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Website Vintage: A Nostalgic Glance at the History of Site-Making

8 MIN READ

Bet I don’t have to remind you the exact sound of connecting to dial-up internet back in the 90s. All the brave web travellers of the day remember it with a hint of nostalgia: there it was, the promise of this strange international anonymous space holding many million times the info Library of Alexandria had contained. Finally, if only for a moment, it seemed that equalizing the informational field was gonna cause the final triumph of unity and understanding against hatred and division. But who am I kidding, the main reason for logging in was nothing like that. In truth, we were looking to learn the great art of trolling and chat with various pink_rabbit85s first and foremost. These days, as we can quite literally watch internet use grow like a cancer, as we ask ourselves if the neutrality of tech has made way for totalitarian surveillance by certain governments,…

How to Restart PHP and Change PHP Version on Your WordPress Site

2 MIN READ

This is a brief and easy guide on restarting PHP or changing the PHP version of your WordPress website.

How to Set Up Redirects on Your WordPress Site

5 MIN READ

Setting up redirects on your website will let you redirect any traffic your broken links get to functional webpages. Here’s a brief guide to everything redirect.

PHP and How It’s Used in WordPress

2 MIN READ

PHP is the open source programming language in which WordPress is written. According to W3Techs, PHP is used by over 83% of all websites using server side language over the internet. Wikipedia says PHP is “a server-side scripting language designed for web development.” Let’s break down the definition.

25 Plugins vs One-Stop Shop: What Does Your WordPress Site Need?

6 MIN READ

Soon after setting up your WordPress site, you’ll find out you need plugins for a lot of the things you want to have on your site, be it SEO or backups or a gallery. Initially downloading a bunch of plugins seems like the easiest and most straightforward solution but could it be that going with one-vendor services is the better way? Let’s examine WordPress history and stats to determine if there really is a shift from single plugins to more unified solutions. WP plugins: history & stats There are more than 50,000 plugins just in the WP directory right now and the number keeps growing. As the general quality of websites keeps increasing, so do the demands we place upon the extended functionality plugins can provide. For example, e-commerce and, subsequently, use of the most popular WP e-commerce plugin WooCommerce has grown tremendously in the last years. WP users integrate…

How to Install a WordPress Theme: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

4 MIN READ

This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners on installing a WordPress theme. Themes are pretty cool: they make WordPress sites look good with little effort. Installing a theme is just like inviting a virtual designer to quickly upgrade your website’s look. With as many free and premium themes available as there currently are, it may take some time to pick the one that fits. This is what to do after you finally decide on one: 1. Install a theme using WordPress admin theme search This will work only for free themes that show up in the WP theme directory. To install a theme using WordPress plugin search, click on “Appearance” to the left of your WP dashboard and click “Add New:” The page that opens up will have various tabs for organizing themes by different criteria, such as Popular, Latest, etc. You also have the option to click “Feature Filter”…

WordPress 5.0: Getting Your Site Ready for Gutenberg

3 MIN READ

You may have heard whispers and rumors – who are we kidding, more like gradually intensifying buzz, from WordCamp 2017 to the myriad of articles spawned – around WordPress 5.0 and its main feature, Gutenberg editor. Forewarned, as we know, is forearmed. Let’s discuss what to expect from the update and what steps to undertake to prepare your WordPress site for a smooth transition. Checking plugins’ and themes’ compatibility Since the core update promises to divide the WordPress world into a “before” and “after,” it’s crucial to make sure all of your site’s plugins and themes are compatible with it. Here’s how to go about it. Check the plugins’ “Tested up to” field on wp.org. For plugins, in contrast to themes, there’s a really easy way to check compatibility. Take a look at your plugins’ wp.org page first for an indication of up to which version the plugin has been…

How to Install a WordPress Plugin: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

4 MIN READ

This is a step-by-step tutorial for beginners on installing a WordPress plugin. Soon after you install WordPress, you’ll find out that for a lot of functions your website needs plugins. Wanna display your photos in neat galleries, sell directly from your site or integrate social media sites? Forget “There’s an app for that.” In the WP universe, it’s “There’s a plugin for that.” But before you can use the exact right plugin for the task, you have to install it. You can go about it a couple of ways. Here goes: 1. Install a Plugin Using WordPress Plugin Search This method only works for free plugins, the only ones that show up in the WP repository. To install a plugin using WordPress plugin search, click on the “Plugins” to the left of your WP dashboard and click “Add New:” Then search for whatever it was you were looking for in…

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