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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.

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.

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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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.

Demo Testing the WordPress MP6 Admin Styles Plugin

There was a recent discussion on WordPress about the latest MP6 admin plugin. This is currently released as free open source code for your WordPress site, and it allows webmasters to use a newer updated backend stylesheet. It is still a case study and not recommended for large productions websites as there may still be a lot of bugs not touched upon.

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However if there are other forward-thinking WP users then you will likely want to try this out. I just recently installed the MP6 plugin on my own website and I’d like to offer some thoughts on my own opinion. You can download the MP6 plugin right off the WordPress repository or simply search for it by name in your WordPress plugins panel.

How To Manage Dual WordPress Themes for Desktop & Mobile

There are a number of great methods for handling user redirects on mobile. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS brands on the market. So it makes sense to work around these problems by putting together a two-way split for website themes. I want to present a list of ideas and plugins you may utilize for automatically switching between multiple themes on desktop and mobile devices.

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It is understandable that WP webmasters will need a different type of theme switching based on their content. I think it is worth analyzing a couple methods to determine which is the safest, and the easiest to install. Typical users want to avoid as much code as possible. And thankfully it will help if you already have two themes installed which are designed to specifically handle desktop and mobile content.

Introduction to the WordPress WooThemes Framework

There are literally dozens of various WordPress open source frameworks to build on. You can search through Google and filter hundreds of results based on themes, backend scripts, and plugins. But I feel that WooThemes and specifically the WooFramework have allowed developers access to newer tools and ideas like never before.

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In this brief article I would like to go over the process of getting started building on WooThemes. The whole system is likely very complicated to non-developers who are not familiar with the language. However WooThemes has put together an excellent documentation page which explains the backend functions in many popular themes.