The famous quote by George Bernand Shaw, quoted by Simon Wheatley in his “Running An Open Source Business” presentation was arguably the most powerful message one should take from this year’s WordCamp Europe. Technical talks are amazing and fulfilling but the Open Source inspirational mentality is what makes them possible, what even makes WordCamps possible. Coupling this with Matt’s post about investing 5% of a company’s resources towards the well-being of WordPress, I firmly believe we had the most inspirational WordCamp weekend, at least one that I have attended personally.
At CSSIgniter we use MaxCDN for about a year now at both our main website and each of our 66 WordPress theme demos (66 at the time of writing). We serve literally millions of static files and hundreds of gigabytes through MaxCDN’s servers each month. A CDN is probably the first thing a developer or website owner should implement on his website if he’s serious about his business, due to how cost effective it is (MaxCDN‘s plans start at just $9/month) compared to the benefits it gives.
It’s a very common requirement nowadays to want to display related posts (or other post types) underneath your content. It engages readers, provides them with more related material to read, and effectively makes them spend more time on your site, further improving the probability to convert. Related posts also come with added SEO benefits, though minor, as they provide internal links to more of your content (and you probably shouldn’t get obsessed over it).
So, how you should go about adding related posts at your website? Well, it depends. It can be as simple as linking manually to your existing posts, employing semantic analysis algorithms to find related content, or anything in between. However for this tutorial we’ll take a medium route and dust off our PHP skills. We will use the post’s taxonomies and implement it ourselves.
About a week ago we released Business3ree, a business / portfolio theme for WordPress. In this theme we introduced a new way of building your homepage in a visual way. Drag and drop systems in WordPress aren’t something new but that doesn’t mean that they work as they should. Most of them are complicated, with a ton of features making things for the end user hard and occasionally impossible to comprehend and actually use them. In an effort to provide our users with a drag and drop system we decided to use the default drag and drop functionality already available in WordPress, specifically in the widgets section.
2 years ago, We released Philoxenia, a WordPress theme for hotels and one of our most popular themes. It provided everything a hotel business owner needed but times are changing. Philoxenia was a fixed-width theme and since then we have released more hotel themes with more advanced features. It was time to give Philoxenia a special treatment.
Our first theme for July is almost there and today I would like to show you some of its key features. Cousteau is a travel WordPress theme carefully designed and developed to cater the needs of travel agencies, holiday makers and anyone in the travel industry. See the following screenshots with explanations of the various modules found in Cousteau.
June’s first theme was Corner, a simple looking but powerful all-in-one theme for creative professionals, freelancers or bloggers who want to get the most out of their website. Let’s explore Corner’s features.
Just a bit over two years ago, when we launched CSSIgniter, we started off with high hopes and expectations and it’s exhilarating to watch our hard work come to fruition. It’s arguably an understatement to simply say that so far it has been a life changing experience for us. Throughout these last two years we’ve grown our portfolio to 62 themes (that’s an average of almost 2.3 themes per month), grown from zero to 17,000 paying customers, answered more than 10,000 customization support tickets, added new talent to our team, and all that doing what we love most: developing for WordPress and talking to our members.