videoOptimize Loading WordPress Images without Losing Quality

Optimize WordPress Image Loading without Losing Quality by resizing images without needing an external editor like Photoshop. This short online video tutorial to find out how to resize background images without losing resolution you need for clear crisp full screen background photos.


videoSkitch: Annotated screenshots to communicate visually

Have you ever had that problem where you wish you could communicate something but a phone call or email just doesn’t cut it? Video takes forever to make for a simple thought to be passed on. Well, here is a great little tool I’ve been using for a long time called Skitch. It is a screenshot tool with clever built in annotation features.

It helps when you’re trying to get your point across with a minimum of friction and frustration. Especially in design or dev teams where a visual is highly specific and required.

This video is part of my web tools HD video course on Udemy. I teach all the little tips and tricks you can use while programming and doing other related work that will increase your effectiveness and help you work faster, smarter, and better with less headaches.

Here is a coupon to the course with an 80% discount as a thank you for watching my video:

videoCreating WordPress Custom Category Templates & WP_Query

Have you ever wanted to create a custom template for an individual category? Ever wondered how you can change what gets displayed on your homepage? If you’ve wanted to customize your blog by category, author, or other meta data, this video shows you how to edit the loop, with WordPress’s very powerful WP_Query. You can get just about any kind of posts you want or exclude certain kinds of posts as well.

As mentioned in the video, here is the code you need to manually create new pages in your WordPress theme WITHOUT the need for FTP at all. This is a great little trick I learned. Here’s the code you’ll need to put in the header.php file:

in php code:

Don’t forget to replace YOURTHEMENAME and SLUG with the values you have, as explained in the video.

If it doesn’t work, you may need to turn on WordPress debug in your wp-config.php file. To do this, you will need access to that file, through FTP or through the cPanel of your hosting account. You need to add this line to the wp-config.php file:

You can change this value to true later to turn the debug messages off. If you reload the homepage, you should see a message saying “cannot create file” and a brief description why. Usually “file or folder does not exist”.

You may need to use the full absolute path to the file you want to create. This is usually like:

Replacing the capitalized variables with your specifics.

Here is the WordPress Codex page that talks about ways to customize the loop with WP_Query. All the useful variable names are here so you can quickly find the type of posts you want in about 5 minutes. It is very straightforward and simple to do.

WP_Query on the Codex: