Category Archive: WordPress

December 11, 2014 • Written by

WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate Available

Just in time for Christmas, the amazing WordPress contribution team is getting geared up to release WordPress 4.1 on December 16. Right now, we can settle for the "WordPress 4.1 Release Candidate" In case you missed it, here's what to expect from WordPress 4.1: A new theme, Twenty Fifteen. It's more blog focused, and is very…

December 10, 2014 • Written by

5 Essential WooCommerce Extensions, Add-Ons & Plugins

WooCommerce is one of the most powerful WordPress eCommerce solutions on the market. Out of the box, it does everything you'd expect an eCommerce system to do: Host products Have a scannable product listing Take orders for products Accept payments through PayPal Allow people to use coupons But, sometimes, you need to think outside of…

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…

June 17, 2014 • Written by

The Best WordPress Social Sharing Buttons

If you run a blog (or a church site with some sort of event calendar or news section), having a place where your visitors and members can share your content is absolutely invaluable.  Sometimes all it takes is for people to start spreading the word about an event. By giving them the chance to do so,…

June 3, 2014 • Written by

A Look at The Best WordPress Contact Forms

Best WordPress Contact Form

No site is complete without having a contact form of some kind on it. Whether you use it for lead generation, user submitted content, or just to have people stop and say hello, having a form visitors can easily fill out to send you a message is crucial.  WordPress is privileged to have an amazing…

June 2, 2014 • Written by

WordPress Heartbeat API: An Introduction

If I were to mention to a casual WordPress user something about the WordPress Heartbeat API, most would have never even heard of it, much less know that it's been in WordPress since version 3.6(!) with very little fanfare.  But, as it turns out, the Heartbeat API has gained traction in the developer community, as…

May 21, 2014 • Written by

Jetpack 3.0, An In-Depth Look: New Modules, New Design

Redesign of Jetpack

Jetpack - WordPress' popular "modular" plugin - released a major update on May 20th, and with it came a slew of major design changes and a few additions to the plugin, dubbed "Jetpack 3.0". Those familiar with Jetpack will recognize a lot of the same great functions you know and love - just wrapped in a nice, pretty…

March 19, 2014 • Written by

WP-Migrate-DB: Migrating a WordPress Installation in 5 Easy Steps

If you're a WordPress developer, migrating a finished development project can be one of the trickiest parts.  There's moving parts in many places that have to be taken into consideration, and migration is (unfortunately) where WordPress actually could use some improvement.  However, it's a necessary evil - one that I've done almost daily for a…

March 13, 2014 • Written by

WordPress 3.9: An Early Overview

With the release of WordPress 3.9 beta 1 on March 11, everyone is (or should be) ensuring their plugins and themes are ready for the update.  There's a lot of exciting things coming from this update, and it's easy to overlook some of the more technical (but still important) aspects being added into WordPress.  There's…

January 10, 2014 • Written by

The Toolbox: 4 WordPress Plugins I Can’t Live Without

Whenever I speak at conferences, attend meetups, or even just causally mention WordPress in conversation, there's one question that comes up in nearly every conversation I have: What WordPress plugins do you recommend? That list is constantly in flux - a new plugin will be developed that replaces an old one, or an old one…