WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform and content management system in the world – and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it user-friendly for beginners, it’s also incredibly versatile for pros who know how to tap into its power. In the right hands, it can be used to do…well, just about anything.
Today, we’re going to go over just a few of the ways a WordPress power user can tweak the platform to set their blog apart from the competition. Each hack on the list is incredibly easy to implement – and no less powerful for it. Let’s get started.
The Internet contains the largest repository of knowledge in human history, and anyone can contribute to it. That’s both its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. It means that, while there’s plenty of legitimate information online, there also exists a whole ton of falsehoods – myths perpetuated by people who either don’t understand their field or don’t really care about honesty.
Today, we’re going to address one such myth. It concerns managed hosting; primarily, it’s about the responsibilities of client and provider. The misconception goes a little something like this: Continue reading
As one of the most widely-used programming languages in the world (and the core language upon which WordPress and several other top CMS’s are constructed), there’s a lot of value in learning how to script in PHP. Not only can you create and tweak your own plugins, you’ll also be well-equipped to create some incredibly powerful websites – Facebook and Yahoo! both use the PHP-based LAMP platform, for example.
So, basically…PHP is pretty awesome, and if you’re into web development or design, you should definitely learn it. We’ll help you get started. Here are a few of the best sources – both on the web and off – for learning the language.
Make use of the resources here, and you’ll be coding like a pro in no time. Continue reading
Now that we’re full on into the holiday season, we know you don’t have a ton of time to waste wandering the internet (except if you’re there because you haven’t started buying gifts yet). That’s why we’ve gathered up the best web design/development, content management, and security content from November into one convenient place. From the world of WordPress, we shared 2014’s most popular plugins as well as our own article on what to do if you ever become the developer of one of those plugins. We’ve also included posts about web design and web development, as well the increasingly important intersection of web design and web development. Continue reading
Being a webmaster requires a certain skill set, true, but more than that, you need knowledge. While you can certainly educate yourself through official channels – textbooks, certification courses, and educational institutions – by and large, the most valuable resource at your disposal is the web. There are hundreds of different blogs, communities, and help sites that you can browse to your heart’s content – but not all are created equal. Continue reading
As a general rule, dedicated servers, cloud servers, and virtual private servers cater to a different set of clients. In the case of dedicated servers, you’re generally dealing with high-performance, heavy loads which nevertheless tend to be quite predictable. With cloud and virtual private servers, on the other hand, you’re hosting with scalability in mind; they’re designed to allow for bursts during high demand periods, but they generally don’t support loads as heavy as dedicated servers. Continue reading
Although traditional optimization techniques have lost a lot of steam, they’re still an important part of maintaining a successful website. You’ve just got to use them a little differently to see any benefit from them, is all. Affiliate marketing, for example – a system by which a business rewards a partner for each conversion they generate – can help you build a valuable network of trusted associates and bring traffic which might otherwise not see your site Continue reading
Non-technical people tend to conceive of the Internet as one enormous entity, and, at a high enough level of abstraction, that is a useful model. But in reality, the Internet is composed of many smaller — although still very large — networks run by a multitude of different organizations. Every packet sent from a web hosting company like WiredTree has to find its way through one or more of these networks, which are often referred to as autonomous systems. Continue reading
You’ve probably heard the news by now – SSL is on its last legs. Apparently, it’s been dying for at least three years or so, ever since the announcement of the IPv6 Standard. The POODLE vulnerability, it’s been said, is the final nail in the coffin; the last in a rash of repeated, devastating security vulnerabilities.
It’s not entirely journalistic hype, truth be told. Continue reading
So, that plugin you made for WordPress has hit the “Most Popular” list. That’s great – but don’t kick back and rest on your laurels just yet. You’ve made a great plugin, but now it’s time for you to see to the really difficult part of development – your reputation.
How you handle yourself over the coming days, weeks, and months will shape the community’s perception of you as a developer. Mishandle your plugin now, and it could spell the end of your tenure as a WordPress developer. Kind of an intimidating prospect, isn’t it?
To help you avoid bungling things, we tapped a few of WordPress’s top developers to see what advice they could offer on getting – and staying – popular.
Shall we begin? Continue reading