Category Archives: WordPress

How to remove default widgets (aka meta boxes) from WordPress dashboard

Remove default widgets from WordPress dashboard

WordPress comes with some default widgets, i.e Activity, Quick Draft, WordPress News etc. Sometimes you may feel disgusted to see them on dashboard and wish to remove unnecessary widgets.
There are a lot of plugins that can help you clean you dashboard. And you can do the same with a little piece of code. To say truthfully, it’s safe to use a plugin instead of coding. But, a plugin will slow down your site. Try avoiding plugin as much as you can.

Follow the steps.
1) Copy the code below. (Double-click on code to select.)

2) Open your functions.php file with an editor. functions.php file is located at your_site_directory/wp-content/theme/your_theme_name_here/functions.php

Alternatively, you can edit it from your WordPress admin panel. Go to Appearance>Edit.
Remove default widgets
Then select functions.php from the list at right side.
Remove default widgets

3) Paste the code at the end of the file. Be aware about PHP tag.
4) Save the file.
You’re done. Now go to your dashboard, no widgets are there 🙂

[Don’t do it if you are not well-known with PHP]

How to clone or add new user roles – WordPress

WordPress is probably the best CMS (Content Management System) application to create dynamic websites easily. It shortens your development time and makes you comfortable.

In my previous post, I discussed about How to rename user roles in WordPress. It will be a nice solution if you have below or equal to 5 member types in your site. But, if you need more member types?

Nothing to be worried mate. You can create new user types easily. There are 2 ways, creating a brand new role with selected capabilities or cloning an existing user role!

How to clone a user role?

How to clone a user role?Just decide, which existing user role are you going to copy or clone for your WordPress? This copy means- copying capabilities of an existing user role! Let’s assume, we are going to create a new user role ‘Writer’ which will have similar capabilities as existing user role ‘Author’.
Copy the code below and paste them into functions.php of your theme (located at ../wp-content/themes/your_theme_name/functions.php)

How to add a new user role?

How to add a new user role?This is so simple as above example. Copy the code below, open your functions.php file and paste them. It creates a new user role ‘Blogger’ who can read, (write) and edit posts, but cannot delete them. (Please go to this page to know the List of capabilities WordPress has.)

That’s it. Try it yourself and let me know if you face any difficulties.

How to rename user roles – WordPress

How to rename user roles of WordPress? By default WordPress has five user roles. They are Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor and Administrator. Each of them has different capabilities and access levels in WordPress where Administrator is the most powerful and Subscriber is the lowest. An Administrator can do almost everything and a Subscriber can do almost nothing! (See for details)

Let’s think, you are developing a website for booking hotels online. There will be 3 type of members. Free member, Premium member and Manager. Now what? You can assign Editor as Manager, Author as Premium member and Contributor as Free member for example. It may solve your problem, but doesn’t it look odd? Of-course. Then what is the solution?

You can rename user roles to whatever you want. Here is how to do:

How to rename user roles

  • Open your theme’s functions.php file. This file is located at ../wp-content/themes/your_theme_name/functions.php
  • Copy the code below. Double click on code to make them copyable.

  • Paste them inside <?php and ?> tags of functions.php file.
  • Save.
  • You are done.

Now go to ../wp-admin/users.php and see the changes!


Visitor Counter for WordPress (Hit Counter)

You often wanted to show a hit counter for your WordPress site. There are a lot of plugins to solve this issue. But why are you making your site slower? Never use a plugin, if it’s really not needed.
Avoid plugins if you can do it yourself by a small code snippet. Here is how to add a visitor counter for WordPress.

Create a visitor counter

Open your functions.php file with an editor. Add the code below then save it.

Add following code to single.php

This is the final step. Decide where do you want to show the hit counter. Place this code into your template. It’s a good idea to show his counter in the footer area. But, choice is yours.

You’re done. Visit your site, it’ll show hit counter. Keep counting your visitors.

Get back to an older version of WordPress (Downgrade WP)

Usually we upgrade an application for some reasons like security, new features etc. But, sometimes we may need to downgrade WP (or any application).

Few days ago, I was using a theme for one of my WordPress sites. A newer version of WP released and I upgraded it. Then I faced a problem. The pagination system was not working with new version of WP. So, I had to downgrade WP!

You may face this problem too! What should you do? Because, unlike upgrading, there is no option for downgrading your WordPress!

See, how did I downgrade WP-

1) You must know, which version of WP you were using. Go to this link and download that version. Link:
2) Extract (Unzip) that ZIP file in you computer. You’ll find a lot of files including folders named wp-admin, wp-contents and wp-includes. Copy wp-admin and wp-includes folders. See the image below:

Downgrade WP

3) Delete wp-admin and wp-includes folders from your server.
৪) Upload wp-admin and wp-includes folders to your server.

Hope, your problem will be solved. I followed this way and I was succeeded. Whole process is silly risky. So, be careful. I’ll not be liable for any damages. For additional security, you may back-up your old files.

Bengali Digits in WordPress

As you’re reading this article, I guess you are a proud WordPressian and you have interests on WordPress like me.

Have you ever wanted to convert the digits into Bengali (or other language) while translating a site? You can easily translate your site to another language using a language pack. And absolutely it was never been difficult to convert digits to Bengali/Bangla or whatever language you want!

Bengali Digits in WordPress

Just follow the instructions I’m giving below. But, please do not do this, if you do not have basic knowledge of PHP.

bengali digits in wordpress

1. Find out the file named functions.php. This file is located in wp-content/themes/your_theme/functions.php

2. Open it with NotePad or any other editor.

3. Copy the code below

4. Paste them in functions.php file. Be careful about right placement. Keep them inside <?php and ?> tag.

5. Save the file.

6. Now reload/refresh your website and see the changes.

[Note: in 4th line, I wrote

Where ১,২,৩,৪,৫,৬,৭,৮,৯,০ are the numbers from Bengali Language. If you want to use your own digits, just put them separated with commas.]