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12 Fantastic WordPress Plugins You’ve Never Heard Of

April 9, 2014 - 21 Comments

WordPress offers a vast diversity of plugins that can enhance your website. But those same plugins often suffer from technical errors and weak support. There are a lot of okay plugins floating around out there, but you shouldn’t settle for mediocrity – if you’re going to put the time and effort into creating a website, you should strive to find only the best.

Luckily, there are a lot of good choices out there. Many of them are well-known plugins and themes. However, if you dig a little bit deeper you cad find some real the diamonds in the rough.

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How to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed as a Startup WordPress Developer

March 13, 2014 - 8 Comments

overwhelmed WordPress developerWhen first starting out as a WordPress developer, it’s easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. There is simply a lot to keep track of with regards to site customization and this can make it difficult to determine what elements you should use and what ones you should avoid.

You may even be tempted to use as many relevant plugins and widgets as possible, but doing so can slow down site performance. Slowing down performance is a major deterrent to visitors, so it all comes down to your best judgment. And that can put the pressure on.

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How to Save Time When Writing in WordPress

January 24, 2014 - 8 Comments

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Finding time to write your next blog post can be a challenge. We’re all on tight deadlines and over-scheduled, aren’t we?

Still, when it’s time to get working and you’ve cracked your knuckles in preparation for composing your next masterpiece, it’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of site management and lose sight of the task at hand: writing an excellent blog post!

So, without further adieu, here are some things that help me to write faster and more efficiently in WordPress. A nice side effect of these tips? You’ll produce better content, too.

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A Guide to Optimal Image Compression in WordPress

January 9, 2014 - 8 Comments

image compression guideMany bloggers put so much of their focus on writing up decent posts that they lose sight of some arguably essential details.

Like images. If they do remember to include high-quality, thought-provoking images, they miss out on the opportunity to optimize these images for the best end-user experience. This means compressing those images so they load in a flash. Without losing discernible quality, of course.

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6 Awesome Features That Will Sell You On Jetpack

January 7, 2014 - 26 Comments

jetpack by wordpressTell me if you’ve heard these phrases before. Maybe you’ve even uttered them yourself: “Jetpack is so overrated.” “Jetpack isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” “Jetpack is bloated beyond belief!”

A lot of people hold onto these beliefs about Jetpack but I’m here to tell you that these statements couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, Jetpack packs a serious punch, offering up features aplenty that serve the needs of all WordPress users. Bloggers looking for simple tools and developers looking for robust options will both be pleased by this plugin.

For those who don’t know, Jetpack is a plugin created by Automattic. It features numerous “modules” that can be activated in order to benefit from their features.

Today, I’m dead set on convincing you to use Jetpack for the first time (or to dust it off and give it a try once again). Will you accept the challenge?

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WooNav: Integrated in WP 3.0

February 15, 2010 - 76 Comments

Two weeks ago when we launched theWooNav we knew it was something special and would be well received by our users, together with our recent release of WooFramework V2 our theme development was certainly hotting up. Then, out of the blue, we were contacted by Jane Wells of the WordPress Core UX development team who was planning the final iterations of the menu management system’s core features for WordPress 3.0. Unknown to us Jane had been playing around with our WooNav functionality:

We have a developer working on it, and have gone through several rounds of community feedback and iteration, and it strikes me that what we’re probably going to end up with is a lot like what you guys have in your Custom Navigation option, so I thought I’d get in touch with you guys to talk about it

After a few emails it was pretty obvious that this made perfect sense for both us and the core team. It would save the WordPress developers hours of coding to build something that already existed and did the job well, and WooThemes would finally be acknowledged for it’s work in furthering WordPress theme development.

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