Plugins

Plugins

How to Make your WordPress Site Do Something Magical

Your website magic begins with WordPress. Then the theme does a little abracadabra and dresses it up. Plugins, though, are where the real alohomora happens. Plugins extend the functionality of your WordPress site, making it do almost anything. Years ago, from 2001-2004, I ran an e-commerce site for a local retailer. We paid a developer […]

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WordPress Security, Malware, Bad Plugins and Careless Theme Designers

According to Gizmodo, a Russian malware bug called SoakSoak has hit 100,000 WordPress sites in one day. It infects the sites with malware, which they then spread to visitors. It’s just one example of what happens when you practice lousy WordPress security. Google has shut down over 11,000 infected domains, but that’s a drop in

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How to Back Up your WordPress Site the Right Way

You can’t rely on your hosting company or anyone else to bail you out if something happens to your site. You need to back up WordPress yourself, and store those backups offsite. Fortunately, backing up isn’t hard to do. A Complete WordPress Backup has Two Parts You need to back up two separate parts of

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How to Choose the Right WordPress Plugin

A WordPress plugin is a wonderful tool. Plugins can add all sorts of functionality to your WordPress site, and they’re easy to install and manage. On the downside, sometimes plugins don’t play nicely together, hog server resources, or misbehave in other ways when they’re supposed to be working together. First, A Word of Caution Before

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