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How to pick a WordPress starter theme

  You’ve just landed a large agency client for a custom WordPress theme project. The specs include 20 non-standard templates and a large set of complex mobile screens. With a daunting task list for this project, as well as other client work, you’re anxious to get started right away. So where to start? For many developers, selecting a WordPress starter theme is the most efficient route. Starter themes generally include basic, required WordPress files, commonly used templates (e.g., pages,...

6 Creative Ways to Integrate Social Media Into WordPress

Social media is an effective way of driving more traffic to a website and reaching a new audience for published content. If you or your clients use WordPress, you probably know there is a myriad of plugins that allow anyone to quickly share every published article across a variety of social media networks. But, sharing is not the only way to integrate social media into WordPress. In fact, there are a few other ways of making a website more social and helping your clients get more eyes on their content. 1....

How to use Font Awesome icon fonts in WordPress

I realize that some of you reading this tutorial may have never used an icon font before. You may even be asking yourself, what exactly is an icon font? Icon fonts are simply another way of displaying icons on your websites. In the past, it was a common practice to use images as icons. But using images for icons usually results in additional requests to the server. So to address this problem, designers have turned to icon fonts. An icon font is exactly like a normal font. The only difference is, instead of a...

How to incorporate Co-Authors Plus into your WordPress theme

Co-Authors Plus is a free WordPress plugin to manage multi-author blogs. If you accept guest posts from your readers and give them credit, you can use this free plugin to manage guest authors very easily. You don’t need to create a new user account for each new guest author. Co-Authors Plus makes it very simple and easy to manage guest authors but this plugin is not for beginner WordPress users. Because you will have to edit your theme to properly display author information on each blog post. After installing...

Getting over your fear of commitment with WordPress plugins

When I first started out creating websites with WordPress, I was in awe of the depth and variety of plugins available. During those golden days I would willingly install just about anything that looked cool. Shortly thereafter, I was smacked in the head by reality. Stuff started breaking and seriously hurt my good time. It turns out that not every plugin is a great one. And there are times when it seems like the work we do is held together with bubble gum and duct tape. Everything works splendidly until it...

3 best free starter themes for WordPress

WordPress themes are one of the best features of WordPress. You can change the whole design of your website within a few seconds or minutes. You can choose a free theme, buy a premium theme or you can decide to create a new WordPress theme from scratch. Even there, you can start coding your design from scratch, or you can just use a starter WordPress theme that has all the basics to get you going. There are many free WordPress starter themes available, and if you are a beginner and trying to learn WordPress theme...

How to setup two-factor authentication for WordPress

With the constant barrage of sites being hacked, security should be of paramount concern to developers. Especially when using a platform such as WordPress, which is constantly under attack from nefarious bots. The thing is, the size and popularity of a website doesn’t matter so much. Bots are looking for any WordPress site, regardless of size. So anyone from enterprise to small business needs to take steps to better secure their website. One of the most common methods bots use are brute-force login...

WordPress vs. a bespoke CMS

As a developer, one of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing which content management system (CMS) will power a website. In many cases, clients will state that they want to be able to update the site themselves. They won’t necessarily specify which CMS they want, though. That decision is often left to you, the web professional. Many of us tend to use and recommend a single CMS for our projects (WordPress, in my case). An established platform like WordPress has a great community of resources...
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