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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...

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...

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...

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...

A transparent box: the case for developing from scratch

In all types of computer programming, be it web or desktop development, most developers don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Why spend your time and effort writing some code that someone else has already written? The code that is available ranges from small jQuery plugins, right up to full platforms which enable full applications to be built on-top of them. I refer to them as “black boxes”. Essentially you input some data at one side and get some different data out on the other side. In some cases you...

The myth of DIY websites and its impact on web developers

Do-It-Yourself websites are here, and they’re not going anywhere. That’s just a basic fact of our industry. However, there is a large misunderstanding about the ease of use concerning Wordpress and other Do-It-Yourself website-building platforms, and it needs to be addressed. To start off, Wordpress is fantastic. I use it for building the majority of my sites, it’s great for navigating throughout each site, both the front end and the back, and has a fantastic group of folks who write beautiful...

Optimize Your WordPress Site to Load Faster

Compared to other platforms, WordPress is pretty fast. However, we can still make it run even faster. A fast loading WordPress site not only gets love from people, but also from Google. Here we look at 4 useful optimization tips that you can implement right now and get your site running faster than ever before. 1. Optimize Your Database ... Your MySQL database tables should be cleaned regularly. These tables are sure to have some clutter in time and this has a direct impact on the load times of your WP site....

Automate WordPress Installation and Development WorkFlow

Do you work on multiple sites at a time? Then no doubt you would love to improve your speed and your overall development workflow. Think of what it takes to set up WordPress the old school way: Downloading the latest version. Extracting the downloaded zip file. Creating a new database. Creating wp-config.php file. Developing WordPress sites has never been easier with WAMP and Simple WordPress Auto Installer.  The Auto Installer script is now available that allows you to add a WordPress install within...
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