• WP Engine Hotfix: Disable Staging URL

    If you’re a WP Engine user, you may have noticed that your staging area remains live even after you don’t need it anymore. Since WP Engine charges you based on total page views and server resources, its safe to say that web traffic to your staging area costs you money....

  • WordPress Easy Options Page Wrapper

    This is a wrapper of Tareq Hasan’s WordPress Settings API class. It changes the way you use his class by using member functions to modify an instantiated class, rather than modifying the class itself. You can download a full copy of the wrapper from GitHub here. The main file is class.eop.php,...

  • Beware of Scam Plugins: Fake “You have been chosen by wordpress.org” email

    This afternoon I received an email from what appeared to be an @wordpress.org email that directs users to download a free copy of the premium version of Michael Torbert’s All In One SEO Pack plugin. If you get an email like this, always check the url of the link they...

  • Solved! WordPress Asking for Local FTP Credentials on XAMPP

    A few developers were asking why their localhost instances of WordPress were asking for FTP credentials when trying to install new plugins and themes. If you’re getting the dreaded “Please enter your FTP credentials” page and you’re running XAMPP for your local WP development environment, do not follow the popular...

  • Should I Use A Carousel

    When you’re thinking of using a carousel or slider in your theme, just ask yourself one question: http://shouldiuseacarousel.com/

  • How to Find and Replace a String in MySQL

    One of the problems with moving your site from one domain to another is that the images in all your posts are still served from the old setup. In order to fix this, you need to run a simple MySQL command that will search through all your posts and replace...

  • 90 New & Top-Selling Themes for December 2013

    I tweaked the theme trend analysis settings this time to include themes without any sales. Now we have the top 90 newest themes combined with the highest selling themes, ordered by their average position across the marketplace.

  • How I Took Lawsonry from a 2-Second to a 475ms Load Time

    I’ve been working on some optimization problems this week and one of the things I wanted to share with you is the difference between Lawsonry with optimization plugins and Lawsonry without optimization plugins. This is a good site to benchmark text-heavy sites, as results for sites that intensively serve images will no doubt...