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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...

Tips for inheriting an out-of-date WordPress website

When a new client comes on board, they may bring their current website with them. Only once you give their site a good checkup, you may find that not much is “current” at all. If it’s running WordPress or another open-source CMS, that could be trouble. Outdated core software, plugins or themes could leave the site vulnerable to attack. And, while it’s easy to say, “Just update it”, that can sometimes bring its own set of challenges. Here are a few tips on what to do when inheriting an outdated...

Shopify launches a WordPress plugin

That’s right WordPress-lovers! This one’s for you. The dream of many a startup is to sell stuff online. I mean, it sounds great, right? The website handles half the work, and you just send the stuff out. If your goods are electronic, you may never have to deal directly with the customer. You know, unless something goes wrong... but I digress. Many online vendors, preferring the familiar comfort of the WordPress admin interface, have turned to plugins to provide them with the e-commerce functionality...

Embracing the WordPress REST API

The WordPress REST API may still be under development, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming quite the topic of discussion. Recently I attended my local WordCamp and, sure enough, there was a session dedicated to it. For those who aren't familiar with the REST API, it essentially allows data from your WordPress website to be made available to other applications. So, for example, you could build a mobile app that grabs pages, posts, etc. directly from WordPress. And as I learned at that WordCamp...

Walling off sections of the WordPress dashboard

Setting up a well-made WordPress website takes a lot of thought, time and energy. During which you’ll take advantage of administrator-level access to do things such as install plugins and tweak settings. That’s great for the development phase of a project. But what if you need to set up access for non-technical members of an organization? Depending upon who needs access, there are probably going to be certain features you’ll want block out. For example, users who are just logging in to edit content...

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...

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....

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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