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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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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.

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How to duplicate/clone an existing post to a new one

Duplicate Post is a plugin that makes duplicating existing posts and pages very simple. It’s one of those plugins that “just works” and supports creating drafts and publishing posts from existing content.

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KeyCDN – New CDN for WordPress [GIVEAWAY]

KeyCDN is a new player in the CDN market and with this giveaway you could take them for a test drive for free by winning a 1TB account

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Pixabay – free high-quality images for your WordPress site

Pixabay allows you to find professional-quality imagery released under the CC0 license, enabling you to use the images for free without any form of attribution

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Save Gravity Forms progress and continue later

My favourite new feature in Gravity Forms 1.9 is the Save and Continue feature which lets users save their progress and come back later to finish completing the form: excellent for long forms / multi-page forms or where a user doesn’t currently have the information that they need to complete the form.

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Saying goodbye to post formats

The time has come for me to end my use of post formats. I’ve used them since their creation, but a few years later, I’ve recognised that they’re more trouble than they’re worth, causing theme lock-in and nonsensical emails and RSS items.