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How to Build a Real Estate Website on WordPress

torquemag.io :: Buying or renting a property is stressful. One of the hardest parts is finding the best one for you. A real estate website which makes it easy for you to discover your dream home will make things a lot easier. The good news is that building a real estate website which not only looks good … The post ...

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Torque Toons: The Crop Circle Block

torquemag.io :: With all the recent talk about Area 51, we thought it would be fun to see a new Gutenberg block just for aliens. The post Torque Toons: The Crop Circle Block appeared first on Torque.

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Code Formatting and Code Comments – A Beginner’s Guide to Do It Right

torquemag.io :: Code formatting and comments are one of those things that you only notice once they are absent. If used to properly display and document code, you only notice their existence the first time you are confronted with a block of code where they are missing. Most people who run or own a website sooner ...

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4 Reasons to Offer Maintenance Services to Your Clients

torquemag.io :: There are many challenges that come with working as a professional developer. Navigating a variable income, fielding support requests from current clients, and sourcing new work can all take up a lot of time and energy. Offering more services than you do now may just sound like piling extra work ...

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How to Effectively Customize Your WooCommerce-Powered Website

torquemag.io :: By default, WooCommerce’s design probably won’t integrate with the rest of your site as much as you’d like. This means you may want to tweak its appearance to better suit your needs, or explore other ways of making it fit seamlessly alongside your other content. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult to ...

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The Complete Guide to Google My Business for Website Owners

torquemag.io :: When trying to do local SEO and increase the visibility of your local business, learning how to use Google My Business (GMB) is a good step. The service helps you stand out in (local) searches, is a great inbound marketing measure and can bring in more business. After all, 50 percent of consumers ...

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Should You Use WordPress to Build Your Web App?

torquemag.io :: Providing an amazing experience for mobile users is becoming more and more vital. Ideally, every WordPress website you build should be mobile-friendly from the start. However, you can also go a step further, and use WordPress to create web apps that provide a more native mobile experience. When you ...

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Torque Toons: noindex

torquemag.io :: Earlier this week, Google announced they will no longer be supporting noindex directives found in robots.txt files. They listed several alternative methods to keep your site unlisted, but we’ve heard that robots.txt isn’t taking the news well. The post Torque Toons: noindex appeared first on Torque.

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A Report from WordCamp Europe 2019 – Making History in Berlin

torquemag.io :: WordCamp Europe 2019 just ended and like in 2016 and 2017, I was there. Additionally, as in those times, I decided to write a report for those who couldn’t make it. This year, WCEU took place in Berlin in the Estrel Hotel from June 20 to June 22. I live in Berlin, so it was … The post A Report from ...

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Videos from WordCamp Europe 2019

torquemag.io :: This year’s WordCamp Europe was the largest WordCamp ever. The event was hosted in Berlin and featured speakers and attendees from all over the world. We had the chance to talk to several WordPressers in these short videos. The post Videos from WordCamp Europe 2019 appeared first on Torque.

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Understanding robots.txt: Why It Matters and How to Use It

torquemag.io :: Gaining visibility for your site by ranking well on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) is a goal worth pursuing. However, there are probably a few pages on your site that you would rather not direct traffic towards, such as your staging area or duplicate posts. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to ...

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How WordPress Websites Get Hacked

torquemag.io :: Your website is like a home – secure if you take the appropriate precautions, but vulnerable to burglars if you don’t. In the website world, however, sites don’t get burgled, they get hacked. The number of sites that get hacked every year continues to increase. How do WordPress sites get hacked? ...

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How to Optimize JavaScript and CSS and Improve Website Performance

torquemag.io :: No one likes a slow website. In fact, many users would rather leave your site rather than wait more than two seconds for its pages to load. That’s why it’s crucial that your site is optimized for performance. Fortunately, there are many ways you can start tackling slow loading times and get your ...

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6 No-BS Ways to Create Passive Income from Blogging [Examples, Tools]

torquemag.io :: Generating passive income from blogging is something like the holy grail of online entrepreneurship. Imagine a life in which you are able to spend your time doing what you want, taking vacations when you feel like it, sleeping and working on your own schedule. No office to go to, no boss, no ...

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Managing WordPress: The 4 Best Practices Your Clients Need to Know

torquemag.io :: WordPress makes it fairly easy to set up and run a website. However, this doesn’t mean there’s zero upkeep involved in managing your site. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blog, a business site, or even an online store – they all involve a lot more ongoing work than your clients might anticipate. For ...

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WP Engine to Acquire Flywheel

torquemag.io :: It was announced today that Digital Experience Platform WP Engine will acquire hosting and management company Flywheel. This marks the largest acquisition in the WordPress industry to date. “On behalf of the WP Engine team, we couldn’t be more excited to join forces with one of the most respected ...

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How to Conduct a Backlink Audit for Your Site (In 4 Steps)

torquemag.io :: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a balancing act. In order to rank well, you need to account for on-page factors such as titles and keywords, as well as off-page considerations like your server’s performance. Plus, you’ll need to keep an eye on your site’s backlinks, which play a key role in its ...

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The WordPress Featured Image – All You Will Ever Need to Know About It

torquemag.io :: Any WordPress user is familiar with the featured image. It is the picture that usually appears at the top of a post and also inside archives and search results. Knowing how to use it correctly is an important skill for any website owner. For that reason, below, we will talk about this feature in ...

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How to Write a Client’s Website Content (For Non-Content Creators)

torquemag.io :: In an ideal world, your clients would always have the budget to hire the experts they need for any given project. Alas, the real world isn’t like that. The cold truth is that, more often then not, you’ll end up the sole provider of everything required for a project. However, on some small projects ...

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Best Practices To Prevent WordPress Plugins From Breaking Your Website

torquemag.io :: As a WordPress website owner, you’ve probably downloaded multiple plugins, but did you know that for each plugin you install you’re at greater risk of having your site break. Plugins extend the functionality of your website and enable you to incorporate custom features, but not all plugins may be ...

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How to Manage a Large-Scale WordPress Site (5 Best Practices)

torquemag.io :: Every website owner and developer hopes their site takes off and becomes successful. High levels of traffic, engaged users, and a steady stream of content from multiple contributors sound great when you’re managing a small site. Of course, the reality is that handling a large-scale WordPress ...

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Major Issue with WordPress VIP Go Causes Sites to Go Down

torquemag.io :: WordPress powers over 30 percent of the web, including some of the Internet’s biggest enterprise sites. On Tuesday, WordPress VIP Go experienced an issue that left multiple sites with nothing but a photo of a succulent. At 17:27 UTC, WordPress VIP announced ongoing issues with the platform, citing ...

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5 WordPress Best Practices Every Developer Should Follow

torquemag.io :: Over a third of the entire internet runs on WordPress. That means millions of WordPress developers around the globe are dedicated to its continued success and ease of use. While the following tips are generally well-known, it’s always good to do a periodic check of your processes throughout the ...

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10 Easy Tips to Successfully Take Over an Existing WordPress Website

torquemag.io :: Taking over a website from another designer sounds like good deal. No need to build anything from scratch, just get the login information, check in every once in a while and write regular invoices. Easy money, right? However, when you do take over an existing website, the reality is quite ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: Can AI Make Commenters More Compassionate?

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. Ian Dunn has created a new WordPress plugin that uses neural networks to help identify “toxic” comments. If a comment scores poorly, a message ...

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5 Reasons the New WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg) is Great

torquemag.io :: There is a lot of hate out there directed at the new WordPress block editor (aka Gutenberg). I’ve been frustrated with aspects of it myself. And change is difficult. Much of the frustration may stem from familiarity with the old editor and having to learn new ways of doing things in the block ...

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First Look: What You’re Likely To See In WordPress 5.3

torquemag.io :: After the release of WordPress 5.2, the community has been waiting excitedly for WordPress 5.3. You can have a look right now to see what to expect with new and improved features in the Gutenberg page editor. Here are three things we are very likely to see when version 5.3 becomes a reality. 1. ...

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2019 WordCamp Europe Works to Empower Future Developers

torquemag.io :: This year’s WordCamp Europe is putting on a focus on the future of WordPress by holding a session for kids to create their own sites. This will be on top of the regular childcare services during the conference. The kids’ workshop will take place on the 20th of June during Contributor Day and is ...

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Are WordPress Page Builders Still Relevant in the Post-Gutenberg World?

torquemag.io :: Unless you’re brand new to WordPress, chances are you’ve heard about the platform’s new editor. It’s obviously here to stay, but what’s less clear is whether it’s the right choice for every website. The ‘Block Editor’ is hardly based on a new concept. It uses the same basic design and elements that ...

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Why Start a Business Blog? And How to Do It

torquemag.io :: A blog can help your business grow, and this post will help you get started. First, you’ll learn why a blog makes sense for your business, then get six early blogging steps to take. A Business Blog Helps You Cement Your Status as a Thought Leader Thought leadership sets you apart from competitors. ...

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9 of the Very Best FTP Clients for WordPress Users (Windows and Mac)

torquemag.io :: There are a few things that should be part of the WordPress developer’s toolbox. Besides a good code editor and the number for their hosting provider’s tech support on speed dial, an FTP client is definitely among them. However, what are the best FTP clients for WordPress users? If that is a ...

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Happy New PHP: A Look at WordPress’ Recent Jump in Minimum PHP Requirements

torquemag.io :: As far as programming languages go, PHP gets major updates fairly often. This means that as time goes on, WordPress needs to update the minimum required PHP version to keep up with those updates and provide users with a better experience. While you’re reading this, WordPress is making a jump to PHP ...

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How to Use Chatbots to Free Up Your Clients’ Customer Support Time

torquemag.io :: Automated website features are a hot topic, and that includes chatbots. One of your clients’ biggest concerns will be how to balance their customer support requirements against the need to develop their businesses and product lines. When it comes to solving this dilemma, automation is an ideal ...

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WordPress For Professionals: Free White Paper

torquemag.io :: Since its inception, WordPress has grown from a blogging platform into a CMS that powers some of the biggest websites in the world. This free White Paper looks at how you can use WordPress to power your large-scale, professional site. Download Free White Paper Here Learn about the ease of use, ...

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Why and How to Create a Content Style Guide for Your WordPress Blog

torquemag.io :: Are you tired of haphazard, unprofessional-looking content? Dissatisfied with the mixed formatting of your blog posts? Trying to corral multiple writers into producing one coherent online publication? A blog style guide is the answer to all of these problems and more. Below, we will discuss how ...

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5 Common Problems You Can Avoid by Opting for Dedicated WordPress Hosting

torquemag.io :: It can be easy to focus on your website’s users and front-end design, while overlooking the importance of behind-the-scenes factors such as your web hosting. However, choosing your hosting provider and plan carefully can prevent many problems for your site down the line. Fortunately for WordPress ...

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How to Start an Online Business in 5 Steps – A Beginner’s Guide [2019]

torquemag.io :: Should I start an online business? That’s a question many people ask themselves. I’m not making this up. Just look at the related searches for “start an online business” in Google. It’s right up there with how to start an online business for free, from home and with no money. One thing that is ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: The Gutenberg Accessibility Audit

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s News Drop video we talk with Rachel Cherry, the director of WPCampus, about the results of the Gutenberg Accessibility audit. ...

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4 Reasons You Should Choose WordPress for Your E-Commerce Site

torquemag.io :: If you’re looking to start an online store, the platform you choose is essential. While there are a wealth of options, making sure you pick the right one can smooth out the setup process, and ensure that you’re prepared no matter how large your e-commerce store grows. WordPress has become a popular ...

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How Much Should You Encourage Self-Sufficiency in Your Clients?

torquemag.io :: An oft-stated goal of modern web design is to empower the client, by giving them the skills and tools they need to run their website. However, it’s logical to assume that this isn’t a good thing all of the time. After all, too much self-sufficiency might damage your earning potential. In reality, ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: WordPress 5.2 is here

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. WordPress 5.2 is here and full of new features. In this week’s News Drop we talk about Site Health, Fatal Error Recovery Mode, and support … The ...

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How to Create an Impressive About Page for Your Business

torquemag.io :: When someone visits your website’s about page, it’s because they want to know more about your company. It could be that they’re interested in how you started or what you do exactly; whatever the case may be, you want to make sure you’re able to answer their most pressing questions and tell them a ...

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Why and How to Create a Gutenberg Block – A Tutorial for Beginners

torquemag.io :: Learning to create a Gutenberg block is a good future investment. No matter where you fall on the Gutenberg debate, the block editor is here to stay. Even if you have reverted back to the classic editor, chances are good that at some point in the next few years you will also start creating web … ...

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What Should You Recommend Clients Use – A Page Builder or the Block Editor?

torquemag.io :: There’s been enough talk lately about how to create content within WordPress that it warrants further attention. While there are technically still the same number of available options – i.e., the native editor or a third-party page builder plugin – choosing between them is causing confusion thanks ...

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How to Write Great Calls to Action (+Examples) – Click Here Now!

torquemag.io :: Knowing how to write great calls to action is an incredible business asset. CTAs are an essential part of any landing page, newsletter sign-up form, or other online-marketing measures. Many experiments show that optimizing calls to action can have great influence on a site’s conversion and bounce ...

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Doc Pop’s News Drop: Using WordPress to Power VR Experiences

torquemag.io :: Doc Pop’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you. In this week’s video, we chat with Anthony Burchell about his recent experiments with WordPress and VR. Anthony is building a music game using ...

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10 Proven Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

torquemag.io :: A goal for just about any blog that wants to succeed is to get enough views. Without traffic, your blog is as good as dead just sitting on the 645th page of Google with no engagement or shares whatsoever. If your blog is going to be successful, you need to think of ways to drive … The post 10 ...

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9 Projects for 2019: A Look at WordPress’ Priorities for the New Year

torquemag.io :: The WordPress community is many things, but one’s for certain – there’s never a lack of productivity. The past 12 months are the perfect example. During that time we’ve seen the release of WordPress 5.0, the introduction of the Block Editor, and much more. However, the machine never stops running. ...

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How to Use Your Website to Get a Job

torquemag.io :: Some people say looking for a job is a job in itself. You’ve got to update your resume, craft compelling cover letters and find open positions that suit your skills. Those things are undoubtedly essential, but have you thought about using your website as a hiring tool, too? Here are six ways you ...

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Torque Toons: No Spoilers

torquemag.io :: Who needs crime novels when researchers at Wordfence keep sharing nail biting articles like this. The post Torque Toons: No Spoilers appeared first on Torque.

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