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Articles Tagged ‘wordpress’

Secure your WordPress installation by changing the table prefix

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Servage
Content is still king on the net. All Wordpress authors know this. What they may not know is that all their Wordpress posts are actually stored in a database table, via records, that the Wordpress software calls from to display content on the front end. Seamlessly and nicely displaying our wonderfully written ideas. Wordpress databases are of the MySQL variety. So Wordpress can call on the these tables correctly, a prefix gets added during installation in the default form of ‘wp_’. An actual table then appears as ‘wp_content’ or ‘wp_options.’ Therefore a database table prefix is simply an identifier. There are generally two ways for a Wordpress Admin to check this ...

Use nice webfonts on your WordPress blog

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Servage
Managing typeface on a blog can be done via plugins. Most popular ones draw upon knowledge of CSS. In this tutorial I selected a powerful plugin, simply called Font.  To follow this tutorial, all you need is access to the Admin area and the free Font plugin installed. No coding of CSS is required. Step 1 - Overviewing Plugin There Font plugin works in two areas on your site. First, when viewing the front-end of your site, the admin toolbar now has “Font Settings.”   Second, in your post editor, the TinyMCE, now has an “F” button in the editor, plus above the editor, it reads “Fonts for Web.” Both of these ...

WordPress Jetpack meets and greets Social Media

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by Servage
Simply put, the Jetpack plugin propels a Wordpress blog with a whole suite of functionality. Automattic, developers of Wordpress.com, made Jetpack for self hosted blogs to access features included in the dot-com version. What started as eight features in 2012, is now 25 and growing. This article focusses on five of the social media modules and two Widgets, found in version 2.2. Jetpack does offer ability to deactivate any module. Plus, you can access configuration within the panes of each module, though this article notes where to find these features. Here are 7  features for enhancing social media outreach on your site: Sharing (in Sharing Settings) is for your readers ...

WordPress theme providers for easy web-design

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 by Servage
Premium Wordpress themes provide great design and functionality for bloggers. This article compares two providers representing 2 general types. Mojo Themes (Mojo) sells their Wordpress themes individually with no option for membership; whereas Themes Kingdom (TK) does both, but clearly emphasizes membership pricing. While I have purchased from both, I am not an affiliate for either one. I compare the two based what is most to least important criteria, based on my preferences. Theme Selection - For me, quality of designs and diversity of offerings ranks higher than amount of themes. Winner = Tie. The diversity of designs at TK, I find to be better than Mojo, even while Mojo has over ...

Detect and cleanup a hacked WordPress site

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Servage
In an earlier article we wrote about how to identify hacked code on Wordpress pages. Unfortunately page hacking is still an issue sometimes when users use insecure or very outdated scripts, e.g. forget to maintain their open-source installation of something in their hosting account. Servage would love to make sure this is always up-to-date for customers, but the self-hosted scripts of customers are simply too varying in type, to make it possible. Also many users need to maintain a specific version of a script, for something else to work properly. In that case security fixes and updates have to be done manually. This article has some great tips to ...

Build a forum on your WordPress site

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 by Servage
Many webmasters are using Wordpress to manage their websites, and it includes many great features out of the box. It's amazing as a blogging-engine, and highly customizable to use for other and more advanced purposes. Furthermore you can easily create and change design. Since Wordpress is open-source and highly adopted by the web-world, it's easy to get started and work with in the long run. You can even install Wordpress with the Autoinstaller in the Servage Control Panel. Extending with Plugins You can easily extend your Wordpress installation with plugins. Many free and great plugins for various purposes are available. This article is the first in a series of articles describing some very ...

Improving WordPress load times with cache

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 by Servage
Many webmasters are using Wordpress to manage their websites, and it includes many great features out of the box. It's amazing as a blogging-engine, and highly customizable to use for other and more advanced purposes. Furthermore you can easily create and change design. Since Wordpress is open-source and highly adopted by the web-world, it's easy to get started and work with in the long run. You can even install Wordpress with the Autoinstaller in the Servage Control Panel. Extending with Plugins You can easily extend your Wordpress installation with plugins. Many free and great plugins for various purposes are available. This article is the second in a series of articles describing some very ...

Speed up your WordPress site

Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Servage
Speed or load time is one of the most important factors for users when determining website performance. Unfortunately there are many obstacles on the way, which you can't do anything about: The user's computer, the used client software, the provider, backbone connections etc. The factor you can do something about is your web host and the theoretical performance of your site. Please also remember, that just because it works fast for you , it doesn't necessarily work well for others (depending on the factors mentioned above). Therefore the optimization is worth an effort, even if you're just scraping milliseconds of the load time, or a few kilobytes of thee total size. I recently stumbled over ...

Manage multiple WordPress sites from one place

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 by Servage
Are you managing multiple WordPress sites? In that case ManageWP might be of good help to you. It's a management tool that greatly improves efficiencyy and saves you time. The basic features are: Control your websites all in one place With ManageWP, logging into each of your WordPress sites individually is a thing of the past. With our unique one-click login technology, you can quickly access all of your dashboards from one central location. Install, upgrade and monitor WordPress sites, plugins and themes Upgrade WordPress, plugins and themes across all of your sites with just the click of a button. Install plugins and themes on multiple sites at once from all of your favorite ...

Internationalize your WP plugins

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Servage
If you're developing Wordpress plugins, remember that sharing them is really great for anyone facing similar needs as you. However, sharing plugins only makes sense, if the plugins have a decent quality. That meant obeying to general coding standards, documenting source code etc. This not only helps others understand your code, but also yourself (have you ever tried understanding an own, poorly written, and undocumented piece of code a year after you wrote it?). In addition to general standards and good practices, you should consider internationalizing your plugin as well. That doesn't mean you have to translate it into various languages, but merely that you use functions which prepare your plugin ...