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Archive of posts with the wordpress topic

Convert HTML to WordPress

By Drew Strojny on August 2, 2013

When I first decided to convert a static HTML design to WordPress I did some searching for a tutorial to help me get started with the basics. Surprisingly, I didn’t find anything that was very complete or easy to follow. So, I decided to write a very basic tutorial on how to convert a static HTML template into a WordPress theme. If you are an absolute beginner at developing WordPress themes then this should help you get started.

This tutorial assumes you already have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. It also assumes you have a website built in HTML and CSS and have it ready for conversion to WordPress. For those who need a basic introduction, refer to this helpful introduction to WordPress themes. If you already have something in WordPress (maybe you bought one of our WordPress templates), you might be interested in learning how to customize a WordPress theme and the WordPress child theme basics.

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Optimize Apache for WordPress

By Drew Strojny on January 7, 2009

If you made the decision to move your WordPress install from shared hosting to a shiny new VPS you should consider optimizing Apache by making some tweaks to your httpd.conf file. Apache is a fast, reliable, and flexible server but is heavy on resources by default. If you are running a small VPS, and using it just for WordPress, you can make some small tweaks to your configuration and get some significant performance gains.

If you’re looking for some tips on SSL performance with your WordPress site be sure to check out our guide on using SPDY and SSL. If you need a WordPress theme, be sure to check out our WordPress templates or read about how to find the best WordPress themes.

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Vigilance 1.13 Released

By Drew Strojny on November 3, 2008

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Features and fixes in version 1.13:

  • Fixed bugs relating to link color switching in the theme options menu
  • Added an option to disable image hovers in the theme options menu
  • Properly cleared entry div to fix floated blockquotes and other floated elements
  • Added automatic author comment highlighting

Vigilance 1.11 Released

By Drew Strojny on September 30, 2008

Version 1.11 of Vigilance was released today:

  • New alert box for the home page that can be toggled on and off through the theme options panel
  • Added a permalink to comments and cleaned up the comments template
  • Switched the date location on single posts
  • Fixed date spacing on post titles
  • Removed favicon from the default theme files to prevent upgrade overwriting

Easy Upgrading With Child Themes

By Drew Strojny on September 23, 2008

A quick tutorial on using WordPress “Child Themes” to upgrade Vigilance while maintaining your custom CSS, adding custom functions, and eventually adding custom templates (WordPress 2.7) adding custom templates.

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Recent posts in your WordPress sidebar

By Drew Strojny on May 31, 2008

While developing for WordPress you sometimes need to create a “non-widgetized” custom sidebar. You would also like to have a list of your most recent posts in that custom sidebar. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have a “recent posts” template tag.

Here is a simple, easy to implement PHP file you can use to generate a list of recent posts in your custom “non-widgetized” sidebar.

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Convert a local WordPress XAMPP installation into a live site

By Drew Strojny on July 17, 2007

I recently found this quick and easy tutorial on installing XAMPP Lite locally on Windows XP. This provides a great environment for testing and developing WordPress websites from your PC. The next logical step is converting this nice local installation into a live site as quickly and easily as possible. I found some excellent instructions from The Tamba2 WordPress Guides. These guides contain almost all the information used in this tutorial. I really just combined a bunch of the provided information to accomplish this specific task. I put all the instructions together here in a quick, and (hopefully) easy to follow tutorial. Let’s get started.

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