Tutorials

What Is a Cognitive Walkthrough and Does Your Site Need One?

There are a lot of ways to test the strengths and weaknesses of a WordPress site. And you should be using as many testing methods as possible both before and after launch to ensure that the user experience is always in good shape. Many of the methods for testing the UX of a WordPress site have been automated in some way: Here’s the thing: that software is going to review the technical...

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7 Ways to Optimize Structured Data for Voice in WordPress

You’re already using structured data to improve search queries and results for your site. But have you thought about the use case for structured data as it pertains to voice search? There are a number of reasons why we need to start thinking about this. For one, there’s mobile-first. As more users access your site with mobile devices, content needs to be optimized for that experience. According to Google, there are...

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Creating a Hybrid Single Page App in WordPress with VueJS

Power your WordPress application with Vue.js – the progressive JavaScript framework that now shares the stage with the likes of React and Angular. In this article, I’ll show you how to integrate a Single Page Search App within your existing WordPress application with Vue.js – an extremely popular JavaScript framework for developing rich user interfaces. I’ll walk you through the entire process of building a Vue app from the ground up,...

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How to Write and Activate a Function in WordPress

If you’re starting out developing your own WordPress plugins, or you’re creating your own themes, a skill you’ll need to learn is writing functions. Maybe you’ve written a function which didn’t work and you’ve given up in frustration. Or maybe you’re confused by action and filter hooks and you’re not sure how to get your function to work. In this post, I’ll help you get past any teething problems with writing functions....

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WordPress themes and plugins to get readers, reviewers, and press

There are a ton of WordPress themes and plugins out there fit for the hungry writer trying to grow her following from scratch. But, there’s something you’ll want to take care of first: finding human readers to drive to your site. Too often, people build a website because someone says they have to, and they have no plan to drive traffic. They might say, “I’ll advertise,” or “I’ll do SEO,” or...

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How to Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign with WordPress

New business ventures are always exciting. You have a unique idea or solution. People seem to be really excited about it. But you need money to get the new business idea off the ground. You could go to investors or the bank to generate capital, but they need to see that there’s real interest in your idea, that people will be willing to pay enough to give you a return...

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Understanding How WordPress Outputs Code From Child Themes

If you’ve ever needed to make tweaks to a third party theme, or you’re using a theme framework, you’ll be familiar with child themes. They’re a powerful feature of WordPress, giving you the flexibility to make customizations to any parent theme without losing them when the theme is updated. I use them to make edits to third party themes, or with the framework theme I’ve developed myself. However, it can sometimes be unclear...

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How to Display Random Posts from Different Categories using WP_Query

Sometimes you want to mix things up a little when displaying posts on your site, maybe by making the list random instead of just showing the last five posts like every other site in town. The great news is that if you add a custom query to your page using the WP_Query class, you can do this by using a special argument that will randomise your posts. And what if you want...

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How to Get the Most out of Your WordPress Page Builder with Hummingbird

If you’ve been around WordPress for a while you are also very much familiar with page builders. They are known for two things: Giving you the freedom to create a drag-and-drop site rather than having to script it from scratch They are heavy – creating a lot more load on your website (in terms of loading times) The first has significantly changed WordPress – the ease of use and flexibility of these plugins/themes...

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Xamarin Forms Mobile App Development

This year the mobile app turns 10 years old. In this past decade, we have seen websites redesigned to scale and respond to a variety of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to provide a...

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