Plugins

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The Best WordPress Plugins for Small Business Websites

Did you know there are currently 54,476 plugins in the WordPress Repository? That's a lot of options for expanding the functionality of your website. I thought I'd share a list...
How to rate a plugin

Five tips for choosing quality WordPress plugins

The WordPress Repository has lots of plugins. LOTS. If you need something, you can probably find a way to make it happen, just by searching for options in the repository....
Evaluate a Plugin

How to evaluate a plugin

You've got a new site and you're ready to use it. Hooray! And you might need a new plugin to do what you need to do. Did you know that...
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Simple Free Plugins I can’t live without

It's a well-known fact that I'm a huge fan of premium plugins. I like a plugin that is well developed, well-documented, professional and functional and often times, that means you...
Blogging for Business

The Display Widgets plugin issue and how to fix it

If you aren't following WordPress or WordPress security, you may not have heard about the recent plugin fiasco. There's a plugin called Display Widgets. I would link to the plugin,...
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Beaver Themer Review

Everyone knows I'm the hugest of huge fans of Beaver Builder. I don't even work for them, but I sing their praises regularly. This plugin adds so much functionality and allows...
Mistakes in Email Newsletters

Using Genesis ENews Extended with MailChimp

This is an update to an older post from 2015, found here. That post has started to get a lot of questions, and I thought I'd write an update since...
GiveWP

Setting up a donation form with GiveWP

I'm no stranger to setting up payment forms on websites. If you've been a client of mine, you've probably even used one to pay me. But I was tasked with...
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The new Google reCAPTCHA

Do you hate CAPTCHAs? Me too! As someone who uses technology on a daily basis, I can't tell you how irritating it can be to  not be able to enter...
Envira Gallery

My favorite WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin

A good friend of mine is going to be living abroad for several months, and asked me if I would set up a blog for her so her family and...
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How to do Digital Downloads

This is coming up more and more so I thought I would do a quick post running down your options if you want to offer digital downloads. I'm going to...
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Fourth of July WordPress Deals

Apparently, the 4th of July is a great time to get deals on WordPress hosting, themes and plugins, so here's a quick list of places to check out for some...
GravityView

Plugin Review: GravityView

I'm always on the lookout for new plugins that add great functionality and flexibility, without bogging a site down. This quest was for a way to allow users to submit...
Document Gallery

Plugin Review: Document Gallery

I always like discovering a great new plugin that I can share. I'm working on a site for a client now and they wanted to be able to easily upload...
Website Caching

You should care about caching

Let's start with this: What exactly is caching? Caching is the process of optimizing your site to get the best performance. So, when someone logs onto your website, several things...
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I’m a sucker for a premium plugin

That's right. If you have a premium plugin, go ahead and pitch it my way. Because I love them, and I especially love it if there's a developer's version that...
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My Favorite Jetpack Features

If you have a WordPress website, there's a good chance you are using Jetpack. Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that gives you a number of additional tools for your self-hosted...
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Favorite Plugins from WordPress Developers

I write a lot of posts about plugins. I love plugins. But I find it valuable to hear from other developers about what THEIR favorite plugins are. What are they...
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Shortcode Extras for Genesis Simple Edits

If you use Genesis, then there's a good chance that you are also using Genesis Simple Edits. This a great little plugin that allows you to easily change your byline,...
How to use Genesis ENews Extended for your MailChimp E-Mail List

How to use Genesis ENews Extended for your MailChimp E-Mail List

Note: This post was written in 2015, and I've written an update for it here. If you're like me, you want a good opt-in on your site. What's an opt-in?...
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Stop uploading huge images to your site

It's 2015. Our phones take fabulous images. In fact, I went on a big vacation this summer and didn't even take a big camera... purely got by on photos from...