Will Spectre & Meltdown Break JavaScript?

Spectre. Meltdown. They sound like action movie names, and one of them, well… is exactly that. Well the reality of the situation is that they’re almost as bad as many Bond villain plots. These two names represent three (yeah, three) vulnerabilities in pretty much every processor currently on the market. Everyone is vulnerable in one way or another. It’s the kind of thing sci-fi and action movie writers have been trying to warn us about for decades. And yes, it affects us as web designers. Why? You...

How to Add Schema.org Rich Snippets in WordPress

If you want your site to show rich snippets in search engine results pages (SERPs), you need to markup your posts/pages with Schema.org. Schema.org uses something called schemas to take care of your site’s structured data needs. You can use these schemas to markup your reviews, recipes, contact information, and products so that popular search engines can make sense of your content and help it stand out in their results pages. In this post, we’ll explain what rich snippets are and the SEO benefits...

How to Add Numeric Pagination to Your WordPress Website

There are a number of different ways you can load new content on your site’s search results or blog pages—previous/next links, load more buttons, infinite scrolling, or numeric pagination. And while you get previous/next links by default from most themes, load more buttons are easy to implement, and infinite scrolling is (arguably) better for mobile traffic; numeric pagination still stands as the best pagination solution for SEO, user experience, and usability. In this post, we’ll cover...

3 Best Free CMS For Your Website

A CMS, or Content Management System, is one of the most common ways to run a website nowadays. Nearly 50% of websites use a CMS, according to W3Techs.com. These expansive programs provide an easy way for you to control every aspect of your site, from broad page design down to individual images. There are dozens of CMS options available on the market. Every one of their home pages tend to make broad, generic assurances and avoid talking about their pitfalls like they’re trying to impress on a first date....
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6 JS Effects That Can Be Achieved With Pure CSS

Look, people keep using JavaScript when they just don’t need to. Some might argue that it’s okay for JS to be a requirement for any given website nowadays, but does it really have to be? If your site has little-to-no app features, do you really have to use JavaScript for all of your fancy schmancy effects? Not always, no. There are already hundreds of examples of pure CSS implementations of common JavaScript effects. Chain some of them together, and you can get some pretty advanced animations and other...

5 Best Customer Support Plugins for WordPress

Having a solid customer support system in place plays a huge role in helping you deliver value to your customers and improving their user experience with your brand. And if that customer support system gives your customers a way to reach you instantly (live chat), communicate complex problems to you in detail and be able to track them (ticket support), and look for answers themselves (searchable FAQs page) then you’re all set to make a lasting impact. The good news is that there are a number of high-quality...

3 Ways to Minimize Downtime

Both developers and system admins regularly focus on strategies to create infrastructures that are reliable and minimize downtime. The primary reason for this, is that so many companies now rely on Internet-based services, making downtime financially damaging. Users expect a stable and reliable service, so interruptions not only decrease customer satisfaction but increase support requests. In this article I’m going to talk about three areas that are particularly sensitive when it comes...

Your Indispensable Guide to WordPress Theme Frameworks

As a WordPress developer, you’re always looking for ways to speed up your development workflow while making sure you don’t compromise on quality. And one way to make sure you’re delivering your best work is by using a theme framework. WordPress theme frameworks give you the core feature set you need to build powerful, functional websites and the freedom to design it however you see fit without risking losing modifications every time the theme updates. In this post, we’ll cover everything...
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