WordPress has many wonderful features, but out-of-the-box speed isn’t among them. Compared to a “normal” static HTML site, self-hosting WordPress on a typical inexpensive hosting site such as Bluehost, Namecheap, A2 Hosting, etc., sometimes can leave you wondering if your pages are ever going to load.
Now that WordPress 4.4 is out, the accompanying theme Twenty Sixteen is also available. I ran into two gotchas that I thought I’d share in case my experience might help others: Header image height and media upload caching.
It used to be easy to create a child theme in WordPress. With the introduction of WordPress 4.0, it’s become a bit more complicated.
[Updated December 2015 to include Twenty Sixteen.]
I’ve written before about two of the great starter themes — _s (underscores.me) and _tk (themekraft.com). Each wants you to modify the theme to your heart’s content, even to the point of advising you not to use it as the parent for a child theme. _s makes this particularly easy.
The conventional wisdom involving using jQuery with your public-facing posts and pages in WordPress, is to substitute a version of jQuery from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for the built-in version that comes with WordPress. Before going any further, I need to point out that not every theme makes use of jQuery, so if your… Read More Comparing jQuery CDNs
As with everyone else, I’ve written before about the merits of using WordPress’ child themes feature rather than hacking the master theme. I’ve recently discovered that not everyone does this, even in cases where the developer claims to be a WordPress expert.
I recently inherited a WordPress blog that had been developed three years ago by a designer who had abandoned the client. The site mostly seemed to be running, so I wasn’t too worried, but I started checking the code anyway.
If you have spent any time searching the Internet for recommendations on which host is best for your WordPress blog, you almost certainly have seen that at the top of everyone’s list is WP Engine. Then if you were anything like I was, you check what WP Engine charges, and pick some other hosting company;… Read More Yet another recommendation for WP Engine
I manage a couple of small sites that don’t currently need the full power of WordPress, so I started looking at some of the static-page blogging engines; software meant to give you all the neat features of WordPress (such as navigation and built-in search), but using Markdown files behind the scenes to create static pages for… Read More Pretenders: Static blog generators for bloggers who prefer to code