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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 […]

Upgrading PHP

Upgrading PHP

For anyone who listened to the State of the Word talk during WordCamp US 2016 or has recently ventured over to check out the latest WordPress hosting requirements, it is obvious that WordPress is encouraging the use of PHP 7. Of course, with so many plugins available for  WordPress, how do we know if our sites […]

Using WooCommerce for Donations

Using WooCommerce for Donations

I have recently written about using Give WP for donations. The implemenation was very smooth and made for a great user experience. While I would have been happy to use Give WP, I was already using WooCommerce and did not want to introduce another plugin. I was very excited to read Best practices for nonprofits […]

Why Your Web Host Matters for WordPress

Why Your Web Host Matters for WordPress

In selecting a web host for your WordPress site, it can be tempting to select one with the lowest price. However, this can lead to problems over time. The least expensive web hosting plan may not have the security or performance features important for you website. We all know that hacking is a huge problem […]