If you are running a multi user WordPress installation it might get tricky to notify all existing users of an important change or bring new users up to speed on rules and procedures on the site. Luckily there is a plugin for this.
This small plugin allows you to create global announcements. Once a user logs in they will see you announcement in their dashboard before anything else. You can also set them to be mandatory and the user will have to tick a certain box stating they have read and understood the announcement presented to them, otherwise they will not be able to proceed on the dashboard. This way you can make sure all logged in users get any important information you need to pass to them and new users have T.O.S. readily accessible when they log in on the dashboard, along with any other on-boarding info.
If you have updated your WordPress installation to 4.7 you might have noticed that the text underline and text justification buttons were removed. This has inconvenienced many bloggers out there who find them useful but tend to forget keyboard shortcuts. Luckily there is a solution to this problem in the form of a plugin.
Widgets are an essential part of most WordPress sites. They help us feature content, products, display social profiles and feeds, contact info and more. However sometimes you might need more refined control over your widgets, what if you want to display a widget on a certain page alone, or only on posts of a certain category, what if you want to apply custom styling to a widget? Luckily there are plugins to help us with this and today we’re taking a look at one of them.
I started messing around with WordPress back in 2007. Justin Tadlock was already an active member of the, way less crowded back then, WordPress community. 10 years later, I asked Justin if he’d be interested in answering 10 questions. These are his answers.
If you manage a lot of WordPress sites each with its own theme, you might need a way to easily check which theme is active on a particular site and which version it’s running. This will make updating themes easier. That’s what today’s plugin of the day can help you with.
Show Theme In Footer
Once you install and activate the plugin the active theme’s name and version number will appear on the bottom right hand side of the administrator dashboard. If you are running a child theme you will also be informed of the parent theme’s name.
The WordPress database might get bloated, especially if you tend to use many plugins, test out new interesting ones and change themes often. You might want to clean it up or even wipe it out entirely to start fresh. You don’t have to delete your entire WordPress installation and create a new one to do this, you can just reset your database using a plugin.
There are many cases where you might need to migrate your WordPress database. Whether it is to set up a staging site, update an existing one or create a local installation of a live project. WordPress options and meta are serialized and stored in the database making such migrations a bit more complex than a simple search and replace, but don’t worry, there’s a plugin for this!
WP Migrate DB
This plugin makes database migration a breeze. It will export your database, run a search & replace to replace the old URLs with the new ones and handle data serialization while doing it. What you will get is an SQL file ( or a gz one if you enable compression ) which you can then import to the destination server using phpMyAdmin, MySQL command line or any other tool that allows you to import the database on your server. That’s it. Additional plugin options allow you to exclude spam comments, transients, post revisions and more.
Mario is the founder and WordPress architect over at DevriX. He’s been contributing to WordPress core since WordPress 3.7. I haven’t had a chance to meet him (as of yet) so I decided to get to know him a bit better through this quick interview.
I’ve been using WP Migrate DB Pro for quite some time and it’s probably one of the very few WordPress plugins out there that just work, flawlessly. Today I’m happy to host Brad Touesnard, founder of Delicious Brains Inc., the company behind WP Migrate DB.