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WordPress Custom Field Conundrums

Overall, WordPress sports a fairly user-friendly UI for content editors. Sure, it can be a bit messy at times. But most basic tasks are easy enough for users to pick up on. For developers, the advent of plugins like the ubiquitous Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) provide a powerful set of tools to tweak the WordPress UI even further. The goal of adding custom fields is to make things easier for users to edit content. Instead of leaving users with the big empty box of the standard content editor, we can provide...
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What your clients need to know about their WordPress site

Developers, take a moment to remember a recent WordPress project that you completed. Think about the interesting challenges you faced (and overcame). You may have even picked up some new skills in the process. Now, think about the satisfaction of delivering that project to your appreciative client. Pretty sweet, eh? Let's fast-forward a month or so after that project was delivered all shiny and new. You take a look at the site and find that the client made some changes that you might not have anticipated....
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WordPress gets even more open-source with Calypso update

Recently, WordPress.com, which is the fully hosted version of WordPress, got its most significant update in recent memory. Automattic, the web-development business known for WordPress.com and its contributions to WordPress, rewrote WordPress entirely under the secret code name Calypso. This means that everything has been overhauled in the CMS. In a blog post on the developer section of WordPress.com, the company announced the new changes as part of a project it’s been working on for almost...
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What’s new in WordPress 4.4

Each new version of WordPress brings enhanced features and bug fixes to improve the Web’s most-used blogging platform. The upcoming release of WordPress, version 4.4, is slated for sometime in early December 2015 with some interesting changes. The 4.4 codex page has already been created and is awaiting full details. But some release info has already been put out and should excite all fans of the WordPress platform. Greater oEmbed support ... WordPress 4.4 will include expanded support for oEmbed...
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How to build an auto-ranking Twitter list with WordPress

My team and I recently built an awesome list template on WordPress that ranks a set of Twitter users based on follower count. It allows a content writer to easily add a list of Twitter handles, and generate a well designed post. The first piece of content we created with it generated a 1,212% increase in traffic to our site. Check out the tutorial below if you're interested in building it as well. Requirements ... Input Twitter Handle (required) Name (optional) Tagline (optional) Image (optional) Bio...
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Migrating a WordPress site, the easy way

Sometimes you may want, or need, to move a WordPress website. It may be to move it to a new hosting provider or from a private development server to a public one. It can be done manually by following a few steps that involve accessing the servers, copying all the files and the database across, plus a few other things like changing some things in the database or the wp-config.php file. Sometimes one step will be missed, which means the copied WordPress install just won’t work. It can be a real pain sometimes,...
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25+ must-have WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are coming out all of the time, right and left. Every day, they’ve got new ones in the WordPress plugin repository for the curious developer to check out. Over time, your average designer or developer will end up with a list of their favorites. Usually, they’re plugins that solve common problems, are up-to-date and well-maintained, with good support. With that in mind, we’re sharing a list of some of the best plugins out there. Disable Comments ... Disable Comments does......
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7 essential steps for hardening WordPress

WordPress is well known to be a target for hackers. So, anything you can do to harden your WordPress site is a sensible thing to do; and should be part of your overall design process. I’ll look at some of the main areas that should be on your list of potential areas of weakness and what you can do to add greater levels of security and protection. The general areas that need to have attention are shown below but you may have site specific security requirements too, so bear this in mind: Access control to the...
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