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We were on the BoldLife podcast!

wpshout.com :: We were on the BoldLife podcast. It was a great time. We (well, especially Fred) talked a length about the complex reality of where generous human people meet the weird world of corporate policies. More than that, we talked about what that means when you’re shopping for the best WordPress ...

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PHP Math Functions: Understanding the Basics

wpshout.com :: Our focus today is PHP math. Or “PHP maths,” if you prefer British English. We’re not going to teach you the basics of mathematics itself, but just explore some of the common ways we use math in our PHP code and some of the less-clear things that end up super-valuable for web ...

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Three Tips for Writing Airtight PHP Conditions

wpshout.com :: In PHP, conditions are the core of conditional statements such as if -statements, and of certain other control structures like while() loops.

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How to Change WordPress Password in phpMyAdmin (a cPanel tool)

wpshout.com :: In this Quick Guide, we’ll walk you through how to change a WordPress user’s password using phpMyAdmin, a tool found in most webhosting cPanels. To change WordPress passwords from phpMyAdmin is simple (it takes less than a minute front-to-back) and it’s a very useful trick to ...

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Should you make an app?

wpshout.com :: Tom Scott is one of my favorite YouTubers. (I know a lot of nerdy YouTube channels these days.) He is clear, knowledgeable, and a bit like what I’d make on YouTube if I’d started eight years ago and was British.

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How to Prevent Browser Caching of a CSS Stylesheet in WordPress

wpshout.com :: This video and text Quick Guide explains how to prevent browser caching of CSS files in WordPress. The CSS cache busting tricks here will work outside WordPress, too: you’ll just need your own method of adding query strings.

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HTML Can Do That!?

wpshout.com :: This is a fun and short little post over at Dev.to from Ananya Neogi. It’s essentially a short-list of lesser known features for which you can just add some HTML markup and have cool features.

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How to Use FTP to Deactivate a Plugin That’s Breaking Your WordPress Site

wpshout.com :: In this text and video Quick Guide, we’ll explain how to deactivate a WordPress plugin via FTP.

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Understanding PHP Operators of Logic, or || and && and ! a lot more

wpshout.com :: There are a lot of different PHP operators. Some are PHP comparison operators, and work like math you’re used to. We’ll save those for another time, because our sole focus this time will be PHP logical operators. That is the logical “and” and “or” of boolean ...

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The Trouble with WordPress Frameworks

wpshout.com :: This article explains what WordPress frameworks are, and why I generally recommend against relying on them.

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Matt Mullenweg’s Summertime Update

wpshout.com :: Matt on WordPress at WordCamp Europe.

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Using WordPress: Add Script to Header

wpshout.com :: There’s a tricky thing about this idea, “WordPress add header script” I have written down as our topic today. That problem is that “adding a header script” can mean a bunch of things. In our case, I’ll be explaining how a WordPress user (who may be a developer, ...

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Get Your WordCamp Denver Tickets ASAP!

wpshout.com :: I realize this is local news, but we’re trying to make sure we sell out WordCamp Denver this year, which requires some exceptional effort. So if you’re near Denver, Colorado, and don’t have plans for Saturday July 29, you should come to WordCamp Denver .

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Search the Whole WordPress.org Repository

wpshout.com :: Ever just wanted to be able to easily run a text search against literally every theme on plugin in the WordPress repository? Honestly, me neither. But isn’t it cool to know that you can?! WPdirectory is fun silly tool that I just like knowing exists. And like I said, it make if fairly easy ...

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A Thorough Introduction to PHP Arrays

wpshout.com :: The goal of this article is for you to thoroughly understand PHP arrays. We’ll cover what they are, and highlight a few less-known things that even experienced PHP developers may not have known or realized.

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(Why) I’m stepping down from my WordPress marketing role

wpshout.com :: Joost on why he’s stepping down as WordPress’ Marketing Lead.

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Changing How Your WordPress Post Titles Appear: A First Filter Hook Tutorial

wpshout.com :: This Quick Guide covers how to use code to change your WordPress post titles. This is separate from  manually changing one or more WordPress post titles, which you can do without code. Instead, it’s the kind of thing you’d want to use to change something about a lot of post titles at ...

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get_queried_object(): How and Why to Use It

wpshout.com :: WordPress’s get_queried_object() function has the distinction of being, I think, the most useful core function in WordPress that I didn’t know about for the longest time.

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Automattic is Testing an Experimental Full Site Editing Plugin

wpshout.com :: Gutenberg gets closer to a page builder.

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Joost de Valk Resigns WordPress Role

wpshout.com :: When Matt Mullenweg announced last year that Josepha Haden and Joost De Valk would take significant new roles in WordPress leadership, I was excited. My excitement with Josepha is in evidence in a post about some of her public work from February. What I hoped would happen is that the stepping in of ...

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Learning PHP: Concatenate Strings and Variables Efficiently

wpshout.com :: A slightly weird term you’ll hear people use around PHP: “concatenate.” I still remember the first time I heard that word, having no earthly idea what it meant. It turns out it was a common and useful task in PHP: join two strings together so that we get a single string or ...

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How to Require a Featured Image for Your Post to Publish

wpshout.com :: “Featured Image,” if you’re not familiar, is what WordPress calls the image you select to represent your post (or page, portfolio item, etc) around the rest of your site and theme. Themes will use them at different sizes and in different places, but when you set them, you’ll ...

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How Much Do WordPress Developers Make? And More

wpshout.com :: I received with great interest this latest post from the folks over at Delicious Brains. They successfully highlighted the most compelling part of their data to me: how much money people who identify as WordPress developers make . But more than that, they also captured a number of other interesting ...

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SiteGround vs. Bluehost: Which Shared Host to Choose in 2019

wpshout.com :: If you’re trying to choose between SiteGround and Bluehost in 2019, this is going to be your easiest decision of the year:

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2019 State of the Merchant Report

wpshout.com :: What are the trends with eCommerce?

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How To Fix a WordPress Site Stuck in Maintenance Mode

wpshout.com :: This quick guide walks you through fixing a WordPress site that’s stuck in maintenance mode. This problem shows up as both the front-end and admin area of your site displaying nothing but “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

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Fewer Plugin Admin Banners? Yes Please

wpshout.com :: It looks like the WordPress.org plugin review team (which often means “Mika Epstein,” who is without a doubt the most dedicated and prominent member of said team) is looking to clarify and extend the guidelines about plugin admin notices in WordPress. You know those things that clutter ...

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Properly Add Custom JavaScripts and Styles to Pages in In WordPress

wpshout.com :: This article covers how to include custom JavaScript and CSS files in WordPress. It’s a chapter from our outstanding WordPress course, Up and Running . If you want to become a knowledgeable WordPress developer, Up and Running is your best, clearest route to getting there.

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Gutenberg Strengthening its Group and Columns Blocks

wpshout.com :: I’ll be honest: Since Gutenberg launched, I’ve used the Classic Editor plugin to disable it on every site I work on. I do this for a few reasons:

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WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks (2019)

wpshout.com :: Your actually good guide to the best WordPress hosting. (Other than ours 😝)

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Emulate Mobile Devices In-Browser with the Ripple Chrome Extension

wpshout.com :: This week, I had a client send me a bug that only appeared in iOS Safari. As much as I’d love to say “tell your visitors not to use iOS Safari,” it’s definitely a popular enough way to browse the web to merit fixing the bug.

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Why Coding is Like Spelunking, And How Knowing That Can Help You

wpshout.com :: This article uses the analogy “Coding is like caving” to explain what coding is, what it isn’t, who it’s for, and how to succeed at it.

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Move a WordPress Site with the Duplicator Plugin

wpshout.com :: There are a lot of migration systems for WordPress. We’ve had lots of good experiences with All-in-One WP Migration . Some people swear by WP Migrate DB Pro. Others are partial to WP-CLI’s terminal-based systems . One of the few tools I’d never tried was Duplicator, but I recently ...

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Build and Host WordPress Websites in Minutes

wpshout.com :: WordPress made easy, as a service – a fascinating product.

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Cool New PHP 7 Features for WordPress Developers

wpshout.com :: PHP has changed a lot in the last few years. And even before that, it had changed a lot. In short, modern PHP is a great and cool language, with only a few of the worst problems that people who last used it a decade age will remember. (Modern) PHP 7 and WordPress haven’t really gone together ...

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“Become the best version of yourself.” An Interview with Rich Tabor

wpshout.com :: Businesses big and small, and doing great WordPress work

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How Real is Movie Hacking?

wpshout.com :: I know, you know: “not very realistic” is the knock against hacking in the movies. It’s like an old joke for people in the know.

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Understanding is_singular in WordPress Templates

wpshout.com :: Let’s talk about is_singular, one of WordPress’s more complicated template tags. In WordPress themes (and plugins too), we use “conditional tags” to control what shows up. This Quick Guides explains how to use the is_singular conditional tag in WordPress, as well the two ...

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Learning PHP for WordPress Development: while() Loops

wpshout.com :: Welcome to this discussion of PHP loops: what loops are, whey they’re important, and how to use PHP while() loops. This article continues our series explaining the basics of PHP for WordPress development.

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Support Civic Tech! Support Code for Fort Collins!

wpshout.com :: This week I’m running a (my first ever) fundraiser for a non-profit where I do a lot of volunteer work, Code for Fort Collins . And I figured it make sense to share it pretty widely. And that may as well include right here on WPShout.

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How To Selectively Share a Draft in WordPress

wpshout.com :: Sometimes you want to share a draft of a WordPress post or page—without requiring the person you’re sharing with to have a login to your WordPress site. In this Quick Guide, we explain how to send a preview link to people who aren’t logged in.

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How to Remove the “Category” from a WordPress URL

wpshout.com :: Categories have been in WordPress as long as I have. They have important organizational value: they tell you what’s related to what. And they your visitors a good way to browse your site. Today we’ll tackle two related small changes you might want to make it WordPress: to remove ...

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Ryan Sullivan’s Comparison of WordPress Form Plugins

wpshout.com :: Akin to Fred’s thorough answer on “the best page builder for WordPress” , Ryan Sullivan recently published over on WP Site Care a thorough analysis of six of the biggest form plugins for WordPress. He goes in depth, and doesn’t leave out much I could think to have wanted ...

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Learning PHP for WordPress Development: Control Flow Basics

wpshout.com :: Welcome to this introduction to PHP control flow! This article continues our series explaining the basics of PHP for WordPress development.

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See What Fonts an Image is Using with Font Squirrel Matcherator

wpshout.com :: It’s a funny time to be alive. We haven’t yet reached that part of the technology singularity where rogue nanorobot clouds disassemble us all into carbon dust (bad), or where we transfer our consciousness into massive sentient spaceships and colonize the stars (good?).

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On Health, WordPress and a Tough Decision

wpshout.com :: An important post from Carole Olinger.

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How to See What Fonts a Website is Using

wpshout.com :: If you’ve ever wondered how to see what fonts a website is using, the answer is as simple as opening your browser inspector. Since every bit of a website is interpreted in your browser, if you know how to use your browser inspector properly you can figure out fonts, images, CSS properties, ...

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PHP 8 Will Include a JIT Compiler!

wpshout.com :: If you’re neither worried about PHP internals nor PHP 8, skip this.

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Understanding PHP Globals and Variable Scope in WordPress

wpshout.com :: One of the most maligned features of WordPress is the use of “PHP global variables.” Whether you love them or hate them, global variables probably aren’t leaving WordPress soon. So today we’ll cover all there is to know about them. How to think about them. How you, in PHP, ...

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WordPress Plugins Get Fewer Than 1% of Reviews from Active Users

wpshout.com :: Not many people review WordPress plugins, and that’s not too surprising.

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