WPBeginner http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:31:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 How to Block a WordPress User Without Deleting Their Account http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-block-a-wordpress-user-without-deleting-their-account/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-block-a-wordpress-user-without-deleting-their-account/#respond Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:00:11 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=24938 Did you ever want to block a user from logging into WordPress? The simplest way to accomplish this is by deleting the user profile. The downside is that will move all content written by this user to another user. You can change a user’s password… Read More »

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Did you ever want to block a user from logging into WordPress? The simplest way to accomplish this is by deleting the user profile. The downside is that will move all content written by this user to another user. You can change a user’s password and email address, but that will change their gravatar. What if we told you that you can block a user without deleting their account? In this article, we will show you how to block an account without deleting the user in WordPress.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Account Locker Lite plugin. Upon activation, simply edit the user you want to block.

At the bottom of the user profile, you will see the account lock status section.

Blocking a user account in WordPress

You need to choose Locked from the Account Status drop down menu and click on update user.

This will effectively block the user from logging into your site without removing their account or transferring their posts. Blocked users will NOT be able to reset passwords and regain access to the site.

When a blocked users attempt to login, they will see an error message explaining that their account is locked.

locked-account-message

Please keep in mind that if you disable this plugin, then it will also unblock those users.

We hope this article helped you learn how to block an account without deleting the user in WordPress. You may also want to take a look at how to send custom welcome email to new users in WordPress.

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How to Display WordPress Widgets in Columns http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-display-wordpress-widgets-in-columns/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-display-wordpress-widgets-in-columns/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=25126 Are you looking to display your WordPress widgets in columns? What if we told you there is an easy way to do this without any code knowledge. In this article, we will show you how to display WordPress widgets in columns without writing any HTML… Read More »

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Are you looking to display your WordPress widgets in columns? What if we told you there is an easy way to do this without any code knowledge. In this article, we will show you how to display WordPress widgets in columns without writing any HTML or CSS.

Preview of WordPress widgets aligned horizontally in columns

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Widgets in Columns plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Appearance » Widgets.

Next, drag and drop a widget that you want to display in column. In the widget settings, you will notice a new drop down menu labeled width.

Here you need to select your desired width for the widget.

Select the width for your widget column

You can choose the width depending on how many widget columns you want in a row.

For example: if you want three columns, then you would choose one-third (1/3). You can also upload an icon for your widget.

Once you have added the first row of your widget columns, you can drag and drop a divider widget from available widgets.

This divider widget allows you to start a new row of widgets within the same widget area.

This plugin comes with three types of dividers: .divider, .break, and .clear.

After you are done adding your widgets, you can preview your site to see your widgets in columns.

That’s all. We hope this article helped you display WordPress widgets in columns inside a widget area.

You may also want to check out how to add custom styles to WordPress widgets.

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How to Bulk Resize Large Images in WordPress http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-bulk-resize-large-images-in-wordpress/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-bulk-resize-large-images-in-wordpress/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:00:31 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=25356 Uploading large images to your site can significantly slow down your site. This is why we recommend users to always save images optimized for the web. However if you run a multi-author site, then it can be difficult to monitor images uploaded by other users.… Read More »

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Uploading large images to your site can significantly slow down your site. This is why we recommend users to always save images optimized for the web. However if you run a multi-author site, then it can be difficult to monitor images uploaded by other users. What if we told you that you can automatically resize large images on your WordPress site, even long after they are uploaded? In this article, we will show you how to bulk resize large images in WordPress.

Important: Please backup your WordPress site before bulk resizing images. Once resized, this action cannot be undone.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Imsanity plugin. Upon activation simply go to Settings » Imsanity to configure the plugin.

Imsanity plugin settings

The plugin allows you to choose the maximum image size for all images uploaded to a post/page, images uploaded directly to media library, and images uploaded for theme options.

The default value is 1024 x 1024 pixels which you can change at any time.

Below the image sizes, you have the options to choose image quality, convert BMP to JPG, and PNG to JPG.

The default WordPress image quality for jpegs is 90, and setting it lower will result in loss of quality. Converting your BMP files to jpegs is always a good idea. However, converting PNG files to JPG does not always result well.

Once you are done, press the save changes button to store your settings.

On the same page, you will find a Search Images button at the bottom. Click on it to locate files that are larger than maximum sizes you defined in your settings.

The plugin will locate and display large images.

Resize large images

Review the results and uncheck any images that you don’t want to resize.

Once you are done, press the Resize Image Sizes button, and the plugin will start resizing images into the maximum values you entered in settings. It will also automatically replace large images with the normal sized ones.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you bulk resize large images in WordPress.

You may also want to take a look at Why you need a CDN for your WordPress blog.

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