Great web design often starts with the available themes in the WordPress marketplace, but it doesn’t end there.
While most plugins offer functionality, there are the rare few that provide a site with new functionality and great design.
Take Symple Shortcodes, from wpexplorer.com. Symple Shortcodes is a plugin that allows you to easily add a huge variety of well designed, and highly functional features to your site via shortcodes.
Shortcodes are widely used in themes, but this can be problematic if you ever decide to change themes. If you’ve used shortcodes that are tied to a specific theme then you would need to replace all of them if you ever want to change your theme.
Depending on the amount of content you have and the number of shortcodes you have inserted, this could result in a huge problem if and when you want to change themes.
A WordPress shortcodes plugin alliviates this headache, because the shortcodes aren’t tied to any particular theme. [click to continue…]
Remember those iphone ads from a few years back?
You know, the “There’s an app for that” ads? They presented a wide variety of scenarios, and showed the available iphone apps to assist with each.
WordPress is very similar. Instead of apps though, WordPress uses Plugins.
There are a seemingly infinite number of plugins available for WordPress. Just like iphone apps, most plugins are free, but there are premium plugins as well that you’ll have to pay for. [click to continue…]
The following is a guest post from James O’Donnell of ScreenTek Inc.
Imagine you spent hours researching and writing a blog that you are really proud of.
Now, imagine how you would feel if you discovered your post had been copied, and reproduced without your permission, on someone else’s website.
Unfortunately, this happens all the time.
Content Theft is Just a Right Click Away
Duplicating content by right clicking the mouse or using combo keyboard commands is among the most elementary of computer skills, providing a quick and simple way for users to copy, paste and move content in a file or document. The problem is, while this makes it easy to design, apply and edit your content, it also makes it easy for others to copy your content once it’s been posted. [click to continue…]
Think you’re technically challenged?
Sorry to shatter your self image, but you’re going to install WordPress…yourself…within 10 minutes of reading this post.
Challenge accepted? Good. [click to continue…]
Getting started with web hosting is a breeze, but first you need to know some of the basics.
This post will teach you everything you need to know about web hosting, and nothing that you don’t. Here’s what you will find in this post:
We have a special Hostgator coupon to share with you, for when you’re ready to purchase hosting. All you have to do is enter the coupon code: WPSprout25 at checkout to save 25%, but more on that later.
[click to continue…]
Contest Domination is a WordPress plugin that enables website owners to create and run their own contests.
I figure there’s no better way to show off the Content Domination plugin than to use it on this site to run our own contest. That’s exactly what we’re doing. I’ll explain the details of our contest at the end of this post (spoiler alert! – you can win a Free copy of Contest Domination!).
How To Run a Contest With Contest Domination
Creating a contest on your site is a piece of cake with Contest Domination. The plugin does all the heavy lifting, leaving you with tons of time to promote your contest.
[click to continue…]
How to Buy a Domain Name
This post covers the following topics:
How to choose a great domain name
We’re going to tell you how to buy a domain name, but first you need to put some serious thought into choosing the right domain name.
A great domain name can help you create brand recognition and value for your business.
A bad domain name can make it difficult for customers and search engines to find and remember you.
[click to continue…]
Security is one of the last things that a lot of bloggers and website owners think about, but it’s also one of the most important. Luckily there are a lot of great plugins to help beef up your site’s security. It’s just a matter of finding the right ones.
Login LockDown is a great little security plugin that prevents users from making multiple attempts to login to your site. [click to continue…]
Ever find a plugin which seems so essential that you feel it should be included as part of the core WordPress code?
That’s how I feel about the WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin from the folks at Stresslimit.
The Editorial Calendar plugin provides an intuitive visual calendar where you can visualize, rearrange, and schedule your posts with ease. [click to continue…]
How to Build a WordPress Website: The Basics
Before you get started we need to cover some basics. In this post we will start with the basic terminology and discuss the core components needed to build your website. This process will work whether you are creating a personal blog, or a small business website. [click to continue…]