Light Your Posts: How to Create Featured Posts Section in WordPress

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WordPress is a very powerful CMS. What is great about this is that it can be customized to the way you want it to be. You can add features and edit design and even create featured posts section in just a few minutes.

There are features that you can see on the widgets area to display like the categories, the latest posts and archive posts. But what if you want to highlight some posts to your readers on your site?

This is commonly known as “Featured Posts Content” or “Featured Posts Section“. It’s not a default feature that you can see on the WordPress “stock” installation. The good news is it can be added.

In this article,you are going to learn how you can add a Featured Section on your WordPress site.

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Create Custom WordPress Shortcode and Make Your Site User-Friendly

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As WordPress introduced the Shortcode API in Version 2.5, a large number of plugins were released to help users add content to posts and pages in a user-friendly way. Although there are five of them already, the need for more shortcodes still continues as more and more plugin and additions of features are being developed. By that, this article is about how to create custom WordPress shortcode.

Shortcodes allow users to add particular styles or features to a site without going to the codes. WordPress have five default shortcodes within the WordPress core, namely:

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Aim High! Construct Your SEO Friendly WordPress Site

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WordPress is one of the easiest to optimize CMS for SEO. Although WordPress sites have the highest possibility of getting ranked on search engines, it doesn’t mean that you should not optimize or work on your SEO friendly WordPress site.

If you are like the many users around the world believing that your default installation of WordPress will get your site on the top of the search engine ranking, you believe the wrong thing.

Just like the other sites on the Web, you really need to do something to make it SEO-friendly.

That being said, it’s not that hard to make your WordPress site SEO-friendly. With a lot of themes, plugins, tricks and conventions on the Web, you can definitely do it in a little amount of time.

Whether you are a serious WordPress publisher with specific goal on the Web or just planning to start a blog, this article is for you. This article will be a guide on how you can build your WordPress SEO-friendly site.

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The Basal Guide: How to Create a WordPress Child Theme

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Creating a WordPress child theme is important. It gives the user access to the theme without the threat of breaking it when updating. Unfortunately, child themes can be confusing if you don’t have much experience with WordPress customization.

As WordPress users customize their themes more, there might be some instances when users lose all of their theme’s layout or functionalities after updating the theme.

This gives some headache to WordPress users as they might need to debug their themes, or worst, recreate or install them all over again.

In this article, you will learn something about creating a child theme in WordPress.

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No More Hassle: The WordPress Hacks to an Easy Life

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There is no doubt. People love hacks about WordPress. Being the most popular CMS in the planet, WordPress offers more flexibility now than it was first released. There is no better way to make your WordPress life easier than to avail of these WordPress hacks.

Modifying WordPress blogs gives more freedom to the owners of the sites. It allows the owners to do things they can’t find on their default themes, thus, adding values to their sites.

In this article, you will learn some of the most outstanding WP hacks that you will definitely find useful.

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Your Mobile Apps Look Bad and You Should Feel Bad

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Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right?

What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined).

If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and newly-discovered gold mine to plow. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for developers as mobile apps continue on growing as the age of smartphones conquer the market.

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How To Do Your Best Work by Working Smarter, Not Harder!

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Would you like to know how you could be so productive that in two hours you could get done what takes for most people a whole day?

I have always been interested to discover “long-term shortcuts”, shortcuts which will keep me productive and healthy for years to come! Sure, there are short-term shortcuts like drinking huge amounts of caffeine, using drugs, pills, energy drinks, cigarettes, but these things will seriously mess up your health and well-being in long term.

Do you know story about hare and tortoise – “Slow and steady wins the race”? That’s right I don’t want to be hare, I am all about boring and un-sexy rituals which will make all the difference in long-term! If you are looking for magic bullet or get quick rich scheme you should go somewhere else.

Long-Term Shortcuts outlined here will get you ahead of everybody else, they will help you to get tasks done better, faster and with less effort! That’s what you call best work!

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

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Every designer or  developer who has worked with websites knows the importance of hosting. Web hosting is among the top important things that you have to consider before starting the website creation. Selecting a really good web hosting company can do your half of the work.

Many people talk about how a website should be designed or how to hire the best designer but, the importance of having the best web host is often not considered an important topic to discuss.

So, why do designers and developers need a web host?

  • Assurance. In order to make your website go live on the Internet, web hosting is required. If you think that registering for a domain name is enough than you are mistaken.
  • Accessibility. Having a website hosting company will make it sure that your website is accessible by everyone around the world. You can surely design a website but if you don’t have a web host, no one can access your website.
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Visualize Data Beautifully With Chart.js Library

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Creating charts that look presentable can be a bit of a pain sometimes. Most often, web designers or developers use graphics to display data using Photoshop or Illustrator, which may take a lot time to be done.

Good thing, there are many available free JavaScript libraries online that web designers or developers can use to display data beautifully. The web designer or developer can then present data without creating graphics in Photoshop or Illustrator.

Chart.js library is one of the great online JavaScript libraries which builds data using HTML5 canvas element to draw graphs and charts, complete with documentation.

To see chart.js in action, we’re going to build the following charts using web programming languages as our labels with their fictional data.

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Typography Designs Using CSS3 and Lettering.js

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Web typography has become even more popular on the Internet in recent years.  In the past, this was ignored, but with the different screens nowadays, this is an essential topic that should be dealt with. These days, with the options to use Web fonts like Google Fonts and Typekit, you can achieve cross-browser, stunning and high resolution web texts without worrying the screen sizes.

However, with all these available technologies, there’s a key ingredient missing for typographers: Kerning.

Kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font. Thanks to the power of CSS3 and jQuery, it’s now possible to structure a well-designed typography with complete control of the text and animation quickly and easily.

Today, I’ll show you how to create stunning typography designs with CSS3 and a jQuery plugin called Lettering.js, a simple, lightweight, and easy-to-use jQuery plugin that gives complete control on web typography.

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