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November 23, 2017

6 Ways to Strengthen Your WooCommerce Store

Chelsea grew up as an artist and even though her college degree and career took her to communications she still created intricate macrame designs. In her free time, all she could think about was her artwork. She started gifting her creations to friends and family until one day a friend offered to pay her for […]

November 21, 2017

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 […]

November 20, 2017

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 […]

November 16, 2017

Google Chrome's Ad Blocker Could Be Good News For WordPress Bloggers And eCommerce Merchants

After a couple of weeks of rumors, Google announced that it will add an ad-blocker to the Chrome web browser next year. Chrome is the most popular browser on the web with a market share of over 60%, and the introduction of always-on, activated-by-default ad-blocking will have a substantial impact on the advertising and publishing […]

November 14, 2017

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 […]

November 14, 2017

Using Traditional Sales Tactics in WooCommerce

How long has it been since you have bought a new car? I bought my first brand new car in 2010 and recently went looking for a new one. Guess what? The tactics are the exact same. I drove on the lot expecting someone to meet me and ask what I was looking for. And […]

November 13, 2017

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 […]

November 08, 2017

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, […]

November 07, 2017

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 […]

November 06, 2017

WordPress Survey Shows 46% Of Sites Running On Old Versions

When a WordPress site is infected with malware or otherwise compromised, it’s a safe bet that an out-of-date plugin, theme, or WordPress installation will be implicated. While zero-day vulnerabilities or configuration errors are responsible for a proportion of attacks, regular updating reduces the risk. Unfortunately, it seems that the message to update regularly isn’t being […]