How to add a watermark to your images

If you are a photographer or any other sort of visual artist you are most likely concerned by the fact that your work can be very easily copied from your site and used elsewhere without your permission. This might cost you both directly  if you sell your work online, and indirectly by losing potential clients by not getting proper credit for your work.

Due to the nature websites work it’s very hard to properly protect your work from being copied without permission. One of the most effective ways of preventing people from taking your images are watermarks, these generally make pictures unsuitable to display, especially in commercial settings, but even if someone ends up taking the image, you’ll get proper credit through the watermark. Today we’ll take a look at a plugin that helps you easily add watermarks to any image you upload on your WordPress site.

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Better Call Slack is now available

We love Slack. It’s the place where every single discussion takes place around here. New theme/plugin features, bugs, roadmaps, tasks, the works. We also have to keep an eye on 2 WordPress multisites (our demos) for plugin or WordPress core updates and we thought it’d be cool to let WordPress call Slack whenever something important happens in these site. Better Call Slack, a free WordPress plugin was born.

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Add Facebook Comments to your WordPress site

Facebook is by far the most popular social network on the planet, almost everyone you know is on it. You can capitalize on this by adding Facebook comments to your WordPress site.

Adding Facebook comments to your WordPress site allows everyone with an account to join in the discussion below your posts, or to start one if none is going on. People won’t have to go through the process of creating yet another account on another site just to leave a comment, they’ll be using an account they already have.

It’s not just the ease of your readers though, there are some major benefits for the site owner. First, there’s less spam because anonymity is scarce on Facebook, and second it has  a potential of reaching a great audience because users can choose to post their comment on their Facebook feed just by checking a box, so the comment will be seen by their friends and followers as well, instead of just by your site’s reader, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

Today we’ll take a look at a plugin that replaces WordPress’ default commenting system with Facebook comments, and on top of that it only loads Facebook comments when a user clicks a button so it won’t impact the site’s performance much.

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Fine tune user permissions in WordPress with the Members plugin

We have previously discussed how WordPress handles what a user can and can’t do, you can read all about it here. In short WordPress categorizes the users in six roles and assigns to each one a selection from the 60 default capabilities, each capability allows for a certain action and, naturally, the more capabilities a user has, the more they can do on the site.

Today we’re going to take a look at yet another plugin that can help you fiddle with the default capabilities assigned to each role, or even create new roles for your site.

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Modify image sizes using Simple Image Sizes

WordPress comes with a few preset image sizes for images to be cropped to, the thumbnail, the medium and the large ones. Of course these basic image sizes are not enough for themes, so their developers tend to add many more custom image sizes to better creates the desired layouts on their themes. What if you need more image sizes than the ones that come with your theme? Luckily there is a plugin for that.

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Add custom fields to your WooCommerce checkout page

The WooCommerce checkout page comes with most of the required fields to allow you to get all the required information in order to dispatch an order to a client. What if something is missing? You might need a couple of extra fields, a checkbox, a drop-down or another text input field, how can you get them? You can always add new fields programmatically as described in WooCommerce’s documentation here, but there is an easier way by using a plugin.

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Customize your WordPress dashboard using Adminimize

The WordPress dashboard contains a lot of options that most users won’t ever use. In fact the plethora of options can some times be confusing or even dangerous if some of the available options allows an inexperienced user to break their site. WordPress tries to minimize both the clutter and prevent accidents by restricting access to necessary options depending of the user role. What if you want to create a tailor made experience for your clients though? You have a few options, you can use the roles & capabilities API to customize what each user role can do on your site, or even create custom roles for your users, more info on how to do that here. However, for more fine grained dashboard customization there is a purpose built plugin and it’s called Adminimize.

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How to manage redirections from your WordPress dashboard

Changing permalink structure, changing post slugs, deleting posts or pages, moving your WordPress installation to another folder, or even migrating your site to a completely different server will require you to take care of URL redirects. A redirect lets your visitor, or more specifically your visitor’s browser, know that the page they are looking for has moved and directs them to the proper address. Unhandled changes to any of the above circumstances might result to 404 errors which are not that great for your page’s SEO. Let’s take a look at how we can use a plugin to easily handle such redirects. 

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Use AdRotate to manage ads on your WordPress site

Ads are a quick and easy way to start getting some revenue out of your WordPress website. Creating ads and managing ad campaigns might become a taxing task, monitoring impressions and clicks,  generating statistics, making sure expired ads don’t appear on your site, and more, there’s a lot to take care of. Here’s where AdRotate comes in to play.

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