Adding Scripts and Styles to WordPress the Right Way With Enqueueing

Many of us use styles to alter the look of our website, and scripts to enhance functionality. It is important to note however, that the way you add these scripts to WordPress is just as important as the content of these files. Instead of plopping them into the header or footer file we need to use WordPress’ enqueue functionality.

In this article I’ll show you how to add scripts and styles to your themes and plugins, wether you are creating something on the front end or in the admin.

A black and white queue

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Securing Your WordPress site: Wordfence Security Review

Chances are, you’re here because you love WordPress, and you love the idea of protecting your site that you worked on so tirelessly. There are a lot of plugins out there to secure your site, but there’s one that’s often overlooked, and perhaps shouldn’t be.

Boasting a feature-packed plugin to stop hackers in their tracks, it’s consistently being updated to help protect against newer threats. It’s Wordfence Security.

Is overlooking the Wordfence Security plugin justified?

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Creating Beautiful and Effective Landing Pages With WordPress

Third-party providers like Lead Pages and UnBounce offer a no-tech option for countless landing and sales page configurations. But you’re a WordPress savvy developer, you should be able to guide your clients through a landing page solution.

Today we’re going to look at resources, themes, and plugins you can use to create functional, professional looking, self-hosted sales and squeeze pages.

The Basics
It’s probably safe to bet that the overwhelming majority of WordPress developer and design clients are in business. And the entire point of creating a website presence for any business is conversion, that is, turning visitors into buyers.

Landing page

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New Plugin: Jobs & Experts, More Than Just a Jobs Board

If your WordPress site sits at the heart of any community then it will benefit from WPMU Dev’s latest plugin, Jobs & Experts. How do we know? Because it’s based on our own Jobs & Pros feature on this very website.

Jobs & Experts makes it easy to connect members of your community who have a need with members who have the expertise. Not only will this benefit the community but it will also help cement your site as the go to destination.

Let’s take a closer look at Jobs & Experts: it’s more than just a jobs board.

Jobs & Experts

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Creating Custom Page Templates in WordPress

Page templates in WordPress are a great way to add structure variations or highly customized functionality to your website. They are easy to create so even newcomers can get started but they offer enough potential to keep seasoned professionals busy.

In this article we’ll take a look at some common uses for page templates and how to create a basic page template for your own site.


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How to Customize the WordPress Post Editor

Did you know you can easily modify the style of the WordPress post editor?

All it takes is a simple stylesheet to create a personalized editing experience. Editor styles are commonly added to make sure the style of the theme on the front-end is mirrored in the style of the editor in the backend. This helps users create content in a more familiar setting.

In this Weekend WordPress Project we’ll take a look at how this can be done and I’ll share some of my own tips and tricks in the process. Ready your favourite text editor and let’s dig in!

Editor style

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Customizing the WordPress Comment Form

The comment form is a great tool – it allows your readers to interact with your authors and vice versa. Engagement is extremely important for any website, such a direct line of communication should be fostered with care. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the options we have for bending the comment form to our will.

We will focus mostly on the arguments for the comment form generating function but we will touch on custom styles and plugins as well, let’s jump in!

Customize WordPress Comments Form

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Best WordPress Video Chat Plugins – Based on Your Needs

There are many amazing video chat plugins for WordPress, but which one to choose? That’s the real question. It’s certainly a fantastic way to connect to your customers, audience, and team from around the world, all in the comfort of your own home, office, or both. I’ll show you which plugin is right for you based on how you want to interact with your clients, fans, co-workers, or employees — seeing them face to face right from your WordPress site.

Most of these plugins let you add video chats right to your site’s page so you also have the option of limiting access, or even adding video chats as a paid feature with WPMU Dev’s Membership Plugin. You’re definitely in for a whirlwind of fun with all the possibilities these plugins have to serve up.

Add Skype buttons to your WordPress site with Skype Master

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9 Plugins to Turn Your WordPress Site Into an Online Magazine

Now is the best time to build a magazine on WordPress. Seriously. All the tools are there. And WordPress is getting more feature-rich by the day. So, you have a real opportunity to create something stellar.

We’ve already covered how to set up an issues-based magazine in the past using manual coding as well as how to create a magazine cover-style homepage, so we won’t rehash old material here.

A magazine lying on a table

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