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The Quick and Easy Guide to Migrating a Local WordPress Installation to a Live Site

Using a local server environment will save you a bunch of time if you regularly develop new WordPress websites. Local development has many advantages – it’s faster and more secure than constantly uploading files to a server.

The only problem is migrating to a web host can be a headache. No one likes to mess around with database tables.

Fortunately, migration is simpler than it sounds and will take you not time at all if you follow the steps below.

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Stunning Free and Premium WordPress Slider Plugins

Sliders are the way to go if your site is image-heavy, or you just want to get your content front and center when visitors land on your website.

However, sliders tend to get a bad rap. And no wonder why – there are too many sites with simple sliders that display a new image every five seconds. Boring.

These sites fail to take advantage of the multitude of features and functionality sliders – even free ones – now offer. From layers and animations to parallax and full-width video, sliders, and especially homepage sliders, provide an engaging and eye-catching way to welcome visitors to your site.

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Plugin Release: PopUp Pro, “The Best Work I’ve Ever Seen From WPMU DEV”

We’re pleased to announce a major overhaul of our Pop Up! plugin, now known as PopUp Pro.

PopUp Pro provides an effective solution for targeted advertising in the form of a simple and beautifully designed pop-up on your site.

Not only does PopUp Pro have a new name, but we’ve also given it a new lick of paint. We’ve completely redesigned the user interface, making it easier than ever to create beautiful and eye-catching pop-ups.

Download PopUp Pro and let us know in the comments below what you think about our new and improved design.

Brand New User Interface
We’ve given PopUp Pro a makeover.

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How to Update ThemeForest Themes with the Envato WordPress Toolkit

ThemeForest is no doubt the most popular place to find premium WordPress themes.

Paying a one-off fee for a theme is straightforward and users who buy themes also benefit from lifetime updates (until the theme is removed from the marketplace).

The Envato WordPress Toolkit plugin lets you view your ThemeForest purchases within the WordPress dashboard and select whether or not to receive updates.

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The Best Places to Find Free Stock Images for Your WordPress Site

A picture paints a thousands words, or so the old adage goes.

Images can tell a story in a quick glimpse more than endless paragraphs on a page. This is even up by data that shows 90 per cent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text.

Online, visuals are even more important. Research has found 46 per cent of people say a website’s design is the number one criterion for discerning the credibility of a company.

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8 Effective Plugins for Optimizing Your WordPress Site for Mobile

More and more people are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In fact, research shows two-thirds of cell phone owners use their phone to go online. On top of that, one third of these users (34 per cent) mostly use their phone to access the internet, as opposed to other devices like desktop and laptop computers.

If your site isn’t optimized for mobile, you’re losing a whole chunk of users on the go who will quickly look elsewhere if your site does’t load on their device.

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