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Dave

Oh, Hello HTTP/2… SSL & Why You Need It

SSL? HTTP? HTTPS? HTTP/2? What’re those? At the dawn of the age of the internet (~1991), a man name Tim Berners-Lee came up with an idea that he dubbed Hypertext Transfer Protocol or HTTP for short. Inspired by a need for simplicity in a growingly complicated system (the internet) and to help with the adoption

Template Time: style.css

Lately I have been focusing on creating content to contribute to the world at large and am proud to announce that the first piece is READY! I have written a style.css file for use by WordPress developers (or just anyone creating a website with WordPress) using Theme Duplicator to make Child Themes. Here’s a link

Child Themes Demystified

Building a WordPress Site? That’s wonderful – we love WordPress! Creating your site using the WordPress CMS platform is kind of like building a car. Not everyone knows how to build one, but most people can drive! In the same way, customizing a WordPress theme the right way can be quite confusing, so today I

Mobile CSS Media Queries

Mobile CSS Media Queries: Many people have been writing to ask me about mobile CSS for WordPress and often the best answer I can give without going into an incredible amount of detail is to resize your browser and find the “break points” of your theme. A Break Point is where, in the course of

Want to Post Recipes in WordPress? Look No Further!

In just a phrase, WP Ultimate Recipe is fantastic! If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog, write about food and want the ability to post recipes easily with tons of extra features, this is the best plugin on the market that I have found.

Introducing “Benny” a.k.a. WordPress 4.0!

WordPress is Pleased to Present “Benny” a.k.a WordPress 4.0 I normally don’t go through the trouble of posting about WordPress itself, however the latest edition of WordPress is BLOWING ME AWAY! Here’s Why: Seamless Media Embed in Post Edit – At first I was thinking, “Meh… so??” – but this feature is actually pretty cool!

Widgets! Wait… Widgets? Yep… Widgets!

What are widgets exactly, you ask? They are modular tools in WordPress that developers can use to make adding/editing content by users EASY! And, all users LOVE easy, right?

Tagging for Maximum Views

Hashtags

Tagging for Maximum Views Why Is Tagging Soo Important? Consider this scenario: two facebook pages for two nearly identical businesses (A Inc & B Corp) each with 500 followers post nearly identical articles at the same time on the same day. A Inc’s post gets 327 views in the first day and B Corp’s post

Plugin Spotlight: TablePress

Introducing TablePress – the last table you’ll ever need! Tired of HTML Tables? So Are We! TablePress is a great little plugin that allows users to create sortable tables using a graphical user interface that allows html markup! For all you HTML beginners out there, this can be a HUGE time-/life-saver! Have a glossary of

Plugin Spotlight: Custom Contact Forms

Custom Contact Forms Custom Contact Forms is an incredibly useful plugin that allows you to create contact forms in an easy-to-use graphical interface and then use a shortcode to display the form on a page, widget, post or in a page/section template in the WordPress Appearance -> Editor.

Plugin Spotlight: WordPress SEO by Yoast

This is a MUST-HAVE for Every WordPress-Based Site WordPress SEO by Yoast improves upon the “out-of-the-box” optimization which is already pretty good. In fact WordPress was recently named Google’s preferred platform for blogging, small business, index-ability, & AdSense (Google’s affiliate ad network). The significant advantage that WordPress SEO by Yoast offers over the out-of-the-box optimization

Plugin Spotlight: bxslider Integration for WordPress

bxslider Integration for WordPress bxslider replaces the built-in WordPress gallery shortcode with a fully customizable slider that can be used by anyone! The majority of sites I design include a bxslider slideshow; there’s even one on our Home Page!

5 Tips For Every Blogger!

Often clients ask, “I want to start blogging, but I have no idea how to… help?” So I’ve put together these 5 pro tips on how to blog effectively.

Plugin Spotlight: Easy Fancybox

This week’s Web Garden Plugin Spotlight is: Easy Fancybox!   This fancy little plugin can help make your site stand out! It allows you to display content on your site in “light-box” style windows that popup over your site content. This can be great for several reasons:

Plugin Spotlight: Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

Google Analytics is a must have for every site. The information it puts at your finger-tips can inform your online marketing strategies, tweak your content to match your visitors needs and track whether your advertising $ are being spent effectively. But who wants to login to Google Analytics constantly to check your stats? The Answer: