Historically, Tumblr has been somewhat of a competitor of WordPress.com. For those that use it, understand there is definitly a difference between the two, but as WordPress has done more to tighten up their ecosystem with liking posts and keeping sign-in simple when leaving comments, the two platforms have grown closer to together. This past Sunday, the news about Yahoo! acquiring Tumblr for the tune of $1.1 billion (who knew they had that much!) was blazing around the web, Tumblr users were found jumping ship. You can probably guess what ship they were found jumping, to.
Have you ever heard of a functionality plugin? I stumbled onto this WordPress magic a few years ago and has served me well on many different web projects. To put it simply, a functionality plugin is a way to separate what you would normally have in a Theme functions.php and place it in your Plugins. All those cool snippets that begin with “function” can be placed here. Here is my general rule in deciding if a function should be placed in a functionality plugin or in the theme’s functions.php:
Another day, another re-boot, and it went from bad to worse. My web host had emailed me about having to reboot my server. I had decided it best to go with managed (although not dedicated WordPress hosting) instead of unmanaged, as I didn’t have the time to deal with all the ins and outs of dealing with the technical details of taking care of my own server. My host emailed me the typical recommendations as it had all the times before, the first being to upgrade my VPS service, something I didn’t want to do. I was already spending more than […]
There is an ongoing attack on WordPress sites sweeping across the web and your install could be next. Using more than 90,000 IP addresses, this attack is cracking admin logins on weak WordPress systems. One web hosting company warned that these attacks are part of a process of building a botnet that is “more destructive than those available today.” According to Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare, These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic. Yikes! Is your WordPress as safe as […]
What!?! Another Jetpack update? When Jetpack first came out, I was in love. Such a great bunch of tools in one. This one plugin made many others obsolete and it tied into many of the WordPress.com services that are really slick. I remember first opening it up and seeing the “coming soon” boxes. It was exciting. But when is enough, enough?
If you want to take your WordPress blogging to a whole new level of proficiency, it’s time you learned the many different keyboard shortcuts that are built into WordPress. No plugins needed, this is just another bit of awesome that is WordPress. There are two sets of shortcuts we’ll take a look at, the first being the ones that you can use while composing posts and pages while the second set can be used when you’re moderating comments. If you take some time to learn these, you can really save yourself a lot of time (and amaze your friends!). Here’s the quick and […]
It wasn’t ever so long ago websites could be built and left untouched for an entire year and hardly anyone noticed. Web 2.0 came on the scene and everything began to change. Literally. Static websites died and the web became fluid. It changes everyday. Updates are commonplace for desktop apps and WordPress alike. Everyone is blogging, everyone is sharing, everything is on the move. However, there are plenty of businesses and those in the market for a website that still think the web works like it did ten years ago. Can’t you just pay for a website and be done […]
It happened quick and I was overwhelmed with all the details that come with acquiring a sizable blog property. I had acquired ChurchMag from 8BIT and there was a lot to sort out. I had migrated the site from 8BIT’s server to my own, and right when I thought everything was sailing along with no problem, I was contacted by my new web host telling me I needed to upgrade. The upgrade required an internal migration and would be done overnight. No problem, right? Wrong. There was a hiccup and my site was down. My new web host took care of everything quickly […]
Over the last few years, there has been a growing debate about what should and shouldn’t be included in a WordPress theme. Generally-speaking, the conversations have always circled around features: There are those that believe every feature you could ever imagine should be included like text color, font selector, and more. On the flip-side, there are those that feel WordPress themes should be finite and extra features should only be added when it’s niche specific. I don’t want to necessarily re-hash those major arguments but I do want to look at it from another slightly-different angle (namely the marketplace and public) for a […]
When you publish a blog post, how do you cite your source? How about the images you use? When you use a blockquote, do you add the quotation marks or are they assumed? H1, H2 or H3? Should I go on? I think you get the idea. As boring and dry as “post guidelines” sound, establishing them is more important than choosing the right WordPress theme and figuring out which plugins you should be using. Themes can be changed, plugins can be switched, but once you’ve written multiple blog posts day after day, good luck going back through your blog […]