Development

7 Best Sites to Find CSS Snippets and Inspiration

You’ve taken the time to learn and master CSS. And it’s probably fair to say that you’re a proficient coder now. Great! But understanding how to code well with CSS doesn’t necessarily make you fluent in the latest web design trends. Unless you have unlimited free time to read through all the major web design and WordPress blogs every week, there’s no way you can reasonably expect to stay up on the...

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5 Best SEO Tools for Checking Google Keyword Rankings

It’s important to pick the right keywords when you first create a new website. After all, you’re not just using keywords in blog post or page content, you’re using them in slugs, tags, and meta descriptions. So, if you don’t choose the right ones the first time around, you’ll have to revise later in order to communicate to search engines and visitors what your site is actually talking about. This is why...

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A Complete Guide to WordPress Password Security

I know I talk a lot about how it’s your responsibility to ensure that your WordPress websites are secure. (Because it is.) That said, there are instances where you have very little control over the vulnerabilities that other users introduce to the site. Specifically, I’m referring to users who don’t abide by smart and safe password practices. To be fair, think about how many names, numbers, birthdays, addresses, facts, workflows, and...

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How Governance Makes Low-Code Platforms More Productive

There is a secret to a successful low-code implementation and it is not at all related to the actual technology involved. Here is it, there must be good governance policies and some internal controls in place when a company decides to undertake such a project. If there aren’t, the situation could descend into chaos very quickly. That warning is not hyperbole. In fact, Forrester Research Analyst John Rymer, who has...

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Is WordPress Safe for eCommerce Websites?

WordPress is not inherently built for eCommerce. In order to sell anything on your website, you need to use a theme and a series of plugins in order to tap into that functionality (or you need to code it all from scratch). But just because WordPress on its own is not eCommerce-ready doesn’t make it any less of a good (or smart) choice to build your online store with. That said,...

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Ultimate Guide to the 60 Best Security Resources for WordPress

WordPress security. Oh boy, you just can’t get enough, can you? Luckily, today isn’t about teaching you something new about WordPress security. We already know what the platform’s weaknesses are and how to protect our sites from outside threats. Nope, today’s guide is going to delve into the 60 best security resources for WordPress. You can read through all of them today or you can bookmark and have them at the...

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How to Easily Auto Update WordPress, Themes, and Plugins

Wouldn’t you agree that one of the greatest annoyances about working in WordPress is that little nag at the top of the admin dashboard that screams, “Update me!”? I mean, it’s not like you aren’t aware that there are updates that need to be processed. It’s just that it would be nice if WordPress would automatically take care of them for you. They need to be addressed–and they’re going to be...

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7 Best WordPress Backup Plugins of 2017 Compared (Pros and Cons)

Let’s say disaster strikes your website. You could get in touch with your hosting company if your plan includes regular backups. But it might not be enough. Think about it: Your site goes down because a bad or incompatible plugin or theme broke it when you made the latest update. Your site goes offline and you lose access because a hacker installed ransomware on it and is now demanding payment. Your site goes down...

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Using Categories, Tags and Taxonomies Properly in WordPress

Categories, tags, taxonomies, and terms in WordPress can be confusing. When you first start out with WordPress, you’ll no doubt happily use categories, and possibly tags, but then as you start to delve into the system more and use it as a CMS, then custom taxonomies will come into play. But what’s the difference between them all? And how can you use them on your site? In this post, I’ll attempt to...

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Adding WordPress Admin Tables to Plugins with WP_List_Table

WordPress administration tables, or list tables, are used extensively in admin areas to list posts, pages, users, etc. If you’ve ever wanted to add such list tables with your own data to your plugin, WordPress provides a nifty way to do so with the WP_List_Table class. In this article, I’ll show you how to use the WordPress API to add WordPress-like administration tables or list tables to your plugin’s admin screen. The WordPress...

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