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15 Do’s and Don’ts of Effective WordPress Theming

Today I want to go over some of the do’s and don’ts of WordPress theming. Regardless if you’re building a WordPress theme for yourself or if you’re building one for release so others can use it, you should be following these do’s and don’ts as closely as possible. 1. Do not hard code full URL’s into your themes When you’re building your themes, there may be times where images are…
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WPEngine vs. Kinsta: Which Is Idle For Your Website?

When it comes to managed WordPress hosting providers, WPEngine and Kinsta are two well-known names in the industry. I’m fortunate enough to have hosted my sites on both of them. Based on my experience of using both the hosting environments, here I will be sharing a…
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The Importance of Keywords in SEO: A Beginner’s Guide

Use the proper keyword and you will get more search engine traffic… Optimize your website/blog keywords and you will rank faster… How many times have you gotten such pieces of advice when you were starting to learn about SEO? Probably a lot. That’s because keywords are the first things you should learn about when you start to optimize your blog for SEO. This guide is written for a beginner…
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Useful Alternatives to the Dreaded Monthly Archive Links

WordPress sites’ sidebars, you’ll probably see the monthly archive links make an appearance. These are a list of links that categorize your post by month. If you want to get more specific, you can even group the posts by week or even day. Unless you’re using widgets…
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How To Make Old WordPress Themes Compatible With New Versions

So you want to make your old WordPress themes compatible with newer versions of WordPress. With WordPress 3.0 right around the corner, theme compatibility is something on a lot of people’s minds. It’s pretty simple: do absolutely nothing. I’ve been making WordPress…
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Guide to Styling the WP-PageNavi WordPress Plugin

If you’re not familiar with the WP-PageNavi WordPress plugin, it allows you to replace normal previous/next navigation with a more advanced, numbered paging navigation. This is a feature I’ve included on a number themes I’ve developed, including RS16, Blogwave, RS17, and Bright Spot. In this tutorial, I’m going to go over how to: Install WP-PageNavi and properly integrate it in…
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How To Create a Searchable Tweet Archive with WordPress

I came across a tutorial the other day on how to create a browsable, searchable archive of tweets which you can use to host your own tweets. And the best part is? It’s powered by WordPress. In this article, I’ll go over my experience with how I set up my…
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Want More Retweets? Use the TweetMeme WordPress Plugin

Not only was it really easy to install and configure, but I’ve noticed several people actually using the button to retweet my posts. You can see it in action in the top right corner of this post. In this WordPress plugin review, I’ll go over installing the TweetMeme plugin and give an overview of the options. And there’s a screencast too! All after the jump. How to Install TweetMeme for…
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