Lessons Learned Building a SaaS with WordPress

Jul 31 2012 by Brian Casel | 17 Comments

Lessons Learned Building a SaaS with WordPress

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[1].

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.

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20 Free Contact Form Plugins for WordPress

Sep 2 2011 by Sufyan bin Uzayr | 26 Comments

20 Free Contact Form Plugins for 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.

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8 Excellent WordPress Caching Plugins to Speed Up Your Site

Aug 10 2011 by Sufyan bin Uzayr | 30 Comments

8 Excellent WordPress Caching Plugins to Speed Up Your Site

If you use WordPress as your publishing platform and are concerned about speeding up your website, caching will help you. The faster a web page loads, the better the user experience is.

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.

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Fine-Tuning WordPress for SEO

Apr 15 2011 by Adam Heitzman | 48 Comments

Fine-Tuning WordPress for SEO

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[1].

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.

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10 Techniques for Customizing the WordPress Admin Panel

Apr 1 2011 by Filip Stefansson | 42 Comments

10 Techniques for Customizing the WordPress Admin Panel

A while back, I wrote a guide on how to improve the WordPress Admin Panel as an exploration of how we can customize the user interface of WordPress for end-users. In this post, I’ll take you even further with some awesome tricks, techniques and snippets from my website, WP-Snippets.

In the previous post, we removed a lot of clutter and things that we didn’t need. Now we’ll focus on things that happen behind the scene that can enhance the user experience.

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8 Excellent WordPress SEO Plugins

Feb 17 2011 by Matt Krautstrunk | 118 Comments

8 Excellent WordPress SEO Plugins

WordPress is one the most popular tools for publishing content on the web. Everything from e-commerce websites to blogs can be developed using WordPress. Additionally, the WordPress community has built up a huge offering of free themes and plugins to make it easy for newcomers to get content published on the web quickly and easily.

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Enhancing WordPress Custom Fields with Search Filtering

Feb 15 2011 by Kirsty Burgoine | 43 Comments

Enhancing WordPress Custom Fields with Search Filtering

Custom fields are an excellent feature in WordPress. They allow you to store any extra information (meta-data) about a post that you may want.

When I first started using WordPress as a content management system, I shied away from them, as I thought they would be difficult to use for end-users (i.e. the client), but as I learned more about customizing the administration panels of WordPress, I began to realize what a powerful addition to a WordPress site they could be.

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