4 Free Plugins to Test Your WordPress Site for Compatibility Issues

Creating a website with WordPress can be a challenging and sometimes frustrating pursuit, especially when you’re working with plugins or themes and you run into compatibility issues, which may break your site.

That’s why it’s a great idea to test your site for errors before implementing any changes.

Posting a copy of your theme, plugin, or site files on GitHub for community feedback is one way to solve issues before they cause problems. Unfortunately, you may have to wait a while for replies and fixing issues could take a while as a result.

Plugin start

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How to Use a WordPress Shortcode Outside the Post Editor

Shortcodes in WordPress are amazing. They are essentially macros that allow you to place content anywhere on your site.

For example, instead of inserting a whole bunch of images to create a gallery, you simply use the shortcode [ gallery ]. WordPress offers a few shortcodes by default and there are hundreds to choose from via available plugins.

There are a couple of places you may want to use shortcodes outside of your post content. Sidebar widgets for one, and perhaps somewhere inside your theme (in the footer, for example). In this post we’ll take a look at how you can make this happen.

Shortcode

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40 New, Free, Clean and Elegant WordPress Themes for Any Purpose

The WordPress Themes Repository is chock-full of all kinds of themes, but sorting through them can be a time-consuming task.

Fortunately, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

This round-up of some of the newest, free themes includes options that are lightweight enough to ensure your site runs quickly, while also minimal with features. After all, added extra functionality using plugins is WordPress best practice.

Customizable themes

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Top WordPress CMS Plugins Compared and Reviewed

If you’re developing WordPress sites for clients, or if you want to make the user interface a bit easier to work with for yourself or add custom content without writing code, you may well need a CMS plugin.

CMS plugins give WordPress additional Content Management System functionality and appearance. The way in which they do this varies between plugins, but they tend to give you one or more of the following:

The ability to add your own branding;
The option to remove elements form the admin screens such as dashboard widgets and metaboxes;
Improvements to the user interface, making screens easier to work with;

Compare and review

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WordPress Plugins: When to Buy, When to Download Free

When I was just starting out with WordPress I remember working on a client site which needed a slider. Rather than use the javascript slider I’d previously been using on static sites I decided to look for a plugin. But being new to WordPress I didn’t really know what I was looking for, so I spent the best part of half a day trawling the WordPress Plugin Repository and googling, all the time testing out ones that looked like they might do the job.

Plugins when to buy

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Catch MailChimp Updates in WordPress Using Webhooks

Do you want to be able to track your WordPress users as they subscribe and unsubscribe from your MailChimp lists?

Of course you do, but your MailChimp plugin is probably no help beyond generating that subscribe form. What you need is MailChimp webhooks.

In this article, I’ll show you how to build a simple plugin to update your WordPress site with all your MailChimp list activity.

MailChimp webhooks

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10 Highly Customizable, Responsive, and Free WordPress Themes

Sometimes it just easier to work with a theme that has loads of custom options for making a website look exactly how you want it, especially if you have clients who aren’t tech-savvy.

It’s just as important to have many styling options as it is to have the option of viewing your site from any device. That’s where these themes come in.

The themes below have tons of theme customizations (sometimes even hundreds!), and they are fully responsive, too. You won’t have to worry about messy looking settings pages either. If these themes had artificial intelligence, they wouldn’t even know the meaning of “messy.”

WordPress themes

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8 Flexible WordPress Recent Post Plugins

These 8 flexible WordPress plugins for displaying recent post lists in the sidebars and other widget areas of your website give you lots more control over which content is displayed, and how it is presented, compared to the default WordPress recent posts widget.

If you want to include custom post types, filter content by categories, tags, and custom taxonomies, and display featured images, these plugins will allow you to do so.

Advanced Random Posts Widget

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