Improving WordPress Performance: Everything You Need to Know

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We want our websites to be fast, but we also want them to be easy to manage. Unfortunately, these two goals are frequently in tension. The fastest website is a static website, where pure HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are stored on the server and can be sent directly to users without any processing. When the web was new, that’s how things were done. As websites became more complex, the overhead of managing static sites became a significant burden. In the modern world, we need sites that can be managed by people without the training of a web developer, which is
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How to Manage Your WordPress Site from an iPad

How to Manage Your WordPress Site from an iPad

I’ll admit, I use my iPad more than my laptop. Equipped with a ZAGG keyboard case and 4G, this little puppy does almost everything I need it to. With the exception of bigger word processing jobs and more complicated image editing, the iPad meets my needs. I did, however, have trouble managing my WordPress sites using Safari on iOS/the iPad. For some reason writing posts was nearly impossible because the WYSIWYG did not work correctly. I had to switch to HTML mode in the editor to get anything done. In the WYSIWYG mode you can’t scroll or add the cursor
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A Guide to WordPress as a Web Application Platform

A Guide to WordPress as a Web Application Platform

Wait, what?  WordPress as a SaaS (Software as a service) platform?  “But WordPress is just for blogging” they say.  It turns out, WordPress can do so much more.  Plus, Matt Mullenweg recently announced the focus of WordPress 3.7 will be modifications that make WordPress even better as a software platform. WordPress already comes with many of the key functions needed for a SaaS web application.  It has a robust user management system, a secure administrative back end, and a scalable framework that can grow with your service. The new WordPress will include some features that make it even better for
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Sending Encrypted Email From WordPress

Sending Encrypted Email From WordPress

One of the primary functions of many business sites is gathering leads and inquiries using forms. There are many plugins available that make this possible, including the popular Contact Form 7, most themes provide contact forms of some sort, and WordPress has built-in email capability. However, as anyone who keeps abreast of tech news knows, email is not a secure method of communication. In fact, email is insecure by design: it was never intended to be a secure and attempts to make it secure are largely bolted-on remedies that don’t work very well. Services like Gmail provide moderate levels of security
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WordPress 3.7 Beta Released: Here’s What’s New

WordPress 3.7 Beta Released: Here’s What’s New

As ever, the busy beavers in the WordPress development community have been hard at work fixing bugs and adding features to the world’s most popular content management system. It looks like 3.7 is going to be something of a subdued release, with nothing to match the more showy features that saw the light of day in the 3.6 release, like a new default theme and changes to the post locking and autosave features that were welcomed by those who run multi-author blogs. That’s not to say that there’s nothing to look forward to this time around, so were going to highlight some
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Monetizing WordPress: Going Beyond Ads

Monetizing WordPress: Going Beyond Ads

Lots of people make money with WordPress.  In fact, a large number of people make their primary income using WordPress as a framework.  Some use WordPress to offer information as a service, while others use the WordPress framework itself to offer a software service (SaaS).  Those folks deserve their own dedicated article, but for today we are focusing on the weekend WordPress warrior.  The people that have day jobs and other primary incomes, supplementing it with their WordPress ventures. This article is all about how they do it. Besides ads, there are other ways to monetize your WordPress site.  The
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Useful Security Modifications for WordPress

Useful Security Modifications for WordPress

WordPress is pretty secure, especially when compared to our content management systems.  We’ve put together this handy infographic on WordPress security issues.  This post is an update with some tweaks and plugins that can help tighten security on your WordPress site, and (hopefully) prevent hacking. 1. Keep WordPress Updated! This is not a hack or a plugin, just common sense.  The WordPress team is constantly working on updates that address security vulnerabilities first.  Everything else comes second.  So updating WordPress with every stable release is critical. 2. Deny Access to wp-content directories Most of the critical files are kept in
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Super Helpful WordPress Tutorials

Super Helpful WordPress Tutorials

One of my favorite perks of being part of the WordPress family is the constantly fresh content.  Because there are so many creative folks working as part of this community, there is a constant feed of really useful tutorials.  I have gathered some of my favorite, recent WordPress tutorials to help the intermediate to advanced WordPress admin.  They range from simple to complex but all are lead to some sort of time or energy savings. Note: I haven’t tried all of these tutorials so, as always, backup your WordPress site before trying any significant changes. How to incorporate QR codes
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