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The Safest Plugins for Handling your WordPress Site During Maintenance

Often times you will need to shutdown a website for updating bug fixes, testing a new theme, and other common reasons. But the process on WordPress can be a hassle since you would need to redirect all the traffic onto a new default page. This can easily be handled using some open source plugins from the WP repository.

I want to present a small collection of WordPress plugins for handling downtime on your website. Each of these is open source and easy to install on any website. You can generally activate settings and themes from the backend admin panel. Using a pre-built method will save a lot of time so that you can focus on fixing the site or adjusting your changes to get back online.

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Most Useful WP Tutorials for Building Custom Widgets

WordPress widgets are very simple to implement once you have created the codes in your theme. Many free WordPress themes will come prepackaged with their own custom widgets. This is also the case for some more advanced plugins, but overall it does require some time coding these to work properly.

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Often times developers would rather sit down and build their own solutions for running custom widgets. In this tutorial I want to present a set of great articles related to coding your own custom WordPress widgets. If you are unfamiliar with PHP then this will be a challenge but it is not impossible. The entire WordPress system is based in PHP so it is worth learning some details of the language, assuming you plan to customize many various WP sites in the future.

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WordPress Plugins for Managing Custom Post Types

There are a number of useful plugins to set up your own custom post types. WordPress has allowed developers to transform the simple blogging platform into a customized CMS engine. Granted there are still a number of restrictions based on the core functionality. However custom post types really open a number of doors for webmasters who are creating content galleries, databases, wikis, and other various types of sites.

In this article I want to share a few resources for managing your own CPTs from scratch. PHP developers have the option of writing custom post types into a function file included into functions.php. But these CPTs are also local only to your own theme. A quick & easy solution is to create them using a plugin which will be activated over the entire site regardless of what theme you are using.

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Working with Rough Ideas & Draft Articles in WordPress

I have always been an advocate of WordPress especially for newer webmasters. The system is easy to use and there are countless tutorials found all over the Internet. But one area that is not covered so well is the management of post ideas in the WP backend. Writers who want to take down notes or brief headlines will need to create a new post and save this as a draft.

The problem is that you may end up changing the title later on down the line, and this would also require editing the permalink too. After a while you may just end up creating a brand new post to use. For this article I would like to share a few ideas on how to manage your own drafts and rough ideas. The WordPress system does offer greater functionality through plugins which can help writers to better organize their thoughts.

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The Benefits of Launching your Project on WordPress CMS

After reading a number of posts on Hacker News which seem to emphasize the lack of usefulness in WordPress as a startup foundation, I wanted to write a piece dedicated to launching projects on this platform. I have to agree that when you are looking for something very customized it will be easier to write your own code from scratch. However not every developer wants to do this, nor has the time for this.

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It may be smarter and quicker to launch a WordPress website and then customize the backend features yourself. Generally this will take more time as you work to mimic the code affects that you desire. But it also doesn’t take as much time as you would think. I want to present a few ideas towards why you may consider launching a slew of projects under WordPress CMS. The open source PHP/MySQL platform has been around for years and it is only getting better as time goes on.

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New Open Source WordPress Themes

Every week you can find a new collection of free WordPress themes released on the main website. Developers from all over the world like to contribute their works because it helps to grow the community, and it draws even more attention to the popular WordPress CMS. With so many newly-released themes it can be difficult keeping track of the most interesting ones.

I have put together this solid collection of the latest awesome free WordPress themes over 2013. The various design styles often include responsive layouts, fixed navigation, and other trendy website interface features. With so many releases and updates the information can be overwhelming. Check out a few of my examples and see if you can find any themes worth adding into your own WP projects.

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How To Quickly Backup Large WordPress Databases

WordPress is an excellent system for managing a blog or website online. The security is just one aspect of the whole package you get with this CMS. However many developers and webmasters alike do not consider backing up new changes and keeping a local copy saved just in case of an emergency. It can become a very stressful situation when you are backing up tremendously large WordPress databases.

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I want to present a few methods for keeping a local copy of large databases and WordPress websites. It will take some time and effort, but it is all worthwhile if you can manage to practice and keep yourself up-to-date. Restoring a WordPress website is almost easier than the backup process, and it helps if you can backup the entirety of your website from scratch. Then you will have everything copied locally which is a big sigh of relief to those who are concerned about data backups.