WordPress is a popular website publishing platform. What once was primarily a blogging system has now evolved into a flexible and robust CMS used by both small businesses and large corporations alike.
If you run more than one WordPress install, or if you have clients that run WordPress sites that you’re responsible for, then you know how much of a pain it can be to log in to each site every time you need to do things like update plugins, themes, or WordPress core itself.
With the release of WordPress 3.0, we now have the ability to create a network of WordPress sites with one installation through the multisite feature. However, your needs may go beyond what multisite allows you to do, and so you may need to explore other options.
WordPress plugins are great; they can save you time, speed up your website, improve SEO, and more. Plugins allow web designers and developers the ability to build sophisticated websites quicker and (possibly) better. With more than 20,000 plugins and over 330,000,000 downloads in the official WordPress plugin directory, there’s no question that plugins are an important component of the WordPress ecosystem.
But there’s a downside to using WordPress plugins. Relying too much on plugins can expose your site to an increasingly wide variety of risks.
Let’s discuss the problem with plugins and things you should consider before installing one.
WordPress has been dominating the content management system landscape for the past few years. WordPress is used by over 50 million sites; among them are ubiquitous web properties and companies like Mashable, TechCrunch and CNN.
In this article, we’ll talk about some of the lessons I learned while developing my latest startup, Restaurant Engine, a web design service for restaurants built on top of WordPress.
Setting up a web form that your site visitors can use to send you a message can be a challenging task for some. For sites using WordPress, however, this tedious job can easily be accomplished by the use of a WordPress plugin.
Let’s take a look at some free contact form plugins for WordPress.
This is how WordPress caching works: it generates a copy of your web pages and stores them in your server as static files (i.e. as HTML documents) and/or cached database queries. Afterwards, when a site visitor arrives at a particular page, the server gives them the cached page rather than re-querying your database and dynamically generating it, thus speeding up page response times and potentially reducing the server resources required for generating and serving a web page.
Just a few short years ago, building static websites by hand with HTML/CSS was the norm. Nowadays, WordPress powers almost 14% of all websites.
Originally developed as a blogging platform, WordPress has since morphed into a powerful content management system for all types of websites.
But, as with most things that evolve from what they were originally meant to do, there’s some fine-tuning that will be required to make them as functional as possible.