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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...

Taking your site to Mobile Ready without creating a Mobile Site

Since 2010, mobile searches have seen a 400% increase and it is estimated that by 2013, there will be more mobile Internet users than desktop users. A mobile-friendly site can thus help you connect with your customers and drive conversions. Just because your website can be seen on your mobile phone does not however mean that its mobile ready. Mobile sites are designed with mobile users in mind and fit well on small screens. They are supposed to offer simple navigation capabilities and take advantage...

Enhancing WordPress Functionality with BuddyPress

A few weeks ago, I was working with a fellow developer and trying to figure out how we could enhance the functionality of a Wordpress website that required managing visitor logins. The site, which was for poets and writers, would allow visitors to set up accounts, submit content, interact with others on the website and share content to outside circles on Facebook and Twitter. After scratching our heads for a number of days, we came to the conclusion that BuddyPress would provide the needed solution....

What You Should Know About WordPress SEO

When it comes to publishing tools, Wordpress is most likely on top of the food chain. Its simplicity and ease-of-use is especially favored by publishers and its wide community support by developers makes it particularly attractive for plug-in development. Wordpress is also an excellent medium to improve your website’s search engine rankings. The countless number of SEO plugins that have been developed for Wordpress are a good start for most people. SEO for Wordpress is however slightly different...

5 PHP Security Measures

For many years, PHP has been a stable, inexpensive platform on which to operate web-based applications. Like most web-based platforms, PHP is vulnerable to external attacks. Developers, database architects and system administrators should take precautions before deploying PHP applications to a live server. Most of these techniques can be accomplished with a few lines of code or a slight adjustment to the application settings. #5: Manage Setup Scripts ... If the developer has installed a set...

Converting a Web Template into a WordPress Theme

If you are not into all the hype surrounding WordPress, you probably have likely heard about its ease of use especially for end-users. The platform is also easy to manage and delivers an almost limitless number of widgets to help add functionality. Many users are usually not interested in the development process and only want an end product that is painless and flexible enough to allow additional features as the website grows. WordPress gives you that edge. However, before you can port your existing...

5 WordPress Comments Section Hacks

One thing that makes WordPress so dynamic is the ability for readers to easily post comments. This interaction between you and the readers is therefore an important element in your website and should be given the same attention as other sections of your website. So what can you do to improve the comments section on your WordPress website? 1. Removing HTML Links in User Comments ... People, and especially bloggers, are always looking to promote themselves on other websites and no doubt will try to do that...

Up and Running With Custom Post Types Part 2

In part one of our post Up and Running With Custom Post Types, we covered the concept behind WordPress's Custom Post Type feature, and how to get started by creating your own custom post type. We also covered ways to keep it modular by utilizing a separate PHP file, allowing you to port the post type from theme to theme. In this post, we'll cover creating Taxonomies for your custom post types, creating custom fields and meta boxes, saving your data and using it in your WordPress themes. Let's get rollin'!...

Learning LESS: Using Functions

We continue on our journey of Learning LESS today as we take a look at Nested Rules in LESS, which will help you write extremely clean code. If you haven't read our first three posts on the topic, check out the introduction, variables, mixins and nested rules posts. Blog Series Roadmap ... An Introduction Using Variables Using Mixins Using Nested Rules Using Functions Divide and Conquer Put It Into Action Time to get our hands dirty in some LESS functions, which will likely blow your mind that it...
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