Change number of (WordPress) Media Library items shown per page

If you have lots (like hundreds) of images or other files in your WP Media Library, you can change the number of items shown per page view. There are plugins that can help, but a simple hack is to change the “media_per_page” variable. I learned this trick in an old post in the WordPress.org support forum; updates have moved the line in question from line 999 to line 932. You need to use FTP to download, edit and re-upload post.php (wp-admin/includes/); post.php is not a file accessible through the WP editor tool.

Getting Started with WordPress

Congratulations — you have a WordPress-built website! Now what? The WP “codex” is the massive online documentation for all things WordPress, hosted at www.wordpress.org, so if you have any Qs about how to do something, go to codex.wordpress.org and search for what you want. The Help link, at the top right of every view in the WP dashboard, will provide links to the codex for help on whatever element you’re looking at… You will also find thousands (10s or 100s of thousands, probably) of great online tutorials, including thousands of videos at YouTube… Here are a few basic things to … Continue reading

WordPress Themes: Which one to choose?

A WordPress theme is what gives a website its design elements: layout, colors, menus, etc. There are literally thousands of WordPress themes available, so choosing the one just right for you can be a challenge. The information below will help you understand your options. Our web portfolio lists the themes used in various sites we’ve built. If you find a theme you like, but want to change some aspects of it, like colors, background, menus, some layout options, most such changes are quite easily made. But of course, the closer a theme is to just what you want, the less … Continue reading

To CMS or not to CMS

CMS vs. Custom-Built Websites: Content Management Systems, CMS, are database-driven software tools for creating and maintaining websites. Most (though not all, by any means) CMS-driven websites use a SQL database and are coded using PHP, along with HTML and CSS. Custom-built non-database-driven websites, on the other hand, are simply “static” pages coded in HTML, CSS, and can also use PHP and other coding methods. (Yes, there are custom-built database-driven websites, but let’s not complicate the current discussion…) WordPress is one such CMS tool; Joomla and Drupal are two of the other most popular CMS options — and there are many … Continue reading