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Creating Columns with CSS

Creating Columns with CSS

I am currently working on a project that places a list of items in two columns on a wide, desktop screen such as in the image below: The first challenge I faced in creating this layout was to have some simple for the client. Since projects change frequently, I did not want the client to […]

Coming Soon Pages

Coming Soon Pages

Coming soon pages are typically used to announce a new or revised website. While it is easy to quickly add a logo and a brief sentence, a coming soon page can be used as way to spark interest in business or even engage with potential customers. As an example, this page has a unique design […]

Web Hosting and Security

Web Hosting and Security

With the recent security issues over the “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack, internet security is once again in the news. In view of this, I wanted to mention a couple of new security features that SiteGround has launched. Anti-Bot System This system relies on artificial intelligence to prevent brute-force attacks. Read SiteGround’s blog post to learn […]

Avada Theme Tweaks

Avada Theme Tweaks

One of the most popular themes for WordPress is the Avada theme. While the theme does have its detractors, many site owners love its flexibility. But no matter how flexible a theme might be, website requirements may dictate functionality that the theme just does not support. This is where learning to code can come in […]

Is Your website Secure  – Part 3

Is Your website Secure – Part 3

Continuing with the subject of website security that I discussed in  Is Your Website Secure and Is Your Website Secure – Part 2, I want to address the issue of front-end security. I had been under the impression that once I had an SSL certificate installed, my site was as secure from the front-end as it could be. […]

Plugin Trouble

Plugin Trouble

Everybody who uses WordPress loves plugins. Plugins let us share our posts, improve search engine optimization, enhance functionality and many other things. So, what can go wrong with plugins? Much has been written about the quality of plugin code or how having too many plugins might slow down your site. But here are a few things […]

Don’t Rely on Your Web Hosing Company for Backups

Don’t Rely on Your Web Hosing Company for Backups

I recently had a client approach me saying two of the sites he owns were not working.  Both sites appeared to have database issues. I contacted Inmotion Hosting via online chat where after a long wait (45 minutes), I was told that there had been an outage  and many databases were lost. The tech said […]

BBPress Update Issue

BBPress Update Issue

As a web developer, I do monthly maintenance for several WordPress sites. One of the sites, Meaningful Movies, relies heavily on BBPress for its forums.  I went about my usual process of updating the all plugins and then the WordPress version. Since I use, ManageWP with automatic backups, I knew that I could always go back to […]

Is Your website Secure  – Part 2

Is Your website Secure – Part 2

In a recent post, Is Your Website Secure, I discussed that the Chrome browser will flag all sites that transmit passwords or credit cards that do not have an SSL certificate as insecure.  It now looks like FireFox will take the same approach. The FireFox 51 BETA clearly shows a site with an insecure WordPress admin (no […]