security

What Is the State of WordPress Security in 2015?

Is it safe to use WordPress? Has security improved over time or has it become worse?

The ongoing Ashley Madison meltdown and a series of high profile data breaches in 2014 have kept online security at the top of the worldwide news agenda in recent times.

With five security releases out the door already this year, we thought it high time to revisit the topic in the context of WordPress as we head towards 2016. – Read more –

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The 12 Best WordPress Conference Talks of 2015

Keeping up to date is key for every successful business. If you are working with WordPress here are some Conference Talks that might help you to achieve that goal

Catching up on conference talks is one of the best ways for theme designers to stay up to speed on developments in WordPress and the wider world of tech. When it comes to quickly getting to grips with a topic, it’s hard to beat a well-structured talk delivered by an expert.

2015 has been a bumper year for talks so far with WordPress-focused conferences around the world delivering a treasure trove of information across a huge variety of subjects. – Read more –

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Parallax Effects in Web Design: Introduction, Implementation and 7 Standout Parallax Websites

Parallax effects have made a big impact over the last number of years in both WordPress and beyond. Used judiciously, they’re an elegant visual solution that can add depth and nuance to any design.

As with any trend however, it’s a pudding that can easily be over-egged and there’s been no shortage of people decrying its overuse over time.

After four years in the web design mainstream however – and recent incorporation in technologies such as Apple TV –  it’s an approach that is clearly going to stick around for quite some time to come. – Read more –

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7 WordPress Podcasts That Demand To Be Heard

A list of interesting WordPress resources that can be consumed via headphones

It’s easier than ever these days to squeeze in some reading on the move via an assortment of modern gadgets. Sterling recent work on responsive styling means that WordPress is often the delivery platform for much of this content.

There are times though when an audio experience is what required. Maybe you’re looking to make the most of your drive to the office, or want to exercise your mind while working out.

In the last five years podcasting has emerged as a fully fledged medium in its own right, with a huge amount of podcasts springing up that cover every conceivable topic. – Read more –

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12 Sites Every WordPress Theme Developer Needs to Bookmark (And Why)

There’s no getting away from it – being a WordPress theme developer is a truly multidisciplinary job.

At a minimum, you’ll find yourself straddling the worlds of design and development on a daily basis. And, regardless of whether you’re a one-person operation or working in a WordPress dev shop, business and marketing needs will also almost certainly never be far from your mind.

In this type of environment, it’s essential to actively maintain a list of key resources you can lean on for inspiration; that enable you to keep sharpening your skills and stay up to speed on each of your core areas.

In this article we’ve selected 12 of our favorite sites across four key disciplines to get you started. Each site is a no-fluff, regularly updated resource packed with actionable information. We’ve also included a small tip per site to help you get the most out of of each one.

Let’s get going.

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14 Essential Tools to Turbocharge Your WordPress Workflow

Specialization, as Robert Heinlein so succinctly put it, is for insects. Fortunately, WordPress’ inherent flexibility means users are guaranteed not to fall into that particular trap.

Your average day as a WordPress site owner might see you fine-tuning server performance, preparing and editing multiple images, planning a content strategy, and/or delegating a range of minor tasks to a remote team.

In this type of multidisciplinary environment, the need for an optimized workflow and task-specific tooling is critical. Fail to sharpen your saw and your daily routine could easily descend into a mindless slog of avoidable busy-work which quickly cripples morale, flow and overall output.

This article will introduce you to fourteen essential tools you can use across different aspects of WordPress and your wider business to realize instant gains in productivity and performance.

Let’s start at the technical end of the spectrum.

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