Custom taxonomies really aren't all that hard to create. If you haven't looked into them before or just want to personalize the backend end of your niche site, check out today's post.
Last year we featured a series on translating different aspects of WordPress, which focused on internationalizing an existing theme or plugin.
In today’s post, we’re going to extend and complement that series with some information for theme and plugins developers, namely how to localize your theme or plugin or it’s ready to translate.
Most site admins focus far too heavily on traffic at the expense of what truly matters. And while what truly matters is up to you, it shouldn’t be traffic.
Why? Because traffic doesn’t represent anything useful. The number of eyeballs on your site simply isn’t as important as more relevant factors, such as the percentage of those eyeballs who subscribe to your email list or make a purchase.
Setting up a local environment for WordPress is a common need for developers. Since everything runs on your computer, loading times are significantly lower and you can safely test things before you try them out in a live production environment.
Local WordPress installations aren’t just for coders, though. As a user, local environments let you try out themes and plugins much more quickly, create as many installations as you need, and play around with WordPress without fear of wreaking havoc on your live website.
“The Cloud” is all the rage nowadays and for good reason. It gives you more storage space, faster storage, and distributed access. It’s essentially an automatic backup and can take away a lot of the headaches that come with moving and testing a website.
While there are some disadvantages, like less access and security worries, these would either exist on your own server as well, or are more than worth it for most.
While choosing a mobile responsive WordPress theme is a one way to cater to the growing number of internet users accessing websites on their smartphones, QR codes are another way you can improve the user experience for your mobile visitors – if used carefully.
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.
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.
What Is A Webhook?
A webhook is simply a url that gets called when a certain event takes place, passing pertinent data about the event.
The WordPress configuration file is most frequently used to set up the database connection and is then forgotten. Despite its neglected nature it is a powerhouse of features and opportunities for optimization.
You definitely won't be using the config file on a day-to-day basis but I'm betting that almost every WordPress install could benefit from adding a couple of things to this file. A well thought out config file can not only make a website faster and more secure; it can add features like more frequent trash emptying, disabling features such as revisions and offer advanced debugging capabilities.
In this article I'll tell you all about the defaults that ship with your config file and how you can tweak it to make your website more suited to your needs.