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Branding your Digital Products with Print Work

Most designers are familiar with the process of branding. You need to create something which is easily recognizable to attach onto your company name. This could be a logo, slogan, cartoon character, icon, or any other graphic symbolism. Branding requires time and patience, but it does pay off in the long run.

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I want to share just a couple of resources which may push designers into the world of print. You can get a lot more attention by offering products or even doing giveaways every few months. It is fun for your readers and all dedicated fans would be sure to check it out.

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14 WordPress Security Plugins for a Clean Installation

After first installing a new website running WordPress there will be a number of tasks you want to handle. Securing the new installation is definitely a top priority. And thankfully there are tons of free plugins you can download right from the plugins administration page.

In this article I want to present 14 specific WordPress plugins which are helpful when doing a clean install. Any new WordPress-based website can benefit from a majority of these plugins. Additionally they are all free to download and the developers often update with version enhancements. You may not need every plugin but this is certainly an exhaustive list worth a quick peek.

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Restoring and Backing Up WordPress Databases

It will require time and patience to work around your own WordPress backups. And when an accident occurs you will be happy that you took the time for properly managing your data. However the process can be stressful, so you want to ensure that everything is properly saved and ready to go.

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In this article I want to share a few brief points about restoring your WordPress install. But the whole procedure begins with a regular backup of your database and WordPress files. It is definitely a bit more complicated if you are not familiar with working on a server. But if you managed to install WordPress, I would like to think you could also backup and restore these files.

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Adding Custom Breadcrumbs into your WordPress Theme

There are only a small handful of CMS libraries which offer support for breadcrumbs. This is a trail of links you’ll notice above the body content which leads back to the various categories and top-tier pages related to your post. Also it displays the hierarchical formatting between parent pages and sub-pages.

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In this article I want to offer a few different solutions for implementing breadcrumbs in WordPress. The simplest method is to install a custom plugin which will automatically include these bits of HTML in your theme. Breadcrumbs are also easy to customize on your own, so it all depends on your comfort level when working within WordPress. Along with these ideas I’ve included some related links you may skim and other helpful breadcrumb tutorials.

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Publishing Tables in WP Admin Editor using TablePress

How many times have you been writing a page or blog post and run into the nuisance of coding out a custom HTML table. It doesn’t happen all too often, but when you don’t have prebuilt styles it feels like a hindrance towards building your content further. This may be corrected by styling your own custom tables ready in advance for your posts.

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But I feel there are other solutions which offer much more versatility. Most notably the WP plugin TablePress has gained a lot of attention over the recent months. In this article I would like to explain how we can go about configuring this plugin and getting code ready for your webpage. The settings are not too complex, although there are many options and advanced features for power users who are always finding themselves stuck working with tables.

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How To Setup Google Verified Author Accounts on WordPress

Google has become more integrated into the web and has developed their own process for ranking content. Designers and webmasters are working with new tools for handling webpage analytics and digital media. Recently the Google+ social network has allowed authors and writers to connect their blog accounts with Google.

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After this is completed you will notice each author’s profile photo will appear in Google search results. This is a nice way of demonstrating who you are and what each writer has done on your website. Some users may have the personal search results turned off, but your account will still have all the benefits related to a Google Author profile. In this brief article I want to explain a couple solutions for connecting into WordPress with Google Author accounts.

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Beginner’s Guide to the WordPress Plugin System

By searching in Google you can find a lot of specific WordPress tutorials related around plugins. However there are not too many guides which explain an overview of the system, best practices, and just getting started with plugins in general. Thus I want to fill the void and hopefully offer some great tips for newcomers.

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In this article I will present the methods of building a WordPress plugin from top-to-bottom. We can look into just the minimum requirements for a plugin to exist, and then extend functionality as needed. The conventions are not overly complicated if you have a decent handle on PHP and the WordPress syntax.

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20 Clean and Responsive Web Designs of 2013

Responsive web designs are no longer regarded as a trend among the website development community but it has evolved as a need for every website. Previously, the mobile internet users used to only access the social media sites from their phone. However, with time the usage is no longer limited to the social media sites but it has proliferated to the other platforms as well like the ecommerce sites, different business platforms and many other sites. Since the websites are designed keeping in mind the screen size of the PCs and laptops, when these are seen from the mobile phones we get to see a distorted site which is extremely disappointing for the viewers and thus arise the need for responsive web design.

Customize External Links in your WordPress Posts

The WordPress backend system is versatile enough to support developers writing and managing their own codes. These often take the form of plugins, themes, or commonly systematic functions which are run in your specific WP install directory. These codes are often placed inside functions.php and pertains only to the current theme files.

With so much access to backend customization I have wanted to delve into the subject of hyperlinks. Writers often need to reference external links on various websites within blog posts. But you may want to edit the link styles for opening into new windows, or dynamically setting the title tooltips. I have put together this brief guide for editing custom settings with your anchor links through WP functionality.

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In-Depth Look into the WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme

Ever since 2010 WordPress has been releasing new themes to coincide with the new year. Previously the past two versions have been incredible and ultimately become staples in the WordPress themes gallery. And now we have the ability to install WordPress Twenty Twelve which is packaged with every new WP3.5 download.

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In this article I’d like to go over some of the new features within Twenty Twelve. There are plenty of changes in comparison to last year’s theme, and lots of relatable functionality for web developers. This new design may also prove useful as a basic template for creating your own WordPress themes without starting from scratch. I am definitely a big fan of this year’s theme, and I am just as excited to see what the developers at WP will publish next.