Do it yourself: 12 WordPress Solutions Without Using Plugins

Using a lot of plugins isn’t recommended if you’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 won’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 you’d like to increase your pageviews, it’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.

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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. Let’s try.

WP Shortcode for displaying related posts

How to: Show related posts without a plugin

Add Related Posts, with Images, to WordPress without a Plugin

3. Specifying a Featured Post Without Plugins


Learn how to add a featured section to your homepage.

Build a Featured Posts Section for WordPress

How To Create A Featured Post (And Get Pagination To Work)

4. Making A Contact Form That Works


You will definitely have more control on your contact page if you create it personally.

WordPress & jQuery Contact Form without a Plugin

5. Displaying Random Posts


“If 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.”

WordPress: Random Posts Without a Plugin

6. Displaying latest tweets


Learn how to show recent tweets of yours without a plugin as well as how to add “tweet this” button to your posts.

Display your tweets without a plugin

Tweet This Using TinyURL and NO Plugin v2.0

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.

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8. Add Bread Crumbs to Your WordPress Themes


Using bread crumbs specially for business/portfolio themes boost the usability of your theme. Why don’t you build it yourself without any help of plugins?

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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.

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10. Display Author Information


“Many multi-author blogs have an ‘About This Author’ section attached to the bottom of each post – containing a link to the author’s site and a short Bio about them. In this post, we’ll be creating this, and also an ‘Authors Archive’ page.”

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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.

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12. Custom Write Panel


If you’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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Written by Mohsen


Mohsen is a Web/Wordpress designer and a blogger. He currently designs WordPress themes, writes for Webanthology, and studying computer. Follow him on twitter

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