Web Design, Programming, and Business

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How To Make Your WordPress Website Load Faster

You’ve built the perfect WordPress site but you’re noticing that it takes a while to load. Even worse, Google has noticed and you’re losing search engine traffic because of it. Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned to get top scores on Google PageSpeed Insights, Google’s tool to measure site performance. With all the images and JavaScript required to make a website these days, it can cause your...

Graphic Design Tools for Developers

Graphic Designers

If designing a compelling user interface isn’t in your wheelhouse but actually building that UI is, this article is for you! I’ve listed some resources here that would be useful to graphic designers and web designers too.  What image editor should I use? You’re not a designer so you don’t need Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch. These are all fine applications but are a bit overkill if all you...

WordPress Automatic Updates: False Sense of Security

WordPress 3.7 ushered in automatic updates. We all sighed with relief and the satiating knowledge that our WordPress sites were forevermore safe and secure.  Beer tabs cracked, colleagues slapped each other on the back, and a new world of internet security was ushered in. If only this daydream was true! The WordPress automatic updates do promote better security, but they’re only incremental...

WP Update Causes 403 Error!

We just had a situation where the latest WordPress update actually caused a 403 Site Error for the whole website! So sharing the solution. After looking into it and working with the hosting company too, we found that an update to the .htaccess file had changed the permissions for the web server. To fix this, we just added “Options +FollowSymLinks” to the top of the default WordPress ...

WordPress Vulnerabilities

That little fox you see above…just think of him as the sneaky, malicious hackers that are trying to get into your website to wreak havoc. You’ve heard us say it here, and you will probably hear us say it again at some future date beyond today: keeping your WordPress installation and plugins up to date is a critical part of owning and maintaining your website. WordPress accounts for 23...

Shopify Cheatsheet

I was just working on a Shopify site with a partner and I again referenced this handy Shopify Cheatsheet. Since I’m repeat visitor, I have to share this resource. cheat.markdunkley.com
Thank you Mark!

Keeping Your WordPress Site Secure

If you work with websites then you’re well aware of the necessity of keeping your sites up to date and secure. 2014 has been a record year for malicious hacks when it comes to the wide world of the web. It seems every other day we’re reading about another major business or retailer whose site has been compromised. Whether you’re maintaining a massive site for a world wide...

The Top Three Methods for Consuming RSS Feeds

It has been well over a year since Google Reader said goodbye. While many of us have moved on to brighter RSS Feed Reader pastures some of us may just be getting around to searching out a great new RSS Feed Reader. What makes a great RSS Feed reader? Simplicity of use, ease of subscription transfer, mobile and web readiness are a few items that come to mind. We recently spent some time...

Easy Digital Downloads: An Ecommerce Plugin Solution for Digital Downloads

WooCommerce is a great E-commerce solution when it comes to building a store with WordPress, although WooCommerce can be a sledgehammer when all you need is something quick and lightweight. If you’re looking to solely offer digital products for purchase you might consider the Easy Digital Downloads plugin. Easy Digital Downloads comes with built-in features to quickly set up a digital...

Copying Tons of Files From One Site to Another

Have you ever needed to copy or move a ton of files from one website to another? Have you ever run across the issue where only 1998 or 7998 files can be viewed in a directory even though you know there’s more in that folder? We ran across both issues this week. The issue stemmed from when the hosting company for one of our esteemed clients moved our stage server to the new live server...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

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