Author: Harper Phillips

The Monster That is a Poor Database Schema

If you’ve ever worked on a project as a new developer that you’ve later scaled up, this most recent post from Pippin of Pippin’s Plugins is a must read. Pippin shares his thoughts on dealing with an early implemented design pattern that later presented some major difficulties after the project grew. While it’s difficult to have the foresight to predict how choices you make in your code will impact things down the road, Pippen provides some great insight which will hopefully prevent you from making some of the same frustrating mistakes.



How to Configure WPBruiser and Stop Spam on Your WordPress Site

If you’ve been running your own WordPress site for any length of time, dealing with spam is probably high on your list of the most annoying things you have to worry about. Luckily, your not alone. The WordPress community has already come up with some great solutions for this problem. The WPBruiser plugin (formerly Goodbye CAPTCHA) is our favorite plugin for dealing with spam and boosting the security of your site. Once you have it installed, here’s how to navigate and configure the settings:


What Makes a WooCommerce Website Successful?

If you haven’t checked out the WP Tonic Podcast yet, now is a great time to tune in. In this episode, WordPress leaders Scott Buscemi, Sallie Goetsch, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and John Locke discuss WooCommerce and share their thoughts on how you can actually be successful using it on your site. There’s also a very interesting discussion about some of the WordPress world’s more notable recent news stories. I really appreciated their thoughts on Automattic’s structure (or lack their of) and how it impacts developers.


Running a Business While Keeping Up With Changing Technology

In this recent post over at envato tuts+ WordPress leader Tom McFarlin shares some of the key lessons he’s learned about navigating changing technology as a developer. Tom first shared his insights at his recent talk on the same topic at WordCamp San Diego, which you can catch the video of. I appreciated his advice to go deep rather than broad when it comes to your knowledge. In an industry like web development where tools change so rapidly, it’s helpful to have examples of people who have committed to WordPress almost exclusively and been very successful because of it.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO): An Overview

Search engine optimization or SEO can help your website get a lot more visitors, which in turn can mean lots more clients or product sales. To help you get a better understanding of SEO, this week’s post over on the Press Up blog gives a good overview with some actionable advice. This is a great one if you yourself are new to SEO, or to pass along to clients.


Why We Love WPBruiser and How to Reduce Spam Submissions on Your Site

One of the most annoying parts of maintaining a WordPress site effectively is dealing with spam submissions. CAPTCHA, a type of challenge-response test that’s used to tell if a user is human, is one of the most common ways of protecting against spam. It’s also one of the most obnoxious for users. We’ve all had experiences on sites where we had to decode unreadable, broken numbers in an image multiple times before we could sign up for a mailing list or submit a question over a contact form. The WPBruiser plugin (formerly  Goodbye CAPTCHA) is one of our favorite plugins for dealing spam and boosting the security of your site (this isn’t a sponsored post, so you know we must really love it!).


WordPress 4.6 Field Guide

The WordPress core team recently released a field guide detailing all the changes we can expect to see with the release of version 4.6. In addition to your standard bug fixes and external library updates, 4.6 will include enhanced meta registration, persistent comment cache, and an update to the font stack. These anticipated changes are definitely geared towards developers, so if you have a plugin, theme, or site you really care about checking out the field guide is a great way to get ahead of the game and prevent yourself some anguish after the release.


How to Determine What to Build With WordPress

If you’re coming to WordPress after working with another technology, or just aren’t entirely sure yet where you fit in the WordPress ecosystem, check out this great piece by  over on Tut+. In it, he breaks down the key areas of WordPress that you can contribute to, and explains what makes each area unique. It’s great to be reminded just how many people with different areas of expertise make this community what it is!


How to Move Primary Navigation To Header Right in Utility Pro

If you’re getting to know the Genesis framework, or are working with Carrie Dils’ Utility Pro theme specifically, check out his nice little tutorial from Ginger Coolidge on how to customize your header and move your Primary navigation. It’s a fairly easy change to make that will make you more comfortable editing your functions.php file and and doing styling within a child theme.