WordPress advice & tutorials

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Tutorials

My main focus is teaching you how to use WordPress in easy-to-understand language. I've got tutorials covering a wide variety of topics and difficulty levels, so you're sure to find what you need.

Hosting

Getting the right host for your site is a decision that you're going to have to live with, so it's not something to take lightly. Get my advice on the best WordPress host for you, based on your specific needs.

Maintenance

Once you've built your WordPress site, you need to maintain it to make sure that it stays secure, backed up and keeps running like a well-oiled machine. Check out my WordPress maintenance service.

Development

If there's a WordPress task that you really want to tackle, but just can't manage it, or don't have the time, I may be able to help you. Get in touch and let's discuss what you're trying to achieve.

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Deploying your plugin to GitHub and WordPress.org simultaneously with great ease

Using a deployment script is the quickest and easiest way to get your plugin or theme deployed to GitHub and simultaneously to wordpress.org. And the best part? You don’t need to know anything about Subversion.

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MotoPress Content Editor: drag-and-drop content layouts

MotoPress Content Editor allows you to create highly customised layouts with a drag-and-drop editor, quickly and easily. This eliminates the issue of ruining layouts when you change your theme, because it’s built into a plugin.

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How to use YOURLS with WordPress

YOURLS Link Creator is the best bridge between YOURLS and WordPress, allowing you to use personalised short URLS and collect their data for your own use.

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Pass YOURLS short links to Jetpack’s Publicize and Sharing modules

Using filters, you can pass your YOURLS shortlink to Jetpack’s Publicize and Sharing modules to get the most out of your YOURLS click stats

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Click to Tweet: increasing engagement and social sharing

Click to Tweet allows you to create short shareable excerpts throughout your content where users are encouraged to “click to tweet”. Used well, sparingly and on poignant arguments in your content, it will increase engagement by emphasising points that people will agree with.

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Bloom: a new email opt-in plugin for WordPress

Elegant Themes have released a new email opt-in plugin and it is extraordinarily beautiful, powerful and simple to use. They’ve hit that sweet spot of not overwhelming beginners nor underserving professionals.

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How to deactivate certain plugins on your development servers

There are certain plugins that you simply don’t want running on your local or staging sites, so this is how I manage systematically deactivating them.

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Adding future, draft and private posts to the Add Link modal

I built a plugin that removes the limitation of only showing published content in the Add Link window in the WordPress editor, allowing you to link to scheduled, draft and private content at will.

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How to run BuySellAds over SSL in WordPress

BuySellAds now supports SSL which means that you can upgrade your whole site to HTTPS even if you’re running BSA ad zones

You can make your site much more secure by taking this simple step

A simple snippet to force SSL for your whole site

This snippet will help you if you want to force visitors to view your site over HTTPS (using SSL), even if they try to use HTTP.