Top 10 Great Free Blogging Themes (A List That’s Actually Been Researched)

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So you want to build a nice-looking blog for yourself … great! But you also probably have two other requirements:

  • a) You don’t want it to cost you your shirt.
  • b) You don’t want to be forced to have to tweak source code manually.

No sweat, there are tons of great (and free) blogging themes for WordPress available. But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well, that’s what we’re here for today.

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Building a Music Website on WordPress? 5 Things to Consider

So you’d like to get yourself a rockin’ music website built on WordPress (pun intended)?

Great (!) because WordPress can certainly handle the task.

That being said, there’s still a range of things that you should be aware of, and especially if you’re building the site on your own.

So to make your job easier, here’s our list of the 5 things to consider when building a music website on WordPress.

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Things to Consider When Building a Hotel Website on WordPress

Building a quality hotel website on WordPress isn’t as obvious as it may at first seem.

On the one hand, WordPress is really easy to use … picking a theme and launching a site takes only minutes.

But on the other, it’s also easy to get sidetracked and start worrying about things that don’t actually matter for a hotel website, while at the same time neglecting the ones that do.

To make this all a bit more easy to grasp, here’s our take on the things to consider when building a hotel website on WordPress.

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Moving your WordPress installation using Duplicator

Many of our customers, correctly, build their projects on local or development servers and then, once everything is done and polished, the whole installation gets moved to another server to go live. Moving a WordPress installation is thoroughly documented in the Codex, but it can still be a bit complicated for a novice WordPress user/developer. Below we’re going to present an alternative way of moving (or even cloning) your installation using the Duplicator plugin.

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WordPress Localization – How plural forms work

It seems there is a lot of confusion going around WordPress developers and enthusiasts regarding the proper use of the WordPress localization functions. Unfortunately, 99%1 of the tutorials circulating the Interwebz right now, only scratch the surface of localization by mentioning less than a handful of the functions available, and to make things worse, some of them are outdated or just plain wrong. Top that with insufficient knowledge of foreign languages, and you get a topic of localization that’s totally misunderstood or even skipped altogether; Plural Forms.

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How to set up automated cloud backups for your WordPress website

Most of us have either experienced catastrophic data loss or know someone who did, this is when we understand the value of regular backups and see how easily all our problems would go away, if only we had one available. Backups should be present anywhere there is data created, including our WordPress installations, strangely enough, this is not the case, many developers and site administrators don’t bother with setting one up. Luckily these days most popular hosts are quite reliable and hardware failure related data loss is relatively rare, however this is not the only reason that could potentially lead to us losing our work, WordPress has become an extremely popular platform on the web and following this increase in popularity is the increase of malicious attacks these two, along with user errors are the leading causes of data loss. Let’s see how we can prevent that.

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Supercharging your WordPress website with MaxCDN

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.

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How to programmatically get related WordPress posts, easily.

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.

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