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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.

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Resources for an Online Business Marketing Plan

When you check around Google you can find a large number of marketing services. Many of these products have been online for a long time. And you can surely count on the trustworthiness of a single product to get your marketing plan where it needs to be. However this can take a lot of time and effort, which not everybody has in spades.

Therefore I want to present some of the best resources for improving your website marketing. This will take a bit of finesse, however I think anybody can achieve positive results over enough time. You will need to be secure in your website’s branding and product design. But if you are confident with the product then other marketing resources will naturally fall into place.

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Custom Vectors for Building Unique Website Designs

Popular vector shapes and background tiles can be used in many different website layouts. Vector graphics themselves are easy to use because they can be scaled larger or smaller without quality reduction. It just takes a bit of work and some time in a graphics editor, but vector shapes may provide some of the highest quality value to your websites.

When you need to find quality vectors I would think there are plenty of resources online. But some designers are looking for specific releases for their logos, icons, or other various interface features. I want to present just a couple online marketplaces for obtaining the most creative and unique vectors online. Check out some of these resources and see if you can use anything on your next web project.

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Interior Design for Captivating Spacious Rooms

Many of us can only dream to purchase a nice house one day. The idea of living in a small mansion can be very exciting! Even the imagery of a nice interior can bring about certain moods in your visitors. Stock photography has come a long way to incorporate all of these various aspects into the mood.

I want to present a small collection of interior design photographs taken by freelance photographers. These are all for sale on 123RF.com which can be used via subscription or by purchasing account credits. Lots of people become attached to an idea of interior design which can greatly sway opinion and even improve conversions.

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Best Plugins to Manage your WordPress Advertisements

A solution to earning money for running your website online is to charge for advertising. This could be through a marketing company which pays you based on user activity such as Google, Technorati Media, Yahoo! Publishers, etc. But there is also the option of directly charging advertisers and managing your own backend advertisement dashboard.

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In this post I want to talk about some plugins for the WordPress CMS which revolve around managing advertisements. This is a very popular situation amongst webmasters and the possibilities are nearly endless. However, using a plugin will certainly cut down on your development time, as it will not require direct editing in the theme files. These plugins are all great solutions for practical WordPress layouts which just need to include some advertising banners inside the website.

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Methods for Displaying Related Blog Posts in WordPress

There are a number of great open source plugins for pulling related blog posts. The WordPress core has a set of query functions which make the programming aspect a whole lot easier. But at times you will need different plugins for showing a certain type of related post design, either in the content or sidebar or somewhere else. This will depend on your WordPress theme and how your layout is designed.

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I want to introduce just a few plugins which gracefully handle related blog posts. These are all written for WordPress using the most recently updated version. It is possible to install each one of these through the Plugins admin menu and give them a trial run. You can only learn so much from the plugin’s webpage, and often times you will want to see how it behaves on a live website before deciding to keep it.

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Setup Ajax Comments Pages in WordPress

It is strange to see how WordPress hasn’t adopted Ajax comments for blog posts. Obviously the system should be built to handle typical PHP requests, and you can always add the Ajax functionality on the frontend. But it does make the process of writing your own custom functions a lot more difficult. Thankfully there are a number of open source choices which you may quickly install and get working on any WordPress-based website.

For this article I would like to focus on ajax comments pages when displaying many discussion posts. WordPress will automatically paginate comments listings beyond a certain number. You can adjust this value in the WP admin area, but the comments pages will always load a new permalink. Google and other crawlers will like this structure but the user experience leaves room for improvement. I hope to share a few resources for helping developers come to terms with Ajax paginated comments.

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Tips for Styling your own WP Comments Form Area

WordPress developers love to get into the system and hack away at their own function codes. Both JavaScript and PHP gurus are notorious for building some really amazing plugins. And since WordPress is open source it allows for greater accomplishments in much less time. I think one interesting area of the WP blogging platform is within user comments.

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I want to offer some tips for customizing your own WordPress comments area. This includes both the comment form and displaying comments. There are a surprising number of features to consider just for a small bit of user discussion. But as the Internet grows to be more dynamic you can expect to see these features as commonplace in most websites.