When developing for WordPress locally on Windows, we need to have Apache, PHP and MySQL installed. There are web development environments available such as EasyPHP or WampServer, but I always prefer to install them manually. The experience you gain from it becomes useful when you encounter a problem with either PHP, Apache, or MySQL database as you will have a better idea where to look for the issues.
The other day, I was in the process of installing a WordPress website on my local Windows development machine, so I set up everything necessary and ran the WordPress installation page step by step. In the final step, after clicking Install WordPress button, the page was loading for a while and then an error message showed up telling me about the critical error on your website. In this article, I will show you how I found the cause of the issue and how I fixed it.
To set the language direction of the content in the element, we use either the HTML dir attribute or CSS direction property. The default value is ltr (left to right direction), while languages like Arabic and Hebrew use rtl (right to left direction). Sometimes, we might want to change the value of the current direction and this is the focus of this article.
In a previous post, we learned how to enable WordPress shortcode in excerpts and custom fields. We also mentioned how to enable them in 3rd party plugins and in this article, we will go into more detail about this and show how to enable shortcodes in the Contact Form 7 plugin. We might want to add the custom shortcodes in the Mail Template, such as mail body, or use them in the Form Template to style the contact form to our liking.
Shortcodes are a very popular feature in WordPress that allows you to add custom functionality to the content. WordPress also has some built-in shortcodes on its own. They are very easy to use inside the posts or pages and they even work inside the Text Widget. But they won’t work when they are added in an excerpt or a custom field. This article will show you how to use shortcodes in those cases too.
With excerpts in WordPress, you can have them for both posts and pages, but for pages, the excerpts are disabled by default. Even for posts, they can be hidden inside the post editor or they could be disabled all together. This article will show you how to fix the issue of missing excerpts and make them visible in posts and how to enable them in the page editor.
Recently, I was writing an article containing programming code on the WordPress website. The code had single and double quotes in it and noticed that when I did Copy and Paste from the article into a code editor and then try to run the code, it threw syntax errors. It turned out that WordPress was automatically changing some characters when displaying the code syntax. In this article, we will learn how to make sure that the "Copy and Paste" of quotes work without a problem.