need to choose one of the default options by clicking the radio button next to it and save your settings.

Apart from the default options, you can also create your own Permalink structure using special tags. The available tags that you can use are:

  • %year% – Four digit year of post, e.g. 2014.
  • %monthnum% – Two digit month of post, e.g 07.
  • %day% – Two digit day of the mont, e.g. 18.
  • %hour%
  • %minute%
  • %second%
  • %post_id% – The unique ID number of the post example, 123.
  • %postname% – The title of the post sanitized to be used in post URL, e.g. how-to-set-up-permalinks-in-wordpress
  • %category% – Category name sanitized to be used in URL. e.g. wordpress-tutorials.
  • %author% – Author name sanitized to be used in URL. e.g. syed-balkhi.

WordPress allows you to use whatever structure you want. However, you are required to use %postname% and %post_id% for your individual post. These tags are unique identifier that help WordPress locate the post from the database. Same goes for your category archives. They must have %category% in them.

We recommend reviewing which permalink structure you prefer before you start publishing content. Note that if you change your permalink structure at a later date, your post and page URL’s will also change. Therefore if you change your permalink structure in the future, you will need to set up 301 redirect in your .htaccess file in order to redirect users to proper content.

Troubleshooting User-Friendly Permalink Structure

In rare cases, your server may not have this module enabled. In that case you will see a notice in your Permalink settings page informing you that WordPress cannot write to the .htaccess file.

Update .htaccess Now

WordPress Permalinks need mod_rewrite module installed on your web server. WordPress also uses a special server configuration file called .htaccess to use pretty permalinks. All our recommended WordPress hosting providers have set up their servers with necessary configuration to run WordPress. This means your server should already be configure to use Apache’s mod_rewrite module.

The two most common causes for permalinks not working are:

1. Incorrect File Permissions

In correct file permissions stop WordPress from creating or writing to the .htaccess file. To solve this issue you would need to connect to your website using an FTP client. Make sure your FTP client is set to show hidden files. You will see a .htaccess file in your website’s root directory. If you do not see it, then you need to create one. After that simply copy and paste the rewrite code shown in Permalinks settings into your .htaccess file and save it.

2. mod_rewrite Module is Not Available on Your Server

For permalinks to work, you need mod_rewrite module enabled on your webserver. If they are not then you need to contact your hosting service provider and ask them to enable it for you.

I hope this article helped you set up Permalinks in WordPress. It will certainly provide the SEO boost your site deserves.

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How to Install Google Analytics on Your WordPress Site http://www.themelab.com/install-google-analytics-wordpress-site/ http://www.themelab.com/install-google-analytics-wordpress-site/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:00:52 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=5479 Understanding your website visitors and how they use your website is crucial for your business. There are plenty of tools that allow you to do that. However, the most important one is probably Google Analytics. It allows you to see where your visitors are coming from, what they do on your site, which content is

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Understanding your website visitors and how they use your website is crucial for your business. There are plenty of tools that allow you to do that. However, the most important one is probably Google Analytics. It allows you to see where your visitors are coming from, what they do on your site, which content is popular, and so on. In this article, I will show you how to install Google Analytics on your WordPress site.

Signing Up for a Google Analytics Account

First thing you need to do before installing Google Analytics is to sign up for the service. Google Analytics is available for free, all you need to do is to visit Google Analytics and sign up with your Google account.

Google Analytics Page

In the upper right hand corner there will either be two links to sign in or create a new account for gmail, or the button shown in the picture above to access Google Analytics. If you do not have a gmail account you will need to create one to use analytics. When you have signed in Google will take you to a page asking you to sign up for the service and you can either track a mobile app or a website so ensure you choose the correct tracking.

Google Analytics Signup

Should you choose, you can edit if you want your site to share data with different aspects of Google for services like technical support and account sprcialists. With the information on this page filled out I will be given a Google Analytics tracking code. This code is important as it will need to be added to my site in one of a few ways.

Installing Analytics

There are a few ways to add this code depending on how you want it to be added and how knowledgeable you are about WordPress.

Installing Google Analytics Code Using a WordPress Plugin

The easiest way to install Google Analytics tracking code on your WordPress site is by using a plugin. To do that you would need to install and activate Insert Header and Footer plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers and place the code into the plugin’s settings.

Insert Header and Footer

Manually Adding Google Analytics Code in header.php

A slightly more complex way would be to open your theme’s header.php and place the code right after the <body> tag.

Please note that if you add the code to your main theme, then it will be overwritten whenever you update your theme. Using a child theme is the best way to add customizations like this to your WordPress site.

Manually Adding Google Analytics Code in functions.php

If you feel confident in your knowledge of php you can open your theme’s functions.php and add the following code replacing the fourth line with your Google analytics code.

<?php
add_action('wp_footer', 'add_googleanalytics');
function add_googleanalytics() { ?>
// Paste your Google Analytics code here
<?php } 
?>

Using any of those methods you should have added Google Analytics to your site.

Please note, that you will not immediately start seeing information on your Google Analytics dashboard. It will Google Analytics 12 to 24 and sometimes even 48 hours before you can see any data in your Analytics account.

I hope this article helped you install Google Analytics on your WordPress site. Its a great way to optimize your website, plan your content, and grow your business.

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For any aspiring blogger out there, gaining the attention of viewers is incredibly important. You can usually best achieve this with images. However, not all images on the internet are free to use as you wish. In this article, I will show you some of the resources I use to find royalty free images. You can use these resources to find royalty free images for your blog posts.

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons search is one resource that can help search across multiple websites for images. However, the catch to using this site is that you must understand the Creative Commons licenses. Most copyright simply want attribution which can usually be handled by a link back to the source. For the small cost of giving attribution you can get access to a plethora of images from different sources for your site.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a little bit different than Creative Commons in that a large of the images, audio, and video are free to use. There are sill a few items on there that may have a creative commons license requiring attribution, so be sure to check the license information below each image you view.

Stock Photos for Free

Stock Photos for Free Image

Stock Photos for Free is where we get into images that are completely free. They have a very neat and organized library with a great collection of still images. They even take the images from HD videos, the only thing they ask is you register to their site before downloading any images.

Open Clip Art Library

OpenClip art image

If you want an icon or anything clip art, Open Clip Art library is where you want to go. All of the clip art in this library are considered public domain so you can do whatever you want with these images. To make them even easier to use they usually come in both PNG and SVG formats.

Google Image Search

Google Images image

This last one is very useful but the one you have to be the most cautious about. Just about everyone uses Google to do searches but, one thing you may not know about is an option in advanced image search. Its normally at the very bottom called usage rights. While you can set this to search for free to use commercially, Google still tells you to look at the license for each image as they can not guarantee all images being considered public domain.

These are just a few of your options available out there to find royalty free images. I hope this article helped you spice up your site with new images.

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