Using a lot of plugins isnâ€™t recommended if youâ€™re going to boost your blog performance. Also, if you build your needs yourself as much as possible, you will have more control on what you are looking for.
In this post, we have featured 12 practical WordPress solutions that you wonâ€™t need any plugins to implement them.
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1. Showing Popular Posts Without A Plugin
When it comes to usability, or when youâ€™d like to increase your pageviews, itâ€™s really recommended to have a section somewhere on your theme to feature your bests post. In the following tutorial you will learn how to display popular posts on you sidebar on anywhere else without a plugin.
2. Showing Related Posts Without A Plugin
Showing related posts will increase the number of pageviews. You can show related posts with thumbnails either without thumbnails easily by a few lines of PHP. Letâ€™s try.
3. Specifying a Featured Post Without Plugins
Learn how to add a featured section to your homepage.
4. Making A Contact Form That Works
You will definitely have more control on your contact page if you create it personally.
5. Displaying Random Posts
â€œIf your WordPress blog uses a homepage or a landing page of some kind, featuring a random post on that page can serve a couple useful purposes.â€
6. Displaying latest tweets
Learn how to show recent tweets of yours without a plugin as well as how to add â€œtweet thisâ€ button to your posts.
7. Insert Social Media Icons Without A Plugin
Adding social media icons to your posts, will allow visitors to easily submit the current article to social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook.
8. Add Bread Crumbs to Your WordPress Themes
Using bread crumbs specially for business/portfolio themes boost the usability of your theme. Why donâ€™t you build it yourself without any help of plugins?
9. Displaying Ads in Your RSS Feeds
Using this quick trick, you will be able to modify your RSS content and add some ads to your feeds.
10. Display Author Information
â€œMany multi-author blogs have an â€˜About This Authorâ€™ section attached to the bottom of each post â€“ containing a link to the authorâ€™s site and a short Bio about them. In this post, weâ€™ll be creating this, and also an â€˜Authors Archiveâ€™ page.â€
11. Recent Comments Without Plugins/Widgets
A short piece of code that you can use wherever you like to display the recent comments of your blog.
12. Custom Write Panel
If youâ€™re an advanced user of wordpress themes, this tutorials will take you to the next level of improving wordpress themes. Highly recommended for themes developers.
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