How to Create Dropdown Navbars for Your Subpages and Subcategories

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In this tutorial, you will see how to display your sub-categories in an animated dropdown, and how to create similar dropdowns for sub-pages as well. You’ll even be able to highlight the page your reader is currently on.

The code is written by milo, and you  can see a demo of it in use in one of her free WordPress themes; Nash (Check out the two nav menus in the black header).

The code is very easy to set up and you will have no trouble there. You will want to edit the CSS in the end to make it match your theme, but even for beginners, a little meddling will get you through.

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Add Google-Style Page Navigation to your Category and Search Pages

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It can be very tedious to navigate through a category on a WordPress blog. Your navigation options tend to be limited to “Next Page”/”Previous Page".

Not the most efficient method in the world…

When you do a search on Google, you can skip to page 3, 4, 5 or anything else. And once you do, you can always click back to page 1. It makes flicking through a large number of results much, much easier.

So, why don’t we recreate that in WordPress? Milo is going to show us how.

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3 Codes for a Far Better WordPress Search Page

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The search page in a WordPress blog is normally a bit of an after-thought. I know that until I replaced the WordPress page here with a Google search page, my search results were just like any other category page.

You can do a lot to improve your search results page though. In this post, milo has shown us some of her best techniques for creating a far more useful page.

We will start by adding a counter for the number of results found, then we will highlight the search times in the results themselves, and finally, show you how you can exclude certain categories from your results.

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Show What’s Coming Next on Your Blog

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Often at the end of a TV show, they play some clips of what’s coming up in the next episode. It’s interesting to watch (Provided they don’t spoil things too much on you!), simple for them to do, and near enough guarantees you’ll remember to tune in again next time.

So why not do the same with your blog?

If you use WordPress’s future-posting to schedule your posts for a few days in advance, you can show parts of those posts on your blog beforehand to let people know there’s more to come.

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Get Total Control Over Your Page Styles With CSS

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A WordPress site is made up of lots of different types of pages. The home page, post pages, category pages etc. So what if you could control how each of these looked individually?

You could create different template files for each, but that’s time consuming and makes it difficult to easily update across your whole website.

In this article, we’ll show you how you can set the <body> tag to have a different ID depending on the type of page, and then how you can use CSS to style the page any way you like because of that. No more template editing needed in the future!

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Create Your Own Popular Posts Page

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Highlighting the most popular posts on your site is a great way to send new visitors to your very best content and win them over.

There are a few different ways you can do this, and quite a few plugins out there to help. But why not base it on the number of comments? If you write a post that makes people talk, it must be a well written post (Most of the time…).

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Custom WordPress Login Screen

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The WordPress admin login page is very easy to customize. With the code below, you can add your own CSS to the login page and make it look however you like. Check out the new Pro Blog Design login to see it in action.

Best of all, your customizations are all done in your theme files, so the changes will stay when you upgrade WordPress.

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