Things You Must Do When Changing WordPress Themes – Thnxz to @onextrapixel


When you revisit some WordPress-driven sites, you may note a change in the feel or appearance of the site since your last visit. This change has been made by altering the WordPress theme of the site. The theme change may result in the disappearance of all your widgets. WordPress makes it very simple to change your blog’s theme design completely. Before you change the design, of your blog or site, you need to take some critical steps so that the change works smoothly.

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15 Things You Must Do When Changing WordPress Themes

The best thing about WordPress is that there are thousands of themes for customizing your blog. WordPress offers great flexibility. New themes are being created daily with many highly customizable free WordPress themes made available. The theme is actually just like a skin for the weblog. The overall look and presentation is also changed. The theme makes changes to the way you display the site but does not make changes to the basic software of the site.

Things You Must Do When Changing WordPress Themes

When you change themes, sometimes the new theme is not able to display the widgets well. This is not such a big problem in the case of standard widgets, such as Archives and Pages. But, you might have painstakingly created several customized scripts and hand written codes having hand-entered parameters. How can you prevent such a disaster from happening while changing your WordPress theme? You need to take care of some aspects while changing the theme to avoid this problem.

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Free Resources to Build Your Next WordPress Site – @sixrevisions


 

WordPress is a popular website publishing platform. What once was primarily a blogging system has now evolved into a flexible and robust CMS used by both small businesses and large corporations alike.

When working with clients, front-end developers are often expected to produce creative, cutting edge content in a very short period of time.

And beyond staying innovative, there can often be a lot of redundant coding and debugging which requires a careful, meticulous eye. Between managing client expectations and trying to produce well-designed sites in a reasonable amount of time, developers can really feel the pinch.

Fortunately, there is an immense amount of resources to help aid with WordPress development.

In this article, I’ve seeded through tons of stuff to bring you a list of my favorite free WordPress resources for designers and developers. From discovering inspiration to choosing the right WordPress theme framework, I hope you’ll find just what you need to kick start your next project.

WordPress Theme Design Inspiration

One of the toughest parts of web design can often be just getting started. And even once you’ve begun to build your wireframes or designed your layouts, it’s easy to fall into the stylistic rhythms you’ve used in the past. This is why it’s important to continually research and interact with the work of other WordPress theme designers.

The following sites are a great place to engage with new and fresh designs to keep you pumping out those jaw-dropping projects.

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Common WordPress Malware Infections – wp.smashingmagazine.com


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WordPress security is serious business. Exploits of vulnerabilities in WordPress’ architecture have led to mass compromises of servers through cross-site contamination. WordPress’ extensibility increases its vulnerability; plugins and themes house flawed logic, loopholes, Easter eggs, backdoors and a slew of other issues. Firing up your computer to find that you’re supporting a random cause or selling Viagra can be devastating. WordPress Security

In WordPress’ core, all security issues are quickly addressed; the WordPress team is focused on strictly maintaining the integrity of the application. The same, however, cannot be said for all plugins and themes.

The focus of this post is not to add to the overwhelming number of WordPress security or WordPress hardening posts that you see floating around the Web. Rather, we’ll provide more context about the things you need to protect yourself from. What hacks are WordPress users particularly vulnerable to? How do they get in? What do they do to a WordPress website? In this lengthy article, we’ll cover backdoorsdrive-by downloadspharma hack and malicious redirects. Please notice that some anti-virus apps report this article as malware, probably because it contains examples of the code that should be avoided. This article does not contain any malware itself, so the alert must be based on heuristic analysis.

Over the past two years, Web malware has grown around 140%. At the same time, WordPress has exploded in popularity as a blogging platform and CMS, powering close to 17% of websites today. But that popularity comes at a price; it makes WordPress a target for Web-based malware. Why? Simple: its reach provides the opportunity for maximum impact. Sure, popularity is a good thing, but it also makes us WordPress users vulnerable.

(Smashing’s side note: Have you already bought the Smashing Book #3? The book introduces the latest practical techniques and a whole new mindset for progressive Web design. Get your book today!)

A Bit About Our Security Expert: Meet Tony

Lacking the technical knowledge needed to go into great depth, I brought on board a co-author to help me out. Bringing the technical information is Tony Perez, Chief Operations and Financial Officer of Sucuri Security. Sucuri Security provides detection, alerting and remediation services to combat Web-based malware. In other words, it works on websites that have been compromised. This means that Tony has the background, statistics and, most importantly, knowledge to go really in depth on malware issues that affect WordPress users.

I asked Tony how he got into Web security:

Tony

“I think it goes back to 2009. I was managing and architecting large-scale enterprise solutions for Department of Defense (DoD) clients and traveling the world. In the process, there was a little thing called compliance with the Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), set forth by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). I know, a mouthful, but it’s how we did things in the DoD; if it didn’t have an acronym, it didn’t belong.

That being said, it wasn’t until I joined Dre and Daniel at Sucuri Security, in early 2011, that I really began to get what I consider to be any resemblance of InfoSec chops.”

Armed with Tony’s technical knowledge, we’ll look at the main issues that affect WordPress users today. But before we get into details, let’s look at some of the reasons why WordPress users might be vulnerable.

What Makes WordPress Vulnerable?

Here’s the simple answer. Old versions of WordPress, along with theme and plugin vulnerabilities, multiplied by the CMS’ popularity, with the end user thrown into the mix, make for a vulnerable website.

Let’s break that down.

The first issue is outdated versions of WordPress. Whenever a new WordPress version is released, users get a nagging message, but plenty of users have gotten pretty good at ignoring the nag. Core vulnerabilities in themselves are rarely an issue. They do exist; proof can be found in the most recent 3.3.3 and 3.4.1 releases. WordPress’ core team has gotten pretty good at rolling out security patches quickly and efficiently, so the risk of exploitation is minimal, provided that WordPress users update their installation. This, unfortunately, is the crux of the problem:WordPress users ignore the message. And it’s not just inexperienced and casual WordPress users who aren’t updating. A recent high-profile hack was of the Reuters website, which was running version 3.1.1 instead of the current 3.4.1.

Vulnerabilities in plugins and themes is another issue. The WordPress repository has 20,000 plugins and is growing. The plugins are of varying quality; some of them inevitably have security loopholes, while others are outdated. On top of that, consider all of the themes and plugins outside of the repository, including commercial products that are distributed for free on Warez websites and come packed with malware. Google is our favorite search engine, but it’s not so hot for finding quality WordPress themes.

Then, there’s popularity. WordPress is popular, without a doubt. Around 700 million websites were recorded as using WordPress in May of this year. This popularity means that if a hacker can find a way into one WordPress website, they have potentially millions of websites for a playground. They don’t need to hack websites that use the current version of WordPress; they can scan for websites that use old insecure versions and hack those.

Finally and most significantly, the biggest obstacle facing WordPress users is themselves. Tony in his own words:

“For whatever reason, there is this perception among WordPress users that the hardest part of the job was paying someone to build the website and that once its built, that’s it, it’s done, no further action required. Maybe that was the case seven years ago, but not today.

WordPress’ ease of use is awesome, but I think it provides a false sense of assurances to end users and developers alike. I think, though, this perception is starting to change.”

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5 Tools for Managing Multiple WordPress Sites from One Location

If you run more than one WordPress install, or if you have clients that run WordPress sites that you’re responsible for, then you know how much of a pain it can be to log in to each site every time you need to do things like update plugins, themes, or WordPress core itself.

With the release of WordPress 3.0, we now have the ability to create a network of WordPress sites with one installation through the multisite feature. However, your needs may go beyond what multisite allows you to do, and so you may need to explore other options.

Fortunately, there are a number of solutions out there that will let you manage multiple WordPress websites from one central location. In this article, I’ll share some options with you and give you a brief overview of each.

1. WP Remote

WP Remote

WP Remote is a simple and free solution that will allow you to do a few basic tasks related to managing multiple WordPress sites.

While you do need to install the WP Remote plugin for each WordPress installation, your administration panel for managing your sites is in one central location on the WP Remote site.

Here’s a look at the simple control panel on the WP Remote site:

WP Remote Features

  • Bulk update all WordPress installations
  • Create off-site backups
  • Update plugins that can be updated via the WordPress plugin page
  • Update themes that can be updated via the WordPress themes page

2. InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP

InfiniteWP is on a freemium model. (In other words, basic features are free, but you’ll need to pay for other feature upgrades such as auto-scheduling of WordPress site backups.)

Below is a video by the creators of InfiniteWP that will give you an idea of what the tool looks like:

InfiniteWP Free Features

The basic features of InfiniteWP are basic indeed, but they’re also pretty handy, and so many of us may not need the premium/paid features this plugin has. The basic features include the following:

  • One-click updates for the latest version of WordPress
  • Install and manage themes
  • Install and manage plugins
  • The ability to restore, download, and delete backups

InfiniteWP Premium Features

There are currently six available premium features available (with three more in the works). These are the currently available addons:

  • Install WordPress
  • Clone a WordPress installation
  • Schedule automated backups
  • Back up to repositories
  • Manage WordPress users
  • Save and run custom PHP code on multiple sites
  • Brand the InfiniteWP plugin with your company name or hide the plugin altogether

The premium addons currently in the works are the following:

  • Integration with Google Analytics
  • Manage posts and comments on multiple sites
  • Bulk create Posts, Pages, and Links

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Posicionamiento de dominios internacionales | via sietepecadosdigitales.wordpress.com


Muchas veces asociamos pautas de Posicionamiento con post-producción web, es decir … “Primero hago mi Página Web y luego ya iremos optimizándola”. En mi opinión creo que es un pensamiento equivocado, las estrategias de Marketing Digital también deben estar previamente estudiadas para de esta forma poder prever consecuencias inesperedas.

La sabiduría consiste no sólo en ver lo que tienes ante ti, sino en prever lo que va a venir (Publio Terencio Africano)

Otra cosa es cuando nosotros como profesionales no hayamos participado desde el primer momento y por lo tanto sólo podamos lleva a cabo auditorías y después ofrecer soluciones.

Cuando planificamos una Página Web, una de las primeras acciones que debemos llevar a cabo es la elección del dominio. En principio si el ámbito de influencia es únicamente nuestro país o región, la elección será más o menos sencilla, por regla “general” un dominio ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain): .es, .fr, etc. Pero ¿qué pasa cuando queremos que la Web abarque varios países?
Hoy quiero mostraros unas diapositivas creadas por Fernando Macía (@fernandomacia) durante la “VII Feria de tiendas Virtuales de Málaga” celebrada los días 16-18 de Abril … “Posicionamiento internacional en Buscadores” [DIAPOSITIVAS]

  • ¿Qué dominio le conviene a mi Página Web?
  • ¿Debería ser nombre del dominio en inglés?
  • ¿Debo comprar más de un dominio según los países a donde quiera llegar? etc.

Si alguna vez os habéis hecho estas preguntas, seguramente os ha tocado lidiar con proyectos web desde la primera fase. Así que os dejo a modo de resumen (os aconsejo leer todas las diapositivas previamente) algunas pautas:

Si tu tráfico no depende mucho de una sola keyword, si no puedes generar popularidad hacia tu subdominio, etc. es recomendable crear subdirectorios.

  1. Si nuestra Web tiene pocos enlaces entrantes y pocas páginas … subdirectorios (ejemplo.com/es-ES/)
  2. Si hay una cantidad relevante de enlaces entrantes y páginas … subdominios (es.ejemplo.com)
  3. Si hay una gran cantidad de enlaces entrantes y muchas páginas … dominio propio (ejemplo.es, ejemplo.fr)
  4. Intentar alojar tu Web en el/los servidor(es) localizados en la misma zona de influencia

Utiliza etiquetas

A) Usa la codificación más adecuada (UTF-8, ISO, etc.)
B) Adecua el contenido, las keywords, etc. al país al que va dirigido
C) Separa los idiomas por subdominios o subdirectorio, si quieres ahorrarteoughts here… (optional)
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Muchas veces asociamos pautas de Posicionamiento con post-producción web, es decir … “Primero hago mi Página Web y luego ya iremos optimizándola”. En mi opinión creo que es un pensamiento equivocado, las estrategias de Marketing Digital también deben estar previamente estudiadas para de esta forma poder prever consecuencias inesperedas.

La sabiduría consiste no sólo en ver lo que tienes ante ti, sino en prever lo que va a venir (Publio Terencio Africano)

Otra cosa es cuando nosotros como profesionales no hayamos participado desde el primer momento y por lo tanto sólo podamos lleva a cabo auditorías y después ofrecer soluciones.

Cuando planificamos una Página Web, una de las primeras acciones que debemos llevar a cabo es la elección del dominio. En principio si el ámbito de influencia es únicamente nuestro país o región, la elección será más o menos sencilla, por regla “general” un dominio ccTLD (Country Code Top…

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The Anatomy of a WordPress theme [Infographic]


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WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet. It is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. If you wish to learn more about wordpress themes this infographic will explain all the details on how a WordPress theme works. Perfect for new theme developers.

anatomy wordpress theme The Anatomy of a WordPress theme [Infographic]