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9 top premium and free WordPress theme frameworks

WordPress theme frameworks offer a set of features with which you can create your custom WordPress theme. They are different from starter themes, as theme frameworks provide you with an entire design system as opposed to a theme backbone. So, you don't have to build your theme completely from scratch but get access to many pre-designed functionalities. Theme frameworks frequently include page builders, ready-to-use content elements and layouts, theme options, animation effects, and more. The...

How to Install WordPress Locally on Windows with XAMPP

Running a WordPress site comes with multiple security risks you need to manage somehow. One of the biggest threats comes from untested themes and plugins created by third-party authors. To make sure you don't install a plugin or theme that breaks your WordPress site, the best thing you can do is to test it in a local environment before activating it on your production site. There are a couple of software you can use to create a local WordPress install—XAMPP is one of the best options. It consists of: X:...

WordPress Gutenberg Review: Pros and Cons

With the release of WordPress 5.0, the new Gutenberg editor has finally arrived at everyone's dashboard. Whether this is good or bad news is still a debated question, as Gutenberg changes everything about how we work with WordPress. In short, Gutenberg replaces the much loved TinyMCE editor with a visual editor based on content blocks. In this review, we will look into the pros and cons of WordPress' new editor. However, take into account that such reviews are quite subjective matters. Someone's...

How to Add a JavaScript Library to Your WordPress Site

These days you can find a WordPress theme for any type of website. However, it can still happen that you want to add an extra front-end functionality to your site. The easiest way to do that is to find a third-party JavaScript library and add it to your theme. In this article, we'll show you how you can enhance your WordPress site with an external JavaScript library. 1. Find the JavaScript Library You Need ... The best place to find open-source JavaScript libraries is GitHub. Say, you want to add an image lightbox...

Oxygen 2.0 vs Elementor – The Best Site Builder for WordPress

You don't necessarily need to be a programmer to build an awesome WordPress site. Visual site builders allow you to create professional-looking designs by using pre-built elements, sections, templates, and other building blocks. You can find a couple of WordPress site builders in the official WordPress repo and elsewhere. In this article, we will have a look at two of the best ones: Oxygen 2.0 and Elementor. We will test both builders on a clean WordPress install, with the Twenty Seventeen theme....

How to Password Protect Content on Your WordPress Site

For a popular content management system like WordPress, security is of paramount importance. Millions of people use WordPress to share information with people all over the world. And since WordPress makes this so easy and gives you complete control over your content, there might be cases where you’d like to share your content with a select few people. Perhaps you want to share a wedding photography album with your guests or share selected articles with only your subscribers. Whether you need to...

How to Fix Error Establishing a Database Connection in WordPress

If you run a WordPress site most likely you have already met with the dreaded "Error Establishing a Database Connection" error message. Your site content has completely gone and displayed nothing else but a blank page with the message. Although "Error Establishing a Database Connection" can be caused by different reasons and it takes some time to investigate the problem, it's a more or less routine WordPress management task. What "Error Establishing a Database Connection" Exactly Means ... In...

How to Make Your WordPress Website GDPR Compliant

The purpose of this article is to help WordPress website owners comply with the GDPR regulation. The author is not a lawyer and this article should not be taken as a substitute for legal advice. If you run a WordPress website and are worried that the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going to affect how your website handles user data, you are not alone. Individuals, businesses, and websites around the world are preparing themselves for a new era of data security and privacy protection....
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