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What's Wrong With Security By Obscurity For WordPress?

We instinctively hide the things we find valuable. It makes sense: if thieves and other bad actors can’t find our valuables, how can they take them? In the digital age, we act on the same instinct. A common security precaution taken by WordPress site owners is to move the login page to a different location; […]

WordPress 4.9 Brings Customizer And Coding Enhancements

WordPress 4.9 has been released just in time for the holiday season. Continuing the tradition of naming WordPress releases after jazz musicians, WordPress 4.9 is codenamed Tipton for band leader Billy Tipton. Some WordPress users won’t find a lot to be excited about in WordPress 4.9, but there are some great new features for WordPress […]

WordPress Crowdfunding: Build A Fundraising Site With WordPress And WooCommerce

We’re living in interesting times for creative professionals of all stripes. The web disrupted the traditional funding models of publishers, writers, videographers, photographers, and artists. Advertising revenue is in decline as web users rebel against ubiquitous tracking and intrusive advertising. The big media companies are suffering. But, in many ways, independent creatives have never had […]

Advertising Isn't The Only Way WordPress Bloggers And Publishers Can Make Money

Readers and viewers don’t like advertising. Few people visit a site because they want to see the ads. As loudly as the ad-tech industry argues otherwise, it hasn’t figured out how to display relevant, non-offensive, and non-exploitative advertising consistently. Malvertising attacks site visitors without the knowledge of the publisher. Advertising and its attendant tracking code […]

Adding A JSON Feed To Your WordPress Site

JSON Feed is a new feed format that provides the same functionality as RSS, but without asking developers to tangle with the complexities of XML, the format underlying both RSS and Atom. The creators of JSON Feed have released a WordPress plugin, which makes it simple to add a JSON Feed to an existing WordPress […]

Four Reasons To Build Your Side Project With WordPress

If you’re anything like me, you’re full of ideas for projects you’d love to work on if only you had the time. I’m a writer, and I have no end of ideas for essays, blog articles, and books I’d like to write. Most of us are the same; whether it’s writing, photography, music, podcasting, art, […]

Abandoned WordPress Plugins Can Cause Serious Security Problems

One of the most compelling parts of the WordPress ecosystem is the huge number of high-quality plugins. If you want to add a feature to your WordPress site, there’s almost certainly a plugin that will do the job. Plugins allow WordPress to be flexible without becoming bloated and they allow the WordPress ecosystem to advance […]

2 WordPress Plugins to Improve SEO for WooCommerce

Supporting an ecommerce site with WooCommerce means you have to the full force of WordPress behind you as well. And because WordPress is consistently one of the best platforms for blogging, all those words give you a boost in SEO. But more than giving you an online notepad, WordPress also offers additional SEO bonuses with […]

Are WordPress Plugins Safe?

Over the last couple of months, we’ve seen several incidents of previously trusted plugins being infected with malware by malicious developers. Plugin vulnerabilities are nothing new: developers make mistakes and those mistakes have consequences for security. But many of the recent attacks involved the deliberate introduction of malicious code. Does that mean we can’t trust […]