Accelerated Mobile Pages for WordPress

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Let’s talk about speed. We all know how important loading speeds are on websites. A slow page will struggle at keeping visitors engaged resulting to high bounce rates, which is less than desirable. The problem only gets worse on mobile users which not only have to deal with slow network speeds but run the potential risk of high data charges when visiting large websites. There are a lot of ways to speed up page loading times and decrease the page size such as caching and minification plugins, CDNs and more, Accelerated Mobile Pages are yet another tool in our disposal which is purpose built for mobiles.

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How to create a music playlist with AudioIgniter in WordPress

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We have recently released AudioIgniter. A stylish and easy to use audio player plugin for WordPress. AudioIgniter is suitable for solo artists, bands, DJs and podcasters.

The plugin is available for download for free on the WordPress plugin directory. It also has a PRO version, you can learn more about it on our site here.

In today’s article we’ll take a look at how we can create a playlist using AudioIgniter.

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The complete guide to WordPress menus

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Navigation is a very important part of any webpage. A well structured one allows the visitors to easily locate all the information they are looking for and make the overall browsing experience more pleasant. Luckily WordPress has catered to this need with a functional and easy to use menu system. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the menu creation procedure.

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How to show only last child categories using the_category()

Have you ever wanted to change the_category()‘s behaviour so that it’ll only show the leaves (last child categories) of the selected WordPress categories?

For example, you might have a category hierarchy of Food > Cat > Prescription Cat Food, and it doesn’t really make sense to show all three categories. Due to organizational reasons however, you need to have all three of them selected. How do you force your theme then, to only display the Prescription Cat Food category?

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Beginner’s guide: Child themes

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Intro

Thousands of support tickets have taught us one thing; people love customizing their themes. Everyday, many of them, dive in the code to get a unique layout or functionality, tailored to their needs and desires.

Another interesting fact is that very few users utilize child themes. Why is that? Well, most of them don’t know what they are, how they work and what they have to offer. Some, happily very few, just can’t be bothered.

While scouring the web looking for an answer to various WordPress related questions, you are bound to find references to child themes and strong suggestions towards using them, let’s find out what they are below.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Setting Up CloudFlare on WordPress

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Let me ask you a question: do you want to speed up your WordPress site while also protecting it from malicious attacks?

If you answered yes (let’s be honest: of course you did!), then you should definitely consider integrating CloudFlare with your website.

CloudFlare is a content delivery network (CDN) that acts as a proxy between your website and your visitors.

Whenever a user visits your site, CloudFlare will first check for any indicators of malicious intent. Once CloudFlare verifies the visit isn’t motivated by nefarious purposes, it serves up data from the data center that’s geographically closest to your visitor

Result: beefier security, and much faster website load speeds.

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How to Optimize Images in WordPress the Quick and Easy Way

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This is part 3 of our 3-part series on speeding up your WordPress site trough the means of Content Delivery Networks (CDN) and image optimization. Just as previously, this is all about the quick wins for your WordPress blog … no coding involved, no hassle.

  1. Introduction to CDN and Image Optimization + Why You Should Care
  2. Top 3 CDN Services for Your WordPress Blog + How to Set One Up
  3. How to Optimize Images in WordPress the Quick and Easy Way

The guide you’re reading right now is all about image optimization in WordPress – aka. the easiest way of saving even up to 50% of your site’s whole bandwidth consumption.

In other words, optimizing your images is THE no.1 way of reducing your site’s loading times, and thus making the experience smoother for your visitors, as well as Google (it’s always good to stay on Google’s good side).

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Top 3 CDN Services for Your WordPress Blog + How to Set One Up

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This is part 2 of our 3-part series on making your WordPress site perform better through the magic of Content Delivery Networks and image optimization. In other words, we’re talking all about quick wins for your blog, without you having to learn any coding.

  1. Introduction to CDN and Image Optimization + Why You Should Care
  2. Top 3 CDN Services for Your WordPress Blog + How to Set One Up
  3. How to Optimize Images in WordPress the Quick and Easy Way

Okay, so Content Delivery Networks (CDN) are fairly complicated things under the hood. To be honest with you, I have no clue how they work on a cog-by-cog basis. But to simplify the idea greatly, it goes something like that: Read More