Just found an extremely handy tool. We are assisting a new client and their WordPress install just seemed sluggish. We weren’t sure if we were imagining things or just being impatient. As we like to say: “There’s a plugin for that”, so after searching we found a plugin simply and aptly titled “Benchmark” by Mark Continue Reading

One of our few disappointments with WordPress is that the Text Widget is pure HTML. That makes it really hard to turn over any sidebar text for the end users to manage. Here’s a plugin to make that worry go away: Black Studio TinyMCE Widget. This plugin simply creates a widget called “Black Studio TinyMCE” Continue Reading

Ever had a plugin that worked wonderfully in “single site” WordPress, but when switching to multi-user mode (WPMU), it doesn’t work on any other site than the initial site? Here’s why. And even better “there’s a plugin for that!” This handy plugin will make some of those stubborn plugins work beautifully under WPMU. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/proper-network-activation/ From Continue Reading

Stumbled across an interesting possible alternative to EventBrite. It’s called “Event Expresso“, and it looks like it can be a completely self-hosted equivalent to EventBrite. In some ways, it may be more trouble than it is worth, but if you run a number of paid events through EventBrite, it will definitely be cheaper to buy Continue Reading

One of our favorite off the shelf themes is Techozoic Fluid. It is extremely customizable and very easy to use. Every once in a while we come across something that we wish Techozoic Fluid could do and we’ve found the author of the theme to be very accommodating. We’ve seen many of our suggestions and Continue Reading

(In No Particular Order) Google XML Sitemaps – Arne Brachhold Contact Form 7 – Takayuki Miyoshi Contact Form 7 to Database Extension – Michael Simpson Cloudflare – Ian Pye (CloudFlare Team) All in One SEO Pack – Michael Torbert Broken Link Checker – Janis Elsts Redirection – John Godley MailChimp List Subscribe Form – MailChimp Continue Reading

A friend of ours who is a web developer called us saying they were disappointed with how their recent WordPress installation was performing with the search engines. While they liked using the WordPress back end, they felt like they lost enough ranking that they were considering dumping WordPress. What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?

WordPress is, by far the heavy hitter in open source content management systems (CMS). With a WordPress CMS all the power of a world class online presence is delivered, stable and at a click of a button. Not only does WordPress provide the ultimate in content management it also is highly extensible using a myriad Continue Reading

We got involved in a project where we were needing to move a WordPress site, but we didn’t have FTP access to the server that the site resided. Going on the theory that “there’s a plugin for that”, we found a new plugin to add to our arsenal of handy plugins: WordPress Backup (by BTE).

WordPress has grown vastly from a blogging platform in 2003 to being very popularly used broadly by bloggers, designers and developers alike. This largely is due to the fact that people looking for a simple CMS with lots of useful plugins have found it in WordPress. It comes with an arsenal of plugins available which Continue Reading