How to Choose a WordPress Plugin

The guys at wpbeginner have a good checklist for choosing a WordPress plugin.

Howto: Configure settings on a new live site

See also “Howto: Take a dev site live”. Dev sites are usually configured to be less visible than a live site should be. This article provides a checklist of settings to review after a new site becomes live. My Theme > Settings Enable Google Analytics Set favicon Settings > General Site name and tagline. Email address. Open registration? Time zone….

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How to Add Events to The Events Calendar Plugin

The Events Calendar plugin by Modern Tribe makes it really easy to create, add, and manage events on a web calendar. Adding a new event is very similar to adding a new post. After installing the plugin, you should see a new menu item, under Posts, in the left sidebar in the backend of your site. Click Events. Near the top…

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How to get started using WordPress

Let’s assume that you have installed WordPress, Builder, and a Builder Child theme. We strongly recommend that the next thing to do is to start adding content to the site. Resist the urge to mess around with the design elements of your site or the navigation details of your site. Create some content first!

Howto configure a new starter site

You have installed a new site. Here’s a list of things that you should do right away.

Howto license iThemes plugins and themes

This how to has gotten lots simpler in late 2013. A while ago, you had to license each iThemes component (theme, plugin) separately. Now you can do it all at once. Go to Settings > iThemes licensing You may see two sections: Licensed Products and Unlicensed Products. If you don’t see Unlicensed Products, you’re done. License all of the unlicensed…

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How to install the “Starter Site”

To make it easier to bring up a new site, we have created a “starter site” that contains a standard set of themes, plugins, and configuration settings that make it easier for newbies to get started. The Starter Site gets you up and running quickly.

How to install WordPress manually

iThemes has published a nice ebook called “How-to Install WordPress Manually: Securing and de-bloating WordPress”. It contains a short section on why  you want to do this. Short version: better security of your site better control over exactly what gets installed It also starts by telling you how to create your own database.

How to create and manage a Mailchimp account

This is a rough draft. Please make suggestions for improvement by leaving a comment. Or, if you have credentials that allow you to edit this, go ahead. Sign up for a free Mailchimp account. Go to mailchimp. Click on the Sign up for free account. Fill in the form. Mailchimp will send you an email asking you to confirm that…

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How to create content for the sidebar

There are two kinds of content that can appear in the sidebar: hand-coded and automatically-generated.