Creating a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin 101

Why A Site-Specific WordPress Plugin While creating a clients redesign, we noticed a huge mistake that was made in the old site, there internal team had been adding extra functionality overtime in the old theme’s functions.php file. Doing this is ok for one or two items but there functions.php file was super bloated, and was a bit of a death trap increasing the chance of error every time it was modified. What best good for best practice is creating a site-specific plugin. So you are probably wondering what a site-specific plugin is, why you need it, and how you can have it for your WordPress site, this week we are going to show you how. What is a Site-Specific Plugin A Site-Specific WordPress plugin is a specific place to add snippets that you find on the web that performs functions that are not theme related. If you have made your theme or customised it, I am sure you will have read “how-to” articles related to WordPress they are all around the web suggesting that you add them into your theme’s functions.php file. These snippets are not huge enough to be justified as plugins of their own, but some of them are certainly great to add specific functionality to a site that is not theme-dependent such as redirecting users to random post. Whereas other functions can be key to your specific site such as Custom Post Types. This is when you need to add a site-specific plugin which essentially will serve as the same purpose of your theme’s functions.php file, but it will allow you to retain all these functionality when you are changing themes.... read more

Speed Up Your WordPress site in 5 minutes

Time to Speed up your site Think back to when the internet first arrived our homes years ago, the annoying dial up sounds and the SPEED we put up with slow connections because that’s all we could get. But today the internet has evolved and speeds have gratefully increased, so much we expect websites to load at lightning-fast speed. So while we or you carefully work on building your site and expanding your reach, it’s important that you keep in mind the speed. After all, a half-second delay in page-load time can reduce traffic by as much as 20 percent, according to Marissa Mayer. This post is going to take you through how to go about accelerating the speed up your site:- Caching Plugins A caching plugin like W3 Total Cache will enhance the user experience and speed upload times by reducing download times. This provides transparent content delivery network integration and improves server performance. This kind of website optimization is crucial when it comes to ensuring a positive user experience, as your blog will load smoothly and fluidly. Amazon reported “That for every 100 milliseconds of additional latency in the speed their site loads at, there’s a corresponding 1 percent decrease in sales” It may not seem like a lot, but for a company like Amazon, it can definitely do a lot of damage. Hosting Service Choosing a good hosting service will ensure that your sites is always up. While you might be encouraged to use an aggressively priced provider, it’s important that you make sure your site is able to handle sudden influxes of traffic. The better the hosting service, generally... read more

5 Of The Best And Free WordPress Plugins

So 90% of my installs or questions coming in are about WordPress, just installing a blog isn't enough. In this blog I am going to tell you about the 5 best plugins you need. that will dramatically change your life.

So here are my top 5 Plugins

1.WordPress SEO by Yoast

Search Engine Optimization (short SEO) is more or less a most today. The plugin WordPress SEO by Yoast is supporting you to optimize your blog.

With this plugin you can set you can modify your page and post template regarding the title, meta description or meta keyword. You can configure your permalink settings and this plugin also provides an Bulk Editor, which allows you to update the title or description of all post or pages in one window.