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You don’t need the name Aldrich Ames or Hercules Mulligan to be considered a great spy on the internet. What’s even better is that you won’t be thrown in jail for treason if you get caught peeking in on what your competitors are doing. In fact, spying on your competitors is one of the more prudent strategies you can follow, considering there’s a good chance your competition has knowledge that you’ve yet to discover.
If you’ve used WordPress for a while, I’m sure someone has told you that you “shouldn’t use too many plugins”. It’s obvious – using too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, right? But is that actually true? I mean, people tell me I shouldn’t swim after eating, but I’ve done that my whole life and I’m still alive and kicking! So is the common knowledge that “too many plugins is bad” good for WordPress?
Are you a functions.php hoarder? If your first inclination when adding custom code snippets to your WordPress site is to stick them in functions.php, you may be afflicted with this terrible disease and not even know it.
Are you looking to stay up to date with all of the latest WordPress developments? Business best practices, news and new releases, development standards…there’s a
If you’ve been using WordPress for a long time, you probably feel at home in the WordPress dashboard. But think back to the first time you logged into your trusty wp-admin…were you able to instantly navigate your way around?
Blogging is a lot of work. And, if you want to be a stronger blogger, it is going to take consistency, time, and effort. After all, your goal is to craft compelling content your site visitors want to come back for time and again.
Are you curious why content marketing doesn’t seem to work for every business? A lot of business owners believe that simply having a blog will be enough for a steady stream of new customers to start pouring in. Sorry, that’s not how it works. Your content isn’t doing anything except sitting there taking up virtual space, unless you align it with your business goals.
If you’re selling anything online, whether it’s a product or service, then you’re going to rely on solid copy. Sadly, tons of websites out there have copy that’s unconvincing and ineffective. It doesn’t make you want to buy or take action. The only action you’ll be taking is hitting the back button.
Content marketing is a long-term game. If you want instant results, your time is probably best spent on a different strategy. Each piece of content you produce only makes a very tiny splash. But, it’s the cumulative impact of all this content that results in a giant wave, flooding the Internet with your content.
Having the most beautifully designed WordPress website is great. That is, unless you ruin it with hard to read fonts. Fonts are fun and exciting. And there are so many to choose from. Think about it. How many themes have you seen boasting access to 700+ Google fonts? Fonts make up the bulk of your website. This is how your visitors engage with your ideas, products, and even some images. But without the right typography, your readers are sure to become frustrated.
CDN – you’ve probably seen this acronym bandied about by the web community. But do you actually know what it means? And better yet, do you know how it can benefit your WordPress site?
Want to develop the magical superpower to control how your content looks on Facebook? I think we can all agree that’s a pretty cool skill to have.
WordPress, by default, has no options to add customizable buttons. However, there are many free and paid solutions to build attractive buttons. Which can be used in landing pages as well as in calls to action? There are WordPress plugins for almost every task. In this post, you will learn why you need these buttons and WordPress plugins to get them.
I think we all have probably experienced this…You share a post on social media. A post you put a ton of thought and time into. But when it comes to engagement on social media, all you hear is the faint sound of crickets. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Is it because your post just wasn’t interesting? Unfortunately, that’s always a possibility. But it’s far more likely that your followers just didn’t see your post.
Migrating your WordPress website from one host to another is often a daunting task. You don’t want to mess up anything. However, you still have to migrate for one reason or another. Surely, you can pay a professional freelancer to do the job but where’s the fun in that? Fear of downtime and data loss are two major factors that discourage people to not carry out the migration themselves.
Many WordPress themes offer the options to customize fonts on the website. However, several other themes lack this feature. Website typography plays a significant role
Is there anything more addictive than the Facebook News Feed. I mean, I’m sitting here trying to write this post, but that addictive little bugger just keeps scrolling…and scrolling…and scrolling. Now, it’s 30 minutes later and I still haven’t started.
If you use Facebook, you know just how attention-grabbing those auto-playing videos in your news feed can be. I know for me, even without sound, I find myself getting sucked into videos I would otherwise have no interest in.
Where do you write your WordPress posts? If you’re writing them in the WordPress Editor from the beginning, I think you’re making things a lot
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the Internet, it’s this: People want things fast. They want Amazon to deliver packages in under 2 seconds. They want to binge watch entire TV shows the second they get released. And they definitely want sites to load rocket fast.
If you have ever wanted to start all over again with your WordPress website, but are not sure how to get back to your default
You’ve probably heard it over and over again: If you want your blog to be successful, you need to consistently put out content. You hear it because it’s true. Without a consistent flow of content, your blog is, unfortunately, primed to shrivel up and die. Note that consistency isn’t always the same as frequency. You could consistently publish content once per week. That’s not a high frequency, but it is a consistent output that your readers will become accustomed to.
Image theft…Photographers have been dealing with it forever, but thanks to the Internet, it’s become easier than ever for thieves to take images. And it doesn’t just affect photographers anymore. Anyone who’s creating unique images knows the pain of unattributed image theft.
Raise your hand if you have customized more than 5 WordPress sites. Keep it raised if it’s more than 10. If I get to 20, and your hand is still raised, then it’s hard for me to imagine that you haven’t used a child theme. Working with child themes is one of the best practices of overriding parent WordPress themes.
So you’ve got your WordPress site up and running. Everything’s okay under the hood, but you need to make it look awesome on the outside too. You don’t have any technical skills. So what’s next for you? Hire a designer to draw your layouts by code? Ask a developer to help you?
Page speed and security should be two issues on the mind of every WordPress site owner. We wrote a huge post about WordPress and page speed back in 2014. And since then, page speed has only gotten more important. Users want sites to load fast – 30% of people want sites to load in under one second. And if your site doesn’t, they’re probably going to go somewhere else.
We all want more visitors to our website and social media can be a great source of traffic. But how do you go about more
If there’s one page most websites have in common, it’s this one: The “About” page. It’s usually front-and-center on every navigation menu. People can, and
One of the great things about WordPress is how easy it makes running a website. But WordPress can’t do everything… You need to be a little proactive – here are some things you need to do on a regular basis to keep your site running smoothly. If you don’t, your site might slow down, be vulnerable to security attacks, lose contacts, or even drop in the search engines.
Adding responsive grids to your WordPress site is a great way to display content and manage your page layout. While there are many excellent themes
I’m going to let you in on one of my deep, dark secrets: I’m a horrible designer. As someone who’s known for his spartan home decorating and fondness for white walls, calling me merely “design challenged” would be a compliment. But, because I know how important images are to blog posts, I try anyway.
If you want your posts to get more visibility and shares on Facebook, then this guide is for you. In this post, you’ll learn how you can implement Facebook Instant Articles to get more shares and visibility on Facebook.
We all know how important it is to ensure your website loads as fast as possible these days, with the increase in mobile device visitors
As a blogger, you want higher optin conversion rates. You’ve used every possible optin method on your website. All to attract and convert every bit
A wireframe is essentially a web designer’s plan for a web page. This frame can be hand-drawn with simple pen and paper, but wireframing tools
Today we are looking at a WordPress theme named Social Marketplace, which has been built by BuddyBoss and is designed to work in conjunction with
Your pricing table is like the altar of your business. How the altar looks to inspire action, how well it serves its purpose, how effectively
Email lists have never been more popular. Bringing in new visitors through search engines and link-building strategies is great, but your site and any revenue
So you’ve decided to open a store. You’ve got a product and a target audience that wants it. You’ve looked at different e-commerce platforms and
I’ve got a confession to make. Although I’ve been using WordPress for a good few years now, and over the past year have used the
People often make gaining traffic the main focus of their website strategy, obviously having more traffic will increase your conversions or sales but to absolutely
One of the most frustrating things for buyers of commercial themes is when they activate a theme on their site and it looks nothing like
As theme and plugin developers we build up a collection of go-to tools over time which can help us create better products and speed up
Blogging can be a very productive activity in itself for many reasons. Businesses with a blog will find it easier to attract search engine and
WordPress & Politics: Political WordPress Themes & Plugins for Politicians, Elections & Campaigns 2016
We have just had a General Election here in the UK which gave me the idea to look into how WordPress is being used in
One of the most effective ways to scale your business, is to take on additional staff. Whether you are a freelancer who wants to outsource
If you run a content based website then getting your posts out to as many people as possible is the name of the game and
This post is for the theme designers amongst us – it’s always good to build up a “tool kit” of resources that you can use
If you create your own WordPress themes then using some sort of version control is essential, there are a few options such as SVN and
We now know the Google takes site speed into account when determining search rankings nowadays, just how much of an effect speed has on your
One of the great things about the GPL is the freedom that it grants to build upon other people’s work, you are free to take
If you have been running a blog for any period of time you will know that content tends to die off in terms of search
Just as WordPress democratized online publishing, allowing anyone to share their thoughts and ideas online for free in just a few clicks, Udemy aims to
I have been searching recently for a good forum system to use in conjunction with a WordPress front-end, while bbPress is great and I do
I received the gift of Xbox One for Christmas this year and in between sessions on Dragon Age and Destiny I have done a little
If you are an agency or individual who manages multiple WordPress websites it can start to become a real pain as the amount grows, you
With the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft introduced a new Metro UI which was designed to work on mobiles devices as well as desktops. It
Today we are going show you how to add a GitHub login button into a WordPress theme using Oauth – this tutorial is for developers
KeyCDN is a content delivery network that has the ability to increase the performance and speed of your WordPress website. With 40% of visitors abandoning
BootstrapWP is an online course that aims to teach you how to create your own WordPress theme. For anyone who wants to build their own
If you wish to customize your WordPress theme, then unless it has a live editor built-in then you would need to have some knowledge of
We recently looked at Microsoft’s cloud service Azure where we gave an introduction to the service and how to setup a fresh WordPress installation. Today
Apple’s Retina Display or HiDPI is a topic of discussion among web designers and developers. WordPress developers and designers have already started responding to this
WordPress uses a mySQL database to store, retrieve and display all the data within your website. This database is the most crucial part of the
The WordPress media uploader has improved a lot over the years and now provides some powerful tools to manage your images, edit them within WordPress,
Exactly what makes WordPress a powerful CMS? What are the features that make it more than just a blogging software? The most powerful feature of
Conversion is a concept that all website owners love, and yet, it alludes many. Creating content on your blog is an important part to boosting
WordPress is like a G.I Joe action figure to the kid inside me. It’s like Legos for a toddler and like a “truck that needs
Hacking is such a dirty word. I think of hacking and two things come to mind. Someone or something getting chopped to bits, or some
When I first started WPLift, initially I was going to offer my services related to WordPress from the site. The “Lift” part was related to
Let’s face it. Traffic usually gets a bad rap. Bumper to bumper, slower than a slug, traffic. Yuck! But put the word ‘Traffic’ in the
You may have noticed that the comments had been removed from WPLift for the last week, the reason is I have been doing a clean-up
Sitemaps are an essential part of SEO, they allow the search engine bots to access all your posts, pages and other post types from one
When creating a WordPress theme whether that is for personal or client use or for release to the public as a free theme or commercial
For navigating older posts, by default WordPress uses next and previous links which are ok but only allow you to go back one page at
There are a number of reasons for wanting to simplify the WordPress admin menu, perhaps you are a developer and have handed a new site
What’s more important? Creating great content on your website, marketing your content, or converting visitors in to paying customers? Can’t come up with the answer?
When it comes to designing and developing a WordPress theme, there are several ways you can start. Many designers start by creating an HTML template
Once you have your new site or theme finished, content has been checked and everything is good to go, there are a few more steps
Essential Grid is a plugin that aims to be an all-purpose grid building solution for WordPress. Once this plugin is installed on your site you
For most WordPress developers, creating your next plugin or theme and exercising your creative coding ability is a delightful pleasure, something you can do on
Howdy open source enthusiasts! Did you know that there is an OS out there, as beautiful, robust and secure as Apple’s Mac OSX and yet
Some people start a WordPress blog with the sole intention of making money from it, while others find that their blog grows in popularity to
Designing and building your WordPress product can be easy and enjoyable but marketing and promoting that product can be frustrating, especially if you are not
Today we have a few tips for you to help you when developing WordPress themes for yourself, clients or release to the public … Not
With 1,230,000,000 active users, Facebook, the largest social network is not something you should be ignoring in your blogging endeavors. Taking advantage of its huge
We all know that WordPress is awesome, but those outside the world of web development may not be as enthusiastic. If you’re pitching to a
Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest and most scalable ways to make money online. Rather than spending your own time and money creating a
Back in the dark ages of the web, websites were either hand-coded in static HTML or you had to hire a developer to build a
Blogging gets a great rep across the Internet – it’s a proven way to increase traffic, gain leads, brand your business, and build your niche
Whatever freelance industry you are in — WordPress development, web design, writing, or something else — setting your rates is probably high up on your
At SiteGround we provide managed WordPress hosting solutions, including advanced support for WordPress related issues. Because of this, there are many interesting WordPress related questions
When it comes to blogging, WordPress is a name not unheard of. Starting right from WordPress 0.7 back in 2003, this tiny but mighty powerful CMS
A staging site or development version of your site can run in parallel to your live or production site and allows you to make changes
Github is an open source online service that allows coders to host and share their work and do a whole lot more. If you are
On most blogs, the sidebar is there on every page. But, it can often be overlooked or relegated to simply housing a recent post widget.
A couple of days ago, an old friend came to me for advice on his company’s website. He wanted me to take up the project
If you’ve ever wanted to build your own WordPress theme, but aren’t sure where to start, then the Theme Matcher HTML to WordPress conversion service
As WordPress approaches version 3.8 it is more popular than ever, with 3.7 reaching 4.8 million downloads in just a few weeks and WordPress.com is
There is no doubting that WordPress is an amazing tool and has been used by millions of people in many good ways, there are also
Acquisitions, mergers and closures are all part of the day to day business world, online business and specifically the WordPress Eco-system is no different –
In today’s smartphone dominated era, phones are an integral part of our lives. This can be verified from the statistics provided by Facebook’s mobile user
As people who follow me on Twitter might have noticed, I recently put 2 of my commercial WordPress plugins up for sale and successfully sold
You might be more familiar with seeing QR, or Quick Response Codes, featured in print media, where they are used to convey some form of
While you might be tempted to keep your site offline prior to its completion, or hold off from creating a web presence until your product
The underlying factor of a good website is its content. Since it is people who constitute your website’s organic traffic, it is quintessential for you to uphold
If This Then That (IFTTT) is a powerful (currently free) tool that allows you to build connections between the services and applications you use, mainly
I’m the process of setting up my personal portfolio for my writing services, using WordPress of course, and I was thinking of ways to easily
This is the second of 3 posts that walk us through Pluggable Functions in WordPress. In our first post we were introduced to pluggable functions.
Using icon fonts is a popular trend in web design at the moment and is something that can be seen used on many different types
It was quite a while before I knew what Pluggable Functions were in WordPress, but when I learned boy did I see the power I
Uploading images and inserting them into posts and pages in WordPress is a pretty simple process and is something that has been refined over the
Vantage is the latest theme from AppThemes which allows you to turn WordPress into a full featured business listings directory such as Yelp.com which allows
Issue tracking systems are used when people are collaborating on a project to record problems and keep records of fixes / milestones etc. They are
In today’s smartphone dominated era our lives are closely linked to our phones. We can safely assume that everyone reading this article owns a smartphone.
WordPress is being used more and more recently to power various types of websites other than blogs, replacing the need for scripts dedicated to one
This is the second theme from AppThemes I have reviewed, the first was their Job Board theme which I really liked, so I have decided
I have been wanting to add a social voting aspect to one of my existing websites for a while now, there are a few existing
These tips covering migrating to WordPress from another platform aim to help make the transition as painless as possible. While there is no denying the
Have you ever done a major WordPress update, refreshed your site, and realized with horror that some critical piece of functionality has broken? When an
Since the feature debuted (I believe in the spring of 2012) acquiring Google Authorship for your WordPress website has become a lot easier and a
Have you ever faced a situation where after updating a theme or a plugin, your WordPress site displays nothing but a white page? So bad,
When you are starting out with a new blog or website (powered by WordPress of course!) it is incredibly difficult to build any sort of
To many internet users, your landing page is the face of your website: the first encounter they have with your company. This is good news,
When working with WordPress, it’s easy to stick with the linear familiarity of old layouts. However, designers are discovering more and more that fresher designs
What is a CDN and how does it work? A content delivery network (CDN) is a service that makes the static content of your website
You’ve taken the time to choose, commission or build a theme, you’ve thought about your audiences, written some great content, added some nice pictures and
I think the idea of a blog is really attractive to most people. A place that is entirely your own where you can publish the
Us WordPress geeks have a strange addiction: how to use WordPress to the fullest! This is what keeps us up at 1 AM experimenting with
Chances are, if your blog has any sort of following, you already know what it means to write in an engaging manner, to provide expert
This is the second part of our “Resources for WordPress Theme Designers” series, last time out we looked at Free Font Icons. This time I
Every new client job you start working with will have its own set of challenges for you to work around, but by developing a streamlined
FeedBurner is the free RSS subscription service which I have been using for many years on my various blogs to keep track of how many
If you would like to import tweets into your WordPress site and save them as posts, I found a new free plugin yesterday called Twitter2Posts
Engadget is a large gadget / technology related blog and one nice visual touch they use is in their sidebar they show which stories are
There are many open source CMS software available and in some situations you might want to try a few of them other than WordPress. There
There are times when I hear someone else’s words and wonder how exactly they figured out what was in my brain before I have. For
I started using WordPress back in 2005 (version 1.5 I believe) when I acquired a web design blog, I then went on to build that
Most WordPress themes these days make use of Post Thumbnails or Featured Images as they are also called – these are one image that you
When we say that WordPress is a content management system we don’t just mean that it is a text publishing system. In fact, WordPress is
oEmbed is an open format that allows website publishers to fetch third party content with a URI and embed it on their websites. This content
Last month WordPress released version 3.4 and with this release came some really cool new features. I am sure many of you already updated to
You may or may not have heard the term “Gamification” being used lately, but what exactly does it mean ? From Wikipedia : Gamification is
In the last post, we tried to learn how to display category images by displaying company profiles at the bottom of our posts. Each company
Themeforest is the largest WordPress theme marketplace which currently sells over 6000 themes and HTML templates. Users can upload themes to sell and Themeforest takes
A few days ago, someone on a forum asked “How to add company profile boxes below each posts like Techcrunch“. I didn’t reply to the
Showcasing your content on a WordPress powered website has become so wonderful now with the sliders, jQuery, and so many nifty tools. However, even with
Dribbble is one of my favourite sites, Its a site where designers, illustrators and graphic designers can post small screen shots of what they are
Lots of people are now powering their business websites with WordPress, one feature that a lot of business websites need is a staff listing section.
As an advanced level WordPress user, I have always found the built in WordPress tools more convenient than anything else. Even TinyMCE looks useless to