Setting an Image on the header of a WordPress Page or Post

In order to display an Image on the header of a page or a post one would have to use the Featured Image Property. To Access the Featured Image Property, first edit the page or post. Then on the right pane click “Set a Featured Image”. Now you could either choose an Image from the media library or upload the picture from your computer. Once the Featured Image has been set, you would see the Image displayed on the header of the page.

WordPress-Sticky Post

This feature is particularly useful when you are using ‘posts’ to push out content. Normally posts are arranged in the order from the latest published date. It essentially means that the newest post comes in first and the oldest post appears in the last.

This is a very good approach for organizing content. But what if you had an article which you published a month ago that you feel is really important for your readers to see. As you know in this approach as you continue publishing articles, the older ones keeping getting pushed down and it would be harder for your audience to read that content.

To overcome this Issue, WordPress has a feature called as Sticky Post. So once you mark a post as a ‘Sticky Post’, it will always remain at the top of the page irrespective of how many articles you publish after that. 

This feature is very useful in case you have an article that you really want your viewers to see. And this always remains on top.

In order to mark a post as a Sticky Post, follow these steps-

  1. Goto to the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click on Posts .
  3. Scroll down to the post you want to mark.
  4. Once you find the post, click on Quick Edit .
  5. On the right hand corner, Mark the option for ‘Sticky Post’. This would designate this post as a Sticky Post.

Integrating Meetup events to your WordPress site

Many of you might have heard of meetup.com (https://www.meetup.com) , it is a popular website for conducting or or organizing meetups. One can hold any kind of Meetup right from technology  to sports. 

Some of the organizations conducting Meetup might have their own website. And they might want to have the Meetup Information listed on their website.  If people have WordPress installed, it makes the whole process a lot more easier.

One would have to follow these steps-

  1. Install a wordpress plugins called WP Meetup
  2. Once installed, open the admin panel and goto the Meetup section.
  3. Under groups, type the name of your Meetup group.
  4. Once it recognizes your Meetup group, you are all set. Now you have to just paste a  short code on the page you want to list the Meetup information.
  5. Just place this on the page [wp-meetup-calendar] and publish it. This would automatically pull out all the events Information from your Meetup to your website.

And now you have your new events page with Meetup information. 

Having a Site Icon in your WordPress site

Having a Site Icon in your site, creates some kind of recognition. If you have a unique site icon, users would be able to recognize your site amongst the numerous other tabs which are there in the browser.

Normally a site Icon would be the brand logo of your company. It is not too difficult to add a site Icon. Here are the steps-

  1. Open the WordPress dashboard.
  2. Goto Appearances
  3. Select Customize
  4. Click on Site Identity 
  5. Upload your site Icon
  6. Click Save & Publish

And that’s it! Your site Icon will now be displayed on the tab of your website. And this would be available on all the popular Web bro9.

Customization in WordPress 

WordPress normally gives you default templates or templates that one could buy online. It is pretty standard with respect to appearance. But one could customize the themes and colors with css. And you could also play around with  the layout if you know html and php. 

Before you can make changes to css file you would need to know where it is located right? In the WordPress admin panel, goto Appearances and then click Editor. It would give you a list of files on the right. The css file would be right at the bottom.

Regarding layout you could work with the php files. WordPress  is developed using php. So, most of the files are php templates where one could make changes. There is a file called header.php, which would allow you to make changes to the header of a page. And once a change is made on the header, it would get reflected on the other pages as well. 

People would definitely need to know php in order to make changes to those files. There are other files like footer.php and page.php which would allow you to modify the footer and the page respectively.

WordPress-Adding chat widgets

Sometimes when you visit a website you would see that a chat window pops up. It would basically ask whether you need help with anything. Or it could be a means for requesting information. This adds value to a site. It enhances customer interaction. It is not too difficult to have this feature in your WordPress  site or any custom site for that matter.

There are many such widgets out there.  One of them is called Pure Chat. So you would just have to register. And once registered, you would have access to the Javascript code. That code has to be simply pasted before the body tag.

And once you are done with it you would get a new looking widget in your website with not too much effort 🙂