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WordPress caching plugin basics

by Drew Strojny on April 23, 2014 / 5 comments

A WordPress caching plugin can make your site faster.

Can a WordPress caching plugin really improve your website’s performance? The WordPress community thinks so. And we agree.

If you’ve never heard of caching or aren’t sure how it works, don’t worry. We’re about to discuss the basics of caching and the potential benefits of using a caching plugin for your WordPress site. We’ll also examine the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular caching plugins available.

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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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Learn how to edit WordPress theme HTML

by Drew Strojny on February 14, 2014 / 4 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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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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WordPress child theme basics

by Drew Strojny on January 15, 2014 / 13 comments

Similar looking logs representing the duplicate nature of a WordPress child theme.

If you customize WordPress themes, you should understand the basic concept of a WordPress child theme. Unfortunately, child themes can be confusing if you don’t have much experience with them. It’s important you understand what a child theme is and how it works alongside a normal WordPress theme. Why is it so important? Not using a child theme for customizations could really come back to haunt you later.

We did briefly introduce the WordPress child theme concept while learning how to customize a WordPress theme, but we didn’t fully explore it. In this post we’ll do just that, and then we’ll show you how to use a child theme.

What are child themes?

Imagine you have a painting on your wall. You really love the painting, but there is one thing that you just can’t stand. The moon is orange. The moon should be white, right? Every time you look at it, it drives you crazy.

You decide you’re going to fix the painting. You get out your brushes, buy the best white paint, and sit down to do your work. As you stare at the painting, you can’t help but think “I hope I don’t screw this up”.

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Uncovering the best WordPress themes (free or paid)

by Drew Strojny on January 7, 2014 / 14 comments

A girl searching for the best

Finding a theme can be intimidating. With so many choices, how do you uncover the best WordPress themes?

We’ve been working with WordPress themes since 2008 here at The Theme Foundry, so we’ve got some relevant industry knowledge and plenty of experience. Let’s talk about where to look for WordPress themes, and how to find the best themes when you get there.

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Changing WordPress themes

by Drew Strojny on December 11, 2013 / 11 comments

A picture of some tools representing changing WordPress themes.

You found a new WordPress theme. It looks perfect for your blog, but you’re really nervous about changing your theme. What if something breaks? Will you lose any content? I’ll walk you through what you should be nervous about, and what you shouldn’t.

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How to customize a WordPress theme

by Drew Strojny on November 7, 2013 / 16 comments

How to customize a WordPress theme

You’ve got WordPress set up, you’ve installed your favorite theme, and now you want more. You want to learn how to customize a WordPress theme so it looks just right. Where do you get started? How hard is it?

You might think the hardest part of the process is learning WordPress or doing something fancy with code. In fact, it’s learning a few basic concepts and applying them when you want to customize your theme. There are even some fantastic free tools available to make this process fun.

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How to convert MP4 to WebM

by Drew Strojny on August 30, 2013 / 6 comments

Here at The Theme Foundry we sell WordPress templates and host quite a few tutorial videos over in the Help Center. We use the excellent SublimeVideo player to power the videos. Unlike YouTube or Vimeo, SublimeVideo lets us host and serve our own video files and keep them white-label. You add the player via one line of JavaScript and you can write native HTML5 video syntax. SublimeVideo provides a clean and flexible player that automatically picks up the video and also handles playing it via Flash when a browser doesn’t support HTML5.

HTML5 video is great, but to support all the modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE9/10), you need to serve two versions of your video files. For Chrome, IE9/10, and Safari, you need MP4 video files, and for Firefox and Opera, you need WebM files.

Most video applications can export videos in the MP4 format, but they usually can’t export in the WebM format. You need a tool to convert those MP4 files to WebM.

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