Category Archive: Tutorial

September 17, 2017 • Written by

Ajax + jQuery: An Introduction

Since Twitch released their 'Twitch Extensions' SDK, I've been having a lot of fun playing around with different things I can integrate into Twitch's panels. I've build a WordPress Panel and I'm working on Tumblr and Instagram Panels (which require a lot more API work).  But the crux of everything I've been working on relies…

April 3, 2017 • Written by

Adding a Favicon / Site Icon to your WordPress Site

Chances are, you've bookmarked a site to re-visit it later. And, if you have, you've seen the small icon that shows up next to the site in your bookmarks. See the first three? No icon.  The final one, however does have an icon - called a 'favicon' associated with it.  WordPress, for a long time,…

March 31, 2017 • Written by

Advanced Custom Fields: Building a Client Friendly “Page Builder”, Part 1

There are very few subjects debated so hotly in the WordPress world as the ones regarding "Page Builders". For the unfamiliar, a page builder allows the end user to set up content without needing knowledge of code.  While - to the end user - the allure of being able to have full control over design and…

January 20, 2016 • Written by

Adding A “Let’s Encrypt” SSL Certificate to an Amazon AWS Instance

A few days ago we showed you how to add an SSL certificate - one that you can purchase - to your newly created Amazon AWS Instances. As I was researching SSL certificates, I came across an interesting initiative: Let's Encrypt.  It's an organization dedicated to serving up free SSL certfiicates so you can encrypt your…

January 15, 2016 • Written by

Adding SSL To Your Amazon AWS Instance

The last few blog posts have been an in-depth tutorial on how to set up an Amazon AWS Instance.  And, while the basics were more than covered, I had a few reader asking me about a super important topic: SSL and Encryption. What exactly is SSL Encryption? The short answer: it's that fancy green lock…

January 14, 2016 • Written by

Setting Up An Amazon Web Services (AWS) Instance for WordPress: Part 2

This post is part two of a series on setting up an Amazon Web Service Instance for a WordPress site.  Part 1 covers the initial setup, security, and terminology of Amazon's AWS. Edited: Oct 12, 2016 to include newest versions of software. If you've read the link above, you should have a newly created Amazon…

January 13, 2016 • Written by

Setting Up An Amazon Web Services (AWS) Instance for WordPress: Part 1

For a while now, I've been diving more and more into the realm of the "server administrator" and setting up servers for clients. I started with Ramnode, but eventually moved to Digital Ocean because of its ease-of-use for a (then) newbie like myself. Over the past few days, however, I've been migrating a client away…

December 2, 2015 • Written by

Creating a Site Specific Plugin in WordPress

Quick: how do you add a custom function into a theme. If you said 'add it to your functions.php file', then you would be correct. But is that really the best way to go about things? The Problem Let's say you've customized your site with some pretty fancy functions you've added in through the hooks…

December 9, 2014 • Written by

Redirection: An Easy Way to Handle 301 Redirects

Since I've switched to my new design, I've also done quite a bit of cleanup work on the content side of things.  I pruned a lot of old articles that weren't bringing in search traffic (and weren't related to the site anymore), cleaned up a lot of the categories, and set my permalink structure to…

October 9, 2014 • Written by

Podcasting with PowerPress

We are right in the middle of the "second wave" of podcasting.  If you're a younger person (low to mid 20s) you may not realize just how popular podcasting was back in the 00's.  It's back, and bigger than ever, and most brands would benefit from having some sort of podcasting element on their site or…