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WordPress 3.9 compatibility updates

by Zack Tollman on April 15, 2014 / 4 comments

The WordPress core project has a strong commitment to backwards compatibility. This commitment means that themes, plugins, and custom code continues to function when WordPress core is updated. At The Theme Foundry, we adhere to WordPress’ best practices when developing our themes to make sure that WordPress core upgrades go as smoothly as possible.

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Our first sale in 4 years!

by Drew Strojny on April 8, 2014 / Post a comment

Update: The Spring Sale has officially ended. Until next time!

We haven’t had a sale at The Theme Foundry since 2010! We’re way overdue. For the next 24 hours use coupon code springsale14 and take 50% off the regular price of any WordPress theme in our collection. You can also use the coupon to save 50% on Foundry Pro, which gets you access to all our themes for one year, and normally costs $199.

This is the perfect opportunity to power up your WordPress website with a professional theme. Who knows, you might have to wait 4 more years for the next sale :)

Chrome 33 Webfont Fixer

by Zack Tollman on April 1, 2014 / Post a comment

In all of our themes, we use Google Fonts or Typekit fonts to give our designs beautiful typography. Unfortunately, Google’s Chrome browser has had some issues displaying webfonts recently. These issues have caused display problems in some of our themes in some circumstances.

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3 WordPress Media Manager tips

by Drew Strojny on March 20, 2014 / 2 comments

WordPress Media Manager

The WordPress Media Manager was improved dramatically in WordPress 3.5. Even with all the improvements, the Media Manager can still be intimidating if you don’t have much experience with it. Here’s 3 tips on getting the most out of the WordPress Media Manager.

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WordPress user roles explained

by Drew Strojny on March 12, 2014 / 4 comments

WordPress user roles

All of the recent headlines about large-scale data breaches make it easy to forget about the importance of our own internal website security. Luckily, WordPress comes with five default user roles that help you control how individual users interact with every aspect of your website.

Once you understand the capabilities of these five WordPress user roles, you can instantly assign or modify roles through the User screen on the WordPress dashboard.

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Oxford & Typekit

by Drew Strojny on February 26, 2014 / 34 comments

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Today is a big day here at The Theme Foundry. We’re releasing a stunning new magazine theme called Oxford, and announcing an exciting new partnership with Typekit, the leader in commercial grade web fonts.

Oxford comes with two professional Typekit fonts built right in: Soleil and Futura PT. These fonts pair together perfectly, making Oxford a great fit for anyone who needs a professional look for their blog. We encourage you to visit the live demo of Oxford to see it in action and visit the Oxford theme page to learn more about some of the features.

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Learn how to edit WordPress theme HTML

by Drew Strojny on February 14, 2014 / 3 comments

Edit WordPress theme HTML

If you’re new to working with WordPress themes, learning how to edit WordPress theme HTML can be intimidating. Here’s how it usually unfolds: You get really excited to make a change to your website and open up a template file to make some edits. Immediately, you see a bunch of PHP code and start running for the hills. Slow down! It’s important to remember WordPress themes create fully functioning HTML pages. They just do it using PHP, which can be confusing at first. Once you understand the basics of how a WordPress theme actually works, the mystery starts to unravel.

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Why we don’t use a CDN: A story about SPDY and SSL

by Zack Tollman on February 5, 2014 / 31 comments

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Last week we moved to a new SSL everywhere setup for this website. We were really excited to implement SSL across the board, but nervous about the impact on site performance. Therefore, we made it priority to focus on performance during the transition. Using a CDN (content delivery network) for the new site was a forgone conclusion, as we assumed it would help us speed things up. But, after testing with a few different CDNs, we uncovered some surprising results.

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SSL everywhere

by Zack Tollman on January 31, 2014 / 8 comments

Graphical representation of the words https://

On Wednesday night we switched this website to a brand new server. If you look at the URL bar, you’ll see https at the beginning of the URL. That extra s after “http” means you’re browsing over an encrypted and secure connection. We’re now serving 100% of our web traffic over a secure, SSL connection. We have always protected the e-commerce portions of our website, but we’re excited to roll out SSL everywhere. This doesn’t yet include our theme demo sites, but we’ll be moving those over as well.

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WordPress security doesn’t have to be complicated

by Drew Strojny on January 24, 2014 / 4 comments

WordPress security

WordPress has a less than stellar security reputation. You may have even heard some horror stories from friends or colleagues who’ve had their site hacked. So, is WordPress actually secure?

Yes. Very secure. To understand why, consider the popularity of WordPress. It now powers around 20% of the internet. It’s extremely popular. WordPress is also open source software. This means the underlying code can be reviewed by anyone. WordPress security issues can be uncovered and reported by any of the thousands of developers that use the software, so they tend to be discovered and fixed quickly. If you’re the president, would you rather have fifty secret service agents looking out for you, or just one? More eyeballs and more scrutiny equal better security.

The popularity of WordPress is also a weakness. Imagine those millions of WordPress websites as a roaming herd of buffalo. Now imagine some hungry wolves (malicious hackers) hunting for a meal. The thundering herd is obviously going to attract some attention. But, what buffalo will they target? The stragglers of course. The old, the young, and the weak. Your goal is to not be one of those stragglers. Let’s review some basic WordPress security practices that will help you keep up with the herd.

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