Opinion

A Beautiful Theme You Should Never Use

When you launch a new website, you want something that looks great, is easy to set up, and doesn’t cost too much. While some free WordPress themes fit the bill, I usually recommend finding a reputable, supported premium theme. Caution: You should think twice before choosing some of the most alluring, beautiful, feature-packed themes out there. Let me show you what I mean.
Beautiful demos

WordPress Themes Beautiful Temptress

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Why I Write Posts Primarily In The WordPress HTML Editor

I was recently reminded why I write WordPress Posts and Pages in the HTML editor tab and NOT the visual tab.

I have always been frustrated by the visual editor – mainly because it is not a true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. I guess I’m just too accustomed to using something like Word and expect what I put in the editor to actually be what I get on the output.

HTML Visual WordPress Editor

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WPMU Recommends: Best Free WordPress Theme Generator

You can find thousands of different themes for WordPress, both free and paid. Some people still want to give a stab at creating their own, but don’t know how. If that sounds like you, then check out the best free WordPress theme generator I’ve found. It’s called “Lubith.”

Trying Lubith
To check out Lubith for yourself, visit lubith.com, sign up, and click the “Start Here” button to start the in-browser editor.
The Lubith interface

WordPress Theme Generator-Photo of 3 staff at a construction site observing building

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One Thing WordPress Should NOT Be Used For

WordPress is an outstanding tool for website development because it is highly configurable and can be developed to perform many tasks.

However, there is at least one thing that WordPress is not suited to accomplish – and it’s not a WordPress fault. Many people try to save a few dollars and manage their email marketing list using a WordPress plugin.

WordPress Website Tool

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What Do You Love About WordPress?

So – I’ve been a bit “ranty” lately.

It started with a simple question: “Is There a Proliferation of Subversive Plugins on WordPress.org?” And if the 6Scan plugin mentioned in that post wasn’t enough, I then stumbled across CodeGuard – a “free” plugin available on WordPress.org that doesn’t actually offer any free functionality. You have to sign up for a paid plan in order to make any use of it.

Not a happy bunny.
Moving On…
However, the above has little to do with WordPress, per se.

What Do You Love About WordPress?

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4 Things Most People Don’t Know About Being a Professional WordPress Blogger

So you want to make money blogging?

I remember being there, it’s an exciting feeling.

You read an ebook or article about these bloggers making thousands and thousands of dollars a month, working in their pajamas, sleeping in and “firing their boss,” to “live the dream” of working at home.

If you’ve got a creeping suspicion that you’re not getting the whole story, I’d like to share four things the ultra-enthusiastic “I’ll show you how to make over $100k working in your pajamas if you buy my $47 eBook” people won’t tell you…

#1: You Have to Be Self-Motivated

working-at-home

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What Type of Hosting for WordPress – Shared, VPS, or Dedicated?

Finding the right host for your website can be an interesting adventure, but when you add WordPress (and even WordPress MultiSite) to the equation, it can be even more interesting. Whether you are building your first WordPress website or your seventy-fifth, your hosting platform must be tailored to fit your needs while delivering a quality experience to your visitor.

Let’s look at the various hosting platforms generally available to most website developers.
Shared Hosting

WordPress Hosting Virtual Private Server on Steroids

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To Bundle Or Not To Bundle WordPress Plugins? That Is The Question!

I recently came across an article by Alex King regarding the “right way” to include a plugin into a theme. In it, Alex integrates a plugin called Social, available here, into a theme they sell called FavePersonal. I understand they want to provide a great user experience out of the box, but rather than integrating a plugin, why not just direct their user to install it from WP.org? You could even use conditional statements to limit certain functionality till it’s installed.

do-not-put-themes-and-plugins-together

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In Which I’ll Talk About What You Can Do This Summer

That’s one helluva title for a column, isn’t it? I thought so, although I have no idea if I think that is a good or a bad thing. It doesn’t really matter, luckily.

Folks, it is summer and that means vacations for everybody!

Well, not exactly, I’ll be working all summer, with both Odd Alice (still time to apply for a job there /shameless self-plug) and other things. You know, projects. Some of them are WordPress related, but not all. That’s the life of a freelance writer and author, I go and do what the work tells me.

Water water water!

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