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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...

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...
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