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01 Nov 2017

51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

Throughout the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into a versatile content management system. Today, this open source software tool enables you to create anything between a simple blog and a fully functional website.

The popularity of WordPress has been constantly increasing, as it’s flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide.

Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.


02 Aug 2017

Change the URL of your WordPress Website

Sometimes you may need to change the URL of your WordPress website. If you attended one of our WordPress training courses for example and used a temporary URL.

This process is quite straightforward but you can break your site so proceed with caution and Backup your WordPress website first!

Your domain needs to be up and running and pointing to your existing website.

Step 1 – Backup your database!

There’s a separate guide on how to do this here

Step 2 – Install Better Search Replace Plugin

You can do this from your Plugins menu. The plugin is also available in the WordPress repository here.

Step 3 – Tell WordPress about the new URL

You can do this under Settings > General. You will need to set the Home URL and the Site URL which will usually be the same thing.

This will automatically update any internal links within menus, locations of featured images etc, but you will still need to replace the url where it is used within inline images or other content areas

Step 4 – Search and Replace your database

This bit is destructive – proceed with caution!

  • Open the Search and Replace plugin page from the Tools menu
  • Search for your old URL and replace with your new URL
  • Select the tables to search. Start with wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta
  • You may wish to test with a dry run initially, if so leave the Dry run box ticked

If you need assistance changing the URL of your WordPress website, you can submit a WordPress support request here

21 Jul 2017

Adding a new user in WordPress

Adding a new user in WordPress is very simple. You will need to be able to login to your WordPress dashboard and you will need to have create_user permissions. These are usually reserved for users with the Administrator role.

Step 1 – Login

Login to Your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2 – Select the User Menu

Select ‘Users’ from the left hand menu, followed by Add New. There are a number of places where you can select Add New, two of them are shown in the screen shot below

Step 3 – Fill in user details

As a minimum you need to provide a username and an email address.

You may optionally add first name, last name and website. WordPress will choose a strong password automatically, but you can change this by clicking on the Show Password button.

Tick the box to send a notification to the user.

Finally, select the user’s role. If you are adding someone to assist with your website management (eg a member of Watch the Dot support) you should select Administrator. If you are adding someone to assist with content posting, then Editor would probably be sufficient.

Step 4 – Click Add User

Once you have filled in all the information, you can select Add New User button.

You will be returned to the All Users page and you should see a notification that the user has been added. The new user should shortly receive an email advising of their new password.

07 Jul 2017

Automatically Reenable WordPress Paragraph Breaks

We had a phone call from a client late this Friday afternoon looking for some WordPress Support.

Having upgraded a very old website themselves to version 4.8 they noticed that all paragraphs on the website were running into each other without linebreaks.  WordPress has a function called wpautop which finds line breaks and manually converts them into html paragraphs. This ensures that each paragraph sits on it’s own line, usually separated from other paragraphs with top or bottom margin. They needed a quick fix. Having taken a very cursory look it appears that wpautop was being disabled by one of the many plugins on the site. For a quick win we were able to reinstate wpautop by adding the following into functions.php:

function renable_wpautop(){
add_filter('the_content', 'wpautop');
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'renable_wpautop' );

It was a very quick fix for a late Friday afternoon but it’s got the client out of trouble until we can take a look early next week.

13 Jan 2015

Design & Build a Website using WordPress

Commencing on the 20th January, Christian Mayne will be once again teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

Course Overview

WordPressLearn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely used web Content Management Systems. Despite being simple to use, WordPress is also an extremely powerful online publishing platform and is used by some of the most high profile websites in the World. This course is aimed at those new to WordPress or those looking to setup or start managing a WordPress website for the first time. Your tutor will take you from the basics of setting up a WordPress site and adding content and images, through to theme installation, site enhancement with plugins, theme modification and user administration. You will gain a thorough understanding of the components which make up WordPress, how these components are used and managed, and tricks you can use to quickly and simply improve your WordPress website. No prior web design experience is required, but you should be comfortable using a PC and Web Browser.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, using practical hands-on tuition, you will have an understanding of the following features and techniques:

  • Setting Up WordPress from Scratch
  • Creating Pages and Posts
  • Managing WordPress Menus
  • WordPress Widgets and Sidebars
  • Theme Installation, Setup and Modification
  • Plugin Installation and Management
  • WordPress Administration tasks, Backups and Spam Prevention
  • Advanced Plugins: e-commerce, members websites, forums and social networks

Full details about the course can be found here


To enrol, please Click here to fill out the online enrolment form or call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

16 Apr 2014
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