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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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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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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...
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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...
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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....
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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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Code Snippet: Keep Sidebar Elements in View When Scrolling

Whether it is a list of products you are promoting, published ads or other elements on the sidebar, you will likely want to have these elements in view at all times even when scrolling. By using JQuery, you can make this possible. To do this, use the code snippet below: //keep element in view (function($) { $(document).ready( function() { var elementPosTop = $('#sidebar-ads').position().top; $(window).scroll(function() { var wintop = $(window).scrollTop(), docheight = $(document).height(),...
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Baking a New Site With a Sprinkle of SEO Part 1

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an SEO, a developer, designer, information architect or any other myriad of digital based roles, we all want the same outcome; to do the best we possibly can for our websites. As an SEO myself, I’m interested in growing the performance of my client’s website in organic search. This is not something that I (or any other SEO for that matter!) can do single handed. We also rely on the skill of the web developer to implement and carry out our recommendations and technical...
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