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After 20 years in the business you'd expect DreamHost to know what they're doing, and first impressions of the website don't disappoint. The company offers shared, WordPress, web, VPS and dedicated hosting...
Buying a service like web hosting on price alone is usually a very bad idea. We know that, you do too, but the headline prices on the One.com website caught our eye anyway.The bottom-of-the-range Starter...
WordPress 4.7.3 Fixes Cross Site Scripting Vulnerabilities
The open-source WordPress blogging and content management system fixes six vulnerabilities, including three Cross Site Scripting flaws. The open-source WordPress blogging and content management system...
The best WordPress plugins 2017
WordPress pluginsWordPress is a fantastic platform for building your own blog, portfolio, or ecommerce site. It's packed with tools to help you create a professional-looking site and monitor its performance,...
Virally growing attacks on unpatched WordPress sites affects ~2m pages
EnlargeWordfence reader comments 8 Share this story Attacks on websites running an outdated version of WordPress are increasing at a viral rate. Almost 2 million pages have been defaced since a serious...
Download of the day: WordPress
WordPressWordPress comes in two flavours: the fully-online version that lets you create your own site and have it hosted on the company’s own servers, and the downloadable version that lets you host it...
WordPress 4.7.1 Updates for PHPMailer Flaw
Just over a month after the first WordPress 4.7 release, new incremental update debuts fixing 62 bugs, including a security flaw in the popular PHPMailer email library that was first publicly reported...
WordPress 4.7 Delivers New Website Design Options
WordPress is among the most widely used open-source technologies in the world, powering more than 70 million websites. WordPress 4.7 was released Dec. 6, providing a new milestone update including new...
WordPress 4.7 Provides Improved Customization
WordPress 4.7 was released on December 6, providing the tens of millions of internet users that rely on it, with a long list of new features. As always with every new major WordPress milestone, there...
Monitoring WordPress Apps with the ELK Stack
WordPress is an amazing piece of engineering. There’s little wonder that more than a quarter of all CMS-based websites are using it. In reality, though, WordPress sites crash just like any other site....
Alternative Ways of Triggering Events in WordPress
In the first part of this series on the WordPress hook system, we learned about the WordPress hook system and the two types of hooks actions and filters alongside some code examples of how they work. In...
The Best WordPress Multi-author Management Plugins
In this article, I'll cover some of the best WordPress multi-author management plugins. Before we dig into the most popular options available, let’s first look at some of the key features we’d expect to...
Customizing WordPress oEmbed Content
WordPress makes it very easy to embed content. For example, you can grab a YouTube URL, drop it into the post editor, and automatically see a video embedded in your post. This is all powered by oEmbed,...
Quick Tip: Preventing WordPress Plugin Incompatibilities
With WordPress taking over more than 25% of the web, developers need to be able to prepare their plugin for maximum compatibility. According to the latest statistics, WordPress can be installed on six...
10 Development Assets to Help You Kickstart Your Next Project
Starting a new website or app from scratch is exciting, even if the road ahead is a long one. We can take a different route though, one that involves sourcing ready-made code assets and building upon them,...
Up and Running with WordPress Contextual Help Screens
Developers often go to great lengths to build something useful for their users. Whether it’s an eCommerce system, booking plugin or gallery showcase for example, there’s a dedicated developer or two that’s...
Must Have WordPress Plugins for Musicians
A captivating online presence is paramount these days, regardless of whether you’re a local doctor, an international law firm, or a global news outlet. The music industry is no exception to this rule....
The Divi Builder Plugin for Any WordPress Theme
As a WordPress user and developer, I can definitely say that I am into frameworks. I like trying out different frameworks and plugins, because it fascinates me as to what I can pull off with WordPress....
Demystifying the WordPress Hook System
If you've been developing websites with WordPress (including plugin and theme development) chances are you’ve heard these terms: Hooks, Actions, and Filters. WordPress uses the Event-driven Architecture...
8 Remarkable WordPress Themes with Sales Ready Landing Pages
We all know that WordPress is the great solution for DIY websites. Virtually any small business can utilize the software to be up and running with a fully functioning site in a short amount of time. If...
How to Use the WordPress Custom Logo API
WordPress users who aren't necessarily developers can’t always customize their website the way they want. They can choose a theme from thousands that are available (both free and paid), but there's often...
Quick Tip: Connect WordPress RSS Feeds to Social Networks
Displaying your social media network activity on your website can have tremendous advantages. It shows your readers that you’re an active participant in your niche and helps you establish yourself as a...
What’s New in WordPress 4.5
WordPress 4.5 has just been officially released, named ‘Coleman’ to honor the jazz musician Coleman Hawkins. The release lead was Mike Schroder, with the help of Adam Silverstein and Mel Choyce, as well...
Enqueuing Scripts and Styles in WordPress
After developing WordPress plugins and themes for a while, you start thinking more and more about your theme performance and what problems could it cause for your customers. One of these problems is enqueuing...
Get 12 WordPress Courses for $49
Need an e-commerce platform so you can sell your artisanal freeze-dried kale? Want to turn your blog about cats wearing sweaters into a money-maker? Need to make a company website that’s so good your...
Modern WordPress Development with Bedrock
If you're developing for WordPress (plugins or themes), then you've probably heard about Roots.io. It started as a starter theme and evolved into a range of tools. Roots is one of the most complete toolsets...
Setting IP Restrictions for the WordPress Login Page
According to a study conducted back in 2013, approximately 30,000 websites are hacked every day. It goes without saying that you need to take measures to protect your site from hackers. Securing your own...
PayPal et al: When your web site gets kicked in the SaaS
With the proliferation of easy-to-install Web sites and hosting providers, small business owners, nonprofit operators, and even departmental teams inside much bigger organizations are putting up sites...
Pressable Web Hosting
Pressable (starting at $25 per month) is just one of many managed WordPress Web hosts designed to keep your site running smoothly and efficiently. Like WP Engine, Pressable offers many basic managed WordPress...
Introduction to WordPress Term Meta and WP_Term
In WordPress, you can easily save metadata for your posts, pages and other custom content types, however saving metadata for use with your taxonomies used to be an overly complex process (I even wrote...
Save 70% on Lifetime Access to Premium WordPress Themes
With the right theme, your WordPress site can be anything from a company website to an e-commerce destination. Get a lifetime subscription to TeslaThemes WordPress Themes for $59 at SitePoint Shop. You...
Quick Read: Search 11,000 Free Stock Photos with Zoomy
Finding high-quality stock photos for your next project can not only be a time-consuming process but also an expensive one. With digital restriction management, copyright, licenses, and trademarks, we...
Upcoming WordPress Blog Previews to Increase User Engagement
Displaying your latest news or blogs easily on your website is one of WordPress’s most important functions. WordPress started out as a blogging platform and has historically offered a range of tools and...
Scheduled Backups for WordPress for Free in 5 Minutes
No matter how many times you read about it on the web, you just haven't got around to backup your WordPress website, despite all the hours you’ve put into it. There are tons of reasons for you not backing...
Better WordPress Development Workflow with WordPlate
Composer is a fantastic tool that is widely used in modern PHP development to handle your project dependencies. It helps to install and update all related packages or dependencies of your project. Although...
WordPress Sites Now Support Google’s AMP To Make Mobile Pages Load Much Faster
Google has some big plans when it comes to making the web faster on your mobile phone. The company just added AMP-enabled pages in its mobile search results. And one of the first companies supporting...
The Definitive Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types
Gone are the days when WordPress was referred to as just blogging software. The ability to extend its functionality via plugins and themes, group posts or structured data into various types and also the...
Hackers Breach Linux Mint Distribution, Forums
Attackers manage to breach Linux Mint's security, adding a backdoor to the distribution and even stealing information from user forums. The Linux Mint operating system community is reeling today after...
10 Tips for Reducing the Bounce Rate on Your WordPress Site
A 'Bounce Rate' is simply the percentage of users who visit your site and then navigate away after viewing just a single page. You can make use of Google Analytics to determine the bounce rate of your...
HostMonster Web Hosting
If you need a Web hosting service for business or personal reasons, check out HostMonster—but be aware of its shortcomings. The Web host offers many shared, dedicated, and virtual private server (VPS)...
WordPress Tags Explained
By default there are two features in WordPress which help us to sort our content: categories and tags. Some plugins and themes add their own taxonomies but these two are the most commonly used, as everyone...
10 of the Most Popular Free WordPress Themes
There are thousands of free and premium WordPress themes available. Some of these themes are extremely popular and used by hundreds of thousands of users. In this article, I will list the 10 most popular...
5 Tips for Designers New to WordPress
WordPress design opens huge possibilities for both designers and developers. What’s more, you can bet this isn’t just a passing fashion. WordPress is really great and it’s definitely here to stay. If you...
Mysterious spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors
If you're a gamer (or anyone else), this is not a screen you want to see.Bromium LabsIt's still not clear how, but a disproportionately large number of websites that run on the WordPress content management...
WordPress Update Patches Pair of Vulnerabilities
Automatic updates that patch the two flaws and fix 17 bugs are now rolling out to users of the open-source WordPress CMS. A new update to the WordPress open-source blogging and content management system...
Getting Started with WordPress MVC
In WordPress we often have to stick with plain PHP when creating plugins. This leads to PHP and HTML code getting mixed up in a single page, which isn’t a good practice. Separation of concerns is a design...
Building a Multi-step Registration Form for WordPress
The default login, registration and password reset forms included in WordPress (outside the website developed with it) often do not conform to the design and branding of the site. In the past when WordPress...
Introducing the SitePoint Random Hello Bar WordPress Plugin
If you're a regular SitePoint reader, you may have noticed a small feature we refer to as the Hello Bar. If you scroll far enough down this page you should see it slide in from the top of the screen. It...
WordPress Plugin Updates the Right Way
Some weeks ago, I received an email about WP Photo Sphere, a WordPress plugin I developed. There was a big problem: updating the plugin broke it on some installations. After some investigation, I discovered...
Working with Databases in WordPress
Out of the box, WordPress provides tons of functions that can be used to interact with the database. In most cases, the WP_Query class and related functions such as wp_insert_post, update_post_meta, get_posts...
Faceted Search with WordPress
When you’re on a great website full of information, your first instinct may be to sift through the pages to find the information you’re looking for. After trying a few different pages, it can become apparent...
Multilingual WordPress Websites with Polylang
WordPress is available in a lot of different languages. However, when you switch to another language in the “General Settings” panel, by default, you can’t use several languages at the same time. Sometimes,...
12 Ways to Speed up Your WordPress Website
WordPress is one of the most powerful and web platforms in use today. Apart from being an ideal platform for setting up blogs and websites, it's equally well suited for running online shopping sites or...
WordPress 4.4.1 Updates for XSS (and 52 other issues)
The first WordPress update of 2016 is out and like many other incremental updates, it is being triggered by a security vulnerability. The single security issue being patched in WordPress 4.4.1 is a cross...
Designing a Custom Home Page for Your WordPress Website
WordPress is used on a large portion of sites on the web. It allows us to create a variety of different types of sites, but one of the most important components of any website is always the home page....
How to Set, Get and Delete Cookies in WordPress
Unlike most modern web applications, WordPress is stateless. If you’re going to build a web application on top of WordPress, you’re going to need some sort of a system to maintain sessions. Cookies provide...
Microsoft Welcomes WordPress Content in Windows App Studio Update
A new update focuses on helping budding developers import WordPress content, add visual polish to their apps and generate ad revenue. Microsoft recently revamped its Windows App Studio Beta, formerly...
Building a WordPress User Login Counter Plugin
WordPress is arguably the most popular content management system on the web. According to Forbes, over 60 million websites globally are powered by it. Numbers like this show that WordPress is no doubt...
How to Use the Long Form Storybuilder Plugin for WordPress
In my previous article "Easy Landing Pages in WordPress with Long Form Storybuilder", I highlighted some of the important facts about landing pages as one of the best outcomes of marketing research and...
Top 5 Premium Pricing Table Plugins for WordPress
Several themes and some of the most popular frameworks don’t have pricing tables built-in and those who use them need ideal substitutes. A pricing table is going to be the first thing your visitors see...
Nvidia CEO shrugs off Google's efforts to undercut its growth engine
In a blog post Wednesday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that his company has an ongoing collaboration with Google, while also indirectly belittling part of Google's tensor processing unit (TPU) initiative....
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
The race to $1,000 – Alphabet and Amazon hit new record highs
Amazon and Alphabet both hit new record highs on Wednesday, as shares of both companies race to $1,000 a pop. Shares of Alphabet are trading up about half a percent, likely on the tail of the company's...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark