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Tips to Keep WordPress Secure WordPress Secure

With each passing day, strong security becomes more important. This article explains some ways to keep WordPress secure while improving the overall security of your WordPress-powered site. Most of the tips provided here are practice-based security steps that require no plugins or hacks. The idea here is that you don’t need to make changes to […]

Poll: How Many Plugins is Too Many? Too Many Plugins

A frequent question in the WordPress community is “how many plugins is too many?” I’ve heard responses that vary from “zero” to “no limit, man”. So in this quick post, you can check out some screenshots of WordPress-powered sites running lots of plugins, and then cast your vote!

Pro Version of Block Bad Queries BBQ Pro - Block Bad Queries

BBQ Pro is the premium version of my free security plugin, Block Bad Queries. BBQ Pro helps keep your WordPress-powered site safe and secure by blocking bad URI requests. This helps to conserve precious server resources like memory and bandwidth. BBQ Pro runs silently in the background, checking all incoming traffic and blocking any URI […]

SES Pro – Ajax Powered Email Signup Forms ses-pro-150x150

SES Pro is a premium email newsletter plugin for WordPress. It is 100% shortcode-based with Ajax-powered signup forms that can be displayed anywhere. There are no monthly fees or limits on the number of subscribers, how many emails you can send, or anything else. It’s just a lightweight yet full-featured email-signup plugin that’s super-easy to […]

Book Giveaway! book-giveaway-2014

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’re giving away three copies of Digging Into WordPress! Winners will receive full access to the Members Area here at to download current versions of the book and all exclusive themes and bonus material.

WordPress Themes In Depth wp-themes-in-depth

Just launched my new book WordPress Themes In Depth! This book literally is packed with over 450 pages of in-depth theme-building action. If you want to develop, customize, and distribute your own WordPress themes, I think you will benefit greatly from this book.

Backup and Restore Theme Options backup-restore-theme-options

After taking the time to set a whole bunch of theme options, it’s nice to be able to make a quick backup of your theme settings. Many themes have this functionality built-in, but for themes that don’t, here is a plug-n-play snippet to create a “Backup/Restore Theme Options” page. You can see the snippet in […]

H5 Theme Update H5-theme

Theme update! The H5 Starter Theme is all updated and afresh for your theme-building adventures. The previous version of H5 still works great, but there was a lot of room for improvement, especially with all of the new features and functionality made available in recent versions of WordPress. So now the H5 starter theme is […]

Disable Default Dashboard Widgets wordpress-dashboard

Continuing with tips for customizing the WordPress Dashboard, here is a look at one way to remove unwanted widgets and clean up the default WP Dashboard.

DigWP Update – Version 3.8 DigWP-version-3-8

Digging Into WordPress update! The book is now current with the latest version of WordPress, 3.8 “Parker”. The Parker update is focused primarily on improving the appearance of the Admin Area, along with the usual blend of bug fixes and enhancements. As with all DigWP updates, the new version is a FREE download for everyone […]

Bring Back Single-Column Dashboard in WP 3.8 single-column-dashboard

After updating to WordPress 3.8, the single-column Dashboard disappears with no options to bring it back. For years, users could set the number of columns in the Dashboard to suit their needs, but apparently some brilliant decision was made to just remove it. Personal opinions and feelings aside, here is a quick snippet to bring […]

Getting Background Updates to Work wordpress-background-updates

The new background updates feature in WordPress 3.7 is great for security and productivity, but it can be tricky getting it to work. This post explains how the same technique posted here also worked for enabling background updates.

Book Sale and Giveaway fall-sale

To celebrate the new design and book update, we’re giving away 5 free PDF copies of Digging Into WordPress and having a Fall Book Sale!

Book Update: Version 3.7 DigWP-version-3-7

Digging Into WordPress update! Version 3.7 of the book is updated for WordPress 3.6 and 3.7 (beta). As with the previous 10 updates, everyone who owns the book gets the new version for FREE.

Site Redesign Digging Into WordPress

Well sort of.. more like a design “refresh” really. launched in May 2009 with its first design. Then later that year it was redesigned for the launch of the book. The second (blue/grey) design was well-suited for the site and a natural progression from the first design, and the new design continues along the […]

DIY Alternative to WordPress SEO Plugins [ Basic WP SEO ]

Most SEO plugins have way too many bells and whistles for my simple needs, so I wrote a little snippet that’s meant as a drop-in, DIY replacement for the big WordPress SEO plugins. If you want a lot of features and options, then try Yoast’s awesome SEO plugin or the great All in One SEO; […]

New Book! The Tao of WordPress Tao-of-WordPress-150x150

I’m excited to announce the launch of my 3rd book, The Tao of WordPress! Every page of The Tao of WordPress is carefully distilled, refined, and focused on WordPress. I wrote this book for beginners, students, designers, admins, enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to rock their own WordPress-powered site.

Post Format Archives Widget post-format-archives

Custom Post Formats enable you to customize your asides, images, and other types of posts. Doing so is a great way to bring character and definition to an otherwise amorphous collection of regular posts. Then, as your custom-formatted posts grow in number, your site will feature uniquely styled archives for each of your Custom Post […]

Find the Perfect Theme with “There is a Theme for That” thereisathemeforthat

I’ve been working with WordPress for about 2 years now. I’ve set up dozens of websites for both myself and clients and finding the perfect theme has always been a bit of a chore. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there are so many to choose from, but now that there are over 100 […]

WebHostingBuzz Giveaway webhostingbuzz

We’ve teamed up with Web Hosting Buzz to present you with a superb giveaway. WebHostingBuzz are providing the following great prizes: three lucky winners will pick up an entire year of FREE hosting that includes 750 GB Disk Space, 15,000 GB monthly Bandwidth, a free domain name and more.

Display Blog Posts on any Page (with navigation) wordpress-blog-posts-page

By default, your latest WordPress posts are displayed on the home page, with older posts available via post navigation on /page/2/, /page/3/, and so on. In this DigWP post, we’ll explain how to display your blog posts on any static page using a custom WP_Query loop that works beautifully with post navigation.

Best of DigWP-2012

Chris and I launched back in 2009, and since that time have posted many WordPress tips, tricks, and techniques. As 2013 fast approaches, it’s a good time to look back at the most Best of DigWP for each year, 2009 thru 2012 — 4 years and counting!

Plugins & Tools for WordPress Developers wordpress-developer-tools

I recently spent some time updating my growing collection of WordPress plugins, and during the process discovered some great resources for my WP “developer toolbox.” These are some super-useful plugins and tools for debugging, logging data, working with translation files, analyzing performance, and making otherwise difficult tasks efficient and manageable. May they serve you well!

Elegant Themes Giveaway! elegant-themes-giveaway

To celebrate the season, Elegant Themes is giving away three free memberships to their entire theme library — an impressive collection of 78 awesome WordPress themes yours for free!

v3.4 Printed Books Now Available! digwp-print-v3-4

Printed books in the house! The new version-3.4 printed books are now available and better than ever, updated for WordPress 3.4 with new content, refreshed graphics, and new features galore. Each book is printed in full-color, with new extra-thick covers and slick spiral binding for laying it flat while reading. These features make the print […]