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Everything You Should Know About Using Custom Scripts and Styles In WordPress

Published 19 Aug, 2014 under Theme Development

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One of the most important things about WordPress is also one of the more initially confusing parts: how exactly do I add my own Javascript files and CSS sheets in “the WordPress way”? The WordPress way of adding stylesheets and script files has a number of advantages, but it’s also a bit complicated and confusing at first glance. And that’s the reason we’ll cover it today.

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Site Support: Understanding Your Options

Published 22 Aug, 2014 under Uncategorized

Continuing with his series on site support, this week Fred from Press Up Inc. offers some perspective on the different options available to site owners when they need help.

Whether you’re thinking of outsourcing your support work overseas, enrolling in a dedicated support service, or creating a retainer arrangement with the dev who created your site, it’s best to understand the the benefits and potential obstacles of each option to create a plan that will work for you.

Check it out at pressupinc.com →

The Problem With Image Attachments In WordPress

Published 21 Aug, 2014 under Uncategorized

In this post Jeff Chandler explains a few changes to image data in the media library that are expected with WordPress 4.0.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the new version of WordPress will allow you to locate each post an individual image is used on. If you aren’t clear on the difference between attaching an image to a post and using an image already available in the media library, Jeff’s explanation of why this matters should save you a few headache’s down the road.

Check it out at wptavern.com →

WordPress and Drupal Teams Collaborate for Simultaneous Security Releases

Published 14 Aug, 2014 under Links, Security

For the first time, the WordPress and Drupal security teams have collaborated to release a patch for the vulnerability within a PHP XML parser used by XML-RPC.

The bug was first reported by a tech at the CRM Salesforce, and quickly fixed in both CMS platforms. (The resulting patch is the reason for the release of WordPress 3.9.2.) They say there’s rarely anything good in the news, so cheers for a testament to the strength of open source!

Check it out at poststat.us →

Win 24 Months of FREE WordPress Hosting with the A2 Hosting Giveaway!

Published 12 Aug, 2014 under Links, Promotions

A2 hosting WordPress giveawayHave a great idea for a website, but still need to get it online? WPShout is partnering with A2 Hosting to give away free WordPress hosting to three lucky readers!

How to enter

Through Twitter

Follow us on Twitter, then tweet @wpshout telling us your site idea! What would you do with 24 months of free WordPress hosting?

The full tweet could look something like this: “@wpshout My site idea is to build an online store for plants. Plants need sunlight and nutrients and we will sell that to them.”

You can definitely do better than that, because plants have no money (it doesn’t grow on trees…). So let us know your idea!

Through our mailing list

You can also enter by joining our mailing list through the form below. When you join, you’ll be redirected to a page where you can leave your tweet-length plans for your new site as a post comment.

Joining will also give you free access to our e-book, Mastering the Fundamentals of WordPress Themes, as well as WPShout’s earlier e-book, The WordPress Blogging Guide. Pretty sweet deal!

When you leave your comment, make sure to enter your correct email address, so we can cross-check it against the mailing list.

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Winners and prizes

Contest closes Sunday, August 24. We’ll evaluate all submitted ideas on creativity and overall coolness, and choose three winners. Third, second, and first place will receive 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months of free A2 WordPress hosting!

Please note that because we do want to see your idea in action, hosting packages aren’t transferable.

About A2 Hosting

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Contest closes August 24—enter now!

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cPanel in WordPress: Which Tools You Need, and How to Use Them

Published 12 Aug, 2014 under Hosting, Tutorials, WordPress Development

cPanel for WordPress

In my WordPress work, I rarely go long without using cPanel, the server administration tool that most shared hosts offer their customers. cPanel’s visual interface looks like AOL used to look back when they were shipping CDs, but I’ve really come to love it because of the breadth of server administration tasks it makes possible (and even, on a good day, easy).

However, cPanel is not a fully standardized product across hosts: it carries a lot of add-ons of varying quality.

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