20 Essential WordPress Plugins for a Smoother Commenting Experience


For many bloggers, the comments section of your posts is a huge part of what makes your site worth visiting. Sometimes, you can find just as much insight in the comments as you can from the site content itself – if not more. That’s great for site owners who already have tons of highly engaged visitors willing to jump into the discussion every time a new post comes out (along with a partner or an assistant to help with comment moderation), but … Check out the source»

Comics of the week #307


Every week we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD. The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers. These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny … Check out the source»

WP101 Founded by Shawn Hesketh Turns 7 Years Old


Earlier this week, WordPress video training site WP101, founded by Shawn Hesketh, turned seven years old. Since launching in 2008, Hesketh’s videos have been viewed more than a million times by over 500k people. He’s also re-recorded the videos that make up the WP101 series 17 times. With seven years of experience under his belt, I asked Hesketh what he would have done differently in the beginning. “From a technical standpoint, I wish I’d picked … Check out the source»

Checklist: 11 Things To Do Before Launching a WordPress Site


Are you ready to launch your WordPress site? Each day thousands of new sites appear on the web. That’s why you want to make sure that your website stands out and shines from the very beginning. In this article, we have prepared a handy checklist of things you should do before launching a WordPress website. Getting Started Before you start, it’s crucial that you have selected the right web hosting for your project. While most … Check out the source»

How to Switch from Blogger to WordPress without Losing Google Rankings


Blogger is an awesome free tool to quickly start blogging. However, many Blogger users eventually realize that if they want full control of their blog, then they would be better off with their own self hosted WordPress.org blog (what’s the difference between self-hosted WordPress.org vs WordPress.com blogs). In this step by step tutorial, we will help you switch from Blogger to WordPress without losing Google rankings. Step 0. Before You Start To get started with … Check out the source»

Free WordPress Themes: September 2015 Edition


As always, the month of September saw the release of several awesome free WordPress themes. While most eyes are fixed on the rapid pace at which Twenty Sixteen is being developed, there were several other theme releases this month as well. In fact, Automattic released a couple of new themes in September (apart from Twenty Sixteen). Also, the trend this month was in favor of child themes. So all said and done, let’s sum up … Check out the source»

The Top 100 Active WordPress Themes and Plugins on GoDaddy’s Hosting Network


It was a warm, sunny afternoon in Tempe, AZ as I walked with a group of GoDaddy employees on our way to lunch during Pressnomics 3 earlier this year. It’s the first time I met Mendel Kurland, Christopher Carfi, and Kurt Payne in person. During lunch, we discussed a number of topics from the efforts to change the company’s image, to ideas that help the WordPress community. I suggested to the team that GoDaddy create … Check out the source»

Jetpack 3.7.2 Patches Two Security Vulnerabilities


Jetpack 3.7.2 is available for download and patches two security vulnerabilities. The first is a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the contact form due to improper input sanitation that affects Jetpack 3.7.0 and below. Marc-Alexandre Montpas of Sucuri is credited with responsibly disclosing the vulnerability. The second is an information disclosure vulnerability present in certain hosting configurations responsibly disclosed by Jaime Delgado Horna of Listae. In addition to patching the vulnerabilities, 3.7.2 also fixes an error … Check out the source»

18 Top Responsive Social Sharing Plugins for WordPress


No matter what device they’re visiting from, the easier you can make it for visitors to share your posts or pages on their own social networks, the more exposure and traffic you’ll get. It’s as simple as that. Putting a nice set of shiny social share buttons in the right place on your site is a great first step towards encouraging visitors to share your content. The incredible range of social sharing plugins available for WordPress make this easier … Check out the source»