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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Podcasting with PowerPress

Most brands would benefit from having some sort of podcasting element on their site or blog. And the easiest way to do that is with PowerPress – the de facto podcasting plugin for WordPress.

Help! I’m Locked out of WordPress

Today we talk about the options we have in case the worst happens – we find ourselves locked out of our WordPress admin account unable to login.