There are a lot of caching solutions available to WordPress users. Here are the 6 best ones.
Reducing the page loading time of your website pages improves your visitor’s user experience and reduces the chance of them hitting the back button on their browser. Search engines such as Google have also confirmed the speed of a website is a contributing factor in how they rank it in their search results, therefore it pays to have a fast loading website. There are a number of ways in which you can improve the speed of a WordPress website, however a caching plugin will make the biggest difference. Caching is the process of creating a static HTML page of every page on your website. This means that visitors don’t need to retrieve data from your database, or execute PHP code, in order to display your page.
As a result of this, the number of your requests from your server greatly decreases. This also lowers CPU load and reduces the risk of bottlenecking.
If you're looking for a simple theme to power your personal blog
Complexity in design isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Sliders, banners and other web elements can be distracting when all you want is for your readers to focus on your words. Clean, minimalist themes allow your content to shine without unnecessary clutter or bloat.
The collection of themes below includes mostly themes put out for free by generous developers on their blogs, as well as free premium themes by larger agencies.
Don’t forget to give kudos to the developers/designers if you do decide download and use any of these themes!
What’s your favorite minimalist theme? Tell us in the comments below.
Sharing is caring One of the often touted benefits of the Ghost blogging platform is its clean and uncluttered writing interface.
Markdown sits at the heart of Ghost’s approach: WYSIWYG is abandoned for the simplicity of text mark-up and a preview screen.
So what are the options for implementing Markdown in WordPress and are any of them worth considering?
Markdown has been around for almost 10 years and is a simple syntax for marking-up plain text for subsequent into delivery formats such as HTML or PDF.
For example: #This is a Heading 1
gets converted to This is a heading 1
The full syntax is available at the website of Markdown’s creator, John Gruber .
Its primary advantages are ease of use, device and format independence and its low overheads.
Markdown Plugins For WordPress
There are a number of Markdown WordPress plugins available. I took four for a test-drive to see if they really could improve the authoring experience:
Markdown AND a Toolbar?
Ghost has no post editing toolbar; Markdown is, after all, a text-based syntax. It is difficult to argue that it is far more convenient to simply type # My Heading to get an H1 heading rather than type the heading, highlight it and
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on my WordPress site in an attempt to reach 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights. I thought it would be easy. “All I need to do is make a few tweaks here and a few optimizations there,” I told myself. “Smush my images and set expire headers; install W3 Total Cache and all will be sweet. A piece of cake.” How wrong was I.
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on my WordPress site in an attempt to reach 95+ on Google PageSpeed Insights I thought it would be easy. “All I need to do is make a few tweaks here and a few optimizations there,” I told myself. “Smush my images and set expire headers; install W3 Total Cache and all will be sweet. A piece of cake.”
How wrong was I.
The closest I got was 91. Just four freaking point away! I facepalmed and tried again. And again and again and again with different hosts, themes, plugins, tweaks… But no matter what I tried I couldn’t reach that elusive 95.
Still, 91 ain’t so bad, right? It’s certainly a step up from the 74 I started out with.
In this post I’ll go through the various measures I put in place on my test sites to achieve a score of 91/100 on PageSpeed Insights.
Before we get started, let’s go through the results.
After experimenting with various web hosts, themes, plugins and code, I achieved my highest score with WP Engine using the Frank theme. As WP Engine bans the use of W3 Total Cache, I was unable to use that plugin but was able to use other plugins, such as Autoptimize, Minit and Remove Query Strings From Static Resources.
This is a fun post that has a long list of WordPress related statistics. For example, Genesis and Divi each have a 10% share of the theme market. Another one is that Akismet catches 7,500,000 pieces of spam per hour. Can you find the one that is not true?
WordPress has come a long way since it first launched back in 2003. It’s now the most popular content management system and has become a become a dominant force online, now powering 28.6% of all websites. What follows is a huge round-up of some of the most interesting stats and facts about WordPress divided into the following categories:
General WordPress Stats and Facts
Here are some general WordPress stats regarding usage, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg’s company Automattic, which runs WordPress.com, and other quirks:
#1. WordPress was first released in 2003. It’s now 15 years old. – WordPress.org
#2. Only 39% of WordPress websites are running the most current version of the software (4.8). – WordPress.org
#3. Major core updates of WordPress are released about every 152 days on the average. – CodeinWP
#4. There are a total of 98 versions of WordPress that have been released to date. – ManageWP
#5. WordPress.com (and self-hosted WordPress websites running Jetpack) get an average 22,000,000,000+ pageviews per month, and growing. – WordPress.com
#6. The same websites post an average 80,000,000 blogs and counting…
A look at many different business and business models, using WordPress to make money.
Businesses across the world are increasingly looking to drive profits by using the power and flexibility of WordPress to explore a variety of revenue models. With WordPress targeting further expansion in the immediate future, now is an excellent time to take stock of the increasingly commercial focus on the software.
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Available opportunities for WordPress to enforce better plugins to help enhance the security of the WP Community.
Over the past couple of years I’ve defended WordPress heavily against criticism that it’s slow, unreliable, unsafe and contains sub-par code. I always point out that this is in large part an issue with third party plugins and themes employing bad practices. I stand behind my comments 100%, but this doesn’t mean that WordPress can wash its hands of this issue.
In this article I thought I’d play devil’s advocate and explore some opportunities WordPress could take to raise the standard of its extended environment.
A note before we begin: I will be writing a lot about badly coded plugins and bad plugins in general. I want to make it clear that WordPress has some amazing plugins (especially the ones on this site!), which set a great example for coders everywhere. In this article I’m focusing on the bad ones, due to the nature of this article. I’m fully aware of the amazing products that are out there.
The Current State of Affairs
WordPress currently hosts 36,483 plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory. This may not seem like a lot compared to the number of apps on the Apple App Store (well over a million) but it is still a staggering amount. If you installed and tried out one every hour
Titles are important and draws attention to your posts. If you want and need to present subtitles to your content and you don't want to do it manually then you can try the Secondary Title Plugin for WordPress that can make the job a bit Easier.
Titles, of course, attract a lot of attention. If you feel you need a little extra time for your title, you might try using subtitles. If styled appropriately, they just might grab some more of your visitor’s “title attention time.” While you could add subtitles to WordPress in a very manual way, as usual, there’s a plugin for you that will make the job easier.
Secondary Title Plugin
A plugin you can use for this job is called Secondary Title.
Once activated, you will see a new box in your write/edit screen to insert your subtitle into.
The plugin comes with a number of settings in the backend that will let you determine where subtitles appear.
For example, you can automatically insert the subtitle box for post, pages, custom post types, certain categories, or specific posts. The plugin also gives you tips on styling the subtitle to your liking.
If, however, you want even more control over where your title appears, you can insert a line of code into your theme’s template files.
Here’s a look at a sample subtitle that I placed below my main title in my theme’s template file.
And that’s it.
Trying some subtitles out on your site might just be the trick that helps you convince potential
James Farmer shares the story of his past 10 years of being a successful business owner in the WordPress world.
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve got issues. Issues with authority, popularity, inclusivity, regular-ways-of-doing-business, independence and, erm, polite society. Along with unfairness, corruption, bullying and the stinking mess that a project like WordPress can become.
A new player in already crowded WordPress Management solution. Though I find it's somehow different than others. It mainly focus on MU Dev User. As they have hundreds of plugin of their own, the literally have plugin for almost each and every purpose, so they feel people could live entirely in their WP Universe.
In recent weeks, we’ve rolled out the biggest changes to our member dashboard ever. Introducing The Hub, your mission control for monitoring the vital stats of all your WordPress websites, including uptime, performance, and security. Add as many sites as you want – including Multisite networks – and receive instant security alerts whenever a vulnerability is spotted on any of your sites, warnings when your sites go offline, run performance scans and get detailed information on how you can improve your Google PageSpeed Insights scores, and get notifications when any of your plugins or themes need to be updated.
We’ve also updated our WPMU DEV Dashboard plugin in tandem with the Hub so both have the same beautiful user experience and design.
Login to the Hub now and take the tour. If you’ve done it already, do it again! Go to Hub > Support and click Quick Tour.
The Hub vs ManageWP / InfiniteWP / Jetpack Manage etc
So… Why did we build The Hub?
The Hub isn’t simply about being able to manage multiple websites from one location. It’s about being able to keep your websites – and those of your clients – up-to-date, fully supported, optimized, secure and online.
Yes, we know there’s a lot
Jetpack, Automattic’s meta plugin adds a lots of feature to WordPress site but has a bigger footprint than the WordPress core.
Built by Automattic, stress-tested on WordPress.com, almost 12 million downloads, installing it on your [...]
If you're looking to impress your visitors with the latest in web design trends
Parallax scrolling may have lost some of its street cred in the past 12 months, but it’s still hot stuff. It’s a cool effect that can turn an otherwise dull and boring looking site into a sexy scrolling wonderland. Combined with animated featured, parallax can be used on any type of site, from corporate and business pages to creative and portfolio sites.
This post offers a round-up of parallax themes released in the past couple of months – all 2014 themes – so there may be some you’ve never seen before.
What’s your favorite parallax theme? Share it in the comments below.
There aren’t many horizontal parallax themes around and this one is damn gorgeous.
Horizillax is a single-page, responsive theme perfect for businesses, products and marketing, though it’s really a multi-use theme and could be used as a portfolio theme.
Set up takes just four steps. This theme features three custom page templates (parallax, about and portfolio), unlimited parallax images and options to set the speed, position and stack order, and also comes with various color and font options.
Mowo isn’t your typical one-page scrolling site. It’s clean, minimalist and responsive, with flexible, fullscreen
Mergebot is a SAAS service that helps coordinate database changes between development and production sites and this article provides an excellent walk-through. The service is still new, but I'm glad to see a project in this space as this is one of the Achilles' heels of site development.
So you’ve wrapped up a WordPress website overhaul and you’re ready to deploy. There’s only one problem. How do you deploy your development site without losing all of the updates and new content added to the production site while you were developing? What you need is some way to compare your development database to the production database, merge the two databases, and resolve any conflicts one by one. The only problem is, there is no such tool. Or is there?
Mergebot is a beta-stage plugin-based service from Delicious Brains that aims to solve the problem of database merging, and to do in such a way that is easy to implement.
In this post, we’ll check out Mergebot, take it for a spin, consider the pros and cons of using Mergebot, and highlight interesting alternatives for database merging.
Ready? Let’s get to it.
Disclaimer: I joined Mergebot’s beta program as a paying program member to get access to Mergebot. Delicious Brains did not know about this review — as a matter of fact, they’ll find out about it the same time you do: when the article is published.
How Does Mergebot Work
Let’s walk through the development workflow for working
Have you participated in any of all Word Camps taking place around the world? Rachel McCollin explains why you must attend a WordCamp.
WordCamps are unlike any other web industry event. They have a format and an atmosphere all of their own and I think that makes them very special. In this post I hope to convince you that if you can attend a WordCamp, you really should. You’ll get more from a WordCamp than you could from years of reading WordPress blogs, buying WordPress books and subscribing to WordPress vlogs.
But first, an introduction to what WordCamps are.
WordCamps for the Uninitiated
The first WordCamp took place in San Francisco in 2006. Since then, 346 WordCamps have taken place in 172 cities all over the world. WordCamps happen almost every week. At the time of writing there are seven coming up in the next month, in locations as diverse as Mumbai and San Diego. In the UK (where I’m based) we’ve gone from having one a year between 2008 and 2012 to having five in the last year, spread around the country, including the recent WordCamp London, which was attended by 600 WordPress users and developers from around the world.
WordCamps are aimed at everyone and anyone who uses WordPress. You don’t have to be an experienced developer to benefit from a WordCamp – there are sessions for users, too, as well as for designers
Learn how you quite easily can create beautiful and attractive landing pages with WordPress themes and plugins.
Secret #11, 17, and 20 - Guard your time like your life depends on it!!!
Is freelancing all it’s cracked up to be? Sure, it is! But it takes a lot of hard work. And I should know. I started freelancing in 2004 when I was 20 to help pay for college. My very first paying writing gig was an article for a teen arts magazine about Irish dancing. I’ve gotta say, getting that first paycheck for $50 was exciting. And that article was certainly a mile away from the subject matter of WordPress. So how did I get here and why should you care?
Because the freelancer’s journey is similar across professions, that’s first. But second, if I tell you my story, maybe you can avoid some of my biggest mistakes. So, as you embark on your WordPress freelance journey–whether as a writer like me or a developer, designer, marketer, or something else altogether–know this: many people have walked in your shoes.
Speaking of shoes, maybe it’s time to fasten yours as you walk down memory lane with me and learn tips and tricks from someone who’s been doing this freelancing thing for over a decade.
How I Got Started as a WordPress Freelancer
After the initial rush of landing my first paying assignment as a freelancer wore off, I struggled.
8 Best Means To Stage And Host Your WordPress Testing Environment
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A solid tutorial for using Gulp in your WordPress workflow.
Build tools let developers focus on efficient development rather than the nitty-gritty details that take away half your life but don’t add much to the project on their own. One such build tool is Gulp. Gulp optimizes your theme’s images, concatenate your JS files, and processes your Sass/LESS code automatically.
In this article, I’ll show you how to get started and how you can use Gulp to speed up your development process.
What is Gulp?
Sounds Good, How Do I Get Started?
You’ll need Node to run Gulp. This should be easy, just visit nodejs.org and download and run the installer. Node will be installed, along with npm (node package manager), which you will use to grab node packages, such as Gulp.
The next step is to install Gulp globally. You can do this by opening the terminal or command prompt in Windows (I will call both of them
Visitors who land on them are going to bounce. How you deal with 404s will determine whether visitors stick around or check out the competition when they end up on a page that WordPress can’t find.
Bad 404 pages are like trampolines for your WordPress site: Visitors who land on them are going to bounce. How you deal with 404s will determine whether visitors stick around or check out the competition when they end up on a page that WordPress can’t find. 404 errors aren’t unique to WordPress. The 404 message is the standard error code returned by a web server when a requested webpage can’t be located. Basically, a 404 means the server is working just fine, but the requested webpage is nowhere to be found.
This post will help you get a handle on your 404s. I’m going to explain:
How 404s happen,
How the WordPress core deals with 404s,
How themes are designed to pretty up 404 pages, and
What you should do to make sure that a visitor who lands on a 404 has the best chance possible of sticking around rather than bouncing off your site.
Why Do Bad 404s Happen to Good Websites?
While 404s aren’t unique to WordPress sites – they will happen regardless of the application running your website – they certainly are very easy to create when working with WordPress. WordPress makes it really easy to tweak page URLs and change the post permalink structure
An article by Tom Ewer covering what the WordPress JSON REST API is, when it’s coming, and what you need to know to take full advantage of the possibilities it’s going to open up to everyone in the WordPress world.
Anyone paying attention to Matt Mullenweg’s public appearances over the past twelve months will have noticed the steady beating of one particular drum: The importance of the WordPress JSON REST API to the future of the platform. Matt isn’t alone in his enthusiasm. Commentators such as Brian Krogsgard have hailed it as potentially “the most exciting project for the platform since custom post types were introduced.”
In this article we’ll cover what the WordPress JSON REST API is, when it’s coming, and what you need to know to take full advantage of the truly revolutionary possibilities it’s going to open up to everyone in the WordPress world.
As a bonus, we’ll also hear the thoughts of Automattician Jack Lennox, who recently spoke at WordCamp London about building themes with the WordPress REST API, about where he thinks the API might lead the community.
But before all that, let’s get started with some general background on REST APIs.
Getting Familiar with the Concept of REST APIs
I’d like to make one thing clear right from the outset: Though I consider myself an experienced WordPress practitioner in most respects, I’m no developer.
With that in mind, my interpretation of some of the
A very detail discussion, and comparison of all available solution. Its one of the most detail discussion on this topic I have read so far.
It’s a problem many developers or owners of multiple sites face. Employing a tool to manage your various WordPress sites can save you a lot of time, and there’s a wide range of features to exploit in addition to updates and login details management.
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WP White Security stated 70% of WordPress installations are vulnerable to hacker attack and this article will help secure and fortify your site
As the most popular web publishing platform on[...]
An interesting piece about how we can enable and use front-end like styles in WordPress text editor at the back-end.
Though WordPress is increasingly on the verge of becoming a fully-fledged application framework, the humble post editor remains the area of the interface users spend most of their time in. It’s a part of the backend that’s seen significant improvements over the last number of years – the recent move to version 4.0 of TinyMCE in WordPress 3.9 being a highlight – but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
One of the most common problems users have with the editor is the need to constantly switch between editing and preview modes to see how content will actually look live.
In this article we’ll tackle that exact issue and break down how to customize the WordPress text editor to look and function like your front-end design.
Why Would I Want to Customize the Editor?
When you’re busy bashing out an initial draft of a post or page, the final look and feel of the text is the last thing on your mind. What matters is getting your thoughts down and – as Steven Pressfield so elegantly put it – covering the canvas.
As you move on to the serious business of editing and revising however, the fact that your content exists in a context becomes ever more important. Typically, this manifests itself
The best free photography WordPress themes for photo blogging and for everyone who loves to showcase their content using large images.
You might wonder what the difference is between a photography theme and a portfolio theme. The truth is that at times they might both serve the same purpose. But at other times they may be a little different. To my mind, a portfolio theme concentrates on providing a section of the site that is dedicated to showing off a collection of images.
Of course a photography theme might do that too, but the way I look at it, a photography theme puts more emphasis on the blog aspect and less emphasis on creating a separate section to show off a collection of photos.
We recently went through a nice collection of free portfolio themes, and if you’re looking for a photography theme, some of those may suit your needs. So you can have a look at the themes there.
But we didn’t want to simply repeat those themes here, so below we have new collection of “photography themes” – i.e. themes that put a little more emphasis on photoblogging.
All these themes are free.
The SKT Full Width theme comes with stunning full screen photo on the front of the blog with a simple, semi-transparent menu on the side. But that full screen photo isn’t just one background image. It’s actually a slider, and so you can have